Very nice works here!
I like Santa's progres
Hey Glen! it was nice meeting you too. The sketchgroup was a blast and I hope we can do many more in the future.
Entdroid- Hi there! Yeah that Santa has either disturbed alot of people or made them laugh. Sometimes a little of both. Although I think deep down, some people think he's HAWT. He really isn't what I find sexy. I just wanted to do something that I thought was funny. I really should have taken the challenge a little more serious and given the women of CA what they really wanted to see. But I knew Chuck was gonna be bringing it home with his peice so I thought he had it covered. Thanks fo stopping by again Ms. Ent, I'm glad you like my work.
jdeegz- Hi jd, thanks for the compliment. I think that over time you'll see that I'm all over the place with my work with verying subject matter and styles.
I'll keep posting when I can. Thansk for stopping by!
spiffiness- Hi Spiffy, I agree with you and Nick. I do have a tendency to overwork and I should really loosen up a bit. I think that bigger brishtrokes are good if you can still achieve what your after in the end result. Doing it good though takes practice. I will certainly try your suggestions. Thanks for your crit!
Nyx702-Yeah, I think you two are on to something. I will definantly give it a go. Thansk for checking in on me.
Pascallo-I agree with you 100% on this observation. I had a tough time deciding what to do with this piece. And I had alot going on at the time of the contest. All I can really say is I waited till the final hours efore commiting to anything and hung myslef because of it. I think the piece really lacks heart. I mean you can tell when someone who isn't into a subject or who's rushing to get something done loses heart in a piece. I think the my opponent, sve, had a lot more heart with her piece. Alot of love went into to her work. I think that this would pass for a decent color comp, but not a finished piece. Thanks for dropping by and giving me your thoughts.
designboot- Hi Designboot. Thank you I appreciate that. This one was done with a bit more time on my hands. I had worked on this over the course of 2 weeks. Did alot of research, looking at JC Leyendecker and Norman Rockwells work. I happend to be reading Rockwell's autobiography at the time, "My adventures as an Illustrator" which was a great read btw. And I just tried to mimick the style of those ealry Post covers. It was great fun to work on this. Thanks for stopping by!
voodoochile- Mr. Voodoo! Yeah I'm looking forward to our next meetup too. I had alot of fun. Hopefully with more practice I'll be able to get back up to speed and be comfortable with my quick figure drawing agian. Thanks for dropping by!
OK, so here's what I've got cooking for the Gods at War Tdome.
Posiedon vs Cthulhu
These are early and rough. I think I'll have a Pirate ship/Galleon on the wave to the left of the battle in the forground. I'm still tossing ideas around but I think this might be the general composition I'll be going for. I kno right now, I'll be going nuts figuring out how I want Cthulhu's wings to be positioned.
Also I just wanted to mention that I won't be replying untill I have something to post. So if I don't responed as quickly as some like I do apologize, and please don't take offense.
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Oh god, thank you very much, that's what friends for, right? I feel weak in my knees... Goooorrggiouuuussssssss!
Man, could you spoil it with something, like wrong colors or ship being stuck in the middle of the desert... I'm near of coma...
I was terrified and. I loved the piece from the first time...
Especially the intersection between two, Cthulhu? who the hell he is? Who is the bad guy?
And anatomy of the standing guy is wonderful, striking really,,, all these curves of muscles, very attractive.
It looks like digital drawing, my, my, I'm deeply impressed, those are beautiful lines and it looks like you got this truthful outline from the first attempt.
Well, you know if you really want you always find something to criticize. So here I go.
Both figures are pretty much lined up. Although I like their interaction and I like the composition, I think you will get double bonus if you make one figure slightly closer to us, another behind it... The other thing, you might create extra interest to your picture if you move one of the knees of the character forward. Like you know to make the pose less static, add potential dynamic, interest for viewer to finish the scene, to imagine next movement of the person.
Cthulhu's head is way too big for his body. They both look like their have very similar bodies. maybe it is not a big thing.
their bodies are almost mirroring each other, almost the same pose...
Is it wings behind Poseidon? interesting interpretation...
