This project was probably the most problematic and labor intensive picture I've worked on in the past year. Flawed by hiccups and other issues (clarifying lineart, coloring, the eyes being too pixelated), this is as best as I could make it.
I got inspired by a few comic styles I saw recently from a few pictures and wanted to try the style myself. The linearting itself took about 10 hours and the coloring took about 2 times longer than my normal process, so overall it took about 22-24 hours of solid work over the course of a week and I don't know if I'm terribly satisfied with it. The little errors here and there really add up for me. Also, the logo was something I was doing out of boredom over the course of a few weeks so I found a use for it (finally).
Well, this is gonna be a poster (if I go through with making it into one) that resembles a comic book cover for Syron and his adventure to stop Kaius from piecing together the remnants of the Calamity Diamond. The dynamic celling on the lineart was the biggest pain and the entire lineart was done using the pen "fill" tool, not stroking.
A different style from me for sure, so I don't know if it's really all that good on the quality stage. I kinda was hoping it would turn out more professional so this result was so-so for me. :/
I've got to say that I'm impressed greatly. The shading is very nice and the shading so very sleek. I have a bit of a love hate thing going on with the black shading, as it has a tendency to make things hard to see. For instance, I had a hard time seeing the leg behind Syron's hand, and I still can't tell where Cassira's right (that is her right...right?) arm/hand is. Other than that, the black shading adds a fantastic effect.
Secondly, I don't see much flow in the bangs of the characters. They appear to be jumping up, so there should be flow to their bangs. Like, Faulkner's bang would be flowing to the side of his head, due to his position; Syron's should flow upward; Cassira's would flow upward to the right of her. Is it because they are in space...?
Speaking of Cassira, since I can't locate her other arm, I assume it's to the side of her. That strikes me odd, and it would be a weird pose to jump/fly/float/whatever-they-are-doing-here. But that's just me. xD
I've got to say, I love the originality of Faulkner and Syron. Cassira however, and I mean this in no harm, but it's a bit too overused in this fandom--only her bangs though. I suggest changing them.
As stated before, the shading is just jaw-dropping. I also love how you interpreted each character's abilities/powers onto the picture. There is something that strikes me wrong about their powers: they are glowing. So shouldn't the glow from their powers be on the characters? There hardly is any reflecting glow on the characters--and their powers appear to be very close.
And this is probably because I can't see Cassira's whole body, but her body just looks a bit off. Then again, I can't see it all that well, so ignore this part.
Also, the black shading on Syron's tail seems...well, messy.
Other than that, terrific work, and I hope to see more from you.
That title looks so epic! 'Sairon Kitsune'- love your use of Japanese subtitles there Especially for the comic style, it's really effective. Once again, your colouring is absolutely fantastic! And the dynamic comic-style lineart, really fits well with the colouring. Excellent work Sy! <3
This just blows me away! I really am overwhelmed with all the different and complicated-looking details and effects! I really love the characters' poses and expressions in this too! I really am astonished with the outlines, the colouring, the shadings and highlights, the effects, the tiny details and the background! 100% perfect, accurate and professional! I really want to applaud you for your very hard work until my hands go all red and sore!
Wait, wait, a COMIC?! Isn't it going to be hard labour for you everytime we want moar? Also using the pen FILL tool instead of stroking? Aw, that's skill! You SHOULD be happy! I mean, looks at your picture! I can already see a comic of this! Well, you do plan on making a comic, work on a good pace. Like a REALLY good one. It's hard. Like HARD.
Originally seeing this for the first time I immediately thought it looks very very similar to Syaming-li's past front covers for Soundspeed, however in full view this somewhat subtracts due to the art style you have gone for. Immediately I'm hit by your line work which is so crisp it's stupidly good. I really REALLY dig your black fills and placement of them and it really emulates a marvel vs capcom 3 look which i envy! Over all the line work is flawless and is a credit to your attention to specific detail. Colours wise they all work well, there is however one little niggle and it's simply due to the colour of the character and it's the top golden yellow one. Immediately my eye is drawn to it and then to the two below, this is ofcourse not bad if that is what you were going for but again not knowing too much about the project myself i can't comment on the level of importance to the characters featured from the project. Artistically I think it's really really well done. If it was on a shelf in a book store like waterstones over here or w h smiths I would instantly pick it up based on the art alone. I love the logo work, it all points the project towards a futuristic setting and the characters emulate this aswell, the background again helps out aswell as well, one of things you can have is a really good set of characters based in a certain setting but, if the type font you've used or the colours or logo used doesn't reflect that it can completely off set it and give people the wrong impression. A sense of indecent surprise? However here there is no doubt that you have hit the nail right on the head and have set your characters in their time and place with a heading that fits it all nicely together. Composition wise it's to the point, 3 friends in search of adventure looking to stop an evil tyrant from piece the Calamity Diamond back together. The nice little touches like the shards in the background and little lightning sparks make it seem as though it's not going to be a clear cut and dry job. Over all Dan. I'm really impressed, I'm very interested in seeing what you've got underneath the hood on this project and am so glad I watched you. I look forward to seeing many magical and wonderful things filling my inbox from you very soon my friend. Hope this critique helps you.
this helps me tremendously. I will definitely keep the character focus and order of importance in mind in future projects (this issue was brought up later as the golden character (Faulkner) isnt the main protagonist)
This looks so COLORFUL! and crounded -_-. Me: kill joy. Well it looks like they are about to fall out! Me:SO!It catches my eye!That's all that matters! PLUS!It was based off of commics! I believe it's not gonna become one. ...
I really like the experimentation here .o. sort of a new way for you to portray colors too, giving our eye a new way to focus in on your work- The posing and perspective is very admirable and crazy [in a good way- but of course] I do indeed feel like I'm looking at something I Might pick up at a comic shop [If I were infact a big comic reader- I'm not unfortunately, but nevertheless.] The black helps us home in on all the wonderful colors you've added here.
As I said I like where this is going, but of course I have to offer some constructive stuff too- I know you'll appreciate a comment bigger than "omg cool!" or any of the typical "two word praises"
I would really like to see you focus on muzzle perspective [as weird as that sounds] It's something that's always been on my mind to bring up to you, and I see your muzzles changing a slightly in this picture, but even so I still felt I'd like to bring it up as an area to further construct
Overall your muzzles aren't half bad- but I feel they're missing that final tweak that makes them look a bit more like they curve all the way around the face , maybe try experimenting a little with them :>
I'm sure with ample time I could think of much more critique but I have a strong fear of rejection so I'll have to stop with that
As I said on skype, I really like the western comic inking style- almost reminds me of some of Axer's inked comic layouts. And it's really great that you've experimented with both coloring and lineart on this! It's different for you- so don't be too hard on yourself. ;')
Posing is crazy <xD I'm trying to follow just everyone's position- too bad Kaius didn't fit, but regardless; great way of using the space you had to work with. <3 and the logo really tops it off- literally! :'D
Holy crap! This is freaking awesome! I totally love the coloring and the glossy lighting and shading and the shine/glow effect look really superb and awesome job on everyone's poses and expressions and the perspective looks great too! Amazingly cool job Dan! (BTW Is this gonna be a comic?)