Friday, January 2, 2015
Keep it simple and smooth
I didn't like the rather ugly utilitarian sword I had, and the wristband looked too fiddly and complicated, didn't make a quick powerful statement. Details like that trip up the eye and stop it from flowing freely around the picture. So I simplified them both and made them rounded and smooth, which creates a nice aesthetic statement - you can almost feel what it would be like to hold that sword. I also made the belt buckle bigger, which covered up the top few grommets. Now those don't draw too much attention anymore and the belt makes a simpler stronger statement. Oh, and it's very subtle - I might go over it again, but I slightly lightened the clouds just to the right of his neck to help draw the eye that way slightly. To sort of complete the circuit started by the sword hilt and the bracelet. I had put a moon there but it looked bad. I think I need to make the eyes slightly visible, at least one of them, so he doesn't look blank and empty. If heroic fantasy is about personalities, then you need to see the eyes of the main characters.
Didn't do the eye(s) yet, but I did set up a circular compositional flow around the focal area (his chest), and put in a new moon that's much better than the planetoid I tried at first.
Just a little spark of life and some very slight detailing around the eyes. Not sure about it yet.
Lol wow - such tiny differences between images, but I'm happy with this one. Think I'm calling it done and moving on. Though I still may re-design the sword and the wristband and make them less Frazetta rip-offish. Hmm - can I come up with something as nice as his smooth rounded forms that looks original? At least I can get rid of the giant ruby! Without that it won't scream Early Frazetta so much.