For a friend... I'm REALLY new to this whole digital painting thing. This was done with Photoshop 7.0 and Painter 6.0. I was finally able to finish it up a few weeks ago...
her pose is really weird in relation to the background....
don´t know if you wanted it kind of one thing appart from another, but her face and hair are really cool...
Yeah it was a downshot of her standing... Any ideas or suggestions for the background (which can be easily changed) would be appreciated.
you could add a black border instead of the purple the image would stand out more
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I think this is a case of the reference getting in the way. This is nowhere near up to the level of the rest of the work on your site. As everone else has noted, she doesn't look like she's flying, plus the foreshortening is off, making her look like a dwarf. What's going on with the head and the hair is nice, but I think it needs a new body much more than a new background.Originally Posted by Karen K.
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A really simple fix could be that her feet are perpindicular to her calves, so it looks like a standing pose. Making them at a more flowing angle with the legs would be a big help on readability. I agree with Elwell, though, and a different viewpoint might be necessary- try flipping the image so she's appearing to be coming down on the viewer... after all, we're not the ones flying, she is.... we wouldn't be able to get a vantage point that's equal to hers.
Cool. Like I said, the whole digital painting thing is new to me... and I do appreciate all the feedback. I'll try sketching over the piece tonight.
Cotron: Interesting idea, I'll play with that one in particular...
Elwell: Agreed. She isn't supposed to be flying, just wings outstretched, I think the decision to give the moon in the background so that it had a background at least was a very poor one on my part. I dig your ideas though, and will take everyone's advice back to the drawing board with me. You guys rock
Last edited by Karen K.; April 2nd, 2006 at 11:41 PM.
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There are some nice elements to this, but my main concerns have nothing to do with the digital aspect. While I like the drama of the angle, the pose (as so many have implied), is incredibly stiff. This is really impacting the viewer's connection with the character. There are no recognizable emotions (my first impression was "Help! My jeans are too tight.").
It really helps if you make your characters really overact. Just ham it up until you really feel comfortable with how the body moves and conveys emotion. Then you'll find it easier to reign it in and e more subtle. After the face, the hands are the most expressive. That's usually a good place to start (and a reason so many of us have trouble with the little dudes).
I tend to let my references get in the way, too (after not using them at all, I over-react a lot).
Leave some strands of hair floating away from the solid wave that seems to be sifting through the air in the moon.. it would give a better effect to the openness a night should provide. I like that style of bat.. gives a demented but mild feeling. Hope you play around with that hair..
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