I'm back again, this time with the final painting. I've gotten to a point where I'm not totally sure what else, if anything, I should add to the painting, so I'd thought I would post it here and get some feedback on it. Hopefully the figure in the foreground doesn't take too much attention away from the hero- I was hoping his sword would lead the eye up to the figure in white. I tried to keep this rendering a little more painterly/rough than the first one, and if anyone thinks its still over rendered I would certainly like to know.
I made the background blue because I felt the piece needed a little more cool color in it as well. Does the architecture in the distance look too rough and simple? I was trying to avoid over-rendering that as well, but I'm wondering now if it just looks unfinished.
Also, can everyone tell the hero is wearing a golden mask, and doesn't just have a shiny weird face? I was thinking about adding straps to it just in case it was too hard to tell.
Anyways thanks for stopping by. Would love to hear everyone's thoughts
I've been painting this piece for a couple of days now, and I'm starting to doubt the direction its going in.
I feel like the piece has lost a bit of the vitality that I think my value studies had, but I'm not sure why. Maybe I was following my references too closely or over rendered something, or maybe I've just been looking at it too long. I took some of the background figures out because I thought things were getting a little busy, but I'm considering putting them back in.
Some parts of the painting obviously aren't finished yet, like most of the shadows on the wall. The wall is going to have more texture/cracks in it as well. I'm also curious to know what people think of the darks. Are they too black?
I dunno. I'm interested in hearing other people's opinions on it. Like I said before, maybe its just all in my head.