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« on: March 31, 2010 01:06:18 AM »

Perhaps you've seen my previous portrait  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=340901.msg3953449#msg3953449.  Well, this time, it needed to be EPIC.

Presenting Franklin.  When I told him I was going to do a portrait of him, he insisted he be standing over a dead animal.  It was my idea to make it a dinosaur (or, more accurately, a Drago from the video game Mother 3).  Franklin is an outdoorsy guy, as evidenced by his North Face hoodie and his choice of a kayak paddle for a weapon.  Plus, he is always saying things are "legit."  I intended to do the word in a metallic gold floss, but did not want to wait to get to the store to buy it.  I also wanted to add a little something extra, like the thought bubble from my previous work, and decided on a speech bubble with a simple exclamation point.  I wanted a symbolic representation of something Franklin would say, but couldn't think of something iconic enough.  Alternatively, I was going to stitch a Byzantine halo around his head, but it looked uneven, so I took it out.

The sprite I used for the dinosaur used three greens, so I did the same, but I think it would look better without the light green patches.

All in all, I'm very satisfied with this, but it still feels like it's missing something.  I think that it strikes me as a narrative piece more than a portrait and it would benefit from the addition of a background.  After all, what's a story without a setting?  I was thinking volcano erupting or on the moon with earth in the distance or even something silly like a subway station.  But I'm worried that I wouldn't be able to put enough detail into something far into the background and it would just crowd the character.

A couple of progress shots:


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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010 05:22:18 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2010 04:09:12 PM »

Very cool!

« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2010 11:18:42 AM »

Amazing! The "!" thought bubble really sums it up well.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2010 12:35:59 PM »

that is RIDICULOUSLY EXCELLENT.  seriously. awesome. absurdly so.

personally, i don't think it needs anything. but i'm sure whatever you decide to add to it will only make it cooler.

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