Trust me, it sucks and needs a redo. He's based on an actual archival photo from a riot somewhere in the 80's. Death by himself, the pose is really odd when mated with the background which confuses the perspective. I couldn't resist slapping it together just to see how it looks since it's part of a preorder and people know the final will be better.
But thanks for noticing all that.
This is the original image colorized in photoshack.
i do not check this thread enough lately. wedding planning is time consuming. great stuff, everyone!
Lots of things, inluding some unused tee designs, some used tee designs, some art prints and some pieces for the upcoming Idiot Box show at g1988 (which showcase my unhealthy love of Gossip Girl & The OC)...
is that too much for one post?
In college my painting teacher explained the dangers of sticking too close to your reference material.
Problems like parallax error and foreshortening seem fine in a photo because it is a photo. No one questions a large hand in a photo due to it being too close to the camera. But the second you draw those errors into an illustration they are no longer just the elements of a photo, they are now errors in your art.
Tracing directly from a photo is dangerous. You copy errors with out even noticing, you disregard dynamics of the form because you are only looking to the contour and not paying attention to the structure below.
Jesture is lost, personality is lost, intentional exaggeration is lost. Never trace, find the form below.
Your finish is your saving grace at the moment. You render your work very well but if you were to take the time in the rough stages to nail the personality and the jesture you could really be a force to be reckoned with.