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Third Red's Illustration thread Updated 4/2

Post by Third Red » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:26 pm

hello all this is my latest woodcut, hope you like it. If you don't, well...tell me what you don't like. Don't worry, I'm tough.


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Post by elisio » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:42 pm

well, i can tell you that i like it. a lot!
very moody and i really like the technique.

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Post by Third Red » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:09 pm

glad you liked it elisio, sorry its so big, i'm a posting newbie

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oops

Post by Third Red » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:13 pm

I didn't notice my link was broken, sorry if anybody tried looking at it. It should work now...I hope

I'm still trying to learn how to use my tablet so I decided to do a Thor cover...because thor rocks. Please critique if you have the time. Whenever I paint with my tablet I always end up stuck and unable to "finish it".

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Post by Og » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:28 pm

Are you nuts? That is fantastic! I love the moodiness, the ambiguous farmer/grim reaper, the detailporn of the wheat in the foreground... it has the quality of a dream turning into a nightmare, in perfect clarity just as everything is about to go south.

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Post by Scott Hallett » Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:53 pm

detailporn...nice one Og ;)

I really love the woodcut. Thor is nice as well, but I'd say the woodcut is the stronger piece. Great composition.

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Post by elisio » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:06 am

my only grief with the Thor piece is about composition. and lighting. Thor being in the center like that, is just not working. and you should ad some space around him, let the piece breathe, like you did with the woodcut. make us feel that he is the god of thunder, that the sky is under his control. i think it will make the piece more dramatic and powerful.
my two euro cents :)

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Re: oops

Post by Frank Stockton » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:58 am

Third Red wrote:Whenever I paint with my tablet I always end up stuck and unable to "finish it".
I think I know what you mean--you're feeling stuck in "sketch mode." Consider slowing way down. Think about adding texture to your piece, and look at more finished work and fewer sketches. Also, try using some photo reference; not to copy, but to have more options of where you could take the piece.

keep pushing,



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Post by Threshold » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:09 pm

The woodcut is very good - i like the way the hatching doesn't exactly follow contours, but it suggests wind and maybe "being swept up/away." There is one gripe - the field between the reaper and the viewer. A dead zone like that adds tension - but maybe it should be a more gradual progression. The grain would get smaller until it's gone, instead of stopping suddenly.

Props, by the way, on getting the lighting right on Thor. The lightning bolt is so much more intentional when the subjects reflect its light.

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Charcoal drawing

Post by Third Red » Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:10 pm

Haven't been here in awhile and thought I'd share a charcoal drawing that I am almost sure I am done with. Feel free to let me know what you think and if anything looks off to you.

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Post by Threshold » Sun Jul 06, 2008 6:28 pm

Wow. This is really good. Your attention to lighting is incredible. The way the room is transforming into a forest is really well done. My favorite part is the dragon skin.

I have just one reservation. The boy's expression is sort of playful... it just doesn't seem to fit for me.

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Post by Frank Stockton » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:52 am

This dragon piece is good, but it's almost great.

I feel really strongly that what it needs is a slow gradient over the entire right side of the image going to the boy on the upper left side. All your values and modeling are pretty good so far, so this would just be something over the top.

The reason is because the picture is difficult to read at a glance right now; that is there are so many places with interesting strong contrast of value and shape that it loses a bit of punch. Adding the gradient would quiet the competing areas down so that the viewer can relax into the image a bit more and spend some time being immersed in the world.

I hope that makes sense to you. Keep them coming.


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Comic Cover

Post by Third Red » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:34 am

Thanks for the advice Frank. I agree with you about the gradient and will be posting the edited version soon. As for the boy's expression, I was trying to go for a playful feel to it. Unfortunately the paper I am working on doesn't allow for the cleanest erasing of hard lines.

My latest drawing is for the cover to my pet comic book project. As always, I appreciate any feedback you feel like sharing with me.

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Post by jdalton » Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:01 am

Nice stuff. And woodcut! I'm impressed you have the patience for it. I love printmaking but it's not exactly the fastest way to make art.
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Post by Honolulu Dogfight » Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:21 pm

those last two have a little chris van allsburg feel to them which is a nice thing.
the woodcut is my favorite though

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