ART CLASH WEEK 24: BATGIRL CUTS LOOSE!!!

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  • #2485

    Brett Barkley
    Keymaster

    BATGIRL CUTS LOOSE


    ART BRIEF: DC Comics’ Batgirl.

    CONCEPT: This is your chance to really show how formidable Batgirl can be! In hand-to-hand combat, racing her motorcycle, leaping fearlessly from tall buildings, be sure to have Batgirl in action!

    Good luck!

    REFERENCE: (See above)

    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.

  • #2488

    Steel
    Participant

    Now THIS is the coloring style that I like. Amazing challenge, Lily!

  • #2489

    Knight
    Participant

  • #2490

    Joe Kemp
    Participant

  • #2491

    Brett Barkley
    Keymaster

    HOLY SMOKES, BATMAN! These are FANTASTIC!
    I’m going to leave this open a little longer. I was up all night with sick kids…didn’t get any drawing done. I know, I know…I’m terrible. But maybe some more people will enter this way. Extending the deadline isn’t the habit I want to get in to, but I need it this week.

    -B

  • #2492

    Newbold
    Participant

    cassie cain

  • #2493

    Brett Barkley
    Keymaster

    Ugh. Not my best effort.

    But…Batgirl!

    -B

  • #2494

    Brett Barkley
    Keymaster

    Ok. I’ve looked everywhere for Honor’s entry, but can’t find it. So I’m opening the polls now.
    Good luck!

    -B

  • #2497

    Joe Kemp
    Participant

    Steel – I agree with you 100% on the coloring style this really seems to suit you perfectly. I feel like the coloring is the strongest part of this piece it really creates dimension and makes her pop off the page. The pose is full of action but feels a little stiff – it might have more motion if you twisted her upper body (maybe make it so her right shoulder was pointing at the camera more.

    Knight – I really like how you made the city the most prominent part of the piece – I tend to think of the background as a nuisance and I avoid drawing it (I need to stop that) but you have made it a character. I think if you put a few more buildings in the far background it would help create depth. The swinging pose is really strong. However, I think her arms are a little long. Wonderful job.

    Joe – this was a strange one for me – I did my first pass and LOVED IT – then I walked away for a bit and when I came back to it I saw a TON of anatomy problems. I heard Brett’s recommendations ringing in my ears about superhero body proportions – so I stopped and tried to rework it. Overall I am happy with the end piece it isn’t very dynamic but I am happy with the distinct personality I was able to give the characters. Batgirl ready to rumble and Black Canary calm and collected.

    Newbold – Very striking and action packed pose. I really love how you “carved” the highlight lines out of the black to make the costume fully black. I find that to be a very challenging thing to do and you have done it very successfully. My only critique is her hips look disconnected from the upper body a bit.

    Brett – WOW! I dont know what you are talking about – this is fantastic you drew 5 characters interacting AND a motorcycle!!!! Not only that – it is also an insanely action packed pose with dynamic movement and flow. I especially love that she is kicking one of the baddies in the face while the rear wheel of the bike smashing another in the face. The most impressive part IMO is it is a pose/angle I have never seen!!!! Plus that Z-shape that leads the eye through the page. Start at the top of the cape go across to the front wheel down her leg to bad guy one’s face getting kicked and across to bad guy two’s face getting some serious skid marks!!!!!! I WANT IT!!!!

    • #2498

      Brett Barkley
      Keymaster

      Joe, thanks so much for very kind words! I’m really glad you liked this piece this week. I ended up being a lot more rushed than I like. I’ll keep pushing, though. I really appreciate your feedback. I want to get more crazy expressive action in my work.

      Thanks, as always, for taking the time to write out your thoughts,
      -B

  • #2499

    Brett Barkley
    Keymaster

    STEEL – Just a beautiful piece, Steel. I love the pose, the white background, the way the image is off-center, which emphasizes the action (the camera can’t keep up) and the coloring, I think, is really getting solid. I want to see you work a little more on proportions and how the different parts of the body are sized in relation to one another (hands in relation to head, for instance). You continue to impress me each week. Keep this up!

    KNIGHT – I love that you’re working in more action. It is great to see you move beyond having the figure posed and swinging through the buildings is certainly a good direction to go. I love the God-rays coming off the moon, too. That’s a really cool touch! I want you to watch how you’ve sized the character, though. I don’t want you to go backward to what you used to do. Think about it this way: This image is about Batgirl, so she NEEDS to be the star of the image, the main focal point. I also want to get you a new inking brush for Photoshop. Please talk with me and I’ll hook you up with something better. Great work and I’m proud of you for pushing your poses and adding more action!

    JOE – I really like your attention to detail, working in the buckles, the eyes of the boots and even the stitching on the boots. I love it. And, Joe, you are REALLY bringing the beautiful female faces! The way you draw the female form is pretty solid, but these faces are just great. Keep it up! I know you like Michael Turner–maybe try checking out and referencing some of how he handled the female proportions. He did a fantastic job. It may help you level-up the females you draw just a bit more. In terms of some suggestions for this particular piece–watch out for things like how the hands overlap. It looks enough like they’re holding hands to seem intentional, but also somewhat accidental. Also, it can help to think of the hands, limbs, the angles of a body like arrows that lead the eye. With Batgirl’s leg, this creates a lot of angles off the piece. A good way to fix this is to use a big, clumsy brush to rough in your forms…something that will generally map out where everything will be in the final. Also, I think the shadow on the ground is a little confusing. You went very graphic with the guys in the background and I think it works. I think you could have gone more graphic and less literal with the shadow you used to ground your characters. This is a very cool piece!

    NEWBOLD – I’m really glad someone did the Cassandra Cain Batgirl. I really like the action of the piece and your attention to detail. Some of the forms, like the utility belt, I think could have been left white(not filled with black), so you could have a little more contrast. I think putting some kind of lines–at first, I was thinking inside the cape that is hanging down behind her, but now I think maybe a bolder line around its outline (like you did around her figure) and just leave it open would be better. Also, her right thing and crotch area seem bulky and off in a way. I’m curious how you block in your forms when you’re doing roughs for your pieces. Do you use the circles and line skeleton, or do you kind of rough out a silhouette?

  • #2501

    Brett Barkley
    Keymaster

    Are you kidding??!?!!?

    Ugh. A three-way tie. AAAAARGH.

    Anyone have ideas?

    -B

  • #2502

    Steel
    Participant

    John Wick in action.

    • #2503

      Brett Barkley
      Keymaster

      Dude, that’s a REALLY cool idea. Hmmm…if Joe doesn’t have another suggestion, I ‘ll go with it.

      And sorry for the delay on this guys, I think I’m the only person who hasn’t been sick in our home this week. Ugh.

      (And REALLY cool avatar, Steel.)

      -B

      • #2505

        Steel
        Participant

        Thank you.

  • #2504

    Joe Kemp
    Participant

    John Wick in action sounds fun! lets do it!

    • #2506

      Steel
      Participant

      John Wick in action it is!

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