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Dark Angels Tacticals Redux

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In 2011 I did this: Dark Angel Tacticals by dForrest

This is more or less a reboot of it. I think I've grown some as an artist and wanted to prove it to myself.
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ShawnMcNiel's avatar
Excellent.
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Soul-DaemonHobbyist General Artist
Speaking as a massive 40k fanatic... Your work is more than impressive..  you have really captured the grim dark
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Praise the GodEmperor of Mankind!
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ElsaKroeseProfessional General Artist
I agree with you that it's definitely among your best work, and that makes it  hard to critique. Since it's already pretty damn awesome! Especially if you compare it to the old version from 2011, that's some serious improvement right there.

I love the halftone texture, and the subdued palette that's so recognisable for your style :D. The brush work is really well done too.

If I had to give feedback on this, it would probably be that there's maybe a bit too much going on at once. I am a sucker for detail, don't get me wrong, but in this piece I sometimes find it a bit hard to find the focus because there's so much to see.

I think it'd be good to group important shapes together a bit more, either by dividing them by contrast or line weight, or with a bit of an outline perhaps.

Right now- especially if I look at it from a distance, both of the warriors and the rubble surrounding them, sorta blur together into one big segmented shape. I've been raving a lot about lack of depth in my critiques, but I think it's the case here too. For instance, the pillar of smoke behind the wall keeps drawing my attention, because it has a ton of detail and contrast - it feels closer to the camera/viewer, than it should be. The quickest way to fix it, I think, would be to decrease the intensity of the black in the lines from the background .

I also think the main focus point right now is the logo on the dude´s shoulder pad because of the extreme contrast, and I'm not sure if thats what you want. I think, if you shade that logo like you did the lion´s head behind it, the focus would be more on the guy´s face.

Finally, I'm not a huge fan of the 3 ships in the background. I find them a bit distracting, although the design is cool. This is really, me nitpicking though.

So, to sum it up (I've gone on a bit of a ramble), I love this image's style. Your technique is great, and clarity/readability is the only thing I can really comment on.

Keep doing great stuff :D
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
All, wonderful feedback. Awesome. I've been playing with DOF a lot in my comic panels lately, can't wait to try and apply some of that to larger pieces. 
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TurulionProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah! Warhammer :D
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
DaimoNxx's avatar
Nice, very nice, They look great! Specially that Battle Brother in Mark VI Armour.  
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
fun-fact: I save all my beakies... when I have ten, I build a veteran squad.
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Soul-DaemonHobbyist General Artist
cool I buy darkangel upgrade sprues just for the beaky helmets and the studded shoulder pads..  It would probably be cheaper to just order the forgeworld ones :XD:
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes you a wonderful person! Praise the Lion!
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Yowhza! Beakies are cool & I am a big fan of Raven Guard. 
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ilNetherProfessional General Artist
very good!!
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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UlkreghzHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, thanks for the share on Reddit <3
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I'm actually shocked at how quickly it upvoted. Didn't expect that.
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UlkreghzHobbyist General Artist
:D
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Yes, I would certainly say that you have "grown."  This is really good and does an exceptional job of capturing the whole "grim dark" aesthetic of 40k.
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot.
Rarmus's avatar
Hoooooly shit. Well, how about that. I oughta get a commission from you when I have the time, Darkies are my favourite!
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
For the Lion! What what!
Rarmus's avatar
Repent mothafucka!
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Stefmanovic General Artist
Awesome!
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