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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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:iconkaru619:
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
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot
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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!
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moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hello
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)
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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!
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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:)
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lycan-rising Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
really cool action scene.
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice combat scene ! I like the level of details.
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome !
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool action scene!! :la: I like the sense of hectic action, and how that one guy is staying safely behind the barrier while his companion bravely stands up to shoot. I guess he believes in that whole "live to fight another day" thing. ;)
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SamuraiTaiga Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
They could be just taking turns reloading, shooting, get down and reload again.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, that would make sense...  of course space guns very rarely need reloading in most cases. :D At least going by the SF movies, ha ha, every gun has a 500,000 round magazine and a phaser's battery almost NEVER runs low, no matter how may people you zap or rocks you heat till glowing.
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moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
is that sarcastic?
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Kind of, I guess. :lol: I don't blame him- I would probably keep by head down in a real firefight... ^^
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moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah but that will make a terrible cover...
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Especially if I stick to plan A and avoid being caught in a firefight in the first place. :XD: Ah, heck, who knows, I could go all rambo in that scenario, jump up, and start shooting everyone, before dying gloriously in the heat of battle. Then you will get your cover. ;) I just thought it was amusing that one guy kept his head down while everyone else was jumping up and shooting...
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moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
rule A: if the art director is happy, then your job is done.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*stands up from behind barrier and fires madly* AAAARRGHHHH!!! *takes three bullets in the chest* Ah, I can die happy now, knowing that my job is done...

All joking aside, that is the basic rule of any job you take as an artist. ;) Put all your effort into providing the art director with what they want, and you have done your job!!
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
C'est super comme dessin. :nod:
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moonxels Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
merci beaucoup!:)
comme couverture de roman SF , on peut dire que ca peut aller...
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Neranella Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Voui, du beau travail. :nod:
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wrath9 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Now this looks quite intriguing, question is whom are these guy's fighting?

Though you and this artwork certainly deserve some for the details alone, though there are some area that are rough around the edges...or was that effect intended to happen?
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moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
"rough"?
it's a cover remember, so there will be some text on some parts.
also this is a new series in the lost fleet universe...
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irishtmike Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
really cool action
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moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish you were doing the English versions. Your versions look much better.
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moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
apparently it's not that important to paint something else than a guy in spacesuit for the publishers
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, indeed.
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Ben338 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
And another fav. Sir, you REALLY need to do the US versions, they suck.
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moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it's allready done [link]
it features..."a guy in spacearmor"!!
besides don't really know how to contact them...
thanks!
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Alaric83 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Magnifique ! Ça me donne envie de me mettre à cette série de la Flotte Perdue. :)
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moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
il y a "la flotte perdue", puis "par dela la frontiere" et il va sortir "les etoiles perdues"...toute une saga
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Alaric83 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Oui, j'avais déjà vu quelques bouquins de la Flotte Perdue. Grâce à ton artwork, ça m'a donné de me renseigner sur l'univers, qui m'a l'air vraiment sympathique, et je vais m'y mettre. Merci ;)
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moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
attention je n'illustre qu'a partir de "par dela la frontiere"
les couvertures d'avant sont d'un autre artiste...par contre la serie reste bonne!:)
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I told you we shouldn't have sold the rifles.

Great work!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thing is the editor actually wanted only guns ,and "low tech" ones...
thanks!
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badcciintra Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you've been featured here: [link]
hope you don't mind :heart:
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moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the support
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Superbe travail!
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moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
merci beaucoup encore et toujours
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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garryts Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done; I especially like the composition, which draws your eye to the group of figures bottom right... You also very much want to see the assailants! Great colour palette too.. :-)
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moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
fo the assailants ,you'll need to read the book!
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garryts Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:-) you getting a percentage for each book sold? :-)
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moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, just the price of the job
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ndgmtlcd Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is INCREDIBLY better than the U.S. cover. I just went and looked at it. It's too bad that U.S. authors have absolutely no control over the choice of the cover.
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moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah john hemry (jack campbell) told me that he regret that but can't do anything about it...
thanks!
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