I have to make this post quick.
My apologies – I’ll make it up to you in the future.
Another thing that I like about this piece is that it shows the Tin Man at peace. He’s enjoying a leisurely stroll through the woods during the Fall. It seems appropriate that a Woodsman as gentle and selfless as the Oz Tin Man would be really in-tune with nature.
Of all of my recent Tin Man, I think this one is the least strong (the strongest is yet to come) but there’s something I still really like about it.
Of course, I love the heart-hatch. …a little door on Tin Man’s chest, right over the place where his heart should go.
Although this piece does not feature the heart-hatch concept as prominently as some of my past Tin Man interpretations have, I like that this one has a doorknob and a keyhole.
I love the idea of the heart-hatch because it indicates that the Tin Man is incomplete prior to his being given a heart. It indicates that there is a destiny, or at least a hope that this space will one day be filled.
I like his knit hat and I like the proportions of the character. I think that the color palette in this piece really works.
There’s the return of the buzz-saw beard (read more about this in ‘Oz Concept Art: Part Two’) and the pose is pretty strong. It could be pushed further.
If I were to change anything, I would add more texture and loosen up the brush strokes even more. I would put dappled light all over the character – the sunlight coming through the leaves on the trees. I would also make his expression more serene.
Now that I am thinking about it, I’m getting the itch to go back in and work on it some more.
…or maybe I’ll just do another version similar to this. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.
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Until next week…