One crit on the penguins... I'm noticing that the blackness of the penguins (and also the rope ladder, to a lesser degree) is much much darker than these other areas that are in the same plane, and in great shadow. This inconsistency is leaping off the image at me.
That bird in the foreground seems misplaced to me, too... He looks joined to the anchor, and doesn't fit the composition... maybe put him elsewhere in the image?
oh man, that penguin piece is really adorable, and looks great! i agree with Will on the black and i add that the red of the bricks is trying to pierce my retina, also agree on the weird tangent going on with the bird/anchor- but overall, one of those pieces that made me "wow-hehe" out loud.
The spell thing looks really interesting too, would be cool to see more on that! it would really look cool as a neatly llustrated schematic!
always cool to stop by!Will you be going in Berlin for the MADE btw? would be cool to meet up there!
Loving the penguin piece so much! Air Pirate penguins are more awesome than i imagined!
Just echoin Will really - it feels like that same darkness of the penguins should overflow into all those saturated purple shadows around the ship - even if its just the parts around the penguin.
Keep it up man, always a pleasure seeing your work.
PHANDY // Andrew Porter
Concept Artist // Splash Damage
William b. Hand, the Gnoll: Thanks for the feedback! Yeh the penguins were supposed to stand out a little, but I guess it doesn't really work well. The bird is just a little awkward I admit I might go back in and change those details. I'm still trying to get to grips with the more cartoon-style painting I got going there. It's fun though
And no, unfortunately I won't be able to make it to Berlin in June I think. Would be fun to hang out with a bunch of friends but it's slightly above budget and bad timing I'm afraid.
PHATandy: Thanks! Yeh I might work some more on the pirate piece -or start a new and better one altogether...
OmertA: Trying to crit someone you think is way better than you can still be helpful! Thanks anyway
So yeh, ArtOrder has a new challenge up: A Dungeons & Dragons Pin-up! There's a whole bunch of races to chose from, most of which I have no clue what they look like in the first place. After some research I found something about the Minotaur race, and well...I just had to get this sketch out of my brain.
Great stuff man. I've been following your great tutorial lately, it has some great perspective "shortcuts". I've also been thinking about buying the Eissen en Steur sketching book, does it have any additional tips as in your tutorial and would it be helpful in drawing objects from life correctly?
what I love about this sketchbook is that every post seems to be imaginative! This is something I love to see (and that I struggle with myself). Very impressed with that triceratops literally of the top of your head a few pages back, and the secret santa piece before that is very cool. Would love to see some more pencil work in these later pages, but the PS stuff is looking really nice too!
D.C.: Hey, thanks! Well, there used to be a little booklet around from Koos Eissen that dealt with more tutorial kind of things and had a lot of tips and tricks in it (it's from 15 years or something ago though). The Sketching book was more focused on inspiring people and to show what ID drawing is all about rather than having a lot of tutorials and/or tricks in it. It has a great variety of examples from professional design companies in it though, and you can still learn a lot from just looking at the images.
Beelow: Yea those EOW's are already from waaay back...I should try one again these days I think
matty mcmullen: Uhm thanks?
ThomasM: Yeah I should do more pencil and pen work I guess. I do that for work a lot though, so I tend to grab other tools whenever I can.
Here's a more serious approach to the pin-up challenge. I found out the D&D Drow (dark elves) have a deity that's called the Thing That Lurks -it's a darp purple blob with tentacles!- so I was sold. Tentacles it is!
Probably going with the left one, but I thought I'd include all the sketches that came out okay.