The Rise and Fall of John Carter and the Monkeys from Mars
My original plan was to do a digital painting, but I just didn't have the time. Having had so much fun and artistic success with the recent Rocketeer poster, I decided to go back to good old pen, brush and india ink. And at least this way I'd have a piece of original art to sell at Comic-con.
My original vision was to do John Carter fighting off some 4-armed apes in profile on a tower, lit in near silhouette with some rim light and a bit of fill. But things changed. I started with some thumbnails.
As I continued on with the roughs, a picture started to come a bit more into focus. I started to play a bit more with the details.
I decided to bring the camera down a bit to have a greater feeling of.
After I finished, I started to look at the piece a bit more objectively. The simplicity and directness that I had learned from Toth wasn't there. There was no "opinion" as my old art school teacher Barbara Bradley would say. What was I doing with the lighting and how did it contribute to the composition? Was the camera angle I eventually chose really the best one to do the job? I'd have to say "no" on both counts. The piece was fun to render but was not as successful as the Rocketeer piece I did last month. Don't get me wrong, I like this piece, but It wasn't nearly as
good as it could have been. Perhaps I'll try it again, but it better to keep in mind in the future that it'll take more than a lot of pretty rendering to make a picture work.