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Aww man What happened. Your other one has such a nice large and clear picture. Ah well.

Anyway I'm kind of intrigued about those clear disks. mind sharing a few details on them?

So as a post-apoplectic Item I honestly expect to this to not be so well kept. I would be looking for some broken parts and odd accessories attached all over the necklace. I see you have some pop tabs to try and add to the randomness, but I don't think it is enough yet.
Again, I can't see everything all that well so if you have more, I apologize I cannot see it.

I think you should take a couple of those wooden beads and roast a few, stain a couple others and grind and cut on all in between. Maybe a couple pieces of random wire, a little metal and or random glass as well.

If nothing else you have a couple interesting elements to go with this. Now I would like to see you expand on them.

MajesticBob responds:

It is post apoc but 200 years later. Think rifts. So resources are tight but it's not impossible to make something new. The plastic disks are stoppers from seafood bag holder at my job. When the bags are empty and need to be replaced I take the stoppers since they get thrown out anyway. As for Pics these were kinda a rush job since I had to take them to game. Also I have a real hard time taking pics of jewelry. something I will have to figure out.

Yeah, now thats quite a bit better.
You've taken care of a lot of the flat colors. Have a couple more levels of lighting. Have some stronger and more expressive line art. Gotten more to the sky with the clouds and the slight gradient. You got your picture more squared I like the floating box you have for the text, very comic bookish. Yes much better indeed.

As for things to work on. the color of the sky seen through the handle of the basket doesn't match the rest of the sky. you may want to make it a little lighter so it isn't as noticeable. The root coming from the ground should be a little more horizontal dues to the viewer's vantage point. I'd work on the shadows cast by the objects/characters/textures in the scene. Lastly I wouldn't copy and paste the clouds so much. One or two copy/paste will work, but not all of them.

Good job keep it up.

pockets08 responds:

YES!! YESYESYESYEYES!!!! and i fixed the apple basket lighting, but forgot to reupload the fix :P

My quick thoughts are for you to reinforce the details. Details like the webbing on Spiderman's Suit, or the Hard lines of Doom's armor. Also some more stronger and dynamic posing would have been a good choice.

Now with some more in depth thought.
I think a bit stronger composition with a more dynamic pose would have really helped the impact of the overall feel of the piece. I think something with a little more of the body showing would have been good. Perhaps doom holding Spiderman off the ground by his neck and seeing Spiderman struggling to get free.

The anatomy could use some work. Its not too far off, but it could use some more consistency in places such as Doom's hands and arms. Also Doom's neck and head seem thin and small compared to the rest of the body. I also notice that Peter's right shoulder is very small and puny. Spiderman may be a little on the smaller and scrawny side, but he does have some good solid muscle in the right areas.

The coloring could have been much more solid. Although it is breaking about par, I think you could have pushed your color pencils to have a bit more rich color. On that same hit I would like to mention some lighting and other effects. I don't see and definite or solid light source. I also see little to no shadows or shading. You really need to get a strong Light to case some nice hard dynamic shadows on the characters. IN that same sense this would give you the most awesome opportunity to play with Doom's armor had its reflectivity,

As I mentioned in the quick thoughts I think you should really get the thicker lines on the costumes. This also applies to the line work.
A couple minor changes and this could become a pretty bad ass piece. At the moment you have a start and I will pleased to see you come out with more comic book related pieces.

Chessplay responds:

Thanks for the honesty, I'm gonna work on those points moving on

before even reading your description I was thinking this was watercolor

I like the over all subject matter. Although kind of strange, it is something that appeals to me as a person.
I especially like the roasting of the birds.

The color and lighting are pretty good too. I would have liked to see some stronger shadows in a couple places like the guy's arm and the bed frame in a couple areas as well.

Although I think you could use some more practice in the medium, I think you have a decent amount of control over it already. You seem to have an excellent grasp of color theory and how to use shades other than gray and black to get a much better sense of shadow. As mentioned there Are a couple of areas I would have liked to see some stronger shadows.

The background, although simple, is good. I really think the watercolor was perfect for this in the simple sense of adding texture and breaking up what would normally be a flat gradient.

This carries the essence of a dream very well. It has that lovely mystical feeling about it that could only come from a dream. A little bit of nonsense and randomness such as the candle lifting the balloon, the fire breathing balloon that looks like a fish and the birds getting roasted by said fire.

Excellent job man. I hope to see more like this in the future.

Merol responds:

Thanks for the review!

I used a bit of colored pencils for some shading, but yeah, it mainly is watercolor.

