Commisioned piece for a t-shirt design
cool picture. I really like that is seems like there is a light behind him, but I don't know how you could translate that well to a t-shirt.
His frown makes him look a little sad, though his eyes look more angry.
I think his wings could really use another pass.
They don't look really finished, especially compared to the rest of it.
i think it looks unfinished. you should merge it into just two layers, figure and bg, and go over the whole piece one more time. his skin could definitely use some highlights- right now it looks a bit flat. the armor doesn't differentiate from the skin in texture or tone. the wings look a bit off in general. i'd grab some references and pour a bit of detail into them.
also, the sword is a bit funky. going by how he's holding it, shouldn't it be pointed torwards the viewer? his right hands grip suggests he's basically thrusting it at us.
anyway. most everything is solid, it just needs to be polished up a bit. you know, the obligatory *pop* ;]
Another problem here is that you have the extreme foreshortening of the leg but not on his cape - you can do some really cool stuff with the shape of the cape...
who wants that t-shirt? how much did they pay you?
I polished up the ngel a bit.
Thanks you for all your comments! Much appreciated...
I honestly intended to leave the wings a little "unpolished"
intentionally so there wasn't too much focus on them.
As far as the cape, I took a little artistic liscence
to make the overall shape a little more aesthetically
pleasing even though the cape doesn't push back as
in would in life.
If anyone thinks there are any aesthetic problems let me
This is a cool painting, but I'm crazy bird-chick so I'll nitpick about the wings. Unfortunately, people like wings, so leaving them too unpolished will only focus on them more. Simple fixes, but still leaving them "fuzzy" will work better.
Wings have 2 joints, the "elbow" and the "wrist". The elbow works as our, elbow, it bends down. The wrist, bends upwards. Your elbow is too sharp, and thus looks broken. You need to soften it a bit, and then make a little upwards bend for the wrist. (see hawk pic below)
The longest wingpens are at the tip of the wing, not closest to the body, where the short, blunt ones that do the actual lifting are. (I know cus I have to clip my birds lest they fly the coop)
The shape of the wing depends on what kind of birdy look you want. Do you just want the regular "made of cotton balls wings" or do you want actual bird-like wings? Easiest thing to do is to flare the wings at the tips, and they'll look more real.
this is a very nice piece.
it has lots of good potential..
crits - there are some anatomy issues to address, the wings look some what awkward - they`re not working too well there. the composition is a bit smothering, the main figure feels "squashed". the colors are somewhat dull. too much grays overall.
some references (for the figure pose, bird wings, maybe for the armor and cape as well...) could have been a huge helping hand.
here`s a quick paint over to demonstrate my thoughts for the piece(hope it`s OK with you, mate):
keep at it, buddy.
All other things aside.....can he have wings AND A CAPE? Would not the cape get in the way of his wings? Just a thought.
I like your subject matter.
"I HEAR THUNDER IN THE DESERT."
Wow!! Thank you so much for the advice! You guys kick ass... I was just gonna call it done but that paint over and wing tutorial really opened my eyes. Thanks again! I'll rework this for sure.
I love that hair.....