The coloring is nice. Like specially the background.
I like the background too... In fact, the background's so bad-ass, it might be detracting from the rest of the image. My biggest issue is that the figures and the background don't feel connected. With such a wicked rendering of these glowing stained-glass windows, it seems a shame that they're not the lightsource for the characters.
What is lighting Xiang Hua and Siegfried/Nightmare? A spotlight back and to the left of the camera? I just think this piece would be so much more dramatic if the characters were harshly backlit from the windows, with maybe just some reflected light on their fronts. At the very least, lit in the same hue as the windows, to imply similar windows elsewhere in the room.
Aside from harping on that, I love a lot of the work you did here. The metal texturing on the armor is very cool, and the texture of Soul Edge is outstanding. His demon arm is incredibly cool at the top, but I'm not reading mass on the hand.
Xiang Hua's a little less impressive, but you obviously didn't have as many textures to work with on her. In particular, I'm not really wild about what you did with her eyes, which ended up looking kind of empty(?). The yellowish hue on her lips also looks a little sickly. Of course, she's got an armored gauntlet squeezing her neck, so this might be what you were intending. I will add that I didn't immediately notice Nightmare's hand on her. *shrug*
Overall it's a really nice looking piece, but I think there's a much cooler piece in here if you put some more work into it. I've really started looking forward to your work, and I hope you don't mind if I pick it apart.
No No its cool go right ahead! But just to let you know my theory behind this, if you look at the original drawing you will see the background really isnt incorporated into the picture , so I decided to go more about it like a toy design package and make the figures really pop out and not be connected to the background, I tried to give them a chapel lit look to kind of go with the background but not incorporate it , I really appreciate that you took time to look at it and tell me what you think . Im glad people like the background because that one is very stylisticly me .
So thank you both!
I like it, Love soul calibur...The coloring is excellent..But something about there faces turns me off... Nightmares face doesn' look angry enough to be wut looks like smashing her face into the pavment or something and her face doesn't look frightened enough. Anyway looks good..Small Details from me and rants lol