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    just checked out the black horse one.
    the contrast in that one gives it more impact than this one in my opinion.

    both beautiful though!


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    wonderful work tristan, really nice
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    I can't believe how small you work! Make me wanna hide under the bed...

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    that first one is just absolutely beautiful!

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    its a great horse, intense expression in the eyes, but i wish the same energy went into the girl. she is looking a little plain and generic.

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    Fire Horse is superb, i'm amazed at how solid a sense of form and volume the horse has with so little "dramatic" lighting, which could have been overdone given the subject, but isn't at all. my only comment is that to me, the horse seems to be taking it a little too calmly, i'd expect maybe a bit more of a hint of terror at that much flame, but then again, i'm not a horse person, and maybe that's not right for the story being illustrated.

    lack of shadows in Charmed to Death is a bit unsettling -- the cat & the books keep levitating a bit

    the cat in Witch Way to Murder is so perfectly characterized, a little swagger, a lot of curiosity. also the best rendition of stars i've seen in quite a while -- just the right amount of brilliance for a clear summer night. superb piece.
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    Elwell, these are very simple, and very nice.
    Lovely horse, you paint them very well!
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    Absolutely wonderful stuff Tristan, as everyone has said especially the horse piece

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    The lower body of the horse in red and the reflected lights on the fore legs are HOT! literally and paris-hilton style. The horse is rather expressionless compared to the girl's face. I know its hard to make a horse show expression when your tackling for a realistic look. meh

    The other 2 dont excite me as much. But you ARE working with some pretty lame material
    These are the covers for the first two books in a series about a mystery solving witch
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    But still the 2 compositions are really similar. We have the classic "lower-right-foreground-cropped-still life"
    And we have the "lower-left-starting-point-for-the-eye-to-lead-to-the-focal point" (the path in the first one and the 2 sets of books/star in the last piece)


    But you sure do have them oils skillz. The fire is elite in the first one. As are the books on the shelves in the last


    and now some questions for Sir Tristan!

    Since you are painting traditionally, does the client give you more time as opposed to a digital painter who's also working on the same project?

    AND!

    What are the perks of painting traditionally (besides owning an original and wow-ing the client with it!) I mean, with an original, the editors would have to lug a huge piece of canvas around, being careful not to damage it, then take a proffesional foto shot, adjusting the color in PS, etc etc. Seems like a hassle than to just recieve a hi-res TIFF file via email...

    (And it is possible to get the same finished effect with digital paint when the final image is gonna be shrinked down to fit on a book cover!)


    thanks!
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    Thanks for sharing these Tristan.I love the new horsey painting - I think it may be one of your most energetic pieces yet. Bravo sir
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    I really like the fire horse, I am not too keen on the centeralized composition of the others. Didnt read comments, sorry if already addressed.

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    Thanks. Typecasting can be a problem for any professional, the trick is to find something new in every piece.

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    It's actually very subtle three point perspective. You can see my ref in the "post your reference" thread. That doesn't mean it's not wrong, though!

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    I too would have liked to have the fire influencing the girl and the horse more, but I didn't think I could fake it convincingly.

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    I know what you mean. Mystery covers, by their very nature, tend to be more quite and decorative.

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    You're right. They're probably going to crop most of her face off anyway, though, so i didn't refine it as much as i usually would have.

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    Clients give me more time because I'm slow . As for traditional vs. digital, the advantage of oils for me is that it's what I know how to do best. I don't think there is any real advantage for the client beyond an individual artist's look. It's certainly more convenient for them to receive art digitally, so I'll often turn in a scan rather than the original (which allows me to be in control of cleanup, color correction, etc.).

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    The compositions on the cat pieces were to a large extent determined by the cover format, which has the author's name at the top and the title, large, at the bottom.


    *Now, about the lack of strong shadows in the second kitty piece. Originally I had painted the floor a light beige, to look like the kind of carpet you might see in a library. The art director decided they wanted it that dark blue-green, so the entire floor had to be repainted around all the elements... one of the decided disadvantages to not working digitally . In the process, a lot of the darkness under the book stacks and cat that was originally there got lost, partially because of the reduced value range and partially by accident.
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    Beautiful. I don't know what else to add to the good things that has been said. Your horses rock. The new version is really good, it has a different vibe, though I dare say the black horse painting has a bigger umph. Perhaps the intense blacks and reds grab me more. Still both well done, hats off to you!

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