Hello all. This is my triptych. It has been crazy frustrating so far.
My approach towards this project was to try and do something different by doing some dramatic, fantastical type imagery.
The basic story here is that this particular land has been midst a civil war and the remains of it are slowly being frozen and lost in this wintery realm. Due to the extreme climate and fighting, the population has decreased massively, people are banded together in small, broken groups except for the hunters, due to their survival skills. One such hunter gets lost from the group and falls into the snow to find a young child still alive in the frozen dead arms of it's mother. She takes the child with her and eventually her and her clan grow in number and find an abandoned blade laying in the grass. This blade ends up leading them to an abandoned castle where they begin to settle and the blade becomes a symbol of the newly formed colony.
The colony grows and collects scattered members of other races and former classes and eventually decides they need a figurehead for their new land. Being the 'son' of the original group of hunters, the surviving child, now an adult rises to power. Because he was taught to treat the land and the animals he grew up hunting with respect he carries that through in his reign. However, he is much too trusting and a few individuals, descendants of the original inhabitants of the castle begin to plot against him. They eventually strike him in the back with the symbolic blade of the colony and he falls to the ground, however, this time he is no longer a survivor.
I wrote this out in a more descriptive, drawn out way but it kind of bothers me. If anyone wants to read it ask I guess but this is pretty much idea.
So, on to the images. The first one attempts to potray the 'rescuing' of the child. (though like an hour ago I got the grand idea that maybe i should make the first image the discovery of the castle, wish i had thought of that earlier) the second image is him looking upon his kingdom. I was originally going to do a crowd but I had no idea how to pull that off without it looking terrible so any suggestions there would be great. And the third image is the one i'm hating the least right now, the dramatic death of the ruler.
I'm planning on doing these in acrylic on an 14x17 scale. I'm unsure if the peices are enticing and 'epic' enough. The only composition i'm truely happy with is the last one. The other two, especially the middle i feel get kind of boring, and i'm unsure if the 'fantasy' feel is really coming off.
Please, go all out on crit, I need it!!