T-DOME: Last Man Standing Round One (Matches 37-48)
T-DOME: Last Man Standing Round One (Matches 37-48)
Here it is, you talented bastards. The time for you to see all your hard work matched up against your random opponents for the first time. Only one person from each match makes it to round two. To everyone who participated, thanks for helping make this dome a memorable one. To everyone who missed the boat this time around , you're still in for a hell of a ride.
Entries are listed in the order the match is listed (ie. Dude1 vs Dude2: Dude1 will be first image listed, Dude2 the second. Amazing!)
My favourites from this set are the pieces from Marko Djurdjevic, Tully, tagHeuer, Fozzybar, fungi and Rinaldo.
Marko: Love this one, the faces/neck area and the light shining through the holes in the wings is really awesome. I reckon you could maybe have pushed the blue light from below a little brighter to give the torso more depth, but that's a really minor crit. Oh, and you're disqualified for not reading the rules and making the image too big (like too many other people!)
Tully: Shame SteveO didn't submit, I guess a bit annoying to put so much effort into a piece and then win by default, but at least you have another great image for your portfolio!
Fozzybar: Hehe, really made me laugh - nice take on this theme
Fungi: The sharpness, style, ideas and colours in your images always impress me. Another great piece here!
blog: Couldn't you have cropped off the white space to the right of your image?
Eyes dropped from sockets and hour ago but still goggling
Great googly moogly! My hat's off to all of you that busted your humps and got your entries in!
Don't think I have to say much more about the marko v salah matchup that hasn't already been said, but a few words come to mind Holy and shit!, God and Damn! etc...
Lukavi-as always fine work! I'm still going to haunt you for tut in the COW forums... Fungi-do I have to tell you about your rendering skills that any of a million people haven't told you before? But what the hell can't hurt anything...they are phenomenal. Outstanding work! Redehlert: What a quantum leap!...This piece is just chock full of little things that keep the eye moving around. Love the shirt as well...gonna have to tell my how you got that on there... Fozz: Got the great humor going on in that one...I like the simplicity and the rendering...excellent job man.
Again...wonderful pieces all around...cheers to you all!
Amazing lighting Marko, is it possible for you to draw something that isnt jaw dropping? haha awesome work. You are my new hero, Chuck Norris will have to take a back seat to you. Everyone else: incredible imaginations you have there, kudos.
Some crits - Im not out to offend anyone, just trying to give my honest opinion, lets roll...
salah - Cool I think the big guy in the background + flames could use some more work. As for the little fella hes kinda cute, i really like the lighting on his tail for no ther reason than pretty colours.
Marko Djurdjevic - oh yes I like the design and the dramatic lighting. Also its a bit unseteling because the creature is androgenous - the lower half appears to be females but the torso is male? However I dont like the highlights on the outside of the wings for one thing its quite roughly done compared the rest of the image and its brightness draws the eye away from the main figure, I feel the composition would be stronger if you cropped this down.
burningeyes - man you shoulda finnished this >.< I don really know what to comment on :/ I think the eyes on the face mask should be pitch black to hold the viewers gaze...I think its got potential, if you finnish it lemme know, Ide like to see it
tully - nice anatomy, the arms really feel like they are supporting him. Hmm perhaps if some of the highlights/edges were sharper, the image does look a bit soft - those chitinous spider legs should be sharp n threatening. The human and deamon parts appear seperate (like hes wearing some kinda corset ) maybe some spines coming out of the forearms (nothing massive) or shoulders would tie things together more? Anyway love the expression and pose.
tagHeuer - Hehe, he looks like a total dipstick really like the expression on his face. His arms, legs n throne could use some more work though. Im not keen on the textures for the background, I feel there should be a sujestion of more detail. Thats about it.
FlipMcGee - Its a nice take on the topic, focusing on the theme of a serpent. However I feel you have though alot about the background of your character and tried to show too much by including her followers (?) A victim and her. She should be the main focus, up close to the viewer so she is imposing or at least so we can see her in more detail and the other figures arn't competing with her for attention.
tagHeuer! Sweet portrait piece, man. Yeah, I like his expression too. Cool technique with the gritty texturing. Can feel the heat too with his skin tones. However this round goes, I'll keep an eye on your stuff
Thanks for the crits redehlert and trev. Appreciate all feedback. Your pieces show skill. Good luck in your matchups!
