Man oh man. This is one cool looking image. I love the depth in the background. The detail in the ‘bear’? arm (the veins).
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First off; how neat is this image! This is the kinda stuff I always see in my minds eye that can be done but chokes up on my canvas hehe. Them little fellers, specially the tiny one, really have personality and you can see they are interacting with eachother.
The modelling and textures to me are superdooper, such as the ivory look of the thingy guy's claws and the black border to his skin, that is a nice touch. The layers of leaves I am boggled, you can see each individual leaf and shadow, how be you do that? And the smoke erupting from the volcano is marvelous.
The one thing that to me could be better is that the mountains themselves are too barren and lack detail. The image could be brought to greater realism by adding some subtle texture to them without losing the focus on your scene.
I shall be enjoying this one for some time to come.
Here's my 121.
Great textures - They look very realistic.
The border around the claw on the large animal doesn't look as realistic as it could. Maybe there could be more a of ridge around it, like there is for the spines on the foot.
I love the theme of this image. It brings about much thought. It is very interesting, and unique. I feel that there is an strange and wonderful story that goes along with this image. This would make a great front cover illustation for a fantasy novel.
The backround is interesting, but flat looking and unreal compared to the rest of the image. Maybe it would help to add more variable colors to the mountains. The blur would continue to do a good job bringing attention to the front of the image even if more detail was added to the mountains.
The ground looks wonderful! I wouldn't change it for anything. The variation in color, shape, and size, and the shadows are nice on the eyes.
I think some added lighting would look nice. Maybe on the mountains? Or highlighting one of the creatures to draw attention to a specific spot?
Good job on hair, eyes, and horns.
I love the little one! It's very cute. It's nice to see this family get-together. Three generations of um... something-er-others... And only the least bit creepy...
I look forward to seeing this work again if you make any changes. It is still an excellant piece, even if you chose not to change anything.
I hope this has been helpful.
Another new desktop! Unfortunately, I don't have an eye for creating this type of work and my ZBrush skills are at the beginner level, so I can't do any critiquing on it other than, WOW THAT ROCKS.
Very well done focal blur
I'd enhance the depth a little with a touch of fog
The "eye" creatures are very original and very well executed.
The bottom right of the image is a little busy. It took me a little while to figure out that it was the "foot" of some gigantic creature and some of the eye creatures were looking up at the creature that the foot belongs to. Maybe get rid of the eye creature that's in front of the foot (the one that's facing away from the viewer). Also maybe make it so we can see a little bit of the leg that's attached to the foot?
Just curious: Do you have a name for those eye creatures? They need a name like "googlies" or something.
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REALLY cool image! Is that big foot the grandaddy of the smaller ones? This is an "eye-catching" piece at first, but then I saw how they were all interacting, especially the leftmost two, I just started cracking up. I like this image.
Anything on the side that I could say already has been.
this is absolutely beautiful, well done and a lovely, inspiring scene!
at 1st glance i thought, the eyeguys/gals to the center/right are gathering around a tarantula (perhaps due to their own hairy legs). the other comments opened my uninspired eyes to the giant in the off . just a thought: maybe a little reflection of the towering beast in the frightened eyes to give the simple-minded juandel-like spectator another hint?
i can’t stop looking at it - i keep finding new details! wow!
i think the 2nd eyeguy/gal from the right (the one from behind) should be a bit bigger than the others to add to depth/perspective.
this is one of my absolute favorite Zbrush paintings! thank you for sharing!
This is cool! The mini guys looking up at the medium guys, looking up at the huge guy... Very interesting picture.
I like the background the way it is, looks like a foreign planet.
The line between the blurred background and the clear foreground looks a little too distinct. If you could blend it in to look more like a gradual change that would be cool.
Thanks everyone for your comments, I will make some changes based on what was provided here. I normally would not share my whys&whats but in the spirit of 121 . . .
This was conceived as an image from a dream, a dream of anxiety. A terrible, ground shaking event is occurring and the children don't understand. The youngest, the nudie, is having this dream. The older siblings look to their father for answers. One of the siblings knows the younger does not grasp this and is providing comfort on an infant's level.
I too agree with Digits and Zuzu, the background appears flat and needs additional detail. Originally this was going to be more of a barren desert type world but I changed it for color, didn't occur to me to go back and spice up the hills. I tried various haze levels to enhance the illusion of distance but they were unsatisfactory. My biggest disappointment was the flatness of the volcano eruption (I may go back & change this). I was able to achieve a more rounded/depth by lightening the smoke to a more realistic look by using lighter grays contrasted with severe darks but it was counter to a central theme. The father's foot and the volcanic plume are meant to balance & counteract each other, compositionally and spiritually - good vs evil, the threatening unknown vs protective comfort. I left the plume exceedingly dark for emphasis.
Zuzu, thanks - I will add height to the band bordering the claws, same as our cuticles.
Shinzaho, I too have issue with the bottom right. It is visually cluttered and confusing around the third claw. The fiber brush did not anti-alias well against the brown. I tried it without him but there was too much . . . foot. Moving him to the right made the third claw more interesting but was counter to what I hoped would be at least be a subconscious connection. No one here has mentioned it so it may be moot. I left the specular highlights on the forward facing eyes large to draw your eye here - Can you link the two eyes to imagine a single face? The fellow in front and between links them with his horns, he is the nose. Together the sum is greater than the parts - you can smack me, I know kinda ho-key & no, I've never named them but "Googlies" will do just fine.
Digits, this is how I made the ground. I first created a texture in Bryce using the material of the hills and intensified this in Photoshop. I copied the texture, halved it's dimensions and removed the color information. This second texture was applied as an alpha intensity mask to a massive Plane3D which was tilted 70 degrees. The size of the plane caused the individual pixels to be clearly visible. I applied inflate +50 followed by inflate -50
then applied the color texture map. I did not know this would be the result, it shattered the plane into shards, a happy accident.
Juandel, your idea of a reflection in the eyes is very good. I actually tried very hard to get this effect, it would be a clue to the monstrous proportions of the adults. I tried using the image as a reflection map and as an environmental map but neither worked well because of the way ZBrush deals with reflections. I then tried simply drawing on the eye the horizon line and the immense legs but the benefit did not outweigh the negative of distracting from the eyes themselves.
CD, I struggled with the ground - background merge, I almost put in the second parent's feet to hide the area - I also tried haze. In the end I just rationalized my way out of it by thinking, "well it is a dream" hehe
Thanks again for your insights, forgive my rambling.