You know, sometimes my own rules do kinda get in the way in terms of this post. The rule about not including entries for current CDC's was included because I didn't want to sway the votes at all, but this week the one image I wanted to feature was an entry for the current contest. But, I don't want to remove it from the contest (despite the creator giving me their permission to do so) because it will probably win. So instead let's have a look at another piece which, while I don't have as much to say about it, is just as good.
Last week, I mentioned about how certain 'machiners have their own styles that make them stand out. Well this is another case in point. All of Al's signatures are present and correct, dynamic pose, moody background with gradient effect sky and awesome energy effect. I will say, the bottom of the character is rather hard to make out against the background, but it doesn't make the pose any less striking.
The colour coordination really works as well and is a good example of defining layers in a picture. You have the dark colours of the character, which comprise the first layer, which merge with the colours of the third layer, being the background. Now if it were just those two layers, the picture would be very dark, dreary and dull, despite the posing prowess. But then you have the vibrant greens and blues of the energy effect, the second layer, that sits in-between these two layers and spaces them out, adding depth to the image and breaking up the dark hues. And then it's tops off with the back-most layer, the sky, which has a light colour at its lowest point, the point where it meets the layer in front and then becomes darker at its highest point, the point where it diverges from the forward layer. I must also say, I love the neon lines that Al has included in the background layer to break up the black. I love how on the floor they change from purple to green at random points and are then blue for the background . Apart from breaking up the black, they also provide a really interesting eye-catch, and complement the energy effects quite nicely as well.
Mod Note: Quick question you guys. When it comes to this post, are you actually interested in what I have to say about the art? Because sometimes it's quite hard to write these posts because I feel like I'm just repeating myself. I always talk about the same things. And the intros are horrible to write. So do you guys want me to keep the text part of the post, or would you mind if I just showcased the pictures instead?
A very well deserved feature. This is a great character Al. I could never manage to pull off such a dynamic pose. You have real skill, my friend. 🙂
And JR, I rather like reading your thoughts on the characters but if you’re finding it difficult then I don’t think anyone would really mind if you l left the commentary off of your posts.
I agree with Angel. While I like reading your descriptions (because a lot of time you notice stuff I don’t see at first glance) if it is too much JR, Don’t do it. It’s all up to you, bro.
As far as this weeks feature goes… What else can we say that you haven’t already. (Nice hat???) Mr. Al has been one of my favorite artist and a huge inspiration since the first day I discovered the forums. Works like this is the reason why. Anyone who hasn’t checked out his gallery… really needs to.
Ditto what he said
I do love D Al’s stuff. I also love your commentary, JR. I would say put it in, and don’t spend so much time making perfect paragraphs. Just state your opinion, list your crits and faves about it and ask for agree / disagree, both in describing the artist and the individual work.
We wanna hear, so, make it easy on yourself.
Great, dynamic work. Congrats, Al.
JR – I don’t think you need to lock yourself to always do one or the other. If you are inspired to say something specific about a piece, I’d love to read it; otherwise I think it’s just as appropriate to post the picture with a prologue along the lines of “This is awesome, let’s all talk about it in Comments.”
Something that might be nice though would be if you could include a link to the artist’s gallery in forums. That way, those of us who may not be familiar with that particular artist know where to look for more awesomeness.