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    New girl on the block... "The Gladiator"

    Hi, everyone. Short introduction, Swedish girl soon turning 20, currently residing in Gothenburg. (for all you Swedes out there ) I'm currently working as a part-time illustrator for a company called Paperbox, but lately I've gotten work in concept development. I was lead artist for a new campaign for IKEA of Sweden, which really was a step out into the conceptual world. After that, I've gotten more jobs such as character development, storyboarding and environmental design.

    This is a piece I just recently finished. A friend of mine is a die hard Rome fan so it's in a way dedicated to him.
    It was done in Painter IX and Photoshop CS2, took about 30 hours to complete.

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    Looks great, super dynamics.
    Keep posting, girl from Gothenburg .)

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    Nice work, definatly talented for 20 as I am 20 as well and cant produce anything close to that but hopefully here soon ill be able to. Also props to Gothenburg I hope to visit there soon since it is the home of some of the best metal in the world.

    Keep up the good work

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    I am amazed too, such great skill for your age, that's really something. Lovely picture by the way, you did a great job capturing the mood and I like how the blood from the lion looks so real. I look forward to see more. Keep it up!

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    Utrolig bra..
    liker måten løven og gladiatoren beveger seg på.
    blodet er også svært fengende.
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    (hope you understand norwegian )

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    Thanks everyone! I need the encouragement (and also a bit of critique), I've only gotten into this for real the last year or so. Before this I was strictly a traditional illustrator.

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    this is great stuff. so much movement. looking foward to more.

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    Nice, and welcome.

    In some places it looks a bit scratchy, mainly in the guy's arms. Maybe a larger brush? Speaking of the guy, unless my knowledge decieves me, he looks 100% greek hoplite to me. I know that gladiators didn't wear the same armor as roman soldiers, but the design of the helmet especially screams greek. (Which, if he really is a die hard fan of rome, might be an insult :p)

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    *chuckles* I hope he doesn't take it as an insult. He did complain loudly about the helmet, but the rest he liked, so I'm happy!

    Yeah, it started out as a speedpaint that went a bit more polished than I planned, so it's -much- rougher in some places than I wanted. But when you're sniffing above 30 hours, it's time to let a piece go. It took way too long to finish, I'll admit that. The next piece won't take half as long, I promise.

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    Hehe, jag kommer också från Göteborg och är 20 år^^.

    Good:
    -Ok dynamics.
    -Ok execution of the level of detail.
    -I like the lions face!
    -Neat-looking smoke.
    -The mane on the lion looks good!

    Critique.
    -The blood looks too thick IMO.
    -I don't understand the texture of his armour, is it leather or metal?
    -The smoke looks more like, "the ground is burning" than they're kicking up sand due to the action.
    -It must certainly be physically impossible to hold the spear like that. It's placed too high in relation to his hand.
    -His left forearm, still bearing the perspective in mind, looks too small.
    -There seems to be no force in the thrust of the spear. It looks more like it is in a retreacted position.

    That's what I think anyways. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tessilago
    *chuckles* I hope he doesn't take it as an insult. He did complain loudly about the helmet, but the rest he liked, so I'm happy
    hehe, well, a lot of gladiatorial equipment was scavenged, there could easily be a foreign set of armor in the mix. Though the pic does somehow say "Us Greeks will dominate the roman games!"

    But it's the thought that counts

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    kaktuzlime: I'll take it in English so I don't leave anyone out. Thanks a lot for the critique! I checked out your sketchbook, you have an absolutely awesome style.

    Rhineville:
    "Us Greeks will dominate the roman games!"
    That would be a cool backstory to this pic. ;D "Hay! They're stealin' our lions!"

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    Göteborgare du med eh? gött.

    I like the piece allot anyhow, im with kaktuzlime on more or less all his pros n cons. Anyways, always cool to see skilled chicks around here. post more!!

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    Theo: Det är ju jättekul med fler Göteborgare! Hur många finns det här på Conceptart egentligen?

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    nice piece you made here .
    still that young ? ^^.

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    Holy crap that's amazing. The lighting, the blood... so full of action and drama. Indeed, very talented for 20. I'm impressed.

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    Gothenburg...YES HOME OF IN FLAMES!!!! oh and your art work, very nice, really like the pose...very stricking

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    wow....great work!

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    Lovely colours and feel but the anatomy is just not working for me. The spear arm does not seem to be capable of holding the spear and the shield arm is a little wonky. As a speed paint trying to capture "feel" I guess it ticks all the boxes so I won't be too harsh. Be good to see more.
    All the best!

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    tjo igen!

    Jag har faktist ingen koll alls på hur många göteborgare vi e. Det finns en thread (fanns iaf) där svenskar brukade samlas och försöka organisera meets lite från å till. Jag va me på en träff en gång å blev påtvingad att testa kroki. helt awesome! E stenhårt inne på att rita fordon och enviros annars så de va sweet me lite omväxling.

    Jäkligt kul å träffa folket irl oxo. Vi borde organisera träffar oftare. Finns mycke fet talang här i sverige!

    har du icq/msn eller? vore kul å snacka lite...

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    oma: Thanks a lot for the comment! Not sure what you mean about the "still young" thing thing, though.

    nilafle: Thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate them.

