Thanks for the comments on my previous posts, it's really encouraging.
This started out as another Sauron pic, but I couldn't resist putting the irreverant, grinning mask on the helmet.
Photoshop, in about 5 hours. No ref used.
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Last edited by Summer Pudding; May 20th, 2004 at 07:35 AM.
well....its very nicely rendered...and i like the cam angle too....i think he looks a bit wimpy in structure but he is cool regardless.
i dug thru yer portfolio...nice stuff....you have good color going on.
Cool, ive been watching your sauron development, and im liking the thinness of this piece. The only thing i dont like is the grinning mask, it seems like it would go better on a bigger, thicker warrior. I suggest you go with the slit face helmets of your other pieces, they looked much more sauron-like.
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nice character, nice armor, nice work for 5 hours in PS
lookin good Pete - Specially the sky and the armour - the clouds have a real pre-raphelite quality going for them - and the armour looks suitably ornate
I like the brushing. Neat-o. Peace.
this is a much more successful piece imo
not only because of the level of finish, (which is nice) , but your using variety in your brushes and line work and it makes a huge difference
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i think this is really lovelypic, the colour and tones are excellent and i really like the grinning face.
personally i prefer treacle pudding with custard.
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wow man. I really love it. love everything about it, the design, colors. lightening. awesome Sauron!
nice work, but have agree with Jason Manley. This is only a concept thing, but I think the limbs and body in that chuncky armour are a little too thin & weak.
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Thanks for the feedback chaps, it's gold dust as usual.
Opinion seems to be divided over the mask and the big fella's physique. If you saw me in person, you'd understand the tall, skinny bias. As for the mask, I couldn't imagine Sauron wearing something like this, so the character evolved into the hero of some perverse fertility/earth goddess. The idea being, that he absorbs her godly power through his bare feet, thereby dispensing with the need of a musclebound physique. Contrived? Perhaps; but when I grow attached to a character, as I did with this one, I like to give them some kind of background, however fanciful that might be.
viag: thanks man. It was a lot of fun to paint.
hoopa: fair enough point. I imagine I'd have trouble selling the whole earth mother champion idea to an art director.
Ant4d: thanks! I've visited your site a few times now. Your traditional drawing skills are where I want my own to be. Also, loads of incredibly imaginative designs. And thanks for the new desktop. right click/save as/whipgirl.bmp :cool:
village idiot: typical Yorkshireman. Have you even heard of a Raspberry coulis?!!!
tyboogie: thanks, I'm glad you spotted the difference. I had a long, hard look at my online portfolio, and decided that the weight of opinion on it was laregly right. The sketchier pieces shouldn't form the cornerstone of a strong body of work.
Liviutz[SPAZ]: thanks man!
Hawksmoor: so, we're on first name terms are we? Whozat then? Angus, Chris, Damo, Leroy, Ian or Beyonce?
RAMÓN: thanks a million. There's a couple more of these in the pipeline.
shadow: fair point. Perhaps the face doesn't quite fit the body.
Jason Manley: hey! Nice one! I'm flattered, and glad you liked my other work.
Last edited by Summer Pudding; May 17th, 2004 at 01:03 PM.
coulis, coulis............nope, what's the lard content?
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From the axe up I love it. Something about the way he is standing bothers me. Maybe his legs look to skinny or they way his feet are planted. I love the armor!
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super tight!!!... think thats pretty badass.... great concept.....guess thats all i gots to say
I like everything about it but the skinny-ness, so I'm thinking you could put on some elbow armour and some really huge spiky boots or something to beef him up a little. Maybe more spikes all around, actually, I think the axe head is looking a little bland. But yeah, I like the vein-looking stuff in his cape a lot.
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it's like a medievel [medieivel? ].....retro-historical [ahem] interpretation of the donnie darko rabbit .........maybe
but seriously, that is really nice work - i agree the physique is a little off kilter maybe - but i think that adds to the skeletal / undead nature. photoshop too - you've got a really nice painter - y effect going on - detailed and expressive at the same time
i'm liking the codpiece !! but, i reckon it'd look meaner without the cape, and perhaps beef out the back of his helmet a little to reduce the conical appearance / suggeest more of a neck area - but then that's personal preferance talking.
[also - 5 hours!!! takes me 5 hours to size the frickin canvas ! well done]
keep it up!
Composition is a little stagnant. You see Frank Frazetta placing his characters in the middle but he always adds a soaring eagle or a planet or something in the background to make it interesting.
Of course this is CONCEPTart but hey a little birdy or something would realy make it, imo.
And by the way, nice peice.
I like the elongated look of the knight but my one suggestion is to make your legs just a bit thicker to go with the torso
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One more image from me, and I'll let this thread die of natural causes. Here's the big fella's female counterpart.
[Photoshop tip: to achieve a lighting effect similar to the lighting on her snake hair, and the bottom left corner of the picture. Duplicate the layer. Change it's type (Normal, Multiply etc) to Lighten. Apply a zoom radial blur to the duplicate layer. Be sure to locate the centre of the blur as close to the main light source as possible. Voila. Instant shafts of light. Reduce the layer transparency to about 20%, and erase the areas that don't work. Merge with the original layer, and paint over the result. I can hear the purists recoiling with horror, but if you do it right, it can look good.]
Scubasteve: yeah, you may have something there. The left foot especially was a bit rushed. I'm sticking to my guns with the skinniness tho.
alkaline111: thanks man! That's high praise indeed.
Scarecrow: thanks man, I'm glad you liked it. Personally, I think the huge hulking, big boots, big shoulder armour space marine look can look a bit naff. Games Workshop inadvertantly started an aesthetic trend, which in my opinion has been flogged to death, resurrected, and then flogged some more. When it's done right, it can look good, but I don't think it's appropriate here. I concede your point on the axe though.
Wetterschneider: for some reason, a mental picture of you as a handsome, well dressed, popular guy just popped into my head! Wierd!
matt olson: it would have been 3 and a half hours, but there was UEFA Cup footie on one night, and the Eurovision Song Contest on the next. Distracting.
RefrigeratorCo: I can't do you a birdie. Will a knee and shin in the foreground do? I was going to do a siege engine, and a forest of pikes in the lower third of the picture, but decided against it. Not sure why.
Shadowkiller: not again!
ozan: cheers Ted.
Last edited by Summer Pudding; May 20th, 2004 at 07:27 AM.
Wow, this is fantastic! The light effect is awesome indeed.
very nice stuff, your portfolio has some great pieces in it.
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Both of them are really great, i like the first picture because the armor really flows and seems tall and lanky, as if a gaunt giant was in it. Also, the second is nice, i can see the person in a battle with the maces and the shield. Very nice job! I'm new to this forum and I havent used any software or even enjoy coloring my pictures, so i have no room to speak in the area of the coloring. Maybe I'll get around to coloring one.
Hey Pud! I'm just trawling through your stuff. I can see you really practice what you preach. Your stuff looks fast and painterly, conveying the concept totally without getting too hung up, and you clearly think like a painter, with the way you apply colour as form. In other words, you're my opposite Looking forward to getting you in front of a wacom and picking up what I can. Great work.