Friday, November 10, 2006

For better or for worse....

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Now Fafhrd looks a little too small compared to his little buddy. But I like the overall shape of the composition, a sort of composite being bristling with weaponry.....

5 comments:

herself said...

Great sketch, Michealsmith. The hood on the Mouser looks tres tres Michelangelo!

sven said...

I find F's bow and arrow and the sword in M's right hand (center of image) a little distracting from the composition...

But I think you're really onto something with Mouser's stance. He sort of looks like a meerkat standing on guard. So F & M become like two aspects of one psyche: the one who is watchful, and the one who is poised to leap into action.

The capes also really help convey the cold wind, locating them in an environment. (Though now I'm wondering how you're going to clothe naked F!)

Ubatuber said...

Loincloth, anyone? :)

Is your paper shredded yet from erasing? Cause thats no fun...

....hey, how 'bout givin'em some feets? Maybe just rudimentary triangular shapes....I know, hands and feet suck, with all their little nubbies and bumps and planes...easier to pose for though ;) ...you should really try to work them in before everything else gets developed, so that they get as much attention as the rest of the drawing...

Darkstrider said...

Actually the paper is holding up incredibly well. I wish I knew what kind it is.... it's from a little stack I found in a big stack of drawings. Could be old typing paper or copier paper.... dunno. But it helps that I'm doing the drawing with a pretty soft lead... makes erasing a lot easier and cleaner and doesn't indent the paper the way a harder lead does.

I still need to make a few changes, like giving Faf a midsection and possibly broadeneing his chest a bit. THEN when the poses etc are finalized I'll draw thw feet. I just instinctively feel like they need to be drawn last, because they're what anchor the figs to the ground, and they determine where the ground IS. I really don't have a problem drawing hands and feet, though they are difficult.

And (I hope) the weapons won't end up distracting (especially since to me they're the main THRUST of the composition). I think they look clumsy now because I just sketched them in rather poorly. I didn't really know how to draw them, having never done it before, but just getting them roughed in has made me think about them more, and now I should be able to erase (which at this stage I call "ghosting out") and draw them in more gracefully.

Darkstrider said...

Oh, and Faf won't be modelling the fall line of loincloths. He grew up in the Cold Waste, and they liked to dress a bit warmer there (plus his civalization is more advanced than Conan's apparently was). I see him going bare-chested (and bear-chested) a lot, as long as they're in warm climes, but generally wearing pants.