ART CLASH WEEK 3: ELEKTRA VS NINJAS IN THE SNOW

ELEKTRA VS NINJAS IN THE SNOW

ART BRIEF
SUBJECT: ELEKTRA VS NINJAS IN THE SNOW.

CONCEPT: And once again sticking with the snow theme, we’re drawing Marvel’s Elektra vs ninjas in the snow. Good luck!

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The Rules:
THE ART CLASH is a weekly art challenge. Each TUESDAY a new Art Clash challenge will be posted. You may work in ANY MEDIA you like, but you must stick to the brief of this week’s Art Clash. And please, no posting old work in the Art Clash. This is about encouraging growth through work, so we expect a new piece every time.

Your final art will need to be uploaded to an image hosting service (here are a few I recommend: Imgur, Google Photos and Flickr) and then may be posted here ANY time until SUNDAY evening at MIDNIGHT (EST). Voting begins immediately afterward and polls close on MONDAY at MIDNIGHT (EST). So don’t miss out!
The artist with the most votes for the week by the close of the polls is declared that week’s winner and chooses the next Art Clash.

***A BRIEF NOTE BEFORE WE BEGIN***
Just a reminder that we’re currently in The Art Clash version 1.1. The primary difference in this iteration is each week’s Art Clash will feature two tiers of competition: sequential and pin-up. Anyone entering can choose to illustrate that week’s challenge in a sequential storytelling form (page templates will be provided here) or as a stand-alone, pin-up-style image. Build and illustrate a story of your own around an Art Clash challenge, or wow your audience with a single powerful image. It’s up to you. We want to foster all levels of creativity here, so this will provide an opportunity for all artists to take their work in whatever direction he or she desires and to whatever degree of finishing.

Reply To: ART CLASH WEEK WEEK 2: WOLVERINE IN THE SNOW

Who voted for me?!!??

David and Scott got robbed. I mean that. I actually feel bad this week.

Steel just suggested Marvel’s Elektra vs ninjas in the snow. Stays with the theme.

-B

Reply To: ART CLASH WEEK WEEK 2: WOLVERINE IN THE SNOW

Are you kidding?!???!
Argh.

Anyone have something they want to do for the next challenge?

I’ll start working up critiques ASAP. I posted critiques for last week’s Spider-man challenge, if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet. There were some great entries this week. Personally, I think mine was really lacking, leaving it as pencils. I’ll change that next time. For me, David and Scott REALLY brought it this week. Steel, I think the only thing holding back yours was the custom Wolverine outfit. Knight, we’re going to keep pushing the fundamentals…getting the forms solid. Great work, everyone.

-B

Reply To: ART CLASH WEEK WEEK 2: WOLVERINE IN THE SNOW

I’ll wait a little longer to see if Daniel is going to upload something.

GREAT entries this week!

-B

Reply To: ART CLASH WEEK WEEK 2: WOLVERINE IN THE SNOW

Wolverine in the snow!
-B

Reply To: ART CLASH WEEK 1: SPIDER-MAN IN A SNOWY NYC!!!

Ha! I look forward to it, Daniel. I’ll be posting mine soon. Can’t wait to see what everyone came up with.
-B
P.S. Yes, I still owe critiques. No Xbox for me until I get them out. 😉

Reply To: ART CLASH WEEK 1: SPIDER-MAN IN A SNOWY NYC!!!

Dave,

Thanks for posting the sketch. Is this typically the level you take your pencil work to? And do you prefer working out the major details in the inking process? That is very scary to me.

From experience, I always had the toughest time going from the rough, gestural sketch like I posted above, to the pencils. It usually seemed like I needed another stage in there. For me, it works best to rough all the general details I can in with the large, blocky pencil, then pencil it tightly enough (with a more accurate pencil) that I’d be able to ink it without having to pause and question everything I’d done.

Just curious how it works for you,
-B

Reply To: ART CLASH WEEK 1: SPIDER-MAN IN A SNOWY NYC!!!

AAAAAAND finally, some thoughts on the pieces:

Steel – I’m SO proud to see the work you’re doing and how you’re growing. I love the angle and the dynamics of the scene. I also REALLY, REALLY appreciate you utilizing some of the tips I’ve suggested in order to make your art stronger. A couple things to focus on: I think you should just concentrate on the pencil process-working on anatomy and proportions that work for your art style. I’m not saying you have to draw realistic works, but the sizing of the head, the structure of the feet and hands should be developed BEFORE you’re worrying about your inking and then, on top of that, coloring as well. It’s just my opinion, but I think it would really help your final pieces if you build a solid foundation before you aim for finished art. But GREAT job!

