I'm looking for a critique on this drawing I'm making in photoshop. My buddy wants me to draw his as a superhero. He gave me a photo of his head and I made up the body. Any C&C please would be helpful.
update: I will continue to add more to this but just wanted to put the latest version to the top of the thread. I just figured out how to do that haha.
Perhaps exaggerate the muscles somewhat - this always gives a super-hero feel (check the deltoid on the front arm)
I would also make the legs longer (they are short in relation to the body for a superhero)
i think the belly button is too low because the six-pack too long (perhaps check a reference on this?)
Lastly, since it is a superhero , I would pick more vibrant reds for the costume and make sure I get a good contrast between highlights and shadows (right now the colours is quite muddy)
I agree with pauscorpi.
A few other things that I noticed, deal with the front shoulder area. There should be a more defined form break, where the posterior (lateral) triangel of the trapezius muscle (this is the muscle that appears on the side of the neck and back, in case you don't know) and the deltoid meet. This form break is caused by the clavical and the spine of the scapula. That front arm is looking a little long, but that may be due to the deltoid being small. Also pay attention to the rotation of the wrist and forearm and how that will affect the over lapping muscles in the forearm.
I would use a darker red to start to show the forms of the muscles instead of the black that you currently have (unless your intent is to have those black lines... in that case disregard comment about them).
Anyway, things are looking good over all, I think your friend will be pleased. Hope this helps, good luck and thanks for sharing.
I think this looks good so far. I would suggest that you make his head slightly smaller than you normally would to give him that heroic look. Although its not anatomically correct most of the comic book superheros are drawn that way. It also looks as if the bellybutton is a bit low.
The forearms and hands seem pretty wobbly and cartoonish. Be sure to find a ref or use a mirror for any body part you're struggling with.
Make sure your light source is consistent. The head appears to be lit by diffuse light, while the body is lit by a stronger direct light source (as implied by the deep shadows). Really push your main light source to create more drama.
The costume could stand to look more interesting. Check out the Flash as an example, with the different colored gloves, boots and an emblem on the chest. Also, since he's wearing a costume, a lot of the smaller muscles shouldn't be as defined around the edges. The stretched fabric will conceal some of the deeper 'cuts' between muscles. The belly button would be concealed because of the fabric as well (Not to mention that the belly button is much too low right now).
The background could stand to use some higher value colors of varying hue.
Much better right leg pose. Also glad to see you shrunk the head-by doing so the entire body looks--in my oppinon not only larger, but more "ideal/hero like." It look s very good. I would double check HIS left delt and pectoral/ chest area. The peck looks too wide from center of chest to delt to me, and his left delt looks perhaps too small. Scratch that about his left delt, it's the postion of his left arm. I understand the pose/ look you're going for here, try cutting his left arm at he delt/shoulder intersection and move it inward slightly toward his chest. This should fix his shoulder/ arm area.
My buddy felt the fire power is to common among super powers so we agreed to make it look like he has plasma powers. I tried fixing the left shoulder area a little, its not finished but I wanted to post something to show I'm working on that part.
I'm gonna add his name and superhero bio in the open black areas.