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Silent Watcher by LeeAnneKortus Silent Watcher by LeeAnneKortus
This is a book cover design I have been working on for :iconmaeix2:. This is just one concept of several that I will probably try, but I wanted to follow through on it because it is good experience and makes for an interesting illustration if nothing else. The characters are hers, this was just my interpretation of one possible scene description.

I am asking for critique as this is the first time I've attempted a book cover and I am looking for any and all constructive criticism. :-)

References from the following generous stock artists:
:iconmjranum-stock: shinobi
:iconcobweb-stock: stormcrow pack
:iconlinzstock: elf captain
:iconblankstock: frodo
:iconstockhorse: Falair in field
:iconceara: grey arabian4

all other references my own or just out of my head ;-)
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:iconjoeyv7:
This is a challenging subject, kudos for taking it on. You're dealing with perspective, light and shadow, spatial relationships/foreshortening issues . . . all nightmare subjects for me ;) You could have three completely different works here - man overlooking a cliff, group travelling in the desert, horizon with sky. Great job with the horses and shadows corresponding with the ground figures, the horses are especially convincing. Your skyline is nicely balanced with the clouds opposite the crouching figure, creating a frame for the horizon and sky.
This work seems to echo the same challenges I'm having with digital work - the forms have a bit of a flattened aspect to them. The edges are so precisely done, it makes a kind of pasted - in effect. Perhaps the shadows cast by the figures - those darks would also be carried up into the figures themselves, creating more depth. I'm a complete novice in this medium, but I've noticed even experienced digital artists leaving blur marks, color left outside a figures edges, blending both background and figure to create a more real occupation of space. Since this illustration depicts a vast space, I'd try and fuzz out the horizon/sky and mountains more, and maybe punch up the large areas of tan with some yellows and blues. And maybe that Gaussian blur effect would come in handy conveying desert light and space?
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Lee Anne, I think you've done a wonderful job with this so I was hesitant to write a critique, but I do want to try to be helpful! ;) I'd say I agree with Joey about how some of your edges are too clean and the background could be blurred and faded a bit to push it back. I also wonder about the dark areas under the mountains because I can't tell if those are shadows from the clouds or the mountains? It may help if those are defined a little more. And the foreground sand on the ground could use more detail to contrast it with the background sand. Maybe find or create a nice texture brush to add some visible grains. Overall I don't think it needs too much tweaking. It's very nice work!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
waw this is great, i missed it
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Hunny! I thought it turned out pretty well :D :tighthug:
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BloodyVoodoo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the composition works really well here! I like that the landscape is not overly-complicated. It makes the characters stand out more. :clap:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
I thought it turned out pretty well...okay, okay...so...being a LOST watcher....WHO is the guy on the clifftop loosely based on? :giggle:
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BloodyVoodoo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sawyer? :D
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yup! :D He just seemed to fit....geeze I miss that show! I can't WAIT till it starts again...I don't know what I'm gonna watch after it goes off...although Fringe is pretty good...
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BloodyVoodoo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't wait either! I don't watch Fringe, but Flash Forward is excellent. I'm behind several episodes at the moment, though.
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh man!!! I totally forgot to watch that show!! Dang it!! gonna have to go find the episodes now ;-)
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BloodyVoodoo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's totally worth it!
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
btw, started watching Flash Forward on Hulu at your suggestion...and I am HOOKED!! It is awesome!!
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Fantastic work...
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:iconleeannekortus:
LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:aww: thank you, Dear!!
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Your welcome :glomp:
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coyotepam Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Beautifully done. Hugs...Pam
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks!! :hug:
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:iconcoyotepam:
coyotepam Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
You are so welcome my dear sweet beautiful friend. Love and Big..Pam:iconthankyouplz1:
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monoguru Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
se ve muy bien! creo que podrias manejar un poco mas intensa tanto la luz comno la sombra para darle mas dramatismo, ademas de que es una escena en el desierto, pero la idea esta genial!
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Muchas gracias! Yo quería sentir la oscuridad y la niebla o con un montón de polvo en el aire ... un sentimiento muy desolada. Yo quería que la luz principal a ser de su espada. Pero muchas gracias por las amables palabras! Espero que esto se traduce como mi español no es tan buena!
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monoguru Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
pues hablas muy bien espa;ol! de verdad! =p
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:blush:
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monoguru Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
este es un trabalenguas para español...

