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This composition is like that of a book cover or graphic novel cover, which has a more stylized posed look. I had always pictured a younger Hugh Jackman in the role and really had no idea who would make a good Dejah, so I made her up (with the help of a bodybuilders pose for her). I owe one of my favorite artist, Iain McCaig credit for the basis of Tars face, a simple pencil drawing from "The Art of John Carter" that captured a slightly reptilian but more noble world weariness. The Art Nouveau framing serves as a reminder that the book was written just before 1912.
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blakjak21 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's great, I love it
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ScaleyScribe Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks for watching! Soon I am coming out with a 1950s Epic style movie poster of "Princess of Mars" in an (obviously) very different style,
this inspired by the comments of " Dragonrose36" below. A;so feel free to critique or comment any of the concepts or designs. I like to see what does and doesn't resonate with people.
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Eidolon-Grey Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a lot I like about this, great colours, great composition. I feel like the strongest character is Tars Tarkus, you clearly loved drawing him! Keep up the practice, I'll need to watch you :)
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TheSeaKnight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Overall this is great! I have two very minor nitpicks - I think that if you were going for Hugh Jackman as the model the nose and chin are just a little bit off - the eyes really look like him, though. I think the nose needs to be just a tiny bit shorter and the cleft in his chin a little less pronounced. The second nitpick is with Dejah's expression - I wouldn't have drawn her with her mouth open like that. She looks like those Victoria's Secret-type catalog girls, almost ALL of them adopt that expression and it always jars me, it looks so faked. The scene looks like they're getting ready for a fight - I would have made Dejah's expression more determined, perhaps with narrowed eyes and mouth set in a firm line. That's my two cents there.

Other than that, I think you did a great job with the color scheme and lighting effects, and I like the placement of the planet with the two moons in the background, I think you really succeed in drawing the eye where you want it to go with that. And as an aside, since you used Art Nouveau as inspiration for the frame, I love Alphonse Mucha's work.
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ScaleyScribe Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Artist
Bravo! Good crit! And you are exactly right on all counts. I was trying to find the right expression for her in some photo reference, but since I made up the face from the ether and it actually looked like it should be someone real and attractive, I couldn't find an appropriate reference with the expression that fit!(and still looked pretty)I coped out!
But you are right about that Victoria's Secret look that has that vague and almost vacuous rather than lusty look no one in real life gets.
The photo reference I used for Hugh Jackman was a younger picture in this lighting of him golfing, and not super clear either. I should have augmented with a different pic.
I AM surprised that as much as you like Tars you didn't comment on whether this version worked for you.
Hows that for a crit or your crit?
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TheSeaKnight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hm, IMO a good referent for various female character expressions is Avatar: The Last Airbender (the TV show, not the movie). In the final episodes especially - my sisters and I were very impressed because the animators weren't afraid to portray emotive expressions honestly (i.e., they weren't afraid to make them ugly). Let's face it, angry is often less than pretty and sobbing hysterically can make you look downright hideous, no matter how attractive you are. But there are ways of portraying things like determination without lessening the prettiness, and Avatar has good examples of that. Legend of Korra too, come to that.

I'm glad you agree with me on the catalog girls. My husband says the same. We really like all the pretty costumes and things but we'd like it so much better if the girls would just smile.

Oh, I didn't comment on Tars because he's pretty much perfect. Couldn't think of a thing to say except maybe "rawr". :D
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Torrin-McFinn77 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic! It sort of reminds me of Frank Herbert's Dune (the original novel), and that sword John Carter is holding looks like a khopesh (an Ancient Egyptian blade). I plan to do my own Tars Tarkas drawing in my sketchbook soon, and I hope to upload it ASAP. I'll make it with my own spin, on another note. Beautiful work here!
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ScaleyScribe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Artist
Actually that IS what his sword is is modeled on. You know your stuff. I like Aztec, Persian and Egyptian stuff. Looking forward to see you new art!
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Torrin-McFinn77 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, OK. I guess it's not a coincidence. You'll see my Tars Tarkas soon enough!
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Motion-Music Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
a lovely blend of the different extremes :D I feel a little something from every version of John Carter iin this :D

exquisite
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ScaleyScribe Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks! I suppose by "extremes" are you referring to the combination of "atmospheric' and very graphic staging, or that this is a homage to the book versus a cheesecake fantasy? Anyway, I'm glad you see something of what you like in the various aspects of the JC world!
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Motion-Music Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
By extremes I mean hte wildly varied different versions of barsoom as portrayed by different artists. This image wouldnt feel out of place in any of the different versions.

whether it is the old marvel comics, dynamites rampant insanity, marvels surreal wonderland-esque barsoom, disneys film . . . any variation of the world . . . this feels like it could be a part of it.

in other words . . . you distilled the essence of it :) Burroughs would be proud dude :)
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