EASEL OF Erica Bottger
I am open to critique
I WOULD LIKE HELP WITH
Hi there! This piece is a mock cover for Tor.com's Novella 'Patchwerk' by David Tallerman. I was painting the abstract view of the book where the main character moves through the book hopping in between different bodies of 'themselves' thru different alternate dimensions. This happens because of a damaged futuristic machine that allowed them to move things to and from other dimensions.
It's painted in a combination of Gouache and digital and it's pretty close to done. I would love nitpicky critiques to really make this the best possible piece.
Thanks for looking!
This is amazing! I absolutely love the concept, the composition, and the sense of atmosphere is almost Drew Struzan-esque. Very clever. The only thing that feels slightly off to me is the tangent between the arm on the left, and the border of the picture. They run completely parallel to each other, and I can’t exactly describe why, but it seems like it would be more satisfyingly balanced if you pushed the left elbow either left (drawn in red below) or right (drawn in blue) so that the arm doesn’t just run straight up and down with the edge of the cover. The change doesn’t have to be as extreme as what I drew, but I think it might help the image sink back into 3D space rather than being held up by boundaries of the frame.
Also, yay! Another gouache/digital buddy!
Thanks for the critique Kyle! I’ll trying messing around with the placement of the arm to activate the space a bit better .
I love Gouache! I’m trying to be able to work on being able to do everything in Gouache but the speed of digital helps so much for illustration. Do you have a process or method for how you use gouache?