Becca, a young alien refugee, is lost on Baa'ga prime. Walking next to a concrete wall while trying to find her parents, she sees...

A lot of things I don't like, but for a first ambiance wall and backdrop (diorama I suppose), I think it's not too bad. Will improve on the next one. There certainly is place for improvement but I think it's important to keep the flow going and move on to something else.

Proportions are a bit off at some places and I would have wanted, after looking at it for a while, the sky to be darker. Overall I think it still holds together pretty well.

Took some great ideas from Roman Lappat for the arms of this figurine. Cheers to him for that.

Would be glad to get some feedbacks!
  • TnyMnstrz

    This is just amazing looking forward to more

    • alphafourtwoPLUS

      Thanks! Will certainly make more of the sort.

  • Eamon Connerty

    Nice work! Backgrounds don’t always work with busts in my opinion, but you’ve pulled it off.

    • alphafourtwoPLUS

      Very much agree! At first, I didn’t plan on doing a background, but with the emotion I was trying to create with the figurine, I thought I would really round up the whole idea.

      Thank you for the comment. Appreciated.

  • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

    Your concept on this is excellent! A bit of the opposite of mine - I did a bust-with-backdrop of her too, but went hopeful. Yours is quite fearful.

    I get the impression that your photos are doing you a disservice - the lighting and exposure settings seem off. I’d love to see some other photos of her.

    My other C&C is the integration of the base/plinth. I’d try to hide the rod for the bust within your setting more, and omit the plinth. The backdrop and setting you have is so good, that it doesn’t quite fit.

    Overall? I love your concept and style and your painting is fantastic! :)

    • alphafourtwoPLUS

      I like your version of it too!

      Your points are very valid. I did use a strong light to create more of a dramatic look to the scene, and I totally understand where you’re coming from with this. Unfortunately, that also made the sky to appear more white than it really is. I might take some alternative pictures once I can fix myself a proper black backdrop!

      I agree with the plinth setting. The initial goal wasn’t to make a background, and since the plinth was already on, I thought I’d make do with it. That being said, I do like how I can still take the miniature out of the diorama and display it without losing the look. I believe a longer rod and some foliage at the bottom of the girl would certainly integrate her better to the scene.

      Thank you very much Rhiana for your comment and C&C! Appreciated.

  • Steve "Babelfish" Riley

    Some very nice shading & highlighting going on there, and I do like the backdrop.

    • alphafourtwoPLUS

      Thank you very much Steve. It was a first for me doing a backdrop and I think it gave out an interesting result indeed.

  • Patrice-VincentPLUS

    Belle mise en valeur de ce buste (très joliment peint, au passage) avec un décor qui crée une ambiance dramatique à souhait. Or

    • alphafourtwoPLUS

      Merci beaucoup pour le commentaire et le vote! Je penses que c’est le point fort (l’ambience) de la pièce, oui.

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    This is intense. Great build around this story-telling bust that intensifies the story even more! I like it a lot for a first (!) backdrop and diorama approach. Lovely, theme-fitting color choices! Thank you for mentioning me. Really happy to be able to inspire! Keep on happy painting!

    • alphafourtwoPLUS

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Roman. Very much appreciated. I’m glad you can feel the emotion I tried to portray. Keep on Happy Painting!