Re: Reign of The Sun God
First off, nice job on the piece. You chose a very difficult pose on the figure and rendered it with a high degree of polish and skill. That being said, I do have some critiques.
It looks like you're going for some forced perspective in the piece, but I don't think it's working as is. Forced perspective is tough to pull off, so I admire your attempt and applaud the effort.
It's hard to gauge if you are going for a pose that has him with his arm out-thrust toward the viewer, or if it is meant to be interpreted that he is being seem from the side. The direction of his head and the fact that his side and back muscles are visible would indicate that you were going for the former.
Unfortunately, his torso is offset just a smidge too far from his head. If you select that forward arm and his torso and move them over just a tiny bit to the right, I think you'll better achieve the look you seem to be going for. Don't worry about obscuring that rear arm. You shouldn't see much of it from that angle anyway.
Likewise, to further indicate that his body is turned and that the arm is toward the viewer, you should probably consider moving the forearm over to the right more, so that more of the upper arm is obscured. Also, consider scaling the forearm up a bit. Things that are closer like that should be slightly larger. In fact, judging from the implied perspective, I would wager that the forward hand should probably be close to a quarter larger than the rear hand.
As for the hand, we should really be seeing more of the top of it. Right now, it seems like way too much of the bottom of the hand is visible. The top part of a hand is fairly substantial, and would block view of all but just the barest indication of a couple of the fingers and would almost completely obscure the thumb from that angle.
There are some other suggestions I could make to the piece, but I'm starting to sound like I'm trashing your work. Please don't take it that way. It's a great piece conceptually, and I see a lot of potential in the piece. I really think that it could be incredible with some tweaks to it.
Take any input from me with a grain of salt. This is your piece and you are free to leave it as is. Even if you keep the piece as is, I hope that maybe down the road you can revisit it and make some adjustments to the anatomy. I really do think this could be a fantastic piece with some minor TLC.
Once again, great job on the execution. Keep up the good work.