Mercy – I love your work! I love your creativity and how you put so much of what interests you in to your work. But I think I love most of all your keen eye for observation and then how you use that in your work. Just look at the reflections of the police car lights on the wet road! That’s amazing to me! And I love the little things you work in to you art: the person in the window, the raccoon in the garbage and the snake (it might be a little cold for him, though). Mercy, please keep drawing! I love your work!

Honor – This is a great take on Steel’s image and I love the scary feel of Dr Octopus. I’d really like to see you creating scenes in your head, though. And it’s ok if you don’t have one in mind–just start with a story and go from there, almost like a movie you’re seeing in your mind’s eye. Keep at it!

Knight – I really like the general pose and I love that you’re working on your anatomical proportions. As I mentioned above, it doesn’t have to be realistic, but the anatomy of your figures should work together…it should just fit. This is a tough thing to verbalize, but it’s an easy thing to recognize when it’s not there. But I think this is a big step in the right direction. As I mentioned above with Steel, I’d like to see you working more in the pencils phase…maybe even only doing pencils, or even just sketches, until you get a little more comfortable getting the figures and setting down. I’d also like to see you pushing your settings and backgrounds a little more. It’s tough to figure out what’s what in the background as it is, but you’ve got a REALLY strong foundation here. Let’s try building on that a bit more. This is great, buddy!

Daniel – I really like the look of this piece. I like the way you handle the background with the tone and the trees and how use that to frame Spider-Man’s figure. And I love the street-level, NY, NY feel of the piece. Of course, Spider-Man would be shoveling snow. I think Dave is right, that your Spider-Man is a little buff, but I don’t think it’s too bad. It actually reminds me of some of the Ross Andru Spider-Man work, or John Romita. I love that work, so I don’t have a problem with the size of the figure. To me, it just makes your work feel a little more nostalgic. Honestly, I’ve been trying to figure out your visual style for a while. If this is the style you’re working in, I think it works, having an almost advertising art feel to it. I think you could really build on this, man. Great work!

Dave – I really like what you’re going for with this piece. There’s an angular quality in your work I really like. I always love your inking and I particularly like how you handle the snow. Something about his head feels a little long (but that could be just stylistic) and I think you and I made the same mistake and hunched his shoulders so much that he kind of lost his neck. Do you ever look at Eric Canete’s work? I love his work and see some similarities with yours. Great stuff, man!

ART CLASH WEEK WEEK 2: WOLVERINE IN THE SNOW

WOLVERINE IN THE SNOW

ART BRIEF
SUBJECT: WOLVERINE IN THE SNOW.

CONCEPT: We’re sticking with the snow and winter theme this week. Illustrate Wolverine in the snow. You may go with any costume iteration of the character, but he needs to be in the snow. Good luck!

 

 

The Rules:
THE ART CLASH is a weekly art challenge. Each TUESDAY a new Art Clash challenge will be posted. You may work in ANY MEDIA you like, but you must stick to the brief of this week’s Art Clash. And please, no posting old work in the Art Clash. This is about encouraging growth through work, so we expect a new piece every time.

Your final art will need to be uploaded to an image hosting service (here are a few I recommend: Imgur, Google Photos and Flickr) and then may be posted here ANY time until SUNDAY evening at MIDNIGHT (EST). Voting begins immediately afterward and polls close on MONDAY at MIDNIGHT (EST). So don’t miss out!
The artist with the most votes for the week by the close of the polls is declared that week’s winner and chooses the next Art Clash.

***A BRIEF NOTE BEFORE WE BEGIN***
Just a reminder that we’re currently in The Art Clash version 1.1. The primary difference in this iteration is each week’s Art Clash will feature two tiers of competition: sequential and pin-up. Anyone entering can choose to illustrate that week’s challenge in a sequential storytelling form (page templates will be provided here) or as a stand-alone, pin-up-style image. Build and illustrate a story of your own around an Art Clash challenge, or wow your audience with a single powerful image. It’s up to you. We want to foster all levels of creativity here, so this will provide an opportunity for all artists to take their work in whatever direction he or she desires and to whatever degree of finishing.

Reply To: ART CLASH WEEK 1: SPIDER-MAN IN A SNOWY NYC!!!

Ha ha. Steel getting some of that competitive spirit, huh?

Love it!

-B

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