Great colors! I love the background though you could add some movement stuff to indicate you are grinding backwards. It doesn't read like that yet.
It's a cool action image. I definitely get movement from it, especially since it's a sort of 'normal' trick -- not the backwards part though, hahaha.
As to the background supporting the theme, it's a judgment call. If you think of film, sometimes the figure will be blurry from speed, other times it will be in slow motion to show the almost dance-like quality that gives us a different look at something often beyond our registering those details -- like slowing down some blazing fast guitar licks.
Speed marks are tricky if you haven't done them a lot. There's a whole range of possibilities how to do them from it mirroring the mass of the figure, all the way to softening a trailing edge or even on the way other extreme of blurring the heck out of the background altogether with the figure rock steady action pose like they do in Anime. Again, that's a judgment call what you are trying to feature or parallel reference to another style if you're making one. All part of the voice.
I really like this painting. I look forward to the next phase if you choose to try any of that.
Last edited by D Akey; 02-09-2009 at 09:19 PM.
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