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Cuttle Fish

Post by fmunoz » March 31st, 2009, 12:55 pm

I got a very productive lunch break.. I was able to pencil and ink this nice cuttlefish portrait start, still need some clearing and a bit more tentacle detail at the bottom but no time nor tools at hand here.
I have a larger image available if anyone wants to improve or colour it.
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Post by ink » March 31st, 2009, 1:07 pm

It's a great start. The wings look a bit fake though like there not part of his body. Probably because they're too square.
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Post by thespaceinvader » March 31st, 2009, 1:10 pm

Looks great to me. Clearly, it needs some cleaning up, but in terms of style, it looks fine - I'd agree with the comment about the wings, though - they'd look better if they were a little bigger, and went the full length of the ...head? body? whatever you call that part of a cuttlefish's anatomy...
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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by zookeeper » March 31st, 2009, 1:14 pm

Personally I'd really like it if the tentacles were more prominent. They're more or less the main focus of the whole unit, IMO. The head/body could be tilted backwards a bit more so it takes up less vertical space and isn't such a main feature of the whole picture.

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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by turin » March 31st, 2009, 5:18 pm

CTHULHU FHTAGN!

...uh...

Oh, wait, sorry, thought it was one of the Elder Gods. My mistake.


Anyway, it looks really cool. I agree with TSI about the flaps on his head looking a bit disconnected. It'd be nice to have his tentacles a bit more prominent also, but IMO it's fine as-is. And I don't think you could just tilt the head and add in some tentacles, because the head would probably end up looking weird; you'd have to redo the composition entirely.
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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by Jetrel » March 31st, 2009, 5:32 pm

:) Ah, cool!
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Post by Dragonchampion » March 31st, 2009, 6:13 pm

I think that pic is excellent, for what my word's worth. (Very little, I know) If you color it the same as the unit, I daresay that with a little editing, it would look like the real unit enlarged.
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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by Blarumyrran » March 31st, 2009, 7:34 pm

turin wrote:Oh, wait, sorry, thought it was one of the Elder Gods. My mistake.
Well yes, Cthulhu is not an elder god?

which was only some new group of entities by that talentless fanboy derleth

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Post by turin » March 31st, 2009, 8:33 pm

Syntax_Error wrote:
turin wrote:Oh, wait, sorry, thought it was one of the Elder Gods. My mistake.
Well yes, Cthulhu is not an elder god?

which was only some new group of entities by that talentless fanboy derleth
Ah, whatever, Great Old Ones. But it's not like the terms are technically precise anyway - they're just human terms used to describe beings that don't speak languages even remotely related to ours, after all. We're no more incorrect calling Cthulhu an Elder God than we are a Great Old One - just like we're no more incorrect pronouncing it kulu, kutulu, etc, since the human mouth is not designed to speak that alien language.

(And I've never read Derleth.)
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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by torangan » March 31st, 2009, 9:34 pm

Maybe put 1-2 tentacles upward so they're more obvious and if you can pull it off even looking like they try to catch the watcher?
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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by fmunoz » March 31st, 2009, 9:52 pm

DISCLAIMER: I know, I just ignored all those nice tips about how to improve but... I'm stuck with no tablet nor scanner and wanted to try colouring it.
I'll try to fix the line art tomorrow.
Meanwhile I checke how it looks at portrait scale.
(Included gimp file too just in case my work load "abduct" me again)
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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by Turuk » March 31st, 2009, 9:56 pm

Very nice, I like the way you colored the eyes, it makes them appear shiny and almost sticky like I would expect.
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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by Gambit » March 31st, 2009, 9:57 pm

thespaceinvader wrote:and went the full length of the ...head? body? whatever you call that part of a cuttlefish's anatomy...
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Is it just me or does it just look too dry for a creature of the depths?

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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by thespaceinvader » March 31st, 2009, 10:02 pm

Needs coloured line art, whilst you're at it =)

I think you could stand some brighter point highlights - it would really add to the slimy feeling.
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Re: Cuttle Fish

Post by Sapient » April 1st, 2009, 12:57 am

I like your color choices, but compositionally it just doesn't look angry enough nor huge enough in my humble opinion.
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