A modern version, still WIP. This is supposed to be poster size, so details will be lost here.
As I am noticing, this picture can convey different messages depending on who is reading it. It's interesting because based on the person's background and education, their reactions can be quite radically different. This piece is obviously charged politically, but that's not what I want to dicuss (though feel free to.)
I would like to know, from an artistic standpoint, what works and what doesn't, and more importantly why.
For instance: I highlighted the figures with a slight black outline - it isn't a comic book reference in this case, it's a N.C. Wyeth one. - does it work here? Is the gun too shiny? are some areas too flat? colors? composition? etc...you get the idea.
One of the problems I had was that my monitor's brightness was not optimal when I painted that. I changed it since, but I don't know how it affected the piece.
Feedback most welcome.
Before you ask: photographed myself, then made a collage, used the collage as a reference, painted in Painter. Yes, Uncle Sam is smiling, holding $$$, and has conspicuous red eyes. The lyrics are from Ayreon:
"I've followed princes, I've raised their bloody banners
I've killed and wounded on the side of right
I've reaped the harvest, scattered fields with ashes
I've buried children, sowed the seeds of hate"
Instead of typing all the explanations, I just did this. There is more to it but it's a basic start to show where this inspiration comes from.