I really like this desynchronizing painterly thing that I was able to fuse with realism in this piece > u < For once I LOVE what the thumbnail does to my piece~<3 As you can see, the more madly in love with a character I am the more effort I put into the painting... xD All in all really glad for my patience to really get details in the way I want them... <3 I learned a heck of a lot in this painting..
I like the brush play (the 'rake' brush), it brings in the atmosphere I had no idea he was a templar (maybe I didn't pay attention) until the Braddock's ring scene and the last Templar Oath cutscene with Charles Lee; it blew my mind the way AC3 introduced us to them in a way we get to be in their shoes briefly. They were a mysterious bunch before, these Templars big guns...
Yeah, it was kind of my way of cheating to forcefully unify Haytham with the background xD I have a HUGE problem with making the foreground and background cohesive looking and credible together. But this piece piece really helped me in color selection and composition as well. That's what I actually really like about YOUR art actually. But I feel like this conversation on mechanics and admiration could go on and on without foreseeable end if I'm left to babble on. xD
I had the tiniest of suspicion that he was until it instantly subsided when I noticed the assassin's insignia on his bracer. I had full confidence he was an assassin...that is until he *gestures hand to head* blew my mind and upturned everything I ever believed in... Oh the templars They had me at "GET IN THE ANIMUS, MR. MILES!!!!"
Well, there are ways to merge the background, mid-ground and foreground I can think of here For one you can conveniently use 'bloom' effects from the bright background where white soft light bath the cape. This gives an illusion that the cape is partially submerged in the background. Bloom can also be used as a foreground where it, like the cape, softly bath the edge of Haytham's hat for example
I think I may be the one that who'll endlessly ramble about these technical nerdy matters, I'll stop for now lol XD
Yup, that revelation was Godfather epic, and they say movies are deeper than games meh