Thanks to all for the comments so far. Exciting, especially as this is my first public display of a picture outside of the University I attend =)
I will try do justice to all of the comments
thanks for nice words =) I have to admit I did rush the background work abit, as I spent only hours on that rather than days, which it would have deserved. The initial background throughout the painting process was just a dark, almost black empty space. I was trying to go for something similar to those mysterious dark backgrounds that often appeared in paintings by Rembrandt and Caravaggio, and even the Goya painting depicting Saturn eating his own son. But I had a change of heart with the deadline approaching fast, just hours away. My bad hehe Since this was for a University project, where we have the opportunity to touch up finished projects before the final assessment, I might just do that with the background.
(PS: I like your “Seduction” piece… striking)
thankies ! I think I know what you mean. I am a fan of really extravagant shapes and details for demons and such. I have a love for the designs of the summoned spirits (aeons and espers) by SquareEnix for their later Final Fantasy games, which I’d love to look more into. My initial concepts and final roughs (that I showed to my lecturers before I got approval for the idea) showed the devil with a more reptilian skin. But the more I researched what the history has to say about satan, and old depictions of him, I took more and more of those skin textures away, until it ended up like this, a more human skin. I think it is also more appropriate for him, to show his ties with the human form. The print resolution picture shows smaller cracks all over his skin to suggest his old old age, but it seems the bicubic interpolation during the resizing of the image softened and hid most of those (also small highlights etc).
cheers! nice that you thought of brutal =) look at previous reply for the crosses. I see what you mean though
thanks so much, Phil. It’s interesting what you’re saying about the composition. The Fallen, by Kearney, is a masterpiece of technical execution, I am totally enamoured by his skill. He has taken the bodybuilder devil to a height that you just can’t beat I would love to do the rest of the figure, maybe for the full character design, but I chose this composition to give the figure in the hand more domination over the picturespace. Now I’m tempted to extend canvas and continue… if only I had the time!
many thanks! I admit I’m painfully meticulous with details, to the point of getting ill hehe I’m a big fan of the works of realism masters like van Eyck, and also of movie designs and posters, so I try to push for as much realism in my paintings as possible. (PS: love your cant stand the light painting…great!
cheers, I’m glad to hear that will definitely post more. Have lots of paintings gathering digital dust on my harddrive hehe