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The Last Warrior by ackeibler The Last Warrior by ackeibler
My entry for the poster challenge "A Native American Tale" at :iconmanipulatethis:.

:bulletgreen: Entry level: 4 :bulletgreen:

On a personal note, I took the "poster" part a little too literal. I frequently visit the alternative playhouse theatre in my city (you know, where the same ten actors put on the world's oddest and most inspiring plays and musicals), and their posters for their shows are always produced in this style. So, I wanted to dedicate this piece to them, and fashioned the contest poster with them in mind (hence the time and date, etc).

:bulletblue:The text in the background reads: :bulletblue:

There were but two beneath the sky -
The thing I came to kill, and I.
I, under covert, quietly
Watched him sense eternity
From quivering brush to pointed nose
My gun to shoulder level rose.
And then I felt (I could not see)
Far off a hunter watching me.
I slowly put me rifle by,
For there were two who had to die -
The thing I wished to kill, and I.
(From "The Hunter")

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MsCrys-Stock Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010   Photographer
Great work! Best of luck with the contest!
ackeibler Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
Tasastock Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
very cool :D i like it

good luck in the contest! and thanks for using my stock :hug:
ackeibler Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :aww:
da-joint-stock Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Student General Artist

This is great! Although I'm not fond of the style you've done a good job giving it a rustic look :clap:

I do have a few suggestionsif you'll have them :)

-First, the moon. Most ads of this style look very old and worn nowadays but they usually had one thing it common - anything on the ad was fully on the ad. The wolf, the eagle and the woman are all fully visible but the moon is partially cut off in the corner. To better match the style (and to make the edges less visible) I'd suggest moving the moon out from the corner, just enough so it isn't cropped by the edges.

-Second, the butterfly. The butterfly stands out far too much - not only by being the only blue thing on the page but also its intensity of blue. Almost as though its a sticker on the page (maybe your intention). However, I'd suggest fading the colour out just a bit so it doesn't contrast so much with the background.

-Third, the deer. The deer took me a while to find - I was looking for its head. The eyes, face or head is usually the first place the eye goes to when looking a person or animal. So, having a deer with only its hind quarters visible is...strange. I don't mean it as an insult but rather when I look at the deer in your picture it seems strange. I start looking for its head but can't find it. I'd suggest reducing the distortion on the left side enough to see the deer's head (even if only faintly).

Otherwise, this is awesome! I apologize if I sounded harsh or offending it wasn't my intention but rereading it it sort of sounds that way ^^;

Good luck in the contest!
ackeibler Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the critique! And you weren't harsh at all... rather, very helpful. :) This is actually one of my few first attempts at photomanipulation using stock images, so I could use all the feedback I can get!

To be honest I was battling myself over the deer for awhile (whether to move it, resize it, etc) but I ultimately decided to keep it headless. I wasn't sure if the lack of a face would make a noticeable impact or not... and to hear that it does (and that impact is negative) actually really helps me out. Next time I'll know. :aww:

The butterfly was intentional. I wanted to add an extra "pop" to catch the eye, hoping to draw the eye first from the butterfly, then to the girl, then to the rest of the page. I was trying to use the triangle theory (where the eye sees and follows triangles in art better than any other shape).

And I actually hadn't even thought about the moon being cropped... but you're absolutely right. ^^; Next time I'll be sure to play close attention to details like that.

Thanks again for the feedback and critique!
da-joint-stock Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Student General Artist
No problem! Thanks. I always apologize though cuz you never know what the person on the other end is like or how they make take your comments...

Well, not having a head also makes it less recognizable as a deer and more like a 'what is that...'

That's a fair point:nod:


PS- You know you're allowed to edit your deviation (both minor and major changes) until the Contest/Challenge Deadline (in a couple weeks)
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