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Tarnished knight by moonxels Tarnished knight by moonxels
here is my latest cover:
it's for the french edition (L'ATALANTE) of the new series from Jack Campbell, it's a spin-off from "the Lost fleet" series called "The lost stars"
this episode is called "Tarnished knight"
again, it's very much unlike the US covers that only features black jack in a combat spacesuit no matter how inaccurate it is...

edit: changed the main character and tweaked the lighting.

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I quite like pictures with scenes of action depicted in them, so this is a real treat for the eye to me. It is a perfect warzone scene, i love the expression on the soldier face but i do wish you had added a couple of female soldiers, at least in the background. The sparks due to the collision of the bullets with the metal walls has been done very well too. It would have been nice if the fixed turret on the building was larger ....
Otherwise it is a lovely work of art, I hope you keep making works of art like this Moonchild.....
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ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Very nice :D
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot
TURNIP-SLOP Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey dude, I don't know if you want anymore critiques on this (because you stopped requesting them) but I thought I'd write one anyway because I can see a few things that you could do to improve this?
The first thing I spotted with this is the fact that the piece seems quite 2D? This to me appears to me to be because there is not a great range of values, the closest stuff to the VP should really have a higher contrast to the stuff behind it so that it stands out from the background. I believe that the fact that there are only two main lines of action. The line that all the soldiers, weapons fire, guns, turrets and even the statues are facing and the line of the wall and the barricades. The piece would really come alive and become more 3D if something was either a) looking out of the piece (toward the viewer) or was b) shooting towards the viewer. Regarding the background it would benefit from the wall on the left having a greater range of values and detail to the part on the right which moves further into the distance. Regarding the composition, I would make the focal point (the man with the gun) significantly larger (and possibly make him look towards the camera), it would really help give the viewer something to focus on and connect to rather than simply observing the scene. The final thing that I believe would add a great level of realism to the scene would be adding some property to the empty air - by that I mean that between the soldier in the fore ground and the wall behind there appears to be nothing, the same between the soldier and the viewer. In a battlefield I would guess there is a great deal of dust, smoke and (very small) debris. It would add some movement to the scene which kind of appears frozen in time at the moment. I hope this doesn't appear too harsh, everything I didn't pick up on (believe me there's lots more to your piece than what I've commented on) is perfect! So please don't be offended! I only highlighted the stuff I thought could be improved, because to write a full critique would take way too long! Really hope this helps!
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for taking some time to critic that piece.
first of all I want to aknowledge that yes it's not perfect, and you make some good points but here's what I want to say about it:
note that this is a book cover, not a real illustration, so you have to take for granted that there will will be some huge text overlays on the cover itself(the right part) and on the back (the left part) a huge part for the text that resumes the story that will cover the painting...that's why it's in that state for now, also the art director gave me some directions that I had to follow: that's for the guy firing for exemple...
I think I could have added some smoke and debris but I also thought that the image was really busy enough for now.
there is actually some smoke , I've made more smoke but it hided too much of the wall design (and it was important to see how it looks like)
TURNIP-SLOP Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You make good points! I had completely forgotten about the text, I was thinking about it from a purely conceptual POV which is just me showing my ignorance! Even when I saw that it was a book cover I didn't realise it was the front and back! Would you have done much differently if the art director had given you more free reign?
I see what you mean about the image being busy, it's something that you have to hold back on with a book cover but not with concept art I think? You don't want to overwhelm the viewer as much. Sorry for my mistake!
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no worries , you made good points and I was actually thinking about adding more some and debris , but I think it's done so I will leave it here.
of course i would have done it differently (and I did) but you have to follow the directions and that's it!

and yeah a book cover got to go straight to the point and not loosing the viewer, in fact a book cover got it's own rules to follow!

so don't worry:)
lycan-rising Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
really cool action scene.
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice combat scene ! I like the level of details.
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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