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painting for kim by jamesconstantine painting for kim by jamesconstantine
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Critique by kuzuSkot Mar 18, 2010, 8:04:53 AM
most of the things in this pix that jump out at me as needing some work are anatomical and compositional.

Let's start with Medusa... well her head is were i'm seeing problems. Medusa's head is looking a little small, but since she's a snake it's probably not that big a deal. Her arms are also bent kinda strange at the forearms, but again, since she's a snake you can get away with it. The way her body curls around the Spartan looks good so no worries there, and her face has expression which is also a nice touch.

the Spartan, he seems to be looking away from her, not at her... which is what turns people to stone, looking directly at Medusa. if he was looking at her, we'd see more of the back of his head/helmet rather then the side of his face.

Now on to Composition and the pillar... the snakes of Medusa's hair are just barely touching it. A good Rule of Thumb, don't make things touch like that, ether really overlap the snakes and the pillar or do not overlap them at all. Working larger, it probably seemed the over lap was greater then it really is when it's shot down small and tight like this.

A suggestion would be to do a full size pencil rough first with all the elements laid out and shoot it down to 50% just to see what it looks like, block it all out in 3 point perspective before you even really start the drawing side of it.

Also, many pillars would have been better then just one pillar to create a sense of environment. There's a theory that some art prescribe to which is another good rule of thumb. it's some times called the three rock theory... I like to call it the 3 object theory. Idea is you don't need really more then three of something to convey the idea that there are actually many. if 2 more pillars were added then it would appear more... believable i guess for lack of a better word. or if you wanted to make it look like Medusa was fighting an army of Spartans then you could add 2 more and it would create a Sense of many Spartan's... or if they were in a forest, all you'd really need in 3 or 4 trees to create the sense they are in the forest.

the Painting it's self as far as technique is pretty good in most places, Medusa's body for one, the snakes in her hair, the wrinkles on the Spartan's clothing... Medusa's face.

being as your at Kubert I'd be surprised if any of what i've said hasn't been pointed out to you in class already... hopefully this critique helps you out and you keep painting :)
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stuck-in-tree Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Student General Artist
I like the critique you got. Did the teachers at school even mention any of that stuff to you? It's good advice. But as always, you're an amazing painter. Keep it up! You rule.
frostdragon666 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
for a gorgon not bad they are a race of snake bodied people so scales are a must. Though the coloring is nice see if you can take the same color and maybe section it off to make it look like it was scales and it would look a little more real. i agree with the head it might be a little small i like how u made her hair look longer with the larger snake breeds. Though on a gorgon they are all suppose to be the same snake though i like this interpretation. I agree with the bent arms thats a little strange though it looks like its the wrists so id let that go. The way the spartan is looking isn't any big deal its the first look into her eyes that turns them so that's ok. thats all i really have to say but it was a good piece to get advice on
animec20 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
creepy and cool allin one good job.
ChexMex89 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
I'd be scared shitless if that were me.....But since it isnt me, This is a nice piece. Very detailed, especially with the folding of her skin as she wraps the guy
aaronjohngregory Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely love. Something about that pillar though.
Carliihde Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Really awesome man. LOVE how her skin folds where she is twisting around him. Beautiful textures and patterns on the snakes. Also the color scheme is really harmonized love that sick flesh tone on her face and wrists. Really nicely done, looks like you really took your time on this one. great job
jamesconstantine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
thank you
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