This is my first entirely digital painting. I've added some WIPs on the rocky road to the final because it might be of some interest to see the "ugly stages." I bounced back and forth from Photoshop CS3 and Painter X.
Here, I roughed out the initial composition. To create the multiples, I duplicated the initial creature which has it's inherent risks of looking like well...just that. The creatures are meant to be a hive mind, but that isn't a good excuse! I made sure to grind it in my head to go back and tweak things to eliminate any copy/paste look.
The creatures were roughed in blue with the intention of going black. However I didn't like what was going on with the coolness of the color and after playing around I landed on a green/yellow base. After getting the color issue settled, I discovered a mistake in the perspective and fixed the horizon line by raising it. The initial rough of the main mantis looked like a plastic statue, so I repositioned him and also worked out in more detail of it's anatomy. I also did some major tweaking of the skull and hair of the protagonist, and getting the features foreshortened correctly.
Once that was done, I was ready for the final pass of individualizing the background "mantids," returned the blue into the sky, fixed the jaw, and tightened things all around.
The composition is rather odd... Flesh out the story of the painting before you start sketching - why is she there? Why are they there? What is the interaction - currently there isn't any. Her pose does not in any way relate to the apparent mantis army behind her - is she scared of them? Are they her friends? The overall standard of painting is fine, left eye looks a little off and a few other wee bits and bobs, but the main area which could be worked on is the composition.
This scene is taking place outdoors under direct sunlight. That means this lady should have hard-edged shadows on her face cast by her hair, her nose, her eyebrow, etc. Currently she is lit by a very soft, ambient light, which is more what you would be likely to see inside of a white room with multiple light-sources.
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