    HIMSA: Thanks! I did a lot of preliminary sketches of poses, before I came up with a concept I liked.

    dkounios: Thank you!

    spudstudios: Yeah, it started off as a speed paint, but then I polished a bit too much and too long for it to be a speed paint anymore. I really appreciate critique, it helps me improve! I really need to work on my tightening of anatomy. Right now, the gladiator doesn't feel very solid... I'll really work on tightening the anatomy next time.

    Theo: Det vore verkligen jättekul att få träffa lite likasinnade! Jag vet om lite fler konceptare här i Götet, men de har jag lärt känna på andra vägar. Min msn är therese_larsson123@hotmail.com (inte så fantasirik e-mail. )
    Vi får definitivt ta och försöka samla ihop lite folk, vore så kul att få teckna med andra.

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    good, the ground looks a bit unpolished though, particularly on the bottom left. keep posting

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    GOT YA!
    Ser att du oxå hittat hit nu, kul!

    I just started to post some stuff here aswell.

    Nice concept.
    Nice lighnting.
    Keep it up and keep it coming as usual!

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    verkligen snyggt

    Herregud, jag har typ räknat ut att om jag sätter mig i en stuga nånstans i norrland me en liten dator me PS å kanske wacom eller en stadig hand, lever i vildmarken å spenderar närmaste 50 åren av mitt liv åt CA så kan jag kanske rita så nångång...

    fråga inte hur.. jättefint iaf
    Jag e dock inte göteborrrgare riktigt, Kungsbacka.
    hej hej

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    Hi hi and welcome to CA ^^ I'm a swede to, Vänersborg =)

    however, I don't like to give asspats , and to be honest , some of the ass pats in here is very exaggerated , I'm really sorry to tell you, but I do think you are very talanted! Of course you can't choose what sort of feedback you get. But
    you can choose what to listen to.
    Anyways, I wanted to point out some of the mistakes and stuff that could
    be improved in your piece.
    The whole thing have a lot of flat areas, convert it to black and white to
    see how the values actually look.
    The light is cool at the lion head where the colours interact with light well, but you used the same kind of lighting on the whole piece, and especially at the arms it doesn't work very well.
    The anatomy of the figure is pretty wonky , thinking of the thickness of the leg, and the proporations.
    The armour is flat, the head of the character is almost completly flat. Theres not
    much volume to it.. It looks more like something drawn on a stone wall.
    Same with parts of the body armour, its really uninteresting and as a concept artist you could do tons of stuff with this piece in general, but especially armour.

    The shield is very dark, and very flat. Thers a highlight on the arm which makes me think/read the negative space very wierd. The shield should create a cast shadow of course. Also in those dark areas, theres not much of a variation, it looks very rushed, "Add dark , almost black colour, Done! moves on.."
    As Asoir mentions, the ground is pretty boring , and looks way to simple for 30 hours of work.
    As for the blur, it gives a nice feel of action, but as a background, the colours looks very saturated, and kinda flatten the piece a little because some deep get lost.
    Also, some of the shadows looks very nice, have a sharp edge, especially on the lion, but on the character, theres nothing like that. It just looks like you had no idea of what you where doing , and hoped for the best. If you could get some hard light/vs/shadow in there it would really lift the picture to a new level + think of form! Look at it as a greyscale as you work.

    I gotta go now, but I think that covers some of it ^^

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    really cool, I can really sense the movement coming from it. Only thing I would work on is work on the rendering a bit more, it kind of comes off plain. But other than that its great.

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    Get yourself a sketchbook.
    And try out some brushes for the ground, make it more sandy lookin.
    I'd also like to see some light over parts of the croud in the background. Could be cool if you had an oval lit up section of the croud so that it looks like the walls of the colloseum shadows part of it.
    Then try to incorporate some change in color and lighting over areas. on the gladiator and lion it look like you used a skincolor, instead of changes over the skin. Shadows are often in a colder color too, maybe push the shadows just a bit towards blue. That color change thing goes for everything, it looks a little bit like this is a colored b/w piece and that you colored each part of it in one color only.
    Besides all this preaching, its a very cool piece with lots of fun action! Sorry if I sounded bastardy..? And yes, wellcome to CA, its nice to see the swedes gather!

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    its a great piece Tessi.. the blood rendering is superb and you've captured the lion's movement very well. focus is clearly directed towards it by the environment, the gladiator's spear and the dynamic angle. very nice touches.

    but i feel there could have been more detail on the guy's armor.. as well as the sand. it's too bare and rather bright, a bit distracting. the shield and armor could use a bit more 'life'.

    over all its a great piece.. nice work and welcome to CA - JAG

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    Thanks a lot for the comments, guys! I need to improve, so I really appreciate critique. It only helps me to get better, so I encourage people to absolutely pick this apart. Every inch! The comments I have gotten now I will thoroughly go through, and compare them to my art. They are real eye openers, things that you don't really see yourself. If there's more that could need improving, please tell me.

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    I just changed it into grayscale, and jesus christ! It really is flat. I'm gonna have to fiddle with this a bit more, or I might just let it be this way since I've worked on it WAY too long already. I'll keep all this in mind the next time.

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