Mad props to the rest of ya t-domeheads. Ditto strych9ine and CA admins and mods.
Great entries, my fave so far is marko's, but the expression on tagHeuer's creatures face is priceless, also Rinaldo's tenticle woman.
All in all very tasty, looking forward to seeing what you lot come up with for the next round.
salah - AWESOME. I'm guessing the prince is in the foreground and king in the background due to the size factor as well as the fact that they share the same teeth and similar bodies. One crit would be that the eyes of the king are on the side like herbivores and the eyes of the prince are in front. Another thing that annoys me is the feet of the prince in front, *blurry* I know they are not the focus but they still slightly annoy particular the front right always drags my view to it. I'm not so irritated by the lack of finish by the demon in bg. You really brought the fight to Marko, not an easy task congratulations.
Marko - AWESOME. The only thing that bothers me on this piece is that aside from all the exoskeletal fear exuded he looks relatively harmless due to the fact that all his power is used to fly, so unless he's got some kick ass claws (with thumbs) on those feet, or a poisonous tongue he ain't gonna do much harm aside from stabbing some soul with his head.
trev - Nice work. No comment for me eh? Although this girl looks like a freak I think she could be more menacing and darker in mood to make it work better. Also her anatomy is a little off in places (I can talk he he). My favourite idea here is the shoes (could have been developed more) the blocks idea was great when Matt Groening did it with Lisa Simpson but unfortunately that is still too clear to my memory.
Burning eyes - Madd skills. I really like the mask and horns a new twist on horns which although popular still modern compared to the horns I gave mine. I'm a little bothered by the lack of inish and think you could have gone back and cleaned it up a little. Why is she stuck in the rock and looking so chilled out about it. That cat is good but could have had more of a snarl (I guess)
Tully - Really love your take, and composition. I actually haven't got much to say about this other than you need to study light effects on skin and how to render texture even better to give it that real feewl (Im not saying your not better than me thats for sure) but I would have liked to see Rusty paint this. And brighter eyes imo. Probably more rendering at a finer level is what I'm trying to say.
tagHeuer - Fairly good lighting imo. But other that I think he looks too much like hes asking if its okay to drool. I guess the composition is simple but effective.
FlipMcGee - Good to see your having a go at a complicated composition. Is that snake coming out of the Demon Princesses ass? Her head looks skewed and the composition feels flat in a lot of places. I do like the snakes body generally speaking.
Fozzybar - Good rendering and simple composition well handled. Just realised your name wasn't fozzybear. Has that demon baby just unloaded his gun on that teddy bear? Everything looks good in this composition to me, thats about the biggest problem I can see it's all just okay. I mean the idea is really good but not really to my taste. Hang on just realised what irritated me, the back left hand.
Angryscientist - This is disturbing and does hold the idea of the demon prince well. The problems I see are the poses are too stiff in places or maybe just out of proportion or bad perspective or anatomy, (i don't know) not much really just a feeling. What I think would have been more effective is those two cranking demons on the (our) left if you cropped to those two and clarified them a bit I believe this piece would have been a shit load more effective.
fungi - You have great painterly skills as per others' comments. I like the bug much better then the prince, and for some reason if I met this guy I know he would stink (literally). Another feeling I get is that he really needs an army behind him.
R'john - Nice details, more imaginative then i could think of. THe perspective to this go doesn't work for me that well and he or probably she does look like she about to lay a cable. Its also a bit cartoony for my taste but its still fairly well handled.
redehlert - Cuter than baby Jesus eh. This reminds me of Fozzybars piece, thats him on the nappy right. A little too overtly phallic (Me thinks he is in awe over his burning cactus). Anyway I think the rendering is a little muddy. Probably to cliche warm colouring as well. I do like the little angel being there though I think even he is a bit phallic. His left leg looks like it goes through the floor. I quite like the way you handle light though.
metaphysics - Great piece. I think it would have work better if you used the face of the guy on the top left for the bottom guy and gotten rid of the guy on the top left. Its soo good it just seems a little overcomplicated.
strych9ine - 1stly thanks for all your work. Great mood colouring on your piece. Unfortunately it looks a little to much like a life drawing (a well handled life drawing) with cool parts tacked on. If thats a snake above her head I guess that could have been embellished more. She looks a little bored sitting there staring in to space.
