Personal piece I was painting lately.
I started with a strange guy with minigun staring at an old city, then widened frame and added a vehicle. And an endless streak of alterations began...
Love it, the atmosphere is very interesting and dynamic.
Just a couple crits: One design flaw is the guys mask, the eye piece would not be seen at all from this angle, unless he has the eyes on the side of his head like a fish.
I'm not sure if the ship is hostile or coming to pick him up, what makes me think its friendly is that it has it's landing gear down indicating it's landing, but the red eye and the mans pose indicate a hostile presence.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you want it to be clearer whats going on exactly i would shift a couple elements
the weight of the mini gun doesn't seem as real because of where his hand holds it, center the hand more on the mass of the gun.
very cool image
That looks like an incredibly interesting character. I wonder what his job is like!
The color really helps sell the mood of the piece, and I think that was really successful. A little more detail and sharper edges could have helped push the character closer to use, but its a minor gripe.
Good stuff. I love that mood.
I just wander how he holds the gun.
very nice style... has a softness and a hardness that seems to work well. colors are suitable too.
one thing I want to mention... small bit that bugs me a little. The ship's left engine is just on the edge of that street lamp... it just begs to be moved a tad. Either pull the ship left a tiny amount and place it more behind the lamp or move it right and create a small seperation. it almost reads as part of the lamp in a weird squint the eyes kind of a way. otherwise it's cool.
"A Mind is like a Parachute, it doesn't work if it isn't open." Frank Zappa
Just thought I'd address what I saw concerning the points raised above by Freeliner.
First off; as for the eye. I see the guy's head as pointing somewhat to the left, as though looking around, seeing who else is there, checking the scene, etc. Combine that with the trenchcoat and wide-brimmed hat (and of course the briefcase) and you get a very Cold War Spy feel about it; something quite furtive. Though I do agree that even though it seems he's looking to the left there is still something a little off about the eyepiece, it's not quite correct in relation to the front of the gasmask, maybe making the respirator a slightly lighter shade (a brown or such, it seems black at least on this monitor) would enable more outlining, etc. and fit in more with the Cold War feel of the figure.
As for the ship landing, combine that with the furtive nature of the piece that is hinted at already with the main figure and it seems as though it's coming down to land (landing gear) yet is retaining a somewhat suspicious air about it. Basically like eyeing someone up when you come in the room.
My one little suggestion - although not really a drawer, more of an occasional doodler of make-believe animals and vases, etc. and mostly into photography - would be to see what the image looks like flipped, to add even more of an emphasis on the minigun-man; so you get more of a 'furtive espionage' atmosphere than a 'sci-fi' one; this being from the idea that most people read the picture left to right. Not saying I think it'd look better, just maybe flip it and see how you think it looks then. Also, I don't really have a resolution enough to see the picture all in one go, so that's a bit of a problem when it comes to this sort of crit, as well.
As for the minigun being weirdly weighted, I just like to think that it's designed to be held like that and so is weighted accordingly by the weapon designer. Just a little suspension of disbelief/willing to believe the creator's reality thing that I have going.
Anyhoo, all that aside, I quite like it! Though I do get the feeling that someone's been playing Fallout3... (Though that's most likely me, considering post-apocalyptic is hardly restricted to recent videogames that I find strangely compelling even though I hardly ever play or like videogames.)
Thanks everyone especially Rhynome!
Don't wonder that You are not an artist, it is very good to hear opinions of variety of people, and artists today tend to look at the technical side too much, instead of describing feelings and how they read the image.
I cannot say now if flipping the image improves its reading - it just looks very fresh (therefore much better) to me because i wasn't flipping it since sketch phase (my fault!). More time must pass by