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03 March 2008, 02:08 AM
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Latest Update: Work In Progress: wip (

03 March 2008, 02:26 PM (

Just figuring out the colors here. Putting in the characters later, as soon as I figure out how I'm going to go about painting the landscape.

03 March 2008, 06:54 PM (

Trying to fit in the characters. Not sure about the design really.

03 March 2008, 08:16 PM
Beautiful. Looks like the painting is going to be amazing. The best of luck.

03 March 2008, 02:44 PM (

I decided to expand the back ground, but found I didn't like how the woman looked anymore. I decided to replace her with a little girl, with a less realistic style. I'm not sure if its an improvement, but I think the woman was too small and insignificant looking. The little girl stands out better.

03 March 2008, 02:46 PM
Looking very good! I'm looking forward to seeing more from you!!

03 March 2008, 03:50 PM
great starter man, keep it up!

03 March 2008, 04:01 PM
I really like the atmosphere and technique of the lastest wip. I keep on coming back to this thread.

03 March 2008, 08:14 PM
Just my opinion, but composition-wise, the girl seems to be too close to the edge of picture. Makes it seem that the landscape is the focus of the picture and not the two characters.

03 March 2008, 06:23 PM (

Another idea that popped up while I was taking a break. I doubt I'll use it, but you never know. The mood is much nicer in this one.

03 March 2008, 07:05 PM
I like this one better. It has a lot more feeling to it. Good work!

03 March 2008, 08:43 PM
I love this one :) Wonderful colours, nice idea :)

03 March 2008, 11:24 PM
Nice stuff! I also prefer the second concept sketch. The dog/alien reminds me of Yoda though. :scream: I'll keep an eye on this one and look forward to where you go next. Good luck!

03 March 2008, 12:03 AM (

All right, I'm saving the second sketch, seeing if anything spontanous comes to me, but I don't want to abandon my first idea. I shifted the canvas around and moved the two figures, though not completely to the center. I'm trying to make the light follow a path to the characters(still working on it...). The lighting is a lot lighter now, but I think it's good for a more hopeful mood. Used Michelangelo's statue of Giuliano(I think) for reference.

03 March 2008, 08:47 PM (

Adding details now. The cathedral in the background looks REALLY weird now. If it doesn't work out, I might just replace it with a tree or something. The background will have to wait, but any landscape suggestions are very welcome. Also, the statue looks like it's grown a beard.

03 March 2008, 10:37 PM
Interesting start, moody and atmospheric...

03 March 2008, 02:31 AM (

Yes, another one. Good thing there's plenty of time left.

03 March 2008, 06:14 PM (

I just got back from a trip to washington and saw the really pretty cherry blossoms there (perfect blooming time). I don't like the original painting anymore (or the concept, for that matter. Too dark), but now I've combined the first two, and I like how its truning out. I want the alien to look fierce, but cute. Kind of just contrasting the two characters. This ones also more focused on the figures, to make interaction clearer (and my life easier).

03 March 2008, 10:53 PM (

Figuring out the background. Again, haha.

04 April 2008, 06:28 PM (

I was unhappy with the 3rd concept, and have finally settled for this one. I hope. Funny thing is, this is really what I was originally going for. Bleh.

04 April 2008, 06:32 PM
Myself, I really liked your previous concept. It was cute and the relationship was very clear. With this new one, I can't actually tell what's going on: Are they friends? Enemies? Is she holding his paw to keep him from attacking her? Or perhaps you're going for that ambiguity. Or maybe you have a clear idea that will just become clearer to us as you progress... Good luck!

04 April 2008, 12:08 AM (

I got advice that maybe the previous concept didn't really show the friendship between the characters, and I think that's about right. I expanded the canvas, and made it a bit clearer.

04 April 2008, 01:01 AM (

Added a bridge/takeoff thing to the side. I think I might paint over the waterfall to the left.

04 April 2008, 01:12 AM (

The bridge was too close and distracting, and the waterfall was just ugly. Trying something more subtle, I guess?

04 April 2008, 02:52 AM
Hi Sida, I would suggest going for a simpler background to bring out the characters better. Having a nice suitable sky there will also help bring out the intended mood. Personally, I feel that the alien creature is too savage looking that it will tear the girl apart any minute. Perhaps you can try to make it look more friendly and calm around her as if it really likes the girl very much it will do anything to protect her from harm.

04 April 2008, 03:13 AM
I agree with jeromoo. I preffer your gorgeous concepts from earlier..ones that focused on the characters and suggested a backdrop with only a few soft there is too much attention for the environment..and i am thinking it doesn't need to be so important. it feels as if we are creeping into familiar territory.

I feel the portrait aspect ratio has more impact than landscape..the flat ground doen't really do it for me...appreciated that it is still early stages.

loving the colours regardless :D


04 April 2008, 12:22 AM
Background buildings looks great. The evolution of the work is very good

04 April 2008, 03:53 AM
Awesome work. One critique. I think if you moved the city to the left side of the canvas you might get a little more balance in your piece. Right now all the focus is to the right. Just a thought. I loved your color pallette and mood with the girl on the swing very warm and comforting. Great job!

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