Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Becca's "Rust" Thumbs

Well, this turned out to be more of a mind-bender than I'd anticipated. I've got a whole bunch of thumbnails (click to view larger). The first couple seem like sort of cliche ideas - a guy with a sword with vines growing over him...meh. But I like my idea for an industrious gnome/dwarf character, who has taken an old sword and used it to fashion a spade (#5). My other faves are the last two, where the King of Spades is plotting to invade the other card suites' territories. Thoughts?


  1. I'd say I like the 5th one the most. I think you might want to do more of a 3/4 pose and not such a profile. I'm looking forward to how you would make a sword into a spade. What would you do for a background? Oh, maybe you could make a waste-like field and then in a slightly lighter tone, a prosperous field or a large dwarf castle, like he plans to achieve this wonderful goal with his hard work. I don't know just a thought.

  2. Well I was going to say that the first one is my favorite (may still be) since I think it's a strong image, but I understand you don't want to be too blatant. So I think the gnome one is looking good too. It could a really fun image with this little guy digging away with his sword-shovel thing. Or maybe he could be looking pondering at a tiny sprout amongst a massive barren field...or celebrating. I agree with Owen about the angle...Make sure there's enough going on in the image to keep us interested. Whether it be costume environment or emotion...or all three!! but the side view you have in the thumbnail could be a bit mundane. Looking forward to see it come together!