Just finished this painting, and I'm looking for feedback, reactions, and critiques! It's acrylic on canvas 32.5" x 53.5". Yall can check out process shots, process stuff, a bigger pic and some detail shots over on my blog (where you can also read about the conceptual reasoning behind this one if you're interested). Thanks for checking it out!
"The Panda and the Clown"
Something that popped up the instant I opened the thread was that chap at the front who's breaking the fourth wall! The way he stares directly to the viewer is rather disturbing and I find my eyes fixating on him all the time, distracting the path of eye.
I guess you wanted to make the panda pretty noticeable with the white-value trick. I think it would work better if the people behind him would be wearing some darker colours too. That red book the man behind it is carrying is rather distracting too because of it's brightness. Maybe brighten the bicycle up more instead?
There seems to be a little dilemma with the perspective too up front. In one of your early process shots the people at front were bigger & lined up with the rest of the perspective. Now it looks like the road starts suddenly sloping down, but when you take a look at the actual road and the houses it kinda doesn't match.
The lighting seems to have a few problems too, with the faces to be excat. Loads of them seem to receive light from the rightside, even though the source is in the left.
Somebody better shall judge if my notions were correct, but I kinda like the feeling you are trying to achieve here. And the idea. Can't stop thinking that french comic that had these immense crowds and one hidden boy inside.
thanks for sharing. Things I might point out as a crit about the technique could be considered just the style.
You have a lighting direction and some atmospheric perspective but that falls apart with how you've lit the people in the piece. It's like they are partially front lit with ambient light. You could work with the natural daylighting to cast stronger shadows and add variation in how the people are illuminated across the street. Maybe an adjustment in the values could be used to better support the panda in the crowd.
Derra: Thanks for the comment! I did struggle a bit with the lighting decisions. I was trying to rationalize a strong directional light from a rising sun behind the houses with a bounced light coming from the right. This sort of fell apart for the sake of personal preference amongst the figures that technically should have been in shadow. Thanks for checking it out!
Second that, especially the people to the left could be cast a shadow over by the buildings.