This is one I submitted for PAINTER. I've been trying to build my portfolio, so my good friend Pete http://www.petersakievich.com/ suggested I do a piece based on a scene from L. Frank Baum's Oz childrens books. I decided to do something different from the original Tik-Tok, who had more of a sphere-shaped body. I'm on a mac, and my screen is an LCD so I'm a little worried it might look too dark on most of your screens. Hopefully not, I've had problems with that in the past. I apologize if it is. Crits welcome. (concept sketches below)
And another... This one is a paint up of something from my sketchbook. I really intended to make it less involved/looser, but I just got carried away with it.
This is the original composition sketch i did in Painter:
And the next 3 are the doodles I did in my sketchbook as I was trying to decide how I wanted Mr. Tok to look:
Last edited by R Frederickson; November 29th, 2005 at 01:52 AM.
the sketches are BEAUTIFUL!
the first painting, however, confuses me.
is he supposed to be laying on his back?
or falling backwards?
either way, a cast shadow is definetly needed.
if he IS laying on the grass, try splaying some grass blades around him.
- Dan Dos Santos
Thanks Mike and Dan. Glad you like the sketch stuff. Took your advice, Mike and made the images smaller. And you're both absolutely right about the image being confusing. His shadow is really part of what's making the bush to the left as dark as it is. He's really floating, but as you said I'll have to go in and make his cast shadow more apparent in the grass area. No sweat. ...In the story he's fallen into this marble fountain, and like all Oz bots, he gets stuck/frozen because of the water in his joints. So some invisible characters in the story lift him from the fountain, dry him off and get him oiled up so he can move again.
Then some dripping water (before the drying part) hitting the ground would emphasis the distance betweeen bot and ground. In addition to the shadow... a little "sweat" rolling over the form and falling would add some cool detail to boot.
And for really subtle, how about some footprints in the grass from the invisible guys?
Storn A. Cook
i too found it a little hard to read in some spots. mainly the water. took me a second. maybe if you added some subtle highlights where his leg is breaking the water, it could add some needed depth to that area (unless his leg isnt even IN the water, and im way off..hehe)
very nicely done tho! please post the update
I wont fail now
The first pic is quite stunning. veryyyy nice... I too agree with the shadows... just some on the left side of the grass to hint the distance would really make him float more convincing. Plus, skanks idea about water breaking makes good sense too. beautiful job
I'm not sure when I'll get to fixing this, but it's pretty obvious there it needs some changes. You're right about the water dripping (I suppose I got lazy and forgot to do that) i'll have to indicate some when I make the changes.
Thanks guys. Appreciate the comments!