i'm browsing this site nearly every day, but somehow completely missed this contest...
by accident (through randis' thread) i found out about this.
i didn't feel to contribute in the first place. but when i was walking home from my sport yesterday evening the idea just poppet up in my head. so i gave it a try..
painted this today in about five hours. no reference used.
hope there is someone out there who likes it..
just in case somebody is interested, here are some steps:
If you hadn't posted your wips I would have had no idea that there were other bodies under that stuff. Even after knowing that I still can't really make that out in the final, maybe try to work on defining those forms more so that they still read through the membrane, otherwise the bottom half of the picture is lacking something interesting to look at.
IanLlanas, yes, i know what you mean. i changed the file in the first post a little.
but on the other hand the other bodies are not that important to me because the overall story is the same if they are there or not.
The bodies came across to me, though not instantly (which I think is probably a good thing. I think sharpening up just one hand under there would make the viewer's entry into those bodies stronger.
The drafting/anatomy on his near shoulder doesn't feel as strong as the rest of the piece to me (esp. the far arm and shoulder which I think are just beautiful.
Nice idea - did you do a few more thumbnails or just go off the first one?
If I had some suggestions, they would be to inject more color into the piece as I think its a bit flat in that sense. We don't get any suggestions of what is happening near the horizon or in the back for depth either.
The bodies came across to me, and I think its great they are as visible as they are. You notice them after your mind starts to put together that he is climbing out...I think its good for story.
The problem is, once you look at it for a couple seconds, you get it, and don't feel like taking a long look. I believe this is also due to the simplicity of the composition as a whole]..try adding more elements as mentioned in the back, subtly, or to help our foreground. Perhaps more arms are breaking through in the distance, or there is a pooling of liquid somewhere on the surface of the skin (or whatever). Perhaps some of the casing turns a more purple color away from the main light, and control those spec. highlights as they are about the same brightness everywhere.
Hope this helps some!
@Jason C-M: yeah, the arm/shoulder/neck part was bothering me the whole process. i changed it a little, hope it is better now!
@Jakers: i made the whole process very spontaneously, but i erased the first few scribbles till i liked them.
i don't know if i want to add more details. i alway like it the simple way.
but good point to work on the color... -colors are really not my strength.
painted a little over it and... -wouldn't this now make a perfect cd-cover for some 80s heavy metal band? hehehe...