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    Big Steaming Dump

    Hi everyone. Here's some (semi)recent work. I've got my own thoughts on stuff I would do differently given a second crack at them but I'd love to hear your comments.

    Also, I'll be at San Diego Comic Con next week signing at the Upper Deck booth 3-5 on Friday and 11-1 on Saturday so feel free to come by point and laugh. Plus any Magic players can harass me at Atlanta JSS/US Nationals the week after that.

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    Good to see some of your work here Dan, i've been to your website many times and am always impressed. I love the pose of the woman on the forest blowing the spores, it really captures. I also love how youve merged everything together with the Elemental Sorceress, the swirling elements really add to the composition.

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    The forest lady is my fav, as was said, because of the pose- though I gotta crit her chin.. It looks like it sticks out really far, and IMO she would look even hotter if you just rounded it off a bit!

    Keep up the work! Nice steaming pile!

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    All very nice stuff Dan! My favorite is the big werewolf dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inspector Lee
    All very nice stuff Dan! My favorite is the big werewolf dude.
    Me too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitman
    Me too..
    Me three.

    Actually, the top three images are really nice. The who gesture to the "blowing" girl is outstanding!

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    The name brought me into the thread but the great art made me want to stay, (you had me at Big Steaming...)
    Some of the faces look a tiny bit out of perspective, but overall lovely stuff, I wish I could draw superman that well!

    why cant the future be beautiful babe
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    Yo you gotta show us your process man cause your colors are tight!!

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    Not bad, not bad at all. Nice work with colours and overall feeling- Nothing big to crit about.

    Keep it up!
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    @ j a k e, inspector Lee, hitman, and More Junk

    Thanks guys! Glad you like them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pixeldragoon
    The forest lady is my fav, as was said, because of the pose- though I gotta crit her chin.. It looks like it sticks out really far, and IMO she would look even hotter if you just rounded it off a bit!

    Keep up the work! Nice steaming pile!
    I see what you mean, but it's minor enough that it doesn't bug me much. I think it was the combination of camera angle and facial pose that had me pushing it a tad too far with her chin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blexarady
    The name brought me into the thread but the great art made me want to stay, (you had me at Big Steaming...)
    Some of the faces look a tiny bit out of perspective, but overall lovely stuff, I wish I could draw superman that well!
    Thanks blexarady! You're right on the faces. Looking back I can clearly see it, especially on some of the Superman faces. He's such an iconic character that I was struggling to do my perfect rendition of it. I think maybe some of the proper structure may have been sacrificed. Good crit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sensei324
    Yo you gotta show us your process man cause your colors are tight!!
    Yo thanks!
    I'm not sure if I saved any in-progress files on these. I'll have to dig a little and see.

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    hey Dan-
    cool stuff ,man... i especially like the first 3. have fun in San diego!
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    The first one is muh fave! Love the comics also though, very good lines and coloring...PRINTS!

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    Hey Dan, This is great work!

    I always like to see batman in good render, but my fave is the first one with the elements. I love the idea, very cool.

    I have recently taken up art as a hobby after seeing some of your work. You deserve credit for making an artist out of me! Your paintings are very inspiring and I hope to come even close to rendering like you do.

    I agree with sensei324, I would love to also see your process.

    Again truely great work!

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    Cool pieces Dan. The piece of Doomsday vs. Superman, doomsday's eyes look kinda crooked,they are pointing in diffrent directions.

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    Well, something I noticed is that there are some annoying anatomy errors that put me off in almost all of these. There's limbs that are too long or thick, and a lot of the muscles look improportionate. In the first and fifth ones, the perspective on the body you were trying to use didn't work completely, and some parts are too small even though they're further back. I don't know how to explain this, but with your colors it seems like your using the same palets with everything and just using the same shade every time. I don't know, it just seems a little bland sometimes.

    Your stuff is awesome, I looked at your site, but I think it's a little more helpful to point out something than just say how great you are. Good stuff.

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    synthetINK- Thanks Andy! Too bad you aren't going. I need to see you sketch in person to confirm that it's actually humanly possible to be that good at drawing

    Saikin-I'm not trying to pimp prints here but since you're asking, yeah, they're available from my site.

    dustbin1_uk-"I have recently taken up art as a hobby after seeing some of your work. You deserve credit for making an artist out of me!" Whoa! I don't know if I can handle that responsibility. Don't you know what you're getting yourself into man?! Seriously...welcome to the ranks!

