This piece, in comparison to the previous work, was much more simple, partly because I had grown accustomed to the process, and partly because this picture was much simpler in concept. Rather than capturing a large perspective, this picture was focused, meaning the little details weren’t so little anymore, and I had an easier time exemplifying them. Things like the shadows and barriers pop more, and as you can see I had the time and ability to get creative.
FinishedStep 1Step 2 Step 3 The imageI chose to poly art, and in doing so I inadvertently took on the arduous task of repeatedly sketching triangles smaller than even I can see when I view the image in its final form. Initially, and ironically, this was my reasoning for choosing the image, I wanted to differentiate myself from the class by having a picture that is very broad in perspective, rather than focused on simply one aspect, like a face or an object. Of course this is not to discredit the other images I speak of, they are complex in their own way, but I wanted to capture the whole of a scene rather than just a snipet of one.The complexity of its shadows, layers, yet the simplicity of its color scheme made me feel that if I took my time to capture all the little details, it would work out in the end. I think it did.
Space: Spacing speaks for itself, its a large image with fine details, I had to be very aware of my spacing at all times. The space I had to use, the space I absolutely needed to use, how much space I would encompass within one triangle, it all affected the final product in many ways.
Shape: This was unequivocally the area that held the most importance for me as I sketched triangles. It was absolutely necessary to capture the shape of everything as close as I could make it compared with the original image, lest I forget something, or dramatically alter it into an unrecognizable form. For a better idea of what I mean, I ask you to look closely at both the teeth and the hands. They have an incredibly large amount of tiny, what seems like meaningless triangles, yet without all those triangles, the image looks much less polished and rough.
Texture: The texture of the wolfs hair was very difficult to represent in poly art indeed, and much of it had to be sacrificed due to time constraints as well as personal frustration. Nevertheless, some of it still remains intact, such as the hair on the wolf’s neck, and the cloth on his pants.
Color: Because the wolfs body is largely made up of similar colors it was vital that I utilize every differentiation I get. A Splotch of light, the absence of light, even wounds, they all had to be individually addressed by the triangles in order to effectively add detail and lighting to the image.
Emphasis: In order to make things pop, or fade into the background, I had to get a little creative with the colors. For example, the golden ties below the wolfs hair were originally very green, and did not add much of anything to the picture. His teeth were also a lighter shade of blue, which changed in the final product because they didn’t look “teethy” enough 😉
Rhythm: In areas like the edges of the wolf’s shorts, teeth hair, and to some extent the middle of his body, the coloring and size of the triangles had to be consistent and orderly. Basically I simply constructed a reasonable rhythm in my head for each section and stuck to it until the next area arrived.
Success: Overall, when one glances at the picture I believe it looks fantastic. From an onlookers standpoint it looks great, the lighting, details, and even attitude of the image are successfully developed and conveyed. In this respect I believe I succeeded.
Failure: However when it comes to a critics standpoint, one that scrutinizes and looks for the details, this is where my image falls short. Its sloppy in areas, and looks unfinished especially in the wolfs maw. It’ll please the masses, but will disappoint the professionals.
Areas of Improvement: The aforementioned areas (details, polish) are where I believe I could most improve. Consistency is also another one, as even a first glance at the product will reveal some issues that simply aren’t pleasing to look at.