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    Mother Of Lies

    I haven't been allowed to share a whole lot lately,
    but I've got a new book cover for you guys.

    Its the sequel to this one from a while back:
    Children of Chaos

    All in all, I'm fairly happy with it.
    I am also pleased that it is a very accurate description of the novel.

    All traditional...Oils on Board, 20 x30 inches.
    Enjoy!




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    Awsome, love that bloody river!

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    Dan, that's really really lovely.


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    Nice work. I really like the green and reds that you used together here. Not always the easiest hues to use together with nuance and delicacy, but you did it very well. Always good to see more work from you.

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    Mmmmm..bloood! Really nice job, Dan! I love the design of the woman. :-) Haha. I see a little bit of you in her face. More blood pictures, please!

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    That's a beautiful piece Dan. Great color choices!

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    dope image Dan... saw the little bulletin on myspace... You such a pimp!

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    Just a suggestion, to make color of blood closer in its coolness to general palette of the image. Please ignore of course, in case if you don't agree. I didn't change the color of blood smear on her dress and on the fur. it is brighter and makes eyes drawn to these spots more in my opinion. The figure of the main character will get more attention, I think.
    I like how you did the transparent fabric very much, the whole dress is great. Figures of werewolves look more like they are frozen in motion. maybe because of the careful brushstrokes and clear outlines. All figures have clear outlines, in the BG or FG. Was it intentional? Probably so. Madam has steel nerves, cuts people's stomach like nothing doing.

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    This is such a beautiful image... The subtlety of everything in her pose (head tilt, hand pose, leading lines etc) is so well done, great
    storytelling image. Hope you get to show us more soon, maybe I get to see this one in person hmm hmm? Take care~*

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    Nice painting for sure. Good composition and looks like an interesting story, reminds me a bit of Narnia!

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    Sweeeeet!

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    Dopeness!! beautiful on the woman Dan, I really love how she looks. and that transparent cloth, hmm hmm good. this looks awesome in person people, that cloth is so silky and lovely. Dan I would have to agree with Sve. If you blurred some of those cat people a bit in the background, maybe just softer edges, and less dark outlines, maybe you can try this on your next painting blurr the part of the body that is in motion, like the arms for instance.
    The womans dress again looks so sweet. I love her expression. You rock!!

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    I love his character design and gesture, amazing! nicely painted too

    Concept drawing is attracting me strongly these days!
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    Nice one bud - I think even though the improvements are small from the last time I saw the piece, it makes a huge difference.

    What's great about this piece (besides the technical) is that if I saw all this crazy imagery on a bookshelf - rivers of blood, crazy warrior ladies, snow white lion men (!) - I'd just have to pick it up and find out what the hell is going on. You've done your job well!

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    excellent sir, it really finished up nicely. Though I'm not the first to say it, the transparent fabric is dynamite. Darkening the river of blood does look nice, though I don't know I'd have noticed it without a side by side comparison. Where is that type gonna go?

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    The transparent green and the blood - very juicy...
    one tiny thing - the left hand of the creature on the very left fits almost perfectly with the triangle shape of the house in the distance and it makes it look like he's about to smack the other guy with a miniature house...

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    This is really great, I love the lady in the middle you picked great colors for this.

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    So this is the painting in the teaser video, it's goddamn gorgeous. That translucent dress, the ultra saturated river of blood, your beautiful dos santos eyes... personally, it's the boldness of that blood channel that leads me up through the painting, back out, and right back in again.

    Where the hell is the designer going to put the typography? I guess that's what they're paid to do, though, to make it work and not fuck up the excellent artwork.

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    The smoke trail leads into the blood trail which looks like claw marks. Nicely done.
    ...Wasn't this a Y.A. series? Not that I'm complaining

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    awesome dan I was talking with robin before checking this thread and I was saying how I thought it was digital

    you blow me aways!

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    oh dan it's lovely!
    my favorite aspect of this piece has to be the woman's face and how its contrasted against the darkness of her dress, and sky. Oh and her costume is excellent too!
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    I can finally exhale. I've been waiting to see what you were up to for quite a while now..... looking back though, it wasn't really that long ago since your last post. Guess that's how anxious I am to see new work! I love the composition in this piece, Dan. It's a lot more narrative than the standard "main character centered, up close, with everything happening behind"..... I don't mind the standard, but it's awesome to see this approach on the book cover format. I love how the woman is a lot more involved in her surroundings here, and we get a much stronger sense that we just walked into a scene we're not sure we want to be in. Great drama!

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    That is absolutely delicious.

    My only comment would be that the falling snow looks very two dimensional. I think that's because the top portion of the sky is quite dark, and there's very little atmospheric perspective. Even a light snowfall ( or snow that's just begun to fall, as this appears to be ) would usually suggest the contrary, and I'm having trouble seeing the snowflakes with any depth as a result. Until I noticed them in the foreground, I read them as stars in fact.

    Utter trivia however. It's a beautiful painting.

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    I still love it-- and still get that same punch-in-the-gut feeling as when I saw it in person. While I think some of the crits have merit (even though I didn't see them right off the bat) I know there are some things you've definitely managed to push yourself on in this image. The costuming and general handling of that main figure is just delicious. I can't wait to see what you're working on next.

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    It's really impressive,
    I love it !
    ...The color choise, the technic, the composition whith the main character very static in the middle of the battle,..a beautiful cover.

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    for those of you not in the know, Dan had to do a lot of reworking of the image. the second lion figure he had to move down after beautifully rendering it (not an easy task to do with oils). and the two figures fighting overlaped by the woman's dress were not so at one point. Here is a small shot of the painting before the changes:




    Dan, i like how you darkened the forground after Todd's suggestions. it really did add the depth that wasn't there before. My only beef is the lion figure you moved down looks like it's hovering a bit. look like it needs some darker shadows around the head to solidify the feel of dead weight

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    Awesome work, Dan! Ever since I caught sight of it in the retreat pics, I wanted to see it Really nice job!

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    Awesome, Dan. Can we we see the whole original/initial drawing ? For the few I saw on post one, it looks great allready, very energic.
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    what a bloody mess. great painting dan the man. but I must say though that i like the sketch of the face more than the painted version, it has such nice energy and look to it. hope you can share more work soon.

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    The details are amazing,wow..it's fantastic!
    As said..the cloth looks so beautiful..I love it

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