as always, i'm looking at this and thinking about what would improve it. (i'm posting the pictures as soon as i finish drawing them). in this case, obviously the proportions of the cheek plates are off - the left one should be brought forwards to match the other. the lighting could be better - the brightness of the front of the dauphin ornament should match the front of the faceplate. i'd also wanted to add more ornamentation but that could've been another hour's work 🤷
Tried another new technique this time. After spending ages and ages painting stuff in layers, I did a single layer over the top of it set to influence Luminosity only (about 40% opacity) and painted over everything using light and dark values picked from the scene. So it worked as like a unified light-and-dark map over the top of everything, which improved on the fairly wonky painting I had before that. Also used a smeary brush for the luminosity layer, which gave it a bit more of an oily look.
i'm fussed that this might appear to be a political illustration because the elephants and riders are red and blue. and apparently the elephant is a political animal in america (what the fuck guys!?)
but it's not. basically it's two people who are going to work on their elephants and one (or both) of them was going the wrong way on the elephant road and their elephants bashed into each other. both people work at elephant factories, but the factories are in different directions from each other.
@alex it's unlikely to be seen as such because the blue animal is also an elephant whereas in a political illustration the blue animal would be a donkey
@maloki thanks! yeah i'm not sure what level of CW i wanted to put on it since i usually err on the safe side with CWs but it's mostly hidden in the thumbnail anyway
@alex fair. just thought it'd be worth mentioning, because soemetimes I forget to hit the right buttons!
@dreadpirateyarr ahh thanks pal. i started it off in this colour palette because i was planning to make it look like a jade carving (but it turned out to be plenty of work just drawing all the animals 😓 )
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