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December 15, 2009
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Avatar by PatrickBrown Avatar by PatrickBrown
Wow just in time, today's the day James Cameron's new movie AVATAR screens in cinema's! I've been waiting along time for this, SO KEEN :woohoo:

I really enjoyed making this one, it's pretty different to my usual stuff. I'm a bit of a fan of the Sci-fi/Adventure movies or games! This movie struck me when I saw the trailer, reminded me of Abe's Odyssey for some reason.

The background took me the longest in this, I'm not used to creating jungles, I did have to search for a few references to look at and just put my own style to it.. I love the style of the environments in the movie ;)

Anyways enjoy, and go see this movie!

- Took about 10-12 hours
- Done in Photoshop CS3
- Used a Wacom Graphics Tablet

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Given 2009-12-20
Avatar by *patrickbrown - Exceptional art with great timing! Such an amazing movie! ( Suggested by Butch007 and Featured by archanN )
You should see the movie. They aren't as mean looking, and the plants are awesome, and he's a brighter blue. He's missing his knife too. Other then that it's awesome. I saved it. The movie is the best I've seen in a long time. Once you see this movie it'll come at you like you would not believe. No rocks. All greenery. Well, kind of greenery. LOL There are soo many colors to use for the plands, and they glow at night. You'll love the movie if you like sci fi at all. Trust me on that one. Signing off.
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This is a fantastic drawing. I love the expression on his face and also the use of color in the image. Your technical skill is also extremely apparent as well is your attention to detail and color. The extreme pose is visually arresting as well as the sense of movement and fluidity in this piece.

Most everyone else has said to you that they love this piece, and I do as well - otherwise I would not be writing this critique for you. For the most part I agree with what others have said, however I do have some comments.

Your choice of color is great, I love the sky and foliage. (Mind you, I have not seen the movie as I write this, so I am trying to focus on the image itself) But the background and foreground are a bit confusing, is this a rocky and barren place or is it more of a jungle with lush foliage? Also, is he running on a rock bed? I see a waterfall in the background, but no water in the middleground.

Ah yes, background, middleground, and foreground. Background gets 5 stars, middleground gets 3, and the only foreground element is the tip of the spear, otherwise the foreground is non-existent. Use a large foreground element to frame your subject in the picture; a good technique is to employ it in the bottom right corner because that is where the eye tends to trail off the page and it acts as a 'stop' to redirect the eye back into the image. Also, the background and middleground have little in common, though I do like the complimentary colors of the green foliage with the red sky.

I'm going to assume you have a difficult time with feet because I don't see any in the picture! With the extreme proportions of the Avatar, I find it difficult to believe that his entire left foot is completely hidden by his knee/thigh. And isn't it a bit convenient his right foot is off the page? :P

My last points are on your light source(s). I like that your drawing takes place during the 'magic hour' - that hour of sunlight just before dusk where the light seems to effuse everywhere. During this time, all the shadows and forms seem to melt together. Even still, there is a strong light source *behind the subject, but then you have very strong reflections on the *front of the subject. You do have backlight reflections from the sun, but just look at his shoulder: what is causing that large highlight there? Unless there is an unseen light source we can't see (why can't we see it?), that highlight shouldn't be there. Also, the whole background is filled with red-ish orange light, but this light makes no impact on the Avatar or any of the foliage. It looks to me that that the Avatar, foliage, and background each has their own light source and direction of light.

So there you go, in summary I suggest to think about your piece's overall composition, light source(s), and try to use more foreground elements to help frame your subject. But most of all, have fun with what you do! That's the best part about creating works of art!
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MantaDrifter Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I bow to your skills. This took some real skill. It looks perfect for a Graphic novel.
alespanda Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is just fantasticLove 
keviny0ung Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :O
arlze Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
brilliant work
Szymanowsky7Husky Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My Favorite Pics of You. I want to be like you someday. ^^
MonotonyArt Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
His face looks just like in the movie! :la:
BiBinspyre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I don't know why, but there's something I really like about this piece!
ckatt01 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Artist
Interesting exaggerate style. Kind of reminds me of some Pathfinder illustrations. All-in-all, good job. Have thought about submitting works for a job as an illustrator for gaming companies?
luculi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Can I borrow this picture for my blog about Avatar, please? I link to your D-art. I hope you understand my english... :-)
hendrix1291 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
not really a fan of the movie, but this is amazing work!:picknose:
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