November 16, 2014 at 11:09 am #115149
Painful Grace is fantastic, it conveys so much emotion.November 16, 2014 at 11:34 am #115150
It really has feeling in it.January 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm #119531
That time I tried mashing the genres of Fantasy and Western together…I still find this image rather strange.January 29, 2015 at 7:52 pm #119533
I thought I’d try something new – black and white (with a hint of colour).January 30, 2015 at 6:59 am #119561
Huh, a centaur cowboy? Actually seems a perfect blend and a big hit with “PETA” (no more spurs). I have to admit the name would even be perfect if only the body was that of a bovine. Bad jokes aside I genuinely like the idea
Margravine Sophie du Maurier is very cool as wellJanuary 30, 2015 at 8:02 am #119562
Well thank you! My first thought whilst creating this bizarre centaur was “imagine how much time cowboys would save if they didn’t have to climb on their horse…” probably makes for awkward situations in the local pub though…January 30, 2015 at 9:03 am #119564
Yeah I guess you could say a character like that would give new meaning (well I guess literal meaning) to kicking like a mule. now if he only had crocodile teeth.
I’d hate to see him on the gallows though, (I have to apologize in advance for this) One could say he was hung like a horse.February 1, 2015 at 9:12 am #119635
Cheeky but effective use of the double entendreFebruary 1, 2015 at 3:03 pm #119651
Mourning the loss of his wingsFebruary 1, 2015 at 3:27 pm #119656
Dude, if you don’t mind, I have a few suggestions for your newest pic, because I reckon if you made a few changes, you have something really special there.
Firstly, the background needs spicing up a bit, just flat grey is too dull. Try messing with some gradients and different shades of grey, maybe add some other mid-range dark colours as well. Also, add more clouds and make them darker and more ominous. That’s if you are going for a moody, rainy look (in which case add a rain effect as well), otherwise maybe look at some “burning” colours or “melancholy” colours, which would both give a different and more interesting mood.
Secondly, maybe add a bit more hair down at the bottom of where the hair ends. At the moment it ends a bit awkwardly, cresenting inwards, where as most peoples hair would end either straight or to a rough point. It’s not a major thing, but you might want to consider it.
Thirdly, change the colour of the part where the wings used to be. Yeah, I get you’ve done the blood (which looks great btw), but the part where the wings used to be would look red and raw after they had been ripped off.
Finally, if you want to, shading, but I think that would be a big job, so it would be if you want to. But some shading would really bring this pic out of its self. At the moment the whole thing is very flat, so unflatten it.
Apart from those few things, I love this. The pose, the hands grasped around the body, the head tilted down, it just shows so much emotion, despite the fact we can’t see the characters face. I’ve mentioned how I love the blood effect you’ve got, it looks very realistic. I also love how you’ve left a few feathers there, where the wings used to be, it really sells the fact that they’ve been removed, and forcefully at that. And then we come to the wings. You did a really good job with the effects on these, the burn marks especially are excellent.
If you were to go back and have a look at the things I said above, you’d have a really fantastic piece on your hands here and I hope you do. You’ve shown you can produce some special stuff, just go that extra mile on this and make something spectacular.February 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm #119663
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks for the critique! Will definitely tweak a few things – not being one who can draw or paint etc., I tend to forget about things like hairlines, body part ratio etc. (but I’m slowly learning). I was trying to put some texture on those wing stumps but for some reason those things don’t like items being masked to them.</p>February 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm #119858February 8, 2015 at 2:07 pm #119860
Yup, that’s much better.February 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm #119879
“A Queen’s sacrifice, even when fairly obvious, always rejoices the heart of the chess-lover” – Savielly TartakowerFebruary 9, 2015 at 11:10 am #119900
I really like this. Those are great poses, you make them look so natural – and make the technique look so easy!
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