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I'm liking that creature painting.
Those are some pointy ass boobies.
cool concept, i'm interested to see how this one turns out
jMarkus, haven't seen you in awhile! Nice to hear from you again mate! Cheers for the compliment too!
Here is an update to the Abigor piece, I'm going to have to go in and shift the girls shadows either manually or attempt to do a digital color correction. Later in her hands will be a spear and a mace. I'm leaving the mace hand almost completely blank so when i figure out how I want it to overlap the figure I don't have to limit myself when rendering the rest of the "horse" part of the body. Her arm pose could change drastically later depending on how well I can get it to work... should have planned that out earlier.
Hope you guys like the changes!
Love the weirdness of it, Davi The colors could maybe use some more work indeed.
I was more wondering what she is looking at. She seems to be staring hard at something out of the frame past the stick she's got in her hand at the moment. Also, I miss the chest muscles of the horses body parts. Might pay off to look up some horse ref to see how it works, because as it is now the creature would have a hard time lifting it's legs forwards and up.
Anyway, good to see you still have fun besides your job. We miss you on IRC
You should have put boobs on the creature's eye sockets LOL. Great creature. I thought I was twisted.
I've been following a lot of your creature designs, they're very inspirational! May I ask, do you study a lot of animal anatomy books?
The one area I seem to lack confidence in, are my creatures...and you seem to pull it off effortlessly! Great job!
i love the texture on that chick's knee blending into the monster!
if this is your first night, you have to fight.
my sketchbook - http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=121451
This latest piece is a real star I think, in terms of rendering and design, it really stands out. I feel like it approaches a higher level of polish while still retaining a healthy dose of your style/methodology. Keep up the good work.
This is a concept done for a friend of mine who is going to model and animate him.
I'll make and update when he is done
Last edited by davi; September 2nd, 2008 at 11:12 AM.
oh man! that horse naked lady demon eatin demon is sooooo awesome! Keep it up with the sweet demonbabes dude, thats what its all about.
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Awsome work Davi, looks like you have alot of fun creating your pecies alot of amazing ideas in this sketchbook. Cheers!
i have a tutorial in the painter forums how to use the grain texture in the way i do.
great stuff man!
this is probably just personal preference, but have you considered not working on a stark white background? I find it very jarring to the eye and sort of detracts from the character or whatever's being depicted in the picture. a more neutral midtone+colour I think could be nicer.. but again, I think this is more opinion rather than valid crit ;]
Although another thought: if you DO use a white background, maybe think of it as the creature standing in a complete white surrounding, like the white in the matrix movies or something, so the white actually affects the surface of the creature just a little. soft edges still in place, a little white reflected on edges turning away maybe. something to set the subjects into the picture a little more solidly
dunno.. just a thought
Is there any need to add that this sketchbook is pure awesome?
I rather praise your creatures instead, some of the finest I've ever seen thus far!
Last edited by davi; September 1st, 2008 at 03:45 PM.
Hey davi, here's the paintover of that last critter of yours I promised to do. It's become pretty extensive I'm afraid Had to do some research for it so I actually learned something myself doing this.
Since you said the body of the creature was inspired by a bull's anatomy, that's what I went for with this paintover. The changes I made might be a bit too much towards a real bull though, but it wasn't the actual design I wanted to critisize as much as the bonestructure of it.
The first thing I did was trying to figure out the bone structere that was visible in your version. There were several things I noticed: firstly, the whole leg doesn't seem to support the body like it's usual for quadruped mammals: right underneath the body. Instead it looks a bit more like a lizzard, where the arms stand out from the sides of the body (please not the elbow of the front leg of yours, it points outwards). Also, the shoulder is very high up on the ribcage, meaning the shoulderblade is positioned a bit weird. Another thing that I see people confuse easily is the fact that a large part of the legs of most quadrupeds is actually the foot and toes. They seem to have an extra joint, but in fact this is their wrist. The blue 'bone' is the comparable to a humans upper arm, the green one to our lower arm, the yellow with the bones in our hand and finger and the lightest green are the nails. Horses, bulls and swines walk on their fingertips and nails. The bones in our hands are seperate while in quadrupeds they've mostly grown together into a single bone. Take a look at the references at the left too
Basically, what I changed is the bone structure. The blue upper arm bone is much shorter in comparison to the others, but most muscles attached to it can be recognized as being the same as a human structure. Therefore, the chest muscles should attach to it in some way (notice how I changed the shoulder and shoulderblade too). I also shifted the joints a bit so the hoof and lower leg/foot can move as it's supposed to -especially the front leg at the back! The rear leg was a bit overly muscled so I made it a bit more flat, but more importantly I shifted the knee upwards a bit and put his ankle a bit higher (same as with the wrist, the lowest part of the legs are actually the bones of the foot and toes). One last thing: the way he walks. Since this is for an animation, check the reference pictures again. Bulls and boars lift one front leg up along with the rear leg on the other side of their body instead of two legs on one side.
In the side view, I lengthened the whole body a bit to give it more freedom of movement. The front view looked a bit weird to me in your version, as it looked far more bulky and different than the other views. It's kinda hard to find a neutral front view of a cow for ref though, so I had to use the book I mentioned (Andras Szunyoghy and Gyorgy Feher, "Anatomy Drawing School: Human, Animal, Comparative Anatomy") I slimmed it down a bit, changed the length of the bones and added the chest muscles.
One side note, the balance on a quadruped with such a large tail is slightly different than on a bull. I'm not entirely sure how to show this, but making the front of the body heavier is a possibility.
Hope this helps. I've been a bit thorough with pointing out the anatomy so the actual design might have lost some uniqueness.
I appreciate all the help yoitisi!
I hope i improved my piece based on your advice, sometimes i think i've improved and I'm told later i didnt do any of what the crit said, so let me know