Smitherines - Great idea, great action but I think the handling and spontaneity of the work is somehow lost with the bland colouring and the angles of the fore legs of the animal part compared to the demon part. I think its great how you were going for a contraposto action but IMO I don;t think you quite got their. Perhaps if you burned (got rid of) the bottom set
of abs and put another chest it would have worked better. You have quite a good knowledge of anatomy but I think you could do more with composition and texturing.
lukavi - Another with supre skills but I think this looks too much like it could be split down the middle. For me, the robe (Although well handled), separates the figure. The face (a little flat) is probably the cause of this because the lighting applied is different from the stomach. He does look like a cool demon prince though.
al-x - This could have been present soo much better if you got rid of the coloured bits and contrasted values more. Really really Great drawing. Also put the crows lower behind the figures to give depth.
draw - Horizontal lines give a peaceful feeling dickhead. Those jeans look crap wheres the demon legs. Totally fucking cliche horns, bad fucking composition (stiff as all fuck) DID YOU DO ANY FUCKING GESTURE POSES. NO FUCKING WONDER YOU DIDN:T RECIEVE ANY COMMENTS. The anatomy is really shitty in places and he looks like he has tits. I do like the dead head
Rinaldo - This kicked my ass so fucking hard and I know why (thanks for ending my first thunderdome) . Royal purple colours subtley stating shes a princess. Great use of composition. First of all that staff drags you to the first face to get a snippet of whats in store, then you travel to the nearer figure to bask in her clearly defined form. Then if thats not all you give a modern technological twist on the horns to create a beeeautiful mask. Hell its such a stunning portrait and torso shot you don't even have to finish the
octopus like locomotor or even the arms for that matter as they both have already been generously planted in the viewers mind. All this and an economy of stroke that is to die for. My only critisicm is why don't you look at my stuff and give me some fucken help. I mean tips on how you get this good. Even though your were against me this really is one of the best composed character designs in the comp.
blog - Nice drawing. I think this should have been your start point. Done ten times more adding bits each time and then colouring towards the end and you may have been in with a shot.
INTERN - Really good drawing. Kind of reminds me of strych9ines in that it looks like a life drawing with cool bits added. You have realy good skills it is just a little boring to my taste. It doesn't present any drama.
Ptree3 - Niice. Too cartoony for my taste. Some really nice ideas going on though.
Form - This blows. Just joking, my brain is fucken fried after all these crits. No seriously this has all the hallmarks of being a great piece, its a shame it feels so unfinished. I think if you would have chopped the top off put the staffs crown behind your character and his head in the rule of third "sweet spot" added a little more detail to the face. Used
slightly less muddy colours, a little more contrast to create drama a blurrier background ala Markos then you could have been a contender. SO LONG AND THANKS FOR THE FISH.
Give a critique today, regardless if its a good piece or a 'not to your taste piece' Speciallly if its my piece.
I did, and f%^& me if I didn't learn a little more from both
Now take your lips off that pros ass and start talkin (this particularly includes you pros)
draw - sorry dude (and everyone else), got distracted by the zomibe thread and umm kinda forgot
Fozzybar - nice idea You used linework to define parts of the figure, however the linework isnt great - its broken in places (his left shoulder), doesnt define the shape of objects properly (such as where the horn joins his head which doen't round off peoperly and looks a little akward), and generally isnt strong enough in my personal opinion. If the shading were darker this would make the lines less important. As it stands I feel this is a compromosie between two styles.
AngryScientist - Bit grim ain't it? Its also a bit dark, some highlights would really pop the figures out a bit, even a faint sujestion of an outline would help distinguis between the characters.
Fungi - I really like the colours with this image, also the fact that its one of the most original pieces here. Im like the big eyebrows which sujest horns - good way to link back to the deamon theme without being too literal.
R'john - While this is a very original design (which I think is great) its just not demonic. I feel that in an attempt to be unique you have distanced your desin too far away from the subject matter. The colours are all cool and neutral, with the exception of the red hair (perhaps this could literally have been flaming red hair!). The pose and the enviroment of the character do little to enhance the mood of the pic. Also putting your name in big letters at the top of the peice detracts from the image, keep it small sorry if I have been too harsh.
Redehlert - Hehe nice idea. Ok the perspective on the horn on the left side of his head is off - his forehead should be obscuring it, not the other way around (unless he has 3 horns, with one on the bridge of his nose?). I realise you have tried to styalise the design, but the left leg looks out of proportion compared to the right.
