I revisited my Wizard painting (the original can be seen several posts earlier) and polished it up for the Blizzcon Fanart Contest.
To be short, I didn't win -and I didn't even place!
When I started revising this piece, I took it as a personal goal to push myself as hard and as far as I could. I even enlisted the aid of several friends, who gave me very helpful critiques. Don, Mike, Kim, and Nate -you know who you are, thanks! I appreciated your complete honest and brutal (yes, I did ask for that -thanks!) opinions and suggestions.
Things that may have counted against me:
- (1.) This was a revised piece. A painting specifically geared to the contest may have fared better.
- (2.) The overall value of the piece is very dark. Granted, the Diablo universe is dark, but it doesn't help the readability of the piece much if I were to hang this on a wall and try and read it from across the room.
- (3.) Reviewing a few other 'conflict' compositions, such as what Frazetta created, I noticed that most of his paintings, I admired most, captured the 'winding up' moment before any conflict actually began. The anticipation and energy stored up in the composition draws the viewer in. -As soon as the conflict's engaged, the story's already been told. I asked myself, "Is this something the average fan would be drawn to hang on a wall?"
Although I didn't win anything from the contest, I did come away with some good painting experience and really appreciated the input, I got from others, as I was working on it. Maybe the journey, sometimes, is just as worthwhile as the destination.