Here is my entry for the Hidden Prompt Contest. There is a hidden weapon among the people within the hidden faces, and hidden agendas. It's my first time entering a contest on SVS. Yeah~!
Been working on my submission for Hidden Prompt. But I have been looking at this all day and I am not sure what to do to take it to the next level. It feels unfinished to me. I find the scratchy pencil lines give it a nice texture but it also makes it feel more like a sketch and a has a unrefined look when contrasted with the inked lines. I am struggling to find a way to make the two fit together - although this might be only in my head, but I am running out of time before the deadline! Yikes~ lol
Getting closer to resolving the composition. I wasn't sure and I was struggling a bit with the position of the body and legs of the victim. I couldn't decide what side the legs should go. I ended up putting him across her lap, but still not sure if I am happy with the position.
I liked the triangular composition of the original piece, but after looking it more, I had to agree with Eli that it is a little too overt. So I put the killer more in the shadows and in the background and more of a secondary read.
I took TessaW's advice and added masks to the people in the background. I not sure of the idea, but I thought I would contrast it with the killer with the crowd by making the killers mask sad while he was smiling underneath his mask vs everyone else who are wearing smiling masks and perhaps sad underneath. Also the two women, and the victim have no masks contrasting the crowd. I might put a mask on the floor near the victim that would make it the victims mask - not sure if this would add to the piece or make it more confusing.
Hopefully I can square the composition away and start working more on the painting. I am not very good at coloring yet, so I want to try and give myself more time to finish off the piece.
I haven't actually thought of surface texture, but thanks, good to know. I haven't seen a rescue chopper or vehicle in real life, but I imagine they would be shiny. Yeah, go ahead, have at it!~ A draw over would be awesome.
I did some alternative compositions with the piece. To flush out the design. I tried "hiding" the dagger behind his back. Then gave him a mask to show him having a hidden agenda. I am planning to hide the dagger into the shadows while hinting at it as a second read with the blood color. I'll have to see if I can pull it off.
I then did another thumb/rough as I thought he might need some more people to hide his intentions to.
Then in the third piece I tried moving him to the background and having a guard or leader of some sort calling to his men to find the assassin while he slips away into the crowd.
Not sure which one to go with. I like the first two as there seems to be too much going on in the third piece but that's just my taste.
I finally got the revisions done on this piece. I re-colored it and added some more darks, as suggested by TessaW, but I am not sure if the lighting is working yet. I am having trouble figuring out how the light works as some of the sources of the light comes from the mech. Otherwise, I am not sure what else I can do to improve it...
Here is my rough for this Months Prompt:
A Hidden Weapon and a Hidden Agenda!
Not sure how to paint it
I am better at sketching than painting.
I am trying to use what I learned from the some of the SVS color classes. I was trying to emphasizing the red to create a focal point with the dagger and the blood on the victim, while keeping the two women more neutral/greys and cool colors(sad colors?). Not sure if I should have the assassin darker and high contrast in the background because it could imply something sinister and well, dark...
Also having trouble figuring out what I want to put in the background.
I admit this piece might be a little dark for the SVS Community... Not a Children's Book, but any feedback would be appreciated.
I have been doing some sketching trying to figure out the leg mechanics of the SAR Mecha. I am not sure if I am making progress or just fudging it - I might be exaggerating the proportions of the parts I am drawing when in different positions. Also it might be right in my head, but it might not be able to bend that way in real life.... I haven't done much technical drawing, or at least not enough to get satisfactory results from it. So, I am not sure how I can figure out how the legs would work or function properly IRL. Is there is a better way of how I could improve my understanding of the movement of the leg mechanics?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Cool illustration! I really like it - It's got a old Sci-fi Amazing / Astounding Stories kind of vibe to it. That being said I think that the title font and word mark could be more funky as like when you look at Astonishing Stories, their title logo is a word on a swoosh, the swoop along the top implies dynamic movement and thus a "rush" thrilling adventure and or like the Twilight Zone Logo - the letters are all wonky and don't quite line up to each other implying strange, odd, and weird things. Although it's not an illustration issue, and it is more a graphic design thing, you still need to address it in some way if you are planning to publish, you may just want to leave out the wordmark and just leave some space for the wording to go but it needs to be addressed somehow.
Good job! Keep working at it!