Booker and Elizabeth
Irrational Games and 2k
1. Since this is just a rough work, I will be a more general on the critique.
2. Height... Booker looks far too tall to Elizabeth. By the canon info wiki...
~ a. Booker DeWitt's height is 6 feet, 1 inch (1.85 meters).
~ b. Elizabeth's height is 5 feet, 6 inches (1.68 meters).
3. Width... Booker is very physically fit, yes; however, he is not as bulky as depicted here. Think more "martial artist" fit rather than "(American) football linebacker" fit.
4. "Anna DeWitt"... Do not forget that Booker covers up the "A.D." tattoo with bandage wrapping after he realizes he is (literally) marked for death by the Columbia residents from Comstock.
5. Bird..? or the Cage..? I look forward to seeing which you will choose & depict.
As far as widths go, this chest is accurate. The game model depicts Booker with somewhat unnaturally big arms. The way I drew shoulders though may be on the broad side.
I suppose in a public image, the bandage is more associated with Booker.
Well I left it intentionally blank so that people can decide for themselves. But people will notice the little things anyway. I usually go with the bird if anything.
7. Big Arms & Hands... Depiction of (semi-cartoonish) arms & hands in video games is actually a long-standing problem across many video games. This stems from, in no small irony of your artistic history, the problem of drawing 5-finger hands versus 4-finger hands. The higher the detail quality for CGI body animation, the more "space" it requires, resulting in larger limbs (& sometime body/face). Lower-res models generally are more in-tune to "real" bodily dimensions, but for many cinematic-quality CGI animations, it requires greater "volume" in order to add high-res detailing.
This bit of artistic knowledge-base brought to you by long-standing friendships with MMO-RPG developers (and hearing them rant), friendly artistic critiques of CGI animations, and the letter "D".
8. Broad Shoulders... That is probably the source minor problem that I am seeing with Booker's size to Elizabeth. Once you shorten the Height gap between the pair, that should also accordingly "slim down" Booker as well.
9. Bird vs. Cage... The Lutece "Twins" offer between the Bird or the Cage is not about which one you choose; because like the Lutece "Twins", both choker-pins have double meanings.
~ a. The Bird represents Elizabeth's desire for freedom ("free like a bird"), but it also represents her jailor, The Songbird.
~ b. The Cage represents Elizabeth's imprisonment ("a bird in a gilded cage"), but also represents her salvation through the correct musical notes to gain control over The Songbird (C-A-G-E).
In the end, the Lutece "Twins" and their decision points are not about "what" you choose, but rather the Action of Choosing.
As for which to draw:
[Robert]: You can do either...
[Rosalind]: ...or you can do both.
I don't know if it was intentional, but, I like how you make them observe their 'markings'. Such as Booker's brand and Elizabeth's thimble.