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Scott E. ´Sven´ Johnson

"One crewman somehow survived..." by Scott E. ´Sven´ Johnson

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SciFi and Fantasy Art One crewman somehow survived... by Scott E. ´Sven´ Johnson
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Approx. 8in X 8in, Prismacolor colored pencil on gray paper. Created as a demonstration of 'atmospheric perspective' for my FARP perspective article. I don't have a lot of color work, so I included it in my gallery. I tried to make the mermaid look like a mammal, but wanted to sort of weird her up a bit to look more like a sea creature. So I gave her some fins on her arms changed the shape of her head a bit, enlarged her eyes, gave her a slight head fin, etc. But frankly, I'm disappointed -- I think it robbed her of her sexiness. I also think I had to bend her tail too much to get it to stick out of the water, and have trouble believing she's buoyant enough to float like that. Ah well, live and learn. At least I kind of like the waves and the atmospheric perspective (fog).

7 Sep 199845 Sven (the artists)
Ugh- this has way too few colors. Looks like a setting must have been wrong when I saved this, and the program "politely" showed me the better-quality image after I saved it as a JPEG, instead of giving me accurate feedback. I'll have to re-scan it and uplaod it again, but that won't happen for a while.
8 Sep 199845 Lacerate
I don't know what you used, but if you do "Save as" in Photoshop, you'll still be seeing the original full color image. You need to open the jpg (or preferably open the jpg in a browser) to get an accurate idea of the color loss (or darkening, since files tend to show slightly brighter in Photoshop.) As for sexiness, try making the nose thinner or smaller and the breast rounder (they look sorta heavy.)

:-) Scott E. 'Sven' Johnson replies: "That's precisely what happened, Meilin.You're right, I really didn't do a very good job on the breasts, did I?"
9 Sep 199845 Andrew G36
The grey paper ads to the atmospheric look you were going for. After scanning some of my own color pencil I know your original looks a lot better. It takes a little tweaking to get a god scan when you have some of the paper showing through, But other than that I like the mermaid, If I were a member of the merfolk I would find her sexy, but hey she is another species, i still prefer human women. Back to the drawing, the water is excellent as well as the gradual loss of detail aproaching the horizon giving that feel of distance. You have a good eye for composition. The way the figures lead the eye into the picture and then hold your attention is perfectlty done.
9 Nov 199845 James MATThew Erkhart
The coloring looks a little bland. I think that goes back to your scanner problem, though. The idea behind the picture is good, though, and the way you see INTO the water is subtle, but very well-done.
9 Dec 1998:-) William Li
hi 'sven'! thanks for your visit! about this image: this is one of the rare images that show the fresnel effect of water. good job! your atmospheric perspective would be better is the foreground had more contrast. also make the shadow-parts in the foreground really black. the background could be a bit lighter. just my $0.02 1

:-) Scott E. 'Sven' Johnson replies: "For those unfamiliar with the term, William is refering to the way that the surface of water is mostly transparent when viewed from above, but almost entirely reflective when viewed on-edge. See William's gallery for better examples than mine of atmospheric perspective and pretty much exerything else. William's gallery is one of the very best in Elfwood-- in the top 0.1%, in my opinion."
30 Jan 199945 Rachel
No offense but this one is dull and she dosen't look all that nice Sorry

:-) Scott E. 'Sven' Johnson replies: "No offense taken, Rachel. In fact, I agree with you. I'm not satisfied with the mermaid, and I agree the drawing is dull, both in color and in composition. I mean, there's a mermaid struggling to save a life here, but I think there is less energy here than in "Proclamation from the Theocrat" -- and all that is going on there is that a guy is talking. In retrospect, I probably should have used stronger contrast, and perhaps brighter colors in the foreground. Anyone have some other advice I can use for future works?"
11 Mar 199945 Rovo Lengg
I'm no artist, Sven, but personally I think some of the preceding critics have been a little hard on you. While the mermaid could, at least in my opinion, benefit from futher attention (hang onto that forearm fin, though - a wonderful feature), there are several elements of the overall composition that impress me very favorably: 1) the man's facial expression, which I find to be very evocative; 2) his pose, which seems quite realistic to me; 3) the attention to detail evident in your treatment of his right foot, and 3) the white tower in the background, which is rendered in what I can only describe as an endearingly clumsy, idiosynchratic fashion. If you can somehow build on these strengths, in addition to your marevelous handling of atmospheric perspective, this piece may do justice to your vision. Hope this helps.

:-) Scott E. 'Sven' Johnson replies: "The tower was actually meant to be modeled on traditional Mediterranean (Tunisian, Italian, Turkish, and especially Greek) architecture. I hadn't meant to be quite so sloppy in terms of getting my lines straight and things spaced evenly, though."
3 Mar 200245 Kyria
'm going to concentrate on the strengths of this picture, and the one that impressed me most was the transparency of the water. You can see the bodies beneath it, but not too clearly- just like the sea! I also like the fact that you changed the mermaid from a chick with fins to a sea-creature.. very well thought out!
4 Aug 200245 Tammy
I enjoy your work, as an artist you have deep talent. What i really enjoy about your work is your thirst for improvement.
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'One crewman somehow survived...':
 • Created by: :-) Scott E. ´Sven´ Johnson
 • Copyright: ©Scott E. ´Sven´ Johnson. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Atmospheric, Coast, Crew, Crewman, Drown, Drowning, Farp, Fog, Haze, Life, Lighthouse, Merlady, Mermaid, Ocean, Perspective, Port, Rescue, Sailor, Save, Sea, Seaman, Seaport, Ship, Shipwreck, Shore, Survive, Survivor, Tower, Waves, Wreck
 • Categories: Landscape, Nature, Panoramic, Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters
 • Techniques: Coloured Pencils
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 • Resolution: 500x500

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