Here are the factors I already know I need to work on -
- going beyond local color.
- Developing a powerful but simple composition without extraneous details, and with elements simplified through devices like silhouette.
- Poses and proportioning of human figures.
- Limiting of facial expressions and gesture - I don't want my fantasy paintings to look like snapshots of people smiling and enjoying life like a commercial or bored consumers waiting patiently like in a Gurney painting. They must be active and dynamic - these are narrative paintings and the same rules apply as in narrative storytelling - the main character must be dynamic and not a passive observer or pushover.
I want to emulate both Frazetta and Jones - or rather try out their techniques and approaches - hopefully without copying their styles.