your welcome...thank you!
your welcome...thank you!
a new update
Life is a long lesson in humility.
Dammit! I thought maybe I would've drained your powers when I was there, but I see you're still kickin' mad ass. I'm diggin' the floating island a lot. I keep going back to it. And I'm really admiring what you've done with the WotC illustration. The amount you've done with practically only 2 colors!! Badass, Phil. Makes me want to open up photoshop again, as I've pretty much just been drawing on real paper with real pencils Keep on rockin' it man!!
Very, very nice work. I particularly love the colors in the second piece. The range is great.
What can i say that hasnt been said already...
Really geat stuff. i love the firery burning city.
it must feel great to see your work on something like a book. walk into a borders or something across the nation and see your artwork looking back at you. props!
- I think it's official... I am the world's slowest painter
The original post is outstanding. your mattes seem well done.
However by way of crit and personal observation, some of the "new" stuff you've posted seems a bit "photo-choppy". Like not quite mattes, and not quite paintings... sort of a poor mix. If they are not going to be full blown mattes, I kinda wish they were more painterly like some of your old works. Also the cover for Wizards of the Coast has way too many atmospheric effects for my taste. Kinda kills the readability of the image as a whole.
Anyway, just my opinion of course. Have a great day
Daniel: What's up dood....I liked the recent work you sent me...sorry I couldn't respond...I've been hammered with work! You know how that goes....good to hear your drawing with that old tool the pencil...I need to pick that up again soon...
Bash: Thanks man
VashTheStampede: Thanks...yeh it does feel pretty cool to see your work published...if you haven't had that experience keep workin at it, you'll get there.
Octavian: This is most excellent feedback! On the Photo-chopy comment, it's good to keep in mind how long I spent on each piece and what the assignment was.
Pretty much all of these images were for clients and thus asked for something different each time. For example, the "high tech environment" was a Q and A for ImagineFX focusing on creating quick high tech enviro's...I do this using a combo of photo- ref and custom brushes in production. I make no excuses, this is a common technique used among many top Concept artists including Feng, Martinierre, Mullins etc etc. This is especially useful during production since it means you can get to a pretty quick finished like illo in a couple of hours.
You're not alone though...a few others have commented on this stuff looking less "hand made" than my old stuff and I do take that feedback to heart.
As for the Wizards cover...atmosphere was what the client was looking for and they were happy with the result
phew, thanks for taking it the right way... after I posted it I was worried that I came across too "snarky" and wanted to edit my post to make sure it was laden with tact but unfortunately something went wrong with either my isp or with CA.org and I was unable to get anything but a white/blank page...
I've been wanting to give better crits these days so I can hopefully start being more honest with my own work and make dramatic improvements in my own self crit process.
Thanks for the "time constraint" elaboration... something I figured, but still wanted to give a good feedback.
anyway, can't wait to see more of your work.
no worries ...posts like yours keep me on my toes.
I totally understand the usage of photos to create an impression of a more finished environment. I think it works rather well in these!
I like "the creep" picture alot. The palette and composition are great in that one. Well in all of them really.
My only crit would be that in the last image, silent morning, there's maybe a bit too many colour temperatures for my taste, and the grass in the foreground looks "too repeated" and thus lacking dynamism compared to the kind of finish the image has otherwise.
Anyways, keep up the inspirational work! Your environments are magnificent.