Ba Hons Cg Arts & Animation
Hey Ben - from this post it seems as if you think you've finished your portrait? I can't help suggesting that your decision to base your image solely around a Photograph of yourself is a bit of a disappointment; i think this approach has caged your creative development, and inhibited its ability to be truly expressive. I'd strongly suggest that you see this image as 'the one before the final' - you're not done yet. You've got a few more days to blow me away!
I didn't base the final image on a photograph. I based the photograph on a image I had in my head.I wanted my character to be in this pose, and thought the best way to get this pose with the proportions (not to mention it is a self portrait) would be to get myself in this pose and photograph it.
Okay - but nonetheless, there's a lack of actual detail in this image; for instance, the hand/claws, the face, and the way in which the tail joins the body. I'd like to see you develop that pose more; I've really pushed other students to understand their hybrids in the round - profiles etc. Also, proper head studies and developmental drawings etc. You're playing it very safe, Ben. I'm not suggesting that what you've done is without value, or that this photo-based method isn't helpful, but I suspect you're avoiding some of the real challenges implied by this brief; take a quick browse around the blogs of your classmates and you'll see that your current body of investigative work is comparatively 'vanilla'. Please don't freak out; you've got time to drill in more and produce a more interesting and sophisticated result.(There really is no detail/texture in your image; from toenails to insect-like bristles, to glints in those black, beady eyes...) This is a developmental drawing - not a finished portrait. You're obviously attached to it and relieved you've finished it, but you can do better, I'm certain of it.
I can understand where you are coming from, I think I am playing it safe within reason, but i think im only doing this because it's my first project, I'm quite a nervous wreck at the moment, I do believe once I get into one or more projects I will start to work better, it's just me adjusting.I will take your advice and use this image as my "one before my final" and improve on this image.Thanks for the advice Phil