Mongolia Ape Warrior by tanarel ()
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Mongolia Ape Warrior.
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Very strong piece! What are you using for post work these days – Photoshop?
The ground and background are 100% effective. I see just ink and water color, not digital post work, so I'm VERY impressed. The pose and expression are very convincing! Lots of menace with a bit of personality coming through. I can definitely tell you're having fun working with these apes! Lighting is good, but a little more light on the face would help the drama and menace (plus, let us see more of his great, furry face). In a comic sequence these shadows would be great, but as a single image I think just a little more light would help. Maybe try a spot or a band of light that just hits that area? Taking another look at the whole thing (rather than just focusing on bits and pieces), I absolutely LOVE the brilliant (and seemingly counter-intuitive) decision to make the ink lines heavier in the background and go with fine lines in the foreground. Brilliant choice!
Now, the big question: Does this pass as hand drawn? I think almost everyone will be convinced that it is all hand drawn because it looks so darned good. As for my suspicious, hyper-critical eye, I would say I'm at about 85% convinced. The areas that would make me question the source are those with the "speckling ink patterns" on his upper armor. Particularly on his left side where it catches the light, and on the inner side of his right arm. I'm familiar enough with how the ink filters in Photoshop create this pattern, so those locations would make me suspicious.
BTW: You know I'm only going into this much detail because I love your work and I know you want this type of super-detailed critique. This is a fantastic new approach and I'm really amazed at how fast you have progressed with Daz Studio. I definitely need more info on your process in case I ever need a watercolor look for any of my projects.