My Homage to Pan the Man



  • @daiolupo Thanks. I considered making the boy smaller but there was so much empty space behind him, I just figured it would look empty.



  • @Steve-Young It's possible that I did screw up the shadows. I have two strong competing light sources, the candle and the moonlight. It gets confusing as to which one would over power the other for shadow, the distant moonlight or the very near candle.



  • Hey dont worry you still did a great job. Keep it up.



  • @Craig-Babin Thanks for sharing. I love your vibrant colors. There's definitely a mood of wonder here and magic here.

    I agree with the others that the light feels a bit off, though I can't put my finger on exactly what it is. Might be interesting to see how this would look with a single light source.

    This would solve the other question the image brought up for me, which is why a modern kid in a modern house is walking around with a candle like that. It does add a nice element of whimsy, but it feels out of place to me.



  • @Maile-McCarthy Thanks Maile. The original title for this piece was "When Peter Pan comes to your house and the power is out and you've killed all of the flashlight batteries in your Game Boy, so you have to carry around one of your mom's old candles". But I felt it was a little wordy, so I settled on "A Childhood Friend". lol



  • Hi Craig, I love it, the colors and the tension you can feel. Checked your website, nice work!


  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    Really nice piece!

    Overall I think people are not actually critiquing the light per se, but more so the quality of your shadow edges. It looks overly soft in most places. You want hard cast shadows and then softer form shadows and diffusing shadows as they get away from the object casting them. It's a weird thing, but edge quality is really programmed into our idea of how things look, and if it's off the light will feel "not right". That's why everyone is having a hard time describing what's off. They can't immediately tell, but your brain knows.

    Beautiful color here. One last thing though. The interior looks fairly modern. So the candle seems a bit off as a prop. If you want that candle in there, can you adjust some details to match the period?

    Look forward to seeing more!



  • @Leontine-Gaasenbeek Thanks Leontine. I really appreciate that.



  • @Lee-White Okay, now the shadow thing makes sense. Now I understand what everyone was talking about. I haven't quite nailed down the whole value thing just yet. And now that I look at it, I think a flashlight may have been a better choice. Thanks for the critique Lee.



  • @Craig-Babin said:

    @Maile-McCarthy Thanks Maile. The original title for this piece was "When Peter Pan comes to your house and the power is out and you've killed all of the flashlight batteries in your Game Boy, so you have to carry around one of your mom's old candles". But I felt it was a little wordy, so I settled on "A Childhood Friend". lol

    Yes, a bit! LOL