pepe pecas pica papas con un pico, con un pico pepe pecas pica papas

el objetivo es decirlo rapido... si quieres, luego te digo mas..
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Que es divertido! :giggle: Tenemos un trabalenguas en Inglés que es similar ..

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, How many peppers did Peter Piper pick?

:D
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monoguru Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Jajaja buenisisisimo!
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SilentPlea Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009   Digital Artist
very nice work!
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Sweetie! :hug:
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aaronpocock Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Lovely image Lee-Anne! You've done a great job!
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Aaron! :hug: that means a lot! :D
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aaronpocock Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
you're very welcome!
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PaintedOnMySoul Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
This piece is featured in my journal here: [link]
:heart:Kat
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:iconsomehugsplz: You are such a Sweetie, you just don't know how good that makes me feel! :blowkiss:
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ceara Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work!

This has got to be my favourite use of my stock so far :)
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, Dear!! :hug: that makes me very happy that you feel that way!
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BearerofLight Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
So wonderful sweetie :heart: 's
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, Hunny! :heart: :hug:
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BearerofLight Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
always welcome hun :heart: 's
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AmberCrystalElf Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Having never done book cover designs, I would be hesitant to crit this.
I think it looks great! You've tackled a difficult scene and done a really wonderful job :)
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so very much! I really admire your style and I'm sure you *could* tackle one if you wanted to :D
I think I've learned a lot doing this, although it won't be used for the cover, I think I can make it into something that is interesting and worth having in my portfolio :nod:
I'm working on it a bit and following the suggestions given.

:hug: Thanks so much for commenting and for the fav!! :iconsomehugsplz:
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AmberCrystalElf Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It's a pleasure. :hug:
So often projects like this help inspire. :heart:
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:iconxhopelessxnightmarex:
this is soo good!

and cool :)

i wish i could do this hahaha
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Sweetie! I bet you could if you worked at it :nod: :heart:
I'm still not where I want to be as a digital painter....but I'm working on it :D

Thanks so much for the comment and fav! :hug:
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M-I-R-I-E-L Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
:wow: I think it's amazing!!
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so very much, Sweetie :hug: :heart:
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PaintedOnMySoul Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
:wow: I wondered where you'd go with this piece .. what an amazing transformation from your WIP .. :clap: Beautiful work!
:heart:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much, Sweetie! :hug: it still needs work, but I'm getting there!
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LoriVintage55 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
I wish I could write up a critique as nice as you gave me but I'm no good with words especially about painting cos I can't even do that! I like your scene here...at first when I saw the thumb, I thought it was batman :D My only teensy critique is the last man seems to short unless he is a "little people" :)
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle: Batman! hee hee! :iconbatglompplz:

the last guy is supposed to be a dwarf :nod: He's the first one I've ever tried to do...I have to say it is very difficult painting people at a distance and getting things 'right'. I look at this and see a lot of what I think are ';problems' but I'm unsure about how to fix them...I think I just need more practice ;-)
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LoriVintage55 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Ah, well that explains his shortness :D I really think you did a good job and I don't see any problems, I wish I could paint but then it would probably be very flat cos of my lack of knowledge on lighting and shading.
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lilok-lilok Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Excellent work! :iconhehelove:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you my dear friend! :iconsomehugsplz:
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BlackDelphin Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh look at those clouds!! :clap: it's starting to come up nicely!
and i think you should change the angle of his arm a bit..it's quite off
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