I also wasn't totally happy with the shadows, they looked good enough to me before I added the background. It (the background) turned out to be a little darker than I was planning, I believe that played against them (the shadows).

That dreamy feeling is the reason why I used watercolors, I always thought watercolor paintings have that dream like thing to them.

Thanks a bunch for the review again!!

I have to give it to you Bob, this is definitely one of your best pieces yet. I really liked it. To be honest for the contest it really comes down to a hard call between this or the Cthulhu piece. In the end I guess it comes down to who truly owns my soul; The Empire or the Old Ones.

I really liked the metallic that came out on this. it gave it some really nice appeal. I know some thought you made this out of metal, and I can see why, especially with that one fold on its shoulder looking like a weld bead.
As mentioned in the thread I would add some line work for the metal plating, but you already informed me of the problems with the marker, so I would suggest some paint pens. A little more expensive, but really worth the cash.
After that, if you end up with a little more black spraypaint in the near future I'd give a bit of light dusting to the underside. Give it some shadow appeal.
As for some photos, I'd like to see a really low angle show of this. Give it that massive appeal that it deserves.
Perhaps you should do some small origami or papercraft snow speeders next and set up a little stylized Hoth diorama with some white sheets and cotton balls.

Nice job, I'd love to see this take a pretty high spot in the contest.
faved, since we can do that now :3

MajesticBob responds:

Wow. That's the second time your review unexpectedly stunned me. I do wish I had added more detail but time was running short and I made do with what I had. I agree that the Cthulu is solid competition. That thing is sick. All the designs were solid. I just had to make an AT-AT. It just felt right. Thanks for the solid review.

You know, These are pretty funny. I really like them. IF you do put out some stickers, I'd love to buy a couple. My pencil case needs more lols

Honestly its a funny idea and pretty well executed.

Sabtastic responds:

Aw, thanks!

I'll add you to my little mailing list. Once I figure out how the hell I'm pricing everything, I'll drop you a PM! :)

Ok you want a review eh? Alright You got the Review whore at your service.
Lets start with some troubling issues.

The hands hold one of the largest flaws in this entire thing. hey could really use a overhaul Her right thumb isn't bad, but the gingers really don't have any depth. The left hand is generally alright, but its having problems showing how the palm of the hand somewhat wraps around the hip.
Hands are tricky though, You can study and practice them for years and still not get them right. So just keep observing them and practicing them.

The hips, with this pose, shouldn't be that even. Her right hip should be elevated a little more to keep the proportions a little more accurate. With them at the same horizontal level it makes her left leg seem all the more longer than it should be.
This flaw is pretty minor, and most viewers wouldn't really notice it, but they would still feel like something was off.

Moving back up the body here, the breast, her left one is wildly flat. You shouldn't lead the line of the breast directly in to the shoulder like that, even if they are remarkably small. You should have curved it up and left a little of the back showing to lead up under the arm. This would have also left you some areas to play with some deep shadows and some better highlights on the breast.

I'm not going to dig in to the head too much considering you have already acknowledged it was large. Intentional as it may be, it could use a slight shrinkage. Something to keep for future reference.

I need to bring up this, your signature. I understand you want people to know this is your work, that is fine, I have no qualms over that, but don't put it over your character.You can make your sig as big as you want, bigger than your character even, I don't care, but don't cover any of your subject with it.

Now some good things. The coloring is good, I like that part. The lighting is nice too. I personally feel you could have been a little stronger on some shadows and highlights, but this does just fine.

The costume design and overall character design are appealing and effective.

Other than a few small flaws, this piece is alright.

DragonPunch responds:

Thanks for your feedback, and I'll definitely keep these things in mind. :) About the sig, that was for theft protection purposes. If anybody should try and steal my work, I know which piece it is and I know who to go after/


This is an awesomely terrifying piece. Great job man. Really.
the level of detail is just superb. Especially around the dragon's mask

I also love the texture.

ZaneZansorrow responds:

Thanks kin and ah sei, alot of effort was put on the design on the dragon's face ;D

I have really Got to quit Procrastinating

Another massive dragon. Wow.

I have honestly got to sstart doing better time management.

Awesome detail on the dragon, but one thing I really love is your mountains. Those are really impressive. Hell the whole damn thing is pretty fucking sweet.

Ramatsu responds:

hey, thanx and yeah procrastinating can be a problem, but sometimes it does help oddly enough.


Very impressive Qb.
I love how you get the feeling of the shear size of the beast.

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If you think you have what it takes, then come at me. I'll enjoy this.

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