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I had a great time making the Wizard of Oz illustration and wanted to try the same sort of thing with Robin Hood. These are some preliminary pencil illustrations. Let me know what you think before I start putting color to them. Thanks for looking.
The character sketches are in order... Maid Marion, Robin Hood and Prince John.
i love the character sketches...they are very fresh and spunky! Such a nice twist on these well known characters! I love the action and rendering in the illustration piece...but I am struggling with the composition/position/perspective of Robin/Marion in relation to everything else...I realize that is not very tangible but i do have some ideas that i might be able to gel a little later. BTW, ur pencils rendering are very nice...really dig them
No worries... If you see a way to make it cooler, by all means do a paintover of where you put those characters and post it. I'd love to see it. Thanks for the comments and I'll mess with things with that in mind. Hope to see something.
Glad your open ...please take these hasty redlines with a large grain of salt cause its just my opinion...and everybody has one (but you know that)...
anywho..here it is:
I would have Robin swingin' from a rope with M.M.'s arms around his neck and his free arm under her legs. I would suggest heavily shading the guard in the foreground (almost silhouette)..he is well drawn but his detail is pulling my eye away from the action around Robins heel connecting with one guards chin...the focus provided but the guard pointing and looking back is very good, helping to pull us in. I would pull Prince J in closer...allow the booth's perspective to point at Robin and M.M...his expression and arms should also help draw attention to the escaping couple..lastly I would bring the stands closer in...I am not sure how to justify the rope being there unless they were in some kind of a tent...I may still need to think about that a bit (or you may have a better idea on your own ). I also realize you may not want to incorporate these additions cause it would mean alot of redraw for you, so I wont be offended if eschew and go with your original (which is quite, btw)
Keep it up and I look forward to the finished pic, regardless
Last edited by brainiachound; August 17th, 2009 at 09:53 PM.
ha ha!!! I LOVE this paintover! The guy screaming in the corner is really funny! I'm going to think of ways to put something goofy like that in there. Just for the hell of it.
I actually got to work erasing the main characters after I had thought of it and this is where I was headed... I really appreciate the crit and I'll keep that in mind as I go forward. I'm totally sold on moving the seats forward for sure as well as a bunch of other things you show here.
My plan is to do the underpainting like this digital and then print/fix it to masonite and finish with oils... I need a break from the computer...
hi sorry, didnt mean to rate this thread "2", i was just trying to get to the next page but pressed the wrong button cos of page delay ... i apologise! i hardly go on this so was just browsing the forums ...
Wow, really enjoy this.
Some personal observations, I feel the sword just in fron of the big face in the forground is disrubting the flow the soldiers are creating into the image. Guess its poting towards the prince but he's a bit hard to make out (no clear shillouette and very dark).
What's with Marions expression? I mean robin's got a great one, enjoying the thunder and she's just... "whatever... been through this before I know what will happen" - feel a bit of the exitement the image have is lost with her pale expression. And if you zoom out a bit and squint her head is almost lost in the background, think that needs to be popped back in.
I also feel as the prince need some more space.
That's about it I guess, looking forward to see how this will turn out!
Thanks for the comments. I'll try a few more ideas on Robin just for kicks. He kind of is a douche' when I think of it. Robbing people n' stuff.
Seriously though... I'll try a few more things that are maybe a bit more out of the box.
I agree with Lez.
NOt to mention its also in tangent with the guy in the forground.Some personal observations, I feel the sword just in fron of the big face in the forground is disrubting the flow the soldiers are creating into the image. Guess its poting towards the prince but he's a bit hard to make out (no clear shillouette and very dark).
Not sure exactly what's going on with the Guy behind robin ( to the left).
First of all, your pencilling and grayscale are absolutely fantastic! LOVE the style and energy!
The one crit I'd add goes along with the comment about Marion's face... of all the characters in that scene she's the ONLY one that doesn't seem to be reacting to the chaos! It looks like Robin is valiantly rescuing a department store mannequin. (Maybe he IS rescuing a mannequin... Prince John is back there saying, "mwahhaahaa you fell for my evil trap!)
But seriously, assuming Marion is really Marion, she's gotta have some expression and connection with the scene... she's VERY much involved in the action and not just a sack of potatoes.
I'm addressing the maid marion looking like a manniquin in this one. I got too lazy with my drawing I think. Thanks for getting on me about this. Hopefully this one looks cooler. Now on to the rest of this... Ultimately, I'm getting out the oil paint for the final.
I love the composition but I don't really understand it. Where's Robin jumping from? To? We're looking down at the top of Prince John's private tent/box, so are all of the soldiers in the foreground sitting on stands? Where did Robin get Marion from? But then there used to be a soldier striding towards the action from behind Robin, presumably across the grass, which means that Prince John's private tent is sunken into the field partially...?
*scratches head* I get the feeling I'm being really dumb here but I have no idea how the environment is laid out right now...
Hey Ataxas... are you sure you "love the composition"?
I guess I'm excitable and post too quickly. Things are pretty rough. It will make more sense as I clean it up and figure things out. More in a week or so. thanks for the crits. Case in point of things that need to be fixed are that sword that was commented on and the whole Prince John area.
Oh no! I really didn't mean to sound harsh at all!
I really do love the composition. It's dynamic and exciting and cool, and it tells a story. I watched this thread without posting for a while because I didn't think anything was wrong with the drawing and you had artists much better than me commenting, but then you took the striding figure out of the background and I thought, "Wait a minute... hrm... I don't get where the ground is." And I went back and looked at the initial drafts and I was still puzzled so I posted.
Please don't think I was being anything but completely sincere when I posted. Especially because I don't have any authority behind my suggestions, seeing as I suck at drawing, and all.
Hey... I agree. Things are whacked out right now. Must sleep or will screw it up more. Thanks for the crits. The perspective of Prince John's whole area is completely messed up. The idea was to have Robin swinging into the scene... Not working yet. Don't do art with not enough sleep kids.
I appreciate the crits and I'm just being silly with you. I actually thought your crit was right on.