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A possible page for my forthcoming (or more probably doomed to join the pile of unfinished projects) epic about a rat.  The entirely black top half of the piece is not so much an homage to Caravaggio as simply a matter of making room for the text.  I've been so long looking at this piece now, I can no longer make any useful judgements about it.  I'm particularly concerned about the barrels.  Geometrically perfect they ain't.  It would have been easy to trace from a photo or from an image generated in Poser 3D software, but where would be the fun in that?  I made a point of drawing them freehand, with a view to accepting a certain amount of inevitable wonkiness.  They are definitely out of kilter, though I would point out that they are old barrels that have probably been subject to any amount of warping and bashing about.  And they are leaning to the right because they are on a ship and everything is being tipped and rolled all over the place.  These wouldn't pass inspection if the intention was an entirely "photo-realistic" look, but as you can see from the anatomy of the rats, we are going for a somewhat stylized motif here, which may allow for things to be a bit askew.  But there's a fine line between askew and plain sloppy.  I've looked at this every which way, including "flipping" in Photoshop (the modern equivalent of the dreaded mirror test), and I am no closer to knowing what to think.  They're not right, but they don't seem howlingly and offensively wrong either.  I just can't tell anymore.  Ah, if ooooonly there was someone to advise me...  

Date: 2010-07-19 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
To be honest, I think the barrels are fine. I'm not sure how 'in perspective / right' they have to be, but I've always eschewed that kind of realism, I think... if people want photo-realistic barrels, they can take a photo, and hey presto! I'm a lazy artist. ;)

However, I do have a thought, which is that the black rings on the barrels are kind of distracting for me, since they seem really different to the rest of the style. I don't know whether I want some of that complex line-work you do in there, or if it's that the highlights on the barrel are too 'bright' and therefore distracting, but they draw me in at the exclusion of the awesome, awesome rats.

I love your work.

Date: 2010-07-19 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you sooo much!!! This is peoper advice that I can work with! You should be teaching.
It's true, those rings are all wrong for this. My weakness for highlighting in Photoshop tends to get the better of me! Am working on making them into paler, duller, rusty-coloured rings, and liking it better already.
Thanks again! You are wonderful!!!

Date: 2010-07-20 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw thank you, I don't think I should be teaching! I never even know if what I'm noticing is significant or not, but if you've recognised it too, then maybe it is significant.

And heh, I have a weakness for metallic paints and like swirls, I have to restrain myself at least sometimes! *grin*

Date: 2010-07-21 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like it. Are you planning to introduce some text into the top of the frame?

Date: 2010-07-23 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!!! Yes, I'm kind of messing about with ways of combining text and images, which is always tricky. Having large, uncluttered or effectively blank areas within an image is one possible solution, but I'm not sure how it will work out...

Date: 2010-07-23 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Try different projects just to see how it looks and to get your craetice juices moving.

You could place text in the image as if it were a cover of a book or magazine. You could place text as if it were an advert. You could place text as if the image were part of an editorial piece in a magazine.


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