    I didn't have any really good "in progress" shots of these but I do of a Dracolich piece I did a few months ago. I'll post that one for ya.

    Lone Wolf- Thanks! What you're seeing could possibly be the little boney-eye-protector-thingys Doomsday has over his eyes. It seemed like a kind of wierd design to me but I guess it's just evolution at it's finest

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    A few people asked so...

    Relatively rough line drawing showing where the basic elements will go.
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    Values are indicated in grayscale and it's submitted for approval.
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    Requested change on the pose so the head of the dracolich is towards the top of the page and would show up on newstands. You can see the old sketch is barely visible underneath a hue/saturation layer I've temporarily created in Photoshop.
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    Values incorporated into new sketch. A good example of why doing this digitally allows for so much flexibility.
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    Rough colors laid in over values.
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    Work on final rendering starting with things furthest from the camera and moving forward.
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    Rendering foreground elements.I didn't really like how the floor was looking. Too much like kitchen linoleum or something.
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    Final image. Decided to completely change the floor. Finished rendering the dracolich and the warrior in the foreground.
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    Sweet progress shots! I really really like your handling of textures on the dracolith and on Doomsday. The anatomy of Superman's chest doesn't look quite right, like the curve of the torso looks circular instead of dipping in between the pecs. I don't know how to explain what looks off, really. The last one is where it's the most obvious. Your superhero knees all seem a little oversimplified for the rendering style too.

    Really really excellent work with the coloring and painting style. This is some inspiring stuff!

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    Dayum ~ thanks for the inspiration!

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    Great stuff man, fantastic dracolich. My favorite thing, for some reason, is the earth element being drawn up in the bottom left of the first piece. Love that dusty rock motion.

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    Ah! Thank you Dan, I feel very privileged you did that for us all. Thank you. Nice progress shots!

    And not to worry about responsibility, I understand if it's going to be, it's down to me! Learn from the masters, and practice, practice, PRACTICE!!!

    Thanks loads man, and keep on inspiring.

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    Hey Dan! If you don't mind me asking, what resolution do you normally work at while you're creating these?

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    srsizzy- Thanks for the crits. I'll keep an eye out for those things you mentioned in the future. I agree, it's better to hear there are things you still need to work on than to just be told your stuff is great. Once I feel I have nothing else to improve in my art I might as well quit.

    nonie-I actually had the "S" symbol following the shape of his chest more on a few pieces and was told to make it more flat. I think it's more important to DC to have the symbol be clearly readable than anatomically accurate.

    Rebeccak-Cheers!

    Dr Midnight-I think that was probably my favorite part of that piece to paint. Just going nuts experimenting with different brushes. I learned a lot right there in that little corner.

    dustbin1_uk-Anytime man. It's all about sharin' the love.

    patdzon-Glad you like it!

    dustbin1_uk-It all depends on the size the final image will be printed at. Magic cards are the smallest. I usually do those at around 3700X2700 pixels. Magazine covers are usually around 4000X5000 pixels. The DC pieces needed to be printed larger so they weigh in at 6600X10200 pixels.

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    I don't mean his S symbol, that looks okay to me. I mean his actual chest looks off. Like the center line is wrong and the ribcage seems off too. A little the wrong shape and a little mis-placed. It's very subtle but gives you a torso that doesn't look as professional as the other areas of your work. The thighs and knees are very comic book standard but feel like they should be more realistic and accurate when you're rendering to this level.

    You painting skills are great! You don't need to work on those at all. It's just that the anatomy errors are very well hidden, but they're kinda knocking your work down a notch from where it should be, you know? If you keep working on your anatomy you'll be unstoppable though

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    Very fun work to look at. Glad to see some Justice League stuff, but my favorite has got to be the werewolf vs the undead. Tons of energy in that one! Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice images! That close up of the undead dragon -- I didn't know they had ribs in the neck. But then again, it is fantasy...
    Is it supposed to have some snake-like origins in there? If so....I totally see where you're coming from with including these riblets. Dig the tut as well!
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    Great work Dan, dynamic use of color and composition- I really like the elemental goddess! Do you prefer to work in photoshop or painter (or do you have a workflow that uses both in tandum?)

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