This is my first post to the WIP thread. The good people at CGS feel that my latest piece needed a bit more cowbell. I know the best of the best come here so I feel like I'm auditioning for Justice League! :)
Avatar Press comic characters- LADY DEATH (front) & PURGATORY (background). Painted in Photoshop CS 3 w/ Wacom Tablet.(Illustrator CS3 for the chains)
The skin texture was created with a speckled brush and smudge tool, to give a more photo-realistic feel to both characters. I used the burn tool on low opacity to create veins on the body.
I changed the opacity settings of the Purgatory layer to 'Overlay' to pull the background colors together and add a bit of mystery to the image. The head stone is a throw back to The Simpsons Halloween specials. I know its random, but I just couldn't resist the lulz.
I would like to hear from primarily artists that do more high-end realistic 2D art on how to rework this so It can hang with the big boys.
A Few Requests
1. Do a quick Google image search on characters Lady Death & Purgatory before you comment so you can see the characters various looks for context.
2. Tell me what you like about the image (composition, color, textures, my interpretation of the characters etc...)
3. What you don't like about it (What I can do to improve this.)
Note: This should be viewed as an example of a cover (sans text), poster or promo art as opposed to an actual action scene from a graphic novel.