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    I did this pinup here of two characters that I'd one day like to put in a comic. Maybe a webcomic or something. Anyways, C&C please.

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  • #2
    Great looking characters! I love that there's no spandex in sight

    The figures look really 'at home' in the environment you've created - and the colours add to the atmosphere perfectly.

    The bug face guy seems to be wearing some kind of 'swashbuckling' outfit - and the smoker makes me think of some kind of 1940's 'working man' ----- so, ss this a modern story or set at a certain point in history?

    Great stuff
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    • #3
      When you make that webcomic (or make a printed version or whatever), let me know. This looks wonderfully quirky and very interesting. I really like the visual style, so if the writing is as good then this is very promising.

      Good luck!

      Edit: As for C&C, I have nothing to say other than that I love the details of this; the ink in the corners, the dark contour of the moon, how the light from the windows light up the walls down on the street... Impressive.

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      • #4
        It's a pretty cool image, Rob. I think you did a very nice job on the perspective and the buildings, and the figures look pretty nice as well! Double lighting the figures is very difficult, but you managed to do a good job of it, all things considered.

        I do think that the facial shadows on the guy with the cigarette is a bit off though. The shape of the shadows aren't quite right. Lighting the face is often very tough because of the complexity of shapes presented by the facial features. The sunken and raised areas of the face serve up a lot of odd shadow shapes to be sure. You seemed to have a pretty good idea about how the shadows might look, but maybe this overlay can offer up some more accurate shadow shapes for you. There are lots of things that can factor into double lighting the figure and the face of a character--the intensity of each individual light sources, as well as the proximity of each light source, etc--but I've provided you with a basic double lighting overlay of the face you drew that follows the sort of dominant light vs secondary light you've demonstrated this character to have. You should note how the lighting effects the nose in this instance, and also the way the the shadows shape up against the secondary lighting. I hope this proves useful to you:



        On the subject of lighting, I also wanted to mention something regarding your Moon. Remember that the Earth's Moon is lit by the Sun. This means for it to be night, the Sun has to be below the horizon line of the night sky--otherwise, you have day. This means the Moon is being lighted from below. You indicate the Moon is being lit from the side, which can only happen in daylight. In short, your crescent moon should probably be positioned a little more like these images below:



        http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3169/...0a74b84661.jpg

        When the Moon is lighted slightly more to the side it will most likely be either sundown or sunrise, and in either circumstance, you probably wouldn't see the stars this bright. Here's a short of a crescent Moon at either dusk or dawn:
        http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3265/...0d34f14d5d.jpg

        Anyway, the Moon thing is a very common mistake that many artists make. It's something that unfortunately occurs quite often since photography came along. People frequently take photos of the crescent Moons in the night sky, zooming in on the subject at hand, and omitting any sort of tree line or horizon line Earth feature in the shot. Photographers often rotate their cameras to get a better photo composition and so forth also, so you end up with lots of photos of rotated images of the Moon, without any sort of visual direction or context. Such photos have been published in newspapers, books, periodicals, and have been seen on tv and in movies for decades and decades, so many of us take such things for granted, accepting a published photo image as truth. We see images of rotated crescent Moons all the time in photos and never think anything about it. But now, Quick Kick, you know....

        I hope these crits, the overlay and the Moon images prove helpful to you. It's a nice drawing regardless of the things I've pointed out. The inking is nice, and the characters are interesting. I really like the colors too--the monochromatic sort of easy on the eyes approach works very well here! A very cool post.

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        • #5
          Very nice; I'm guessing that the era of the piece is around late 1800's-early 1900's or it takes place on another planet/dimension/reality altogether.
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          • #6
            Thanks for the critiques guys, I really appreciate it. I never even thought about the moon point. It makes sense but it just never crossed my mind, and that layover is really helpful. Thanks so much, Loston.

            The story does indeed take place in the early 20th century, with Spring Heel Jack there (the jumping guy) being an older/kind of ghostly character.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by RobWSales View Post
              Thanks for the critiques guys, I really appreciate it. I never even thought about the moon point. It makes sense but it just never crossed my mind, and that layover is really helpful. Thanks so much, Loston.

              The story does indeed take place in the early 20th century, with Spring Heel Jack there (the jumping guy) being an older/kind of ghostly character.
              Glad I could help some, Rob.

              I'm somewhat familiar with the Spring Heel Jack legend--sort of like London's version of the Jersey Devil if memory serves me. An interesting idea for a comic character!

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              • #8
                hey, sweet pic, i looks really great. and id have to agree with bruce lee on the lighting on the face, but other than that perfect
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                • #9
                  Whoooah

                  Originally posted by RobWSales View Post
                  Thanks for the critiques guys, I really appreciate it. I never even thought about the moon point. It makes sense but it just never crossed my mind, and that layover is really helpful. Thanks so much, Loston.

                  The story does indeed take place in the early 20th century, with Spring Heel Jack there (the jumping guy) being an older/kind of ghostly character.
                  Spring Heel Jack is a real..... myth? I thought ir was just something the Proof team made up. I really hope you do make a comic. I would love to read it.
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                  • #10
                    Very awesome piece. You really have a handle of things in this. The environment is well thought out and the background breaks down nicely. I agree with bruce lee that the shadows could be a little more dynamic. Other than that it looks great!

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                    • #11
                      Very nice work! Loving it and I can't add much since other members have pointed out what I was going to add.
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                      • #12
                        I didn't know Flint smoked?!

                        Nice work!
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