hello everyone, this is my first time posting here, and i am a huge fan of the site....this is my latest art work, it's just the first of a series that i'm going to create, this one in particular was inspired by the classic villains of the James Bond films i grew up watching, with a generous portion of sci-fi influence. hope you like it
This looks cool. I like the expression and the perspective. I even like the fuzziness used.
The arm bothers me tho. It took me several minutes to work out what was going on. Now I guess you need to take a poll to see how many people 'get' the arm, and how many don't. If a lot don't or at least they don't very quickly, I would go back to it. Some more cast shadows to show that the bits of the arm are protruding might help. Or it might be better to leave the arm flaps connected at the bottom and show them peeling away, instead of how they are.
sorry if my english is a little clumsy, but i'll try my best...
I second on the arm. last night I watched your piece for a while, and was just about to make a comment, when i took a second look and realized it's "opened" for the gun, so i wasn't sure if it was just me...
i think that opening the gaps in a way that will show more of the mechanics that rase the gun will be sufficiant. or to change angle a little bit
aside from that, i think your work is really great!
ok, it's a cool concept, but a couple things could make it much better. . .
1) The arm shooting doesn't work on 2 levels theyare the following: The out of focus blur on the shooting hand doesn't match the "in focus" gun barel. They are so close that both the hand and the gun barrel should be sharp adn in foucs-his back hand however, b/c it is furthese away from the viewer can be out of focus if you wish to furhter excentuate the fact it is farther away from us.
2) This is more an opinion-but the shooting hand itself might have more drama if it were clinched into a fist-I know this is a bit cliche-but a fist comunicates intention and power.
Best of luck
my intentions for the arm was, that i wanted to represent the arm opening up to allow the gun to raise and extend out, while at the same time keeping the (human) anatomy of the arm visible. i guess i don't see where there was trouble noticing it opening. most people i've showed it to knew what was going on right away, but i will work on it. when it comes to the "out of focus issue".... i was going for motion blur effect, nothing was supposed to be "out of focus", it's an action piece, so i wanted to get that across through certain elemnts of the canvas. his back hand, his tie, and his from hand, all in the middle of a quick "action". maybe, i went too far with the front hand, and could dial that back a bit. thanks everyone for the critiques i highly appreciate them.
ok, i opened up the arm more to emphasize the action of whats going on while also showing more of the internal hardware inside the arm. So let me know if this works better for it or not. you guys were a big help in ointing out some issues that i had overlooked. its hard sometimes to notice the minor flaws when you've looked at an image for so long. Thanks again everyone.
I was one of the haters who picked on your arm. I think it is better now, but the pieces still look like they're floating. Are they in the midst of flying off into the air? If they are flying off, I wish they were turned more so that they seemed to be randomly spinning off into the air. If they are connected, I wish I could see how they connect.
Good balance to the piece and I like the personality you sculpting into him. I wouldn't get too bogged down with the arm to the point of redesigning it, but it's more obvious in the ao render what you intended for it. Nonetheless, I think it's a great image - really successful.
@Artfix- thnks, but to answer your question, "yes" they are connected and i made is pretty apparent just how they are connected. If you look at the bottom arm panel, there are hinge-rods that connect all the panels to the rest of the arm/gun. i wanted to leave the outer area of the arm/panels clean and "connector" free. the idea is that when the arm does retract back together, it appears seamless.
'The fight begun would not end until the end' Paul B. Frieling
Since childhood, my imagination has run wild by the heroic, mysterious and terrifying creatures, spawned by two of the most influential sci-fi/ fantasy artists of the last 30-50 years. These two men, sparked the imagination of their viewers and inspired a whole new generation of painters, illustrators, designers and filmmakers alike. The names of these legendary Masters, are Frank Frazetta (1929-2010) and Stan Winston (1946-2008). Among the many heroins, beasts, aliens and adventurers they produced for our viewing pleasure, two of their works stood out among the others.
Provided here, are my latest works, paying allegiance to these Craftsmen and the two iconic Barbarians they so brilliantly presented to us so many years ago. Thank you Frank and Stan. RIP