WiP - It just doesn't look right. Critiques welcome
Hi all, this is my first time posting in here. It would be fantastic if anyone could comment on/critique/rip to shreds this WiP.

It's a fairly simple idea, the character is possibly going to be part of a bigger idea I have going at the moment. This character started life as a human but was mutated due to the fallout from a nuclear war. He's now forced to live out in the wastelands of the old world, shunned by other humans because of his appearance. He survives by hunting and killing whatever he can find, especially humans.

Right, that's a little rough history on the character. Now for the image itself.

Something just doesn't look right about it to me, especially with the abdominal muscles and the loin cloth folds, so if anybody has any suggestions about those specific areas it would be very much appreciated. The other main thing that needs to change is the background, it's way too dark, and certainly isn't a wasteland setting. But I have no idea what to do for it. So far I haven't touched the lower body past a basic blocking in of values.

Any other comments anybody can make on the painting are also very much welcomed.

[Image: Creature_WiP_zps301a3f64.jpg]

Sorry for the long post, I hope it doesn't put people off replying.

Definitely some anatomy issues stemming from the placement of the arm and the musculature. Both the tricep and bicep look to be flexed at the same time. The use of light is not working either. If your light source is present on the page, it -should- be the brightest object in the picture. Rules can be bent of course, but in this case its a bit too much and is flattening out your piece.

A clear sky with a massive full moon would be quite bright. The contrast of your figure would be much stronger and darker. I would suggest backing the moon up and adding some atmosphere in front of it such as clouds/mist.

There are a couple of 'wolfman' nude male poses on Deviantart in the Resource/Stock section which would really help push this into greatness. Right now the stiffness of the figure is adding to that feeling of 'wrong' you are getting.

Hey star eater. Thanks for the feedback, it's VERY helpful. I hadn't picked up at all on the bicep/tricep issue. The light source is going to change so the huge moon is going. Do you by any chance have a link for those wolf man poses. Or is it easily searchable?

The stiffness of the character is another thing all of my characters have, if you have any tips as to how i could improve that they would be very much appreciated.

Bugger, the guy that had those perfect poses has vanished. I did a search for Vampire instead. Scroll around and see if theres anything that can help you, or do some searches under model/male.

Warning, some penis: http://www.deviantart.com/resources/stoc...offset=504

Stiffness is something I am still guilty of repeating as well. It comes from having the pose in your head, but forget the nuances of the twisting curving musculature. Always a good idea to try the pose yourself. All just comes from doing those studies and checking out nudes and identifying how muscles and bone work together.

Saying all of this without any hint of shame.

As you pointed out, the loin cloth is a bit off. In their-wave like flow of bending the cloth comes off as too symetrical, flattening the depth of the picture a bit between his legs. Due to the amount of folds, too, it gives off the idea that the loin cloth itself is rather thin and easily shaped like a silky sleeve (and to that end, we'd probably see his penis). Lastly, because neither leg fades into the background we have now way of telling which leg is closer to us/the viewer.

To fix all of these all you'd need to do is change the outline of one of the legs (or redraw parts of it) while either redoing the lointh's design in a more natural look (in a comic book hero-esque sense, where it drapes and hides all while whipping a bit, like a cock cape) or go for a different, flatter, stronger material (what Frank Frazetta often did). Either way, it's that itself is very fixable.

Aside from the oddites that Star Eater pointed out, too, the picture isn't bad. Completed, this should look marvelous.
Thanks for all the feedback guys. Gonna have a look through dA today for some reference images. The initial pose was actually taken from a Daz 3D model, I think that's one of the reasons the pose looks a little stiff. I'm still struggling a bit with drawing the poses out from scratch (One of the many things I need to work on).

As for the loin cloth. I think I may scrap that idea entirely and try and have him wearing something that helps to give a better sense of which leg is further forward etc. If that doesn't work then I'll try and re-draw the legs entirely so they read a little better.

I'll try and get an update sorted later today. In the mean time, this is the pose image I rendered out from Daz so you have an idea what I was working from.

[Image: Pose_Lighting_Ref_CD_zps406118e9.jpg]

It's good that you showed the reference! I can see that the limbs in your sketch are a bit flattened, as Stareater pointed out, not enouth "3D" This might sound a bit counter intuitive (after all, aren't we doing 2D here?) but have a long look at the model and see how shadows transition in certain points to medium tone and then light areas.

Something I do to get the lighting better is imagine "planes" as I squint at the reference. Basically imagine a "low" poly version of that render, or a very simple simple one. Once you have a stark contrast between the two (using 3-4 values at most!), and the squint gives you roughly the same look on both the reference and your piece, you can start rendering it further. Not earlier!

Hope it helps ;)

Thanks for showing the reference. It makes sense, now. (And I hope what I said earlier was of some use).

What you could ALSO do is use those basic pose and modify it to your liking. Make a couple features more dynamic/interesting instead of following the boring model you see right now. Following planes even in a basic sense (like JBZ says~) you can retain the lighting from the figure easily.

Tis where the reference stops and your creation begins.
Okay so I did a livestream critique and paint over for you.

I normally don't critique design, I stick with fundamentals and technique, but I went into a design critique on this one. Watching the livestream will help you understand why this paintover looks so different that your original piece, I explain everything.


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Thanks for the paintover Mike, I haven't been able to watch the whole live stream yet as my internet connection keeps cutting out on me. But there were some really useful ideas in there so far, especially in regards to the composition and what to use as a better background/environment.

I probably should have pointed out in the initial post that this was still very much a rough idea. It also started life as a completely different painting which wasn't meant to be part of the world that it now is part of. The only reason I posted it so early in the process was because there were some things which really didn't look right. And I think the composition/inexplicable missing leg was a huge part of that. As were the anatomy issues.

Thanks once again to everyone who's commented so far, your comments have been really helpful. I've not had a chance to work on this any more today as I've been feeling really run down today (one of the side effects of week day drinking)


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