Oooooh, that looks amazing!
Which program do you use for digital painting etc? I swear by Photoshop Elements for my work. I really like it regardless.
You did a great job of capturing the really subtle details like with the shimmering water (how it cracks and has slight rumpled form to capture the illusion of how water is; I mean, without it could easily be mistaken for an ice sheet or something), the light fog on the surface of the water and especially the light from the Moon (with the cyan a stronger hue and fading the further away the water goes from right to left).
And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the reflection
while I'm buttering you up and the appropriate de-saturation of the colour.
See. I pay attention. (Mostly.)
You put in awesome work, man and it's amazing how consistent you made it too. I know how easy it is to get carried away with one element and have it dominate whereas yours keeps the "dream-like" feel in the entirely. Brilliant.
(Your collab partner's done solid work too.)
In regards to Medusa I'd like to pose a suggestion. Something I very occasionally do.
Have you ever considered copy-pasting? (Or BS-ing as I call it... acronym not required)
Hear me out. Doing multiples is tedious. Doing unique multiples is torture. I'm a 2D artist primarily, I don't cut corners often. Rarely in fact but BS-ing as I call it, not only saves time, it saves sanity.
I'm not saying to be blatant about but to lighten the load. You'd be surprised how well it works, how easy it can blend. Especially with little masking. (Hiding slightly, tweaking attributes like size, length, colour. Just even a touch. Or not all. Not everyone's eagle-eyed.)
Think on it if you don't do it already. I think of Medusa's hair and two words come up plainly in my mind.
Volume (or "quantity") and Chaos. ...Catch my drift?
On that note, I've been putting all my effort recently (past few days or so) to getting my K. Rool poster finished before the Smash Ballot ends. (My deadline I intended to finish by) It'll be doable. I'm certain.
My "timeline" has been updated: http://imgur.com/a/3pgf6
I've been rushing a little to get it done and I'm approaching a halfway point and it's really testing my mettle. I'm usually strong under pressure and I've been getting nice feedback on the Smashboards K. Rool thread*.
Copy-pasted ;) from the post* I originally showed this on.
...Hoo boy. Nothing like a deadline to get your butt in gear!
Your eyes are probably glazing over trying to figure what I'm doing here. But I promise it make sense to me!
[*]To the right:
Blunderbuss, propeller pack, DK Coins (from KoS), Crystal Banana (Climber), Scepter (Sluggers) and of course the long omitted tail on the Kritter! (Adding a flap of K Rool cape to this side too.)
Large table with a set of mad plans and nick-nacks, including a model of Rare-era DK Isle with black "K-flag" from DKC3. A mini model of the Blast-O-Matic (underneath the "Rool") jutting into the picture. Partially obscure to the left is K.Rool jet barrel from Barrel Blast/Jet Race....... and a DK amiibo on it's side discarded like a chess piece. (Subtlety!)
- Background: Kalypso is the one holding the "Smash" sign. Kass will be just below here holding a flag saying "KrocTheVote" while Kip blows a party whistle. Entertaining the idea of putting Crocodile Isle in the background (above K. Rool's crown). Scene was originally gonna be infinite blackness...not so sure now. Hmm...How total to make this victory... And of course more bananars in the background. Won't be super-detailed but enough to get the image across.
- Left side: K. Rool's trophies from past Smashes. Bongos from Donkey Konga and a Gameboy. (And the Crystal Coconut from the TV show... :p )
In short, a "trophy" of every K. Rool appearance that comes to mind. No matter how small. Strikethrough means what I've done so far.