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Alpha Red Smash! by jamesq Alpha Red Smash! by jamesq
Back at it.  Been busy lately but its time to push through.
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cold-fused Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Man, I'm going to be..  crass here because quite honestly I'm tired.

I like this piece and it's very cool - tight inks, not so tight anatomy.  Torso/rib area construction is kinda messed up.   Difficult pose?  yes.  Great effort?  Absolutely.

There's also a few other things I'm perceiving as anatomical issues.  Maybe it's just me, but I see a few things that are bothering me. 

Could I do better without a reference?  In some parts, maybe, in other parts, no. 

Love the design, and the way the face is done.
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cold-fused Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
I find it interesting that a DC Editor would basically say push anatomy past it's limit, since I've heard from others that the #1 complaint amongst editors is wonky anatomy.  I think the difference here is you know how to draw it, and in this case, you're twisting it.  I think had I not just assumed it was a mistake, I would've realized it was deliberate.  It's well drawn, just not "Normal" but what about comic super heroes IS normal?

And no it doesn't sound like an excuse, since you have a valid reason for twisting the torso area - a DC EDITOR told you to do it.  Not some random dude on the street who does stick figures on pizza boxes.  An EDITOR, from the same place Batman and Superman come from.  That holds weight.  So, all good man.

But, all the same, np for the crit and thank you for the response to it.  As you said, always appreciated.
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jamesq Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the crit C-F.  

I hate to sound like I'm making excuses but there's an explaination to the imperfect anatomy.  I have been in contact with a DC editor who insists that comic book art is a medium where you have to push the bounds of reality.  His advise to me was to push anatomy past its physical limits.  That's why the extreme twisting of the torso.  I know it doesn't all fit like it would naturally and I probably could use more reference when drawing overall, but in this case, I did not.

Thanks for taking the time to write the crit.  And thanks for gentle truth.  Always appreciated.
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cold-fused Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
YAY replied to the wrong thing!  WHOOPEYYY!!!..........  I know, this reply wasn't necessary, I'm just being a jerk face now.  Sorry!
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JK5-Inks Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist
This is really nicely done; the tight line work from afar does what it's really meant to: add greys to an image to produce midtones.  Tight work man! :)
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jamesq Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
Okay - anatomy and construction aside - this is great inking and I encourage you to submit it to the Inkwell. ;) :thumbsup:
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jamesq Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:)  I may consider it.  I don't think inks are my strong suit.  Then again, what do I know. :P
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
Well, really, James - it's about the piece, not the artist.  So if a piece holds its own or shines next to it's neighbors in a gallery, what's wrong with that?  Take some time to review the galleries and you'll agree that Alpha Red Smash is well suited to display in Featured.  Now, whether it will be accepted on its merit is another story.  But I don't see why it wouldn't be.  In fact, I think the administrator (it's just Jeff, now . . . I left) would love to talk shop with you.

Worse that could happen is that the piece is put back where it is . . . no.  Not really.  Since I accepted it, the worse that could happen is that it's rejected completely.  Oi.  Well . . . think about it. 
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jamesq Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:)
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