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This is a mage who can control the blood that comes out of the tattoos (not drawn yet) on his arm. I want the blood to form into a Psylocke-esque blade, which is why his arm is in that position. He's holding a book in his other hand.
I've been working on this for the past several days, and I can't tell if I have the proportions right. Especially the size of his head--is it too small? Also, I haven't worked out the arm that much--esp on the hand--but what do you think of it? Is it too chubby? Should I make it more defined?
Any ideas on the clothes would be helpful too.
EDIT: the first full picture is w/ a smaller head. The second full picture is w/ a larger head.
Last edited by YihyoungLi; May 13th, 2010 at 09:43 PM.
- I dont think the head is too big in the first painting. In fact, its spot on.
I do think, the legs could use some work; and maybe a rethink, on the position. Maybe, HIS right leg could be extended out a little, just to add some dynamic to his pose....
But, over all, I like this!
Last edited by Molly; May 14th, 2010 at 08:45 AM.
Like said above about the pose. I like this guy too. He's not the average looking mage and that's what I like about him. His hairstyle is cool for this type of a character.
I think his forearm is too thick, especially near the wrist. You could show a little more muscle.
Edit: Design wise, I'm not sure about the skulls. It looks like he just killed some horned cats/rats, and used one as a crotch cup.
Last edited by hippl5; May 14th, 2010 at 05:51 PM.
I agree about the arm. Perhaps push the shoulder/ arm back, giving im a more purposeful stance. You gave some really good attention to his face, now spread it over the rest of the body. Nice work.
omg I wish people dressed like this all the time I don't have anything to add, other than I hope you make him hottttt.
I'm guessing you're thinking of a sort of arm blade for him? Right now, his arm is sitting awkwardly between tensed and relaxed, if you flexed it a bit more or straightened it (Depending on what the blade design you want will allow) you'd be able to take the stiffness out. Of course, with the blade drawn, it'd probably take away the "what's he doing?" feeling, but the general energy of the pose would still benefit from a bit more work on the arm gesture.
what ever you choose to do, I'm sure it'll turn out nice
Thanks for the advice! I made a bunch of poses as you can see below. Ended up choosing one with the arm more forward.
I actually added a lot of stuff i.e. beads, string, etc. but it looked too busy. So I kept with the simplicity i had before. What do you think?
Last edited by YihyoungLi; May 18th, 2010 at 01:09 PM.
As awesome as this picture is already, I'm not feeling the arm posture, and I think especially the way you have it now, it would have been fairly vague what's going on with that whole blood blade if I didn't read your description.
It seems like your intent is for him to be relaxed and non-chalant, but to me it just doesn't seem right that he'd have his blade drawn like that with his arm so relaxed.
I agree with freiheit and think his arm should either be pointing more towards the lower left corner (though that might cause an unfortunate tangent with his cape) or have his arm up and bent across his chest (lower arm parallel to ground) and you'd have to extend the canvas over to the right then.
Oh btw, I just noticed that his arm may be a bit short.
Last edited by wooblood; May 19th, 2010 at 06:25 PM.
After a little real life experimenting..
The only way to make the arm angle you have now work, is to rotate the hips more towards the viewer, distance the elbows a bit more from the body and bend the knees. It won't be a relaxed pose, but more of a 'oh my gosh I heard something' one, and I'm not sure if that's what you're going for.
As it is, though, the pose feels really uncomfortable. I'd have trouble imagining anyone actually ending up in it.
Hey thanks for the crits, i really appreciate it. I didn't really see/understand before, but I definitely can tell the errors now. I should have worked more on the gesture in the beginning--ahh character design and poses are so hard.
I'm going to repaint the arm instead of trying to manipulate the existing one into place. I did these tests, and I'm feeling the first and the second one, although I don't the first one is very comfortable--his other arm is already held back. Also, I'm going to add more blood prob spiraling around this lower arm. Might be more interesting.
What do you think?
I like the first one the best of those three since the others look too much like action shots. I might have his lower arm bending downward just a bit so his arm's not so tensely straightened.
I like the new arms a lot better
Now for a completely subjective comment: His blue aura looks a lot more magical and mysterious then his magical blood sword. You've got this orange secondary light that could be stronger on his arm and blood-sword to perhaps counter balance the fact blood is rather dark?
Thanks for the crits. How is it this time? Is his arm still awkward, and is it too short?
I was thinking of making the blade look more magical, but in the end i wanted to display it without any aura. the blue is meant more to convey motion. but I will def. put more of the orange light on his arm/sword.
EDIT: it looks like he's fanning some gaseous excretion haha.
I really like the character (it's surprising what a haircut can do to a man, heh)
In my opinion the hand and the face don't match together so maybe you could work to get them more "syncronized".
The current facial expression seems like he could be admiring the bloodsword and the magic coming from himself, because the face is kinda calm atm.
Perhaps raise the arm in a pose next to him and have him staring at the bladehand?
Maybe if you tried changing the facial expression to a more surprised/alert expression, then he could be pointing it away as in the last picture?
I liked the glowing eyes better and they might help in this pose more
EDIT: I think the face changed calmer when you removed the blazing eyes and the overall body pose suits more for something more calm happening in the painting. Also I could imagine him in a city environment (maybe kinda cybermageish)
Last edited by Juki; May 22nd, 2010 at 02:54 AM.
Having blood dripping down from his arm to join into the sword might be an interesting way to join your present concept with the past one, which I though was nice. His arm is also a bit to long (with and open hand, his fingers would go to his knee) but otherwise, it's a great improvement from the original.
Did I mention your character is badass?