Two more illustrations from me. Its a kind of story of my own that's been kicking around in my head for ages - a sort of dream romance to do with a some kind of science fiction love story......
From Gegarin's point of view
First painting: Suggestion: Does she need a necklace? The idea reminds me of Charlize Theron in "The Astronaut's Wife." Diva of peace atop the throne that overlooks the intergalactic council - please take your seats, humans, guestinites, Bennets, and voguses.
Critique on the design: The planet in the backround seems to paper-like, or flat in appearance. You should experiment with more swirls of colors and use NASA photos of Jupiter as a reference to different atmospheric patterns as a reference to study and look to when updating it. A planetary glow around the spherical perimeter could relinquish the sense of flatness and better cast the universal backdrop. Also, an element seems missing from the right side of the image. Maybe another astronomical object or alien insect crawling on the bronze/copper metal structure would be an idea. A plant, purpling and long leafed, slender branches stretching over the sculpted edges?
The second painting has potential to be a phenomenal scene. This is my favorite of your work I've seen so far, Chris.
Keep doing you
Last edited by Vulgar`; January 9th, 2008 at 08:34 PM.
Magical in kind of a gentle utopia-futuristic way. Soft cool colors and soft-edged style make it very mythic in my mind. More detail would be cool but for illustrating a story I don't think it's strictly necessary. Special appreciation here for the curved brass railings in the 2nd picture.
Fantastic work Chris, I'm loving them both. Has me thinking of some of those 40's and 50's American paintings and illustrations. Simple and sophisticated, and the colours are really speaking to me.
As far as the theme goes - I'm wondering if you've ever seen Solaris? (The Steven Soderbergh version). If you haven't then I highly recommend it, it's one of my favourite films.
Keep us updated, I'm really enjoying following your progress with these!
Vulgar: I simply love the the way you put your crits - a sort of sideways, corner of the eye observation that suggests more than it states and are thus helpful in a way that appeals to my right brain. Your 'left brain' observations are interesting too - the swirls of Saturn caused me great problems and you are right, they never really got there and rather got the better of me...
smws: Glad you picked up on the retro feel and am tickled that you like the brass railing - it was the first thing that came to me when I was dreaming up the image - I reckon I should do a second version where this is the main element.
emily g: Many thanks, like the brass stairs of the second piece the idea of a face disappearing into shadow was the main idea - initially some sort of visor but I realised I had to do it this particular way.
Jasonwclark: Thanks Jason, themes are the hardest things to come by - its so rare for a new ghost to come and haunt the rooms of one's mind...
Brendan N: Thanks so much Brendan. I guess I dig the 40s 50s stuff, apart from its optimism, because it seems curiously strange or somehow untouchable and most importantly has a more interesting phsycological atmosphere to it. Regarding the new version of Solaris - no, I have not seen it yet. The reason for this is that The Tarkovsky original is one of my favourite films (along with 2001 and Eyes Wide Shut) and I frightened I my be disappointed! I will certainly dig it out on DVD due to your recommendation. Many thanks again Brendan for your enthusiasm.
From Gegarin's point of view