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Re: Revamped Website...
Renato Santos wrote:
There's some rather dodgy details with other images, namely the
photochopped backgrounds. I guess, though, that you did have a strict
deadline to meet, and doing everything with one single technique
wasn't an option.
I agree, the photochopping makes the images look half-baked. Many of
them look unfinished, and integration of painting and photograph in some
of the images is quite poor. A lot of the brushwork is not up to Luis'
usual standard at all. For example
http://www.luisrey.ndtilda.co.uk/jpegs/new/Cryptocleidus.jpg which has
what appears to be a standard Photoshop texture filter in place of
painted texture on the skin.
The drawing in a lot of these leaves quite a bit to be desired -- in the
image of /Nanotyrannus/ being attacked by a crocodile (
http://www.luisrey.ndtilda.co.uk/jpegs/new/Nanotyrannus.jpg ), the
pterosaur has it's fingers on different parts of each wing! (In fact the
metacarpal seems to be missing on the animals left wing.) The fingers
are also sticking out strait forward, which is not how I would expect
them to be held in flight (or indeed, ever). This is also a problem with
the painting of /Eudimorphodon/.
If deadlines were the issue, there are a number of options available to
cut down on work time. Simplifying backgrounds or adopting a sketchier
style would have been better options in my opinion.
On the presentation of the images themselves on the webpage I have to
say the pixellated "Opening" and "Eudimorphodon" aren't eyecatching
for the animals but for their overstretched state.
Again, agreed. Images should be sized correctly in Photoshop beforehand,
not resized in HTML -- certainly never up-sized, which makes for awful
My two cents (which is about all the money I have now),