A lot of empty space on my left right now. I hope you will paint some beautiful waves. Here link for you, our best Russian painter, who painted sea all his life, Ivan Aivazovsky
Well that's all I've got. Anatomy is beautiful and this pose is very expressive.
Good luck, hope you are doing well after pour last chat, .
Wow, read your words about my piece... Man, how I want it to be real truth, not just you being kind and friend. Bye.
Man dont be such hard to yourself, your picture is definetly cool anyway. Maybe you´ll remember next time Cheers!
sve- Wow!! You say the nicest things. To help you with who's who, Poseidon (King Neptune, King Triton) is the guy with the spear. And Cthulhu is the winged, octopus-head guy getting speared. (wiki cthulhu for more on him) Thanks for your wonderful comments, they are very insightful
Pascallo Hehe, yeah have a tendency to be very harsh about my stuff. Thanks for droping by again!
enthombed Thanks man! I have some more festering around that I'll post soon.
(c)- Hi C! I hope it's fleshed out enough for you. I tried to stay looser with my strokes. Thanks for your comments and thanks for dropping by!
Here's the final entry for the Gods at War tdome. I thought it turned out pretty OK. I didn't intend for this to be in color. Just black and white. I think just as much can be said with B&W. I tried to stay loose with this one and worked on this at 25% screen size for the majority of it. I'll link this to a larger version later so you can see just how scribbly and loose I got.
Hope you guys like it.
Til next time, thanks for dropping by!
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hey I like it!
still feels a little off balance to me... and you wussed out on Making Cthulu anatomical.. probably wise...(shudder)...
I love BW i think we should work that way more often.
To see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
Wow! Really exciting image! I love that wing! The rim lighting is really good too!
Where's the stars? Great work!
Aw, this is awesome. I haven't talked you you for a while. Busy I supose. I agree with chaos in the balance part. It almost looks like two separate images. That rim lighting is pretty sweet. It almost looks like something Anthriel would paint. The figures could probably use some more twist in there body to make them more dynamic don't you think? I think it definatly feels better with you working looser. How about you? I think it could proably go even more lose.
chaosrocks- Hi Chaos! I looooooooooove B&W. It's too bad most people don't really feel the same way. I'm glad you do though.
As far as the composition goes... It's funny when you're working on something that you're really into, how you can forget or even not pay attention to certain aspects of the image. I agree anout the balance of this image being off. I was really trying to get that sense of turmoil, with the tilts and angles. I could have planned this better. But sometimes you just gotta get the damn thing done. And that's what happend here. I gave myself enough time, so that's not my exscuse. I'll go back into it here in a bit. I do feel good about certain elements of it. I just need a break from it. Thanks for your comments and dropping by again!
spiffiness- Heya Spiffy. Thanks for that, I appreciate it!
Zombie_dla- Stars? I see stars sometimes when I bump my head. And at night when the sky is clear. I love stars. Unfortunately, my sketchbook doesn't. I appreciate your comment and thanks for dropping by!
Nyx702Yeah I've been busy. Sorry Nick. I'm an ass. I get real active on here from time to time and then fall off the face of the 'net only to come back again and post some more. Works been bustin my ass. Freelance. Family and life in general. I agree about the figures. I'm gonna try and push this to another level here in a bit. I'm glad you approve of the looser work. It was something Spiffy had suggested and I think it was a good point. And yeah, it could probably go more loose. I sometimes "zone out" when working though and then get caught up in the details. Thanks for droppin by man. We'll get together with some OC soon. I'm jones-ing!
Ok, on to some art...
This was done for a test for N I V A L Interactive. They are developing a MMO and the test was to develop a Kobold. They asked for a Warrior, but I thought a mage would be neat too. But alas it wasn't meant to be. Recieved a polite rejection from the AD. Maybe next time.
Here's something I'm messing around with. I don't have alot of time to read, so I like to listen to audiobooks. This is quick doodle from a fairly recent Stephen King story. I think I'm gonna try and flesh this out a bit and get a nice illo out of it. Can you guess what it is? I bet you can.
hehe... wow, that sounds like the lady from Romper Room! Man I'm old.
Till next time...
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