The colors and contrast are absolutly awe inspiring. The texture used on the streambed and flowing water looks as though if I were to step outside into a stream near my house I could see this fantastic beast running past. the eye for detail makes everything fall together in a perfect scene, light casts exactly how it should, the grass and trees flow so calmly, that ifnot for the passing chaos everything would be serene and peaceful. my attention is really casted on the fleeing pray, and the haunches of the dinosaur, my only comment on this is to perhaps draw more attention to the eyes and face of your preditor. to instinct it keeps well with the charging, and not turning back, so all an all even that can be casted aside when looking at the overall piece.
Fantastic work. The lighting is the first thing that caught my eye as well, in that it's interesting and well executed. I love reading the feedback some people have given, it's really educational. The point someone made about reflected light and another about the patterns I agree with, but wouldn't have necessarily thought of myself. Also the fact that the main dino blends in with the background too much is a hard thing to deal with and I've come across in my artworks too. Do you think it's about the value of the colour, rather than light or dark?
Nice art on the dinos. I am not as familiar with either one of these species as I should be, but what I know about them indicates to me that your specimens are accurate and well done. The location is affecting; very nice work on the background! and evocative of the forest. The patterns seem as likely as any and I've no complaints on the colors chosen for the wee beasties.
I do have a small complaint about the lighting, at least as seen on my monitor, which may be at fault, so take this gripe with a grain of salt: the Raptorex is hard to see. No, it's not that he's not visible, he just blends in with the background's darkness to the point where he does not stand out. It might be true to life in that the woods are dark and spooky places, but this is a piece of art. Frankly, I've been in forested areas a lot, and he'd be more visible. Since he is obviously in sunlight (note the patch of light on the left most Protarchaeopteryx), the Raptorex would be much better lit than you have him, as well as his immediate surroundings.
And I am missing a sense of speed and urgency here. The splashes the Raptorex would make are nearly invisible and he's not really that close to grabbing one of the little dino-birds. His putative prey is dark, blending in with the background and we are thus robbed of the chance to say, "HEY! You're about to get your BUTT bitten OFF!" right away. IMO, the urgency is an afterthought. You have all the ingredients for a powerfully dramatic scene, but it looks posed.
All-in-all, a well-done and pretty piece, but tame for a chase scene.
Thanks a LOT. The lighting on the raptorex has been bugging me for some time actually (and the colours as well). I did a quick paintover - [link] Apart from adding more light on the raptorex, I moved the chased protarchaeopteryx more to the left, changed the wing's position and the colours. What do you think?
Much better! But there IS one thing more I should have mentioned and I don't know why I forgot it. It's very elementary, I guess is the reason. The Raptorex is in a sunlit zone, so the water is lit too. That light will reflect on the animals' undersides, maybe even with a ripple effect. You are definitely on the right track. Maybe this will help-----> [link] It's not detail finished, but it makes the point to me. I hope you like it. I did my best to get a sense of urgency.
For the most part, you're doing fine! URGENCY!!!! The Raptorex is hungry the Protarchaeopteryx wants him to go on a diet, right? Try this...open the Raptorex's mouth more, and make the little guy flap his wings in a panic. I know I'd be panicked! Bet that Raptorex hasn't brushed his teeth in ages!
Your art is really good. You seem to me to have the anatomy down pat for these animals and you certainly do have decent knowledge of a woodsy environment, and of the lighting. So what's left? One of the hardest parts, actually, until it becomes second nature, and I think you'll get it soon. Dramatic scenes like this need to drag us into that moment, kicking and screaming. If we're rooting for the predator, we want to feel he's either going to eat (Yay, Raptorex! You ROCK!), or he's going to miss (Closer! CLOSER!!!!!), or you may want to root for his victim; "Run, or you're HISTORY." Either way, add more than the effect of a mere race. The loser either goes hungry or dies horribly.
The best suggestion I can give is this: feel what they're doing in your mind, your heart, your own soul and spirit. Make believe you are THERE! Once you can do that, it's easier to make the effects you want. Why am I telling you this? You are so CLOSE!!!! And I want to see this pic tug at me.
Yeah dynamic scenes are something I have to work more on. Ideally, I would re-paint the whole scene from scratch, with a different perspective Anyway, I did yet another paintover - [link] Is there anything more that could still be changed?
The pic is tugging at me! MUCH better now, in my opinion. I feel the sense of panic in the little guy, the participants are clearly seen, and we now KNOW this Raptorex means business. The next split second will tell the story, which is exactly what I like in a scene like this.
I think the horizontal stripes on the upper legs and the thin, uniform and regular stripes on the back and neck look somehow unnatural, but on the tail and head the pattern looks very well. I would use a pattern on the torso that merges with the upper legs and is somehow more irregular. Or making the body almost in the same color without a particularly pattern but darker back and lighter belly. I think it's always a hard piece of work and imagination to create the pattern of an animal no-one has ever seen, but you solve this problem mostly very well, especially in the feathered ones.