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I've begun work on a fantasy/sci-fi illustration portfolio, and this is the first piece I've come close to finishing so far. It's my first fully-developed digital painting, and I'm learning a lot doing it.
I'd love any comment you may have - be cruel if you like! - but please keep in mind that nothing is finished - none of the figures, not the background or foreground. I figure I'll move the girl on the right up and to the left a bit, add some more color to the background, and of course put all the finishing touches on the figures. But I've been looking at it so long I don't know what to think anymore.
Thanks for your attention!
I like the treatment of the background. That dark edge behind the gorilla is a bit distracting and divides the canvas in half, I would find a way to trail it towards the right. The girl looks copy pasted into the scene, she does not look like a part of the environment at all. Maybe some more yellow/green on her would help. There are a bunch of scale and anatomy issues on the guy ( especially the hands and how much the deltoid juts out). The figures look rather elongated, I'm not sure if that was a stylistic choice or not. The gorilla's arm with the cigarette is positioned awkwardly too, maybe resting it on the ground would work better.
Try giving them the same light source, they appear very separate and flat.
They're occupying only a small portion of the frame, personally I'd move them closer together and go larger.
Be careful on your background, your vertical line is splitting the canvas - as your figures are quite light I'd go with a darker background, that should make them pop.
Oh and don't fade off to black - with the light you already have painted that's not going to happen.
Quick PO, hope it helps
its kinda weird that they all look in different dirrection, cant see eyes in the mask ,, and it seems that they dont blend, its like having totally 3 characters put together with no connection , try somehow making the guy look at the monkey or the opposite. But you got some really nice painting skills, the guy looks almost real
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Iridyse, Venger, and Ban_Kai, thanks for taking the time to evaluate and respond! I was aware particularly of the girl's popping out from the picture, and I'd experimented with a few different ways I thought she could be integrated. Below find one of the solutions - darker, moved over a bit, and I accentuated some shadow areas. I miss the stripes, but considering the limited palate and weird lighting I've given myself, they may just have to go. (Or be really dark and desaturated).
I was thinking the light hitting them could be warm and coming from a setting sun, shining over something casting a shadow on their lower halves - Venger, hou don't think this is viable? I thought it would work nicely with a darker gradient on the top....
Oh well. I should probably just stop working on it for a while and work on my other portfolio - painted caricatures. (Would it be appropriate to post that kind of thing for evaluation on this site?)