Really cool concept
Terrific design, I love how you integrated samurai designs with the Tron aesthetic seamlessly. Really impressive stuff, I especially like the idea of the pixellated standard. Raises some other possible concepts as well, doesn't it? I'm curious to see how Renaissance-era armour would fit into the aesthetic.
Absolutely gorgeous. Her expression is so perfectly emotive, really struck me as soon as I saw the icon. Pose compliments emotiveness also - an interesting balance of exposed and coy. Love how her eye stands out. Giving it a "7" for what it is now, but I can't wait to see the finished painting.
Very impressive, but a few problems.
Very nice work, the faded colouring and scratch/grain filters really contributes to the aesthetic. I really like your illustrative style and your skill with poses and shading is sublime. Just a few complaints - the composition seems a little unbalanced, top-heavy and leaning towards the right - I understand you're trying to bring out the Triforce in the background but, if you look at the original Raiders poster, it makes use of implied triangles with a busier composition down the bottom to create a feeling of stability and produce an even composition. The distinct lack of substance in the lower left corner makes the composition slightly uneasy. If you were to add another character or a temple or something there instead of crystals which seem out of place and overly simplistic compared to the overall composition, it would really make it a lot more harmonious.
Also, the scratch, grain and fading effects ought to have been applied to the "Triforce" and "Gods" in the title as well - as it stands, the words are crisper than their surroundings and therefore stand out a lot more and take away from the air of authenticity. And the text up the top was probably a poor choice, it looks like it was added as an afterthought and is reminiscent of internet-meme style text caption.
I really think the stars system for artwork rating is stupid, so don't think I'm giving you a zero - I just don't think it's fair to assess art based on a numerical system when art is an expression of ideas - to me, that would be like assigning a rating system to the different schools of philosophy.
You don't see stippling around much these days, and certainly not of this caliber. The background wood texture adds well to the composition also, creating a sense of visual movement. This would have been impressive in colour but I get your choice to keep it greyscale. Just as a personal preference, I would have liked a tad more contrast, especially in relation to Red's dress and arm; it just doesn't quite fit with her coat due to the lack of shading, in particular around the top where by rights there should a shadow cast by the cloak. Just a small thing, though.
Your train of thought is somewhat reminiscent of Dada and Surrealist artists. Probably best use of Velociraptor in recent times since Raptor Jesus. Your technique with colour is nothing short of phenomenal. Well done.
Don't feel bad about the 8. It means that it's awesome. I only give 10's to Dali and Gormley.
Thank you for a great review! :)
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