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Since my main "profession" is Coder, I rarely draw anything as of late but I apparently make huge leaps, when I do.
The last piece I posted here was entirely incorrect, both anatomy and detail, the setting was bad, the pose sucked and I stopped halfway through. I've just started a new one (I haven't drawn anything in between the two pieces), for a CD Cover and took the advice of starting rough, instead of using 1-3 pixel Brushes for the entire thing and going into detail from the very beginning. So, this time, you can tell me how much I suck in a phase where I can actually still change things, hehe.
This is supposed to be a "King" on a Throne. I haven't worked on the face at all. Took me ~2 hours so far and I kind of hate the shoulder armor, which I can't seem to get right in perspective - it is supposed to have a plate, that protects his neck, which should stand out. He wears a robe, by the way, above his armor that will wave out to the sides. It should give a feeling of "chaos" (wind is not coming from one, but from many directions around him).
Anyway, look at it:
the main issues I have about this pic are the face, wich should get more attention (like Jho mentioned), the perspective (the throne he's sitting on doesnt quite fit his pose.. its rather 2-dimensional and disproportioned), the shading (I cant quite make out the lightsources) and that it looks unfinished.
it looks a bit like you got lost in detail too early. I would erase the throne and adjust it's position using geometric forms on a different layer. that way you can tweak it till it looks more fitting. you can go into detail from there.
to keep track of your perspective it helps putting some lines on a separate layer for orientation (horizontal line, a point of fixation and some guidelines going towards that point).
as for the lightsources: since the pic already has some detail in it, there is an easy way of adding a lightsource (a method I dont quite recommend, but it helps alot, especially if you dont want to start all over again):
determine where your lightsource comes from, then put a new layer with 40% transparency over your picture and start drawing clean shadows using black. then smooth the shadows' edges by erasing them with the airbrush tool. you can tweak the transparency to get a darker or brighter look... do the same with white on the same layer for the light edges.
the good thing about this method: you can always add details and fix some problems (like maybe antomy or whatever bugs you) without having to worry about lightsources. the bad thing is, that the shadows will not seem 100% authentic. normally the lightsource is the first thing you take care of (blocking stage), but you can always do that on your next one.
as for the face: study your own in front of the mirror.. make sketches. when you have made one that you are satisfied with, scan it, add it to the pic and use it as foundation for the face of the warrior, but keep your lightsource in mind.
and the last tip: dont get discouraged.. art is about training... 3 more of those pics and you'll find it a lot easier to create art.
my 2 cents..
As I said, I haven't done anything to the face yet. I just barely spilled on a few strokes to not have a gray area there and remember where I wanted him to look at.
The Lightsources I thought were rather accurate - not exact yet, but quite ok. It's supposed to have the main source above and fire from the right, which of course will lit the piece in red.
Also, the throne part right to his left leg needs attention still. I know it looks like it's going underneath it's leg, but it'll be alright
I will try out some suggestions and redo the entire shoulder thing, let's see if I can get that straight.
How is that, regarding the shoulder armor, throne perspective and face?
alot better. I can see how you wanted to place the throne now.. as for the face: still looks abit flat- remember the anatomy of the human skull... I would add some more shadow around the eyesockets and around the jawbone.Originally Posted by FyrnHow is that, regarding the shoulder armor, throne perspective and face?
as for the shoulderpad: the "'blade blocker" (the thing keeping the head from being chopped off by a sword) still looks a bit odd. some shadow in the lower area of that part would help to give the impession that it's standing upright.
a quick paintover...
Virus - it wasn't actually meant to be that piece. I entirely removed it. It's a band that continues down on the Robe (under his right arm), probably perspectively not correct enough. But, I've just noticed it looks kinda like a "blade blocker"; so I'll see if I can fix it's perspective.
You pretty much owned me on the face though. It's not exactly what I want him to look like (I'll be using a photo of the man he should resemble for reference), but yea, I need to go practice faces..
(Ich bin uebrigens auch Berliner.)
heheh endlich mal jemand aus der heimatstadt... wie gesagt.. uebung macht den meister- einfach dranbleiben und ausprobieren.. jeder fehler den du bei dem bild machst, is ein fehler den du spaeter umgehen kannst