Monday, March 15, 2010

Sex and Violence

A few days ago, my brother and I were having a conversation about the idea people have that the reason there is so much violence out there these days is because of violent video games and movies. We both felt strongly that this idea was absurd and that those who go on the air to spread their faulty logic don't really have much interest in human psychology or child development. This got me thinking, and soon I was visualizing scenes in my head of violence, drugs, sex, and all the goodies your parents wouldn't want you to see on television. I didn't go to any extremes though, instead, going for more of a representation of the violence to come, like a standoff in an old western film.

Mostly, this image is an exercise in composition (as well as my personal contribution to world peace). If anything, I'm just glad I had some time to do a bit of personal work. As of now, I'm not sure where I will end up taking this piece; whether I should render it and add texture, finish it off with flat colors, or maybe just leave it as is.

I sketched directly into photoshop with this one.
Here's the finished line work. I just noticed a few lines that are missing, like the Native American's left upper arm...

And here it is with a little bit of color, trying to adopt the flats technique I learned from Sam Bosma. I fidgeted around with the hue/saturation and ended up liking the...well, flatness of it. I will play around with it, and see how far I can go with rendering.

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Leighton Johns said...

Think you've dealt really well with the composition. Love the flat color but I'm also a big fan of your fully rendered stuff so I was sort of hoping you would take it further. If not I can still sit back and admire the your amazing drawing skills.

Zachary said...

Did you print the sketch out and do the line work from a lightbox or is it straight digital?

Kali Ciesemier said...

Eagles WOULD carry giant guns. Nice one, and the composition is working. :) I think if you're gonna stick with flats, it might be nice to do another layer or two of ' if you recycled the different colors you're using (or other similar colors) again onto your figures. Your figures could have a range of their base colors or incorporate other colors from the page-- like the foreground dude could have a pinkish lit layer, or the eagle guys could have some of the color of the box with the leg, etc. But whatever, it's all you Jeremy. :)

Annika said...

haha the box with the leg is great and the ankles on those eagles are downright elegant. I would be interested to see you experiment some more with the flats before you decide to render or not. Anyway, here is my assortment of ideas to take or leave as you wish: 1. some subtle shapes within the big shapes would be good eg. if the arrow on the box was a slightly different value to that of the box 2. It might help if the foreground woman's gun was different in value to the eagles's head 3. I am just a little curious about the mafia guy's lower body 4. your imagination never ceases to amaze me :)

Jeremy Enecio said...

Thanks so much guys!

Leighton - Thanks! Yea, I do plan to take it further. I think I just sort of needed to get it out of my sight and let other people see it before I moved on.

Zachary - Everything is done directly into photoshop. Just worked on separate layers from the sketch.

Kali - Thanks for the crits!! :) I totally see what you mean. What I was doing with this last run was mostly separating the different figures or groups from each other to make it less confusing. But after that stage, I wondered if it would work as an image, as is. I definitely wanna play around with it more, especially after seeing your new Spring Awakening piece.

Annika - Thanks so much for the feedback! Yea, I need to play around with the values all around. The mafia guy's legs I guess aren't very readable as is. Thanks for pointing that out! :)

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