Samurai pizza cats!
I love the dynamic composition and extreme perspective. Some great brushwork and subtle details on this one too. The separated foot of draws me in, but it's hard to tell why it's separated, is it part of a different dragon, did it get cut off, or is the attached leg concealed by something.
People are always drawn to critique great works of art, nobody wants to attack something of low quality. This piece is up there with Norman Rockwell in quality. Yes the subject matter is silly, (due to the contest I know, maybe post that in your comments) but silliness aside it meets and exceeds the theme of the contest. The textures and light refraction give me a clear understanding of what each material is made of. The shading is consistent giving me a clear sense of lighting direction, however It would be nice to see some more defined cast shadows from a more dynamic light source. The color balance is great, the shadows and highlights have defined temperatures. The anatomy and perspective is spot on, I couldn't spot any issues (and I look extra hard with high quality peices). As for the mechanical aspect, the shapes give me a good sense of three dimensional space and plausible movement of parts that look functional rather then decorative. The Christmas lights were a nice touch and good way to add a bit of color, I would recommend putting some cast light from them on the shinny parts. Overall the composition is pretty solid, you created a circular space in the top 2/3 which keeps my eyes on the image, which also placing your main subject matter in one of the golden thirds positions (top right line crossing). Overall this is a great piece, as a person who loves concepts I would have preferred to see more of the machine, but that would have meant sacrificing a dynamic composition so great decision. Keep this great stuff up.
Thank you for introducing me with Norman Rockwell! His work is jaw-dropping.
I highly appreciate your critique and points you were making. If applied, would definitely improve this illustration. I'm very much in learning and will take this on-board. :) I need stuff like that.
Beautiful work! Loving the old style movie poster feel and the nice gritty airbrush texture.
Very nice clean style. I especially like the details of the scars and jacket patterning.
Brilliant concept, the mood and environment setup is established perfectly, and I really get a sense that this has a story to it. A perfect example of the illustration style vs portraiture.
Thanks a lot! I really appreciate it!
This is a great example of a visual blending technique where the image is meant to be seen at a much smaller size then it is painted which of course is pretty much exactly what the industry demands of most illustrators. Your work on the creature and battleground are remarkable.
Where the piece falls flat is the castle's isometric design. Isometric perspective is a valid style and can produce some great effects especially when working in retro styles or rpg/adventure games. The issue here is that all the main focus of the work is on a more realistic perspective of the battleground and creature. Make sure you set up your points of perspective beforehand to avoid this. It's easy to make an organic shape look right in space without laying on points and lines, but geometric shapes tend to slip towards isometric views otherwise.
That's actually what I'm told more than anything else about this. I'll admit, organics are my strength, but do you think its not too late to go back in and fix the architecture? I havent touched this piece in a long time
...and thus Hank did say. "Hey Bro, do you even lift?"
Very nice color use!
Thanks Artist-Lost! :3
I love your gritty brush style, I will be watching your further work.
I love the concept! Color and design fit nicely. This fits in nicely with the best of anime art styles I have seen for ships.
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