At 9/23/14 01:20 PM, Ahkihoun wrote:
Its been a while ya? Check out my profile if you want the full description on this piece.
I've been working a lot on my anatomy and other areas of my art. Lighting, ect. I find a lot of inspiration in celtic line art, and decided to incorporate some of that into my style. Its been fun.
Lets keep the fires lit.
Hey! You've got so nice landscapes and from what I can tell, an understanding of three dimensionality and anatomy I very much envy!
In this last work you submitted however I think there's a lot of elements competing for attention. The busy rythms of the wolf's feathers (?) have a very nice flow, but is that really where you want the viewers to look? Maybe the contrast and detail can be downplayed or obscured by shadow to allow their faces to get more room to play. Being economic with detail allows you to put extra time in refining the areas of most importance. Another thing that leads the eye is contrast. The biggest contrast in this composition is the text, which makes sense. But the second largest is the three large feathers (wings?) of the wolf between the fox and the owl. Manipulate your scene and lightning to use the principles of composition to your advantage.
Since you've been working on lightning, I'm sure you're familiar with terms like key light and core shadow. Manipulate your light sources so that the lightness of your elements play in your favour in terms of composition.
For practice of these skills I'd recommend doing black and white master studies of compositions you enjoy. If you're having trouble finding any, there's lots of old masters mentioned in this wiki article, and Concept Art has a dedicated forum for it. FZD school also has tons of free videos that cover a lot of these things.
Keep at it! With some daily practice I'm convinced you'll be creating even more amazing stuff in no time!