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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

-Pat
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Hello, my name is Alexa. I am very happy to have came across you amazing artwork. The best thing about the artwork is the great dynamic action you have captured here. It is almost as if Jake leaps off the page and you can cut your finger with the spear. That 4th wall, z-plane (you know, x plane, y plane, z plane perspective dimension stuff) really packs a punch here. I love it. The lighting was also executed very nicely along Jake's body. The originality of the shape of Jake's appendages (lanky but stylistically curved) also wins major points for you with originality. The lost star for this category is because the jungle appears generic admist the amazing flora/fauna of Pandora.

Some things that could change would have to be the equal distribution of emotion in every part of Jake's body. For example, it is obvious that Jake is determined to kick some butt in this amazing drawing. However, the hand that grips the staff says otherwise. Instead of a white-knuckled tight grip, it appears to loosely grab the stick and I am afraid it would fall out at the speed Jake is going! Also, I feel that the bright lighting was overused. The light source could've only focused on Jake, which would've increased the dramatic feel of Jake's figure and focus less attention on the background. The awesome focal figure and the detailed background tend to compete with each other for the viewer's eye, in my opinion.

Overall, I can tell you put a LOT of work into this, and you deserve a round of applause. It is very beautiful to look at. Great job. Can you draw Jake and Natiri next, or are you planning something else for the release of Avatar 2? Message me with a note or a comment reply.

Thanks,

Alexa R.
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It's cool and all, but I would try to make it look more realistic. And... the face. The teeth need to be pointy. Just like the na'vi in the movie. Sorry, but It's my least favorite.
The ONLY parts I like is the hair, and the weapon. The eye color is wrong, though. Plus the eye shape. They are supposed to be big and round, and bright yellow.
The tail is waaaaaaay too long. The ears are too long, as well. Please try harder next time, but don't push it too far. Otherwise it'll be... strange. Sorry! Next time! TRY!
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Just literally came home from seeing this movie myself. And you really did the style of the movie justice.

Your portrayal of the Na'vi warrior is amazing. He really looks like he wants to kill whoever is in his way. I love the fact that you kept him all lean and tall, but not awkward looking in any way.

I'm really happy that you added the flying creatures in this. They were such an integral part of the story, and if you had omitted them they would have been missed. The sky looks amazing as well. You really did your best to make it look like an alien world.

All in all, this is amazing work.
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The style is quite amazing, it's very fluid motion through the use of the body creating a very unique way. It's almost an exaggerated version of the movie's own elongation in the race you've portrayed. While someone mentioned that the lack of strands in the braid was a bit displeasing, I think it adds to the effect of the Comic-book style you're aiming for and blends VERY well into the way you colored the rocks in the background.

Each shade seems very specifically chosen, very little of it is blurred into the other colors and you can tell with the use of the highlights and shadows on his body that you were very careful in choosing what colors you should fade and which colors should be kept in the traditional comic book style.

His teeth really draw attention to themselves, not quite individualized but just defined enough for you to know exactly what you are looking at.

The size of the braid tail concerns me since that piece seems to be a very important piece of each person in the movie itself, but you mentioned that you were producing this based on previews and not on actually seeing the movie, so that's not really relevant--but if you ever touch it up, I would put a larger tuft there, personally.

I'm digging for something to actually say you did poorly at, but what other people have mentioned before seems irrelevant to me. In example, the way his hand is swung back and spear swung forward seems like he's running vigorously, and the motion of each arm would suggest that they are not stationary during his charge, but rather flailing back and forth as most creatures do when they run.

I'm quite stunned, in honesty. I don't mean to have nothing particularly critical to say, but, wow.
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Wow thankyou very much, I really appreciate that. You seem very wise and I admire that!

-Pat
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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? <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/let…" width="15" height="15" alt=":P" title=":P (Lick)" />

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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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.
JayWeaver's avatar
This is NOT a critique. More like a movie review. If i were the artist, it would not be accepted.
LewisMcGregor's avatar
This would suit a movie review better, and have you ever heard of the word "interpretation"
Reagan700's avatar
that not a critic you only talk about the movie.
AngelCrusher's avatar
This isnt a critique, its abuse of the system to get yourself noticed.
fakkii2000's avatar
not abuse of anything, just my opinion, if you don't like it don't read it
AngelCrusher's avatar
no, not abuse of patrick's work, but you didnt really criticize, critique, or give anything useful. You basically talked about how good the movie is, which isn't what the critique system is for.
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actually I did. I saw the movie and I basically saw the differences in the art and the actual and gave that. Such as, no rocks, more colors in the forest, brighter blue skin. Yes I did kind of go on about the movie, but I was done before it would let me finish. LOL You know, it had to be so many words.
It's all good though. It's not like I critique a lot.

Have a good one.
AngelCrusher's avatar
The things you commented on were trivial. His colour can change the hue of blue due to lighting, the scenery, since we dont travel all the way through pandora, it can be anything. The expression is stylistic. Your actual critique was a sentance or two long. If it doesnt fill the critique word count, dont call it a critique, and dont fill it with other conversation that doesnt comment on the artwork or how to improve it.

Live and learn. ;)
ArtistsEscape's avatar
Actually it is. Your opinion isn't a critique, it's as simple as that. It's more than obvious you used this to be noticed. Bravo.
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No kidding. It's disgusting, if you don't have anything worth saying, don't say it.

They obviously have no idea how to critique... Honestly it needs to be addressed.
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This painting looks less like a run through Pandora, and more like a hunt or battle. The quick movement you have portrayed him making is fantastic. I cannot deny that this is a beautiful painting, I love the detailing in the background, the colour choices are perfect, and the expression and movement are breathtaking. The smooth flow and the long limbs are brilliant-- gorgeous in their alien way. The aggressive stance of this brings you into this picture, even with the DC (comics) comic style. I love the extras that you added- the birds in the background, the waterfall, things that not everyone would remember or think to add.

However, with how detailed much of the background is, it is slightly off putting that you gave up on the end of his braid-- where it becomes one solid colour instead of the beautiful blending of actual hair strands. It also seems awkward that his arm is tossed back with nothing in it-- if anything I would think the spear should be in that hand instead of the one in front that appears to be a lax blocking position. The stomach looks a bit rumpled-- but as someone who has not seen the movie as of yet I am unaware of if it should be that way.
Pajuxi's avatar
good job on the critique! the artist really deserved a honest true critique and you gave one^^
ArtistsEscape's avatar
Thank you... o.O Besides my lack of grammar I think I mostly was fair in it... heh... I try to be constructive and give a decent compliment.
Pajuxi's avatar
and you did a great job^^
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lol no problem^^
Reagan700's avatar
and that people is a true critic :iconclapplz:
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