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.
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.
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.
Inks aside (bravo BTW) - you gotta get under the skin and learn what's going on with the bones and muscles, because that's what dictates the changes in shape and, more importantly, it's where the rhythm comes from.
Major distortion of the ribcage in this position. It's a solid mass, but you have it facing one way at the top and another way at the bottom. No-no. Throws off the lines of the musculature which in turn throws off the rhythm.