Metaphysics -grusome! reminds me da vinci's sketches. I feel it could use some more finnish. The crown seems like a bit of a cop out - a sujestion would be to add more detail to the middle face: dark piercing eyes which engage the viewer and a twisted smile to show inteligencec and also that he is in control of his twisting and mutating body parts - instead of some out of control beast.
Strych9ine - The colours are lovely. However it does look like a life drawing which has had a mask drawn over it. There is nothing particular that I find menacing or threatening about the image...actually it reminds me of the site http://www.mypetskeleton.com (unless its been changed since the last time Ive been there). Nothing wrong with the technique. I think the idea sujested by draw of serpents would be good.
Smitherines - I kinda like this demon dude, perhaps some sharper edges on the outline and highlights/shade would help make this guy look more solid and a little more dramatic since the shading is quite soft. I think the colours are nice and i like the anatomy of the upper torso - the legs Im less keen on. I can't make up my mind on the background - perhaps if it were darker and the pentogram symbol was glowing red and casting a backlight on the figure it would look cool? Just saying what comes to mind.
Draw - Ok take a step back and relax for a bit! Its obvious from reading your own review that you know what you did wrong, and now you have to make a comitment to act on it with your next peice of work. You need to be critical (evaluate what you are doing and why) at each step of the project. I also mean not being overly scathing of yourself, and not critical of every little detail to the point where nothing gets done.
First - thanks for the comments guys. Always a learning process and I need all the help I can get.
On with the show!
Strych9ine Your piece creeps the hell out of me like she is so sedate and relaxed but is creating this environment of chaos, texture and torment. I dig it.
Smitherines You chose quite a challenging image! Soft rendering does contrast the mean character, but I actually dig it. Some contour issues in the torso and right foreleg, but that's an easy fix. I like that the body finishes off the star. Background is pleasing too.
Lukavi I do enjoy your creation. Fun and inviting. I almost wish you had chosen a more interesting pose, but how can you not like that crown and attire?!? Demon prince meets fat bastard...too cool.
Al-x I see that you couldn't decide on which one to do so you did them both! Overachiever...and I mean that in a good light. For this piece, my favorite part is in the air with the crows....did a nice job on them. Is it a fire and ice scenario with the blue and orange glow? Just curious.
Draw Total head trip....not sure what is goin' on, but I do have an appreciation for your ability to play with colors as boldy as you are.
Rinaldo Very interesting style and execution - technique alone compels me to spend a lot of time on your piece. The fusion of the 3/4 view and side view are interesting like I can't determine who is in the foreground vs background due to the overlap. Color choice is smooth....royalty.
Blog What a happy demon prince you have! Looks as though you spent a lot of time determining the face and the staff and then let the rest fade off due to either a) time or b) you really just wanted us to see the face. Either way, I admire your restraint.
Intern What you've executed is pretty damn slick, but I wish there was more because he's kinda just sittin' pretty in the center, ya know? That's one interesting jaw!
Ptree3 Every time I look at this piece I just enjoy it for its simplicity. If I stare at it for a while, I pick it apart, which I'm not going to do because again, every time I see it I really do like what you've done. Some serious lookin' stretch marks on that belly though.
Form Your's also has an immediate positive reaction to it that I pick apart once I look into it. I like your idea and the demon prince is very large and in charge. Where did he find such a big stick to shake?
Okay...that's it. I'm not sure of any particular pairing's victor, but I know that I've personally enjoyed doing this and wish the best to all.
There is no "I" in team, but there is an "I" in pie. And there's an "i" in meat pie. Meat is the anagram of team...~Shaun "Shaun of the Dead" http://www.cognitionstudio.com
draw, trev, red, thanks to all of you for taking the time to give comments and crits. Very cool of you guys and exactly what I wanted to see happen in these threads.
Thanks for the crits on piece too, guys... I tried to go for a more subtle, "what the hell is going on here" vibe to the image, but I see now it may be too subtle. I'll kick it up a notch if I make it into the next round.
thanks for the comments guys,I appreciate it. All comments were valid yo,none were too harsh. I'll take them in and be better in my next work.
Yo spartan,thanks man,I'm glad you see my peice for what it is. Its not that in your face demon prince...actually,he is a good prince,but was dubbed the demon due to the disfigured face under that mask...hence the mask...I was trying to go for something a little more than the typical demon pic. No offence to those who did that type of pic.