Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dungeon Delve - WIP

So I've decided to post my WIP on the dungeon delve in the hopes of getting a little feedback.

The first 2 images are my sketch and quick value study submitted for the Sketch deadline:

The feedback I got was that the figure was looking good, but that there wasn't enough of a sense of being "lost" and that the image was looking a little cramped. Well... I'm inclined to agree.

So then I had to come to a realization that I may have to re-consider my composition. Before I totally considered that, however, I played with simply moving the composition up and down and playing with what was going on behind the character. I did this with tracing paper over my original drawing.... and while I was getting somewhere... it still felt stagnant.

So I did what any artist would do that wasn't satisfied with the original work, I took the image into Photoshop and started playing with the composition by adjusting the size of the character in the overall composition as well as adjusting her setting and other than the pose of the character ended up with a whole new image. These should be considered thumbnails I suppose since they are definitely in a very rough stage, but I think they get the picture across so to speak ;)

In this first image I kept the foreground element the same, but changed the size of the main character and her surroundings have also changed to show that there is more to the dungeon than that cramped space she was in before.

This next one I also changed the size of the character and her location but I changed her positioning in the frame. I feel that placing her toward the bottom of the frame increases the feeling of helplessness, plus it allows me space to put in more maze-like dungeon architecture above her showing all the ways she could be going or has already traveled and opened an opportunity to place a dangerous lurking creature behind her. The plan is to have mostly cool colors with the only warmth coming from her lantern and that doesn't reach far. The creature in the background would be mostly silhouetted (perhaps partially obscured by mist) and barely lit by her lantern with more of this crazy dungeon rising up behind it... dunno we'll see

Right now I'm leaning toward the second alternate image, with some tweaking involved of course. Thoughts, comments, harsh critiques?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

More thumbnails

Ahhh.... It is so nice that the muse has decided to grace me with her presence again. Helps that I've got a topic that I'm having fun with and it's getting back to my fantasy art roots. So to continue with the post from yesterday, here are some more. I've taken the ideas of some and refined them and did a few more new ideas that i had up in my head swimming around but just couldn't get down on paper yesterday.

So here they are. Feedback welcome if there's anyone reading LOL

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Art Order Dungeon challenge

So I joined ArtOrder and decided to partake in the Dungeon challenge. So here are my thumbnails. Any feedback would be welcome as I have to submit the sketch by Sunday ;) But this is the first I've had to work on it since I've had other commission work to do.

I like the idea of #1 and 3 but the composition needs work. I like the composition of #4, 5 and 6, though I think #4 could still be made more dramatic by changing the angle. #2 was just a quick getting an idea down on paper.

Let me know if I'm headed in the right direction.