Your creativity is limitless. It's always nice to see how you come up with some very original idea for those 'boring' articles.
I have no crits at all. Just keep posting them.
wow very cool and funny
I wonder what it would look like with a big bag full of data on his back
Thanks very much for your very rewarding comments guys. Your words really keep me inspired.
About the thief impression: I totally agree. I found it quite hard to picture a spy without resorting to a sneaky criminal appearance.
The Mad character, wasn't that also a guy with a striped suit and a mask, plus a black hat and a black cape? Maybe that has subliminally influenced the shape of my spy.
Cheers to y'all,
I sorta agree about the thief comment, but the stripes are great for this piece, way cooler than a spy. Besides, thief is close enough to spy with computer infiltration. Thanks for the image, Metin.
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Ah no, now I recall what you mean: those good old Spy vs. Spy comics! The characters with the sharp beaks, who also starred in a couple of great old Commodore 64 computer games.
Hmm ... yeah, maybe a black suit with tie and a hat would have been better. Well, I already delivered the image. Better luck next time.
Hey, Metin! Nice stuff, clean and simple, but not primitive....straight to the point, good work!
I have 3 crits though:
1. The pose is nice and you can see instantly that the spy is sneaking, thus he's doing something which is not supposed to be correct...but his left arm (viewers right) bugged me a little bit, i think you could emphasize the sneaky movement with a similar pose of both arms....like he is really reaaaaallllyyyy sneaking, avoiding any noise...
2. the mask is nice, but somehow i missed the side part...though i know that it's a stylized look (like in "the incredibles"), but i think the side part adds a nice flow to the horizontal lines on the clothing...then again the focus is getting weakened by the low tonal contrast in this area, but i thought i will give it a try, just to show what i mean...
3. i am missing the actual lure on the mouse trap...why is he stepping into the trap if there isn't anything on it? I also know that it's too much thinking about this details at the end it's a mouse trap and someone stepping in it, that's the classic story...and i didn't come to a clever solution about a lure for myself so at the end this would have been my choice also It's hard to visualize personal information or passwords or whatever spyware is looking for...
Beneath an image with points 1 and 2 changed...i think at least point 1 makes a better image, not sure about 2 though I hope you don't mind that i made a paintover of your artwork..sorry if so...
edit: forgot another point..hehe...i am too lazy to make a paintover for this suggestion, but i have the feeling that the background takes awawy from the focus, weakening the orientation and readability of the piece...if it's not much work, give it a try to make the chess pattern all white areas/fields with only grey (or thinner black) outlines...i think it would give the piece a very nice composition of color mixed with b/w and a nice separation of fore- and background also emphasizing the focus and spy...i think your idea was to generate a world of bits and bytes, which is symbolized by the chess pattern. With the white fields and grey outlines you would have something like a wireframe which is a stronger indication for this world...i would love to see a version of this...if it's not too much work...
Last edited by Fozzybar; January 10th, 2006 at 08:16 PM.
might just be me but in a walk/sneak cycle wouldn't the arms be reversed...the oposite to the leg that's forward out in front...
Very clever. My only suggestion would be to have the thief/spy looking over his shoulder or to his left (to make sure no-one is looking). It seems to me he is looking straight at the mousetrap he is about to step on which doesn't make much sense.
The looking-over-the-shoulder-thing is a good suggestion.
Try sneaking, somehow your leg-arm coordination is different from walking and you go leftarm-leftleg / rightarm-rightleg.... Interesting! (the image is right, i guess)
Fozzy, there's no lure. A thief-alarm would've been better, but that would've been difficult to understand probably. The mouse-trap is very clear. In this case it hasn't got a lure, but it's blocking the way to the real lure. DATA.