Original Character: Marx
“I am a junior in high school, and my current goal over the next few months is to develop a portfolio ready for college admission. I have always been interested in digital art, and I have been practicing it seriously over the past year.
This was one of the first digital pieces in which I really focused on lighting to convey a destructive mood, as well as my character’s personality. Along with experimenting light and color in this piece, I tried to incorporate the different brushes available to me in Photoshop.”
“You’re doing some nice things in this piece. As you say in your statement, using various brushes to make the varying textures in the fire is working really cool. Also, I love how your choice to use some green cool colors in the hair, so often when people design like fire based characters they only use warm colors and you need to use the greens to kind of make things pop in comparison.
With the character itself, though, she needs to be pushed further. She seems very straightforward and just a typical fire character, and I would challenge you think outside the box a bit.
How can you use her physical features, her face, her clothing, her hair, to kind of explain more of her personality? What is she like? And use visuals to explain this character more. And I think if you flush that out, then you can really get some good success with these pieces.”