Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Invisible Children by spiritwolf77 Invisible Children by spiritwolf77
Piece done for an upcoming LCAD exhibition based on this documentary: [link]

I'm not sure I'm entirely happy with this piece at the moment but I don't know what to do to improve it. Suggestions?
Add a Comment:
MRWHITE81 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
davidtaransaud Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Great Pic! No need to improve it. It's powerful enough as it is.
I am just back from Uganda where I have started putting in place a counseling/Art Therapy service in an orphanage for former child soldiers and war orphans.

I have just finished editing a short movie clip I made while I was there. As you’ll see, I am no Coppola or iMovie genius, but I think it’s still OK. Well, it’s real! And have no fear, it’s not all doom and gloom, there’s a fun happy ending!

I’d really appreciate if you could forward it to everybody you know, and if possible, ask them to do the same. Hopefully it’ll help to promote the awareness and the sponsorship of war orphans at POCP.
Here is the link:
Thank you.
halleyberryinluv Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
hey so im doing this project on the book they poured fire on us from the sky

there is a chapter called to many evils darken the day

and your artwork so perfectly illistrates it
i was wondering if i could use it for my project?

i wont take credit
and i wont take it with out your permission
cuz i know how annoying jockers are!
Al5-1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
The picture is great, with a few changes it will be real world ready, and in my opinion, a major chance of winning. 1: Your small arms. You have the basic shape down, but are missing fine-details that would make this portrait perfect for the LCAD. The most common weapons used by third world countries are mid-1900's soviet era weapons. Their rifles would probably be AK-47, AK-74, or possibly an RPK. Also, the position on the taller kid would be at the hip, over there there is no such thing as muzzle discipline, they just don't have the time to care. 2: Foregrouund. Instead of having a burning "berm" make it clear, with a T-62 or T-72 burning hulk in the foreground. on the horizon, make a few burning "plumes" simulating isolated fires. 3: The fighters. This is just something "other" you can do with the fighters. They look a lot like soviet MIG-29's, with the position of the sun that low the fighters will have a "slip" behind their engines looking like a haze form the water burn off in their engines. If you need pictures or any other advice, please e-mail me at or my friend, who grew up in war torn Bosnia and had actually fought in some regional conflicts in 2000 at
Temiree Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely work. The meaning of this is just so intense. Love it.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Think of the atmospheric perspective you'd get with both distance at sunset, and with the smoke- you've got some nice silhouetted shapes in the kids, but since they're the same colour as the background they're blending together into the same plane. Make the background lighter than the kids, and they'll come forward while the horizon falls back. You've already got more than enough contrast going with the sky, so it won't hurt if you lose some.

Quick colour sketch of what I mean- and I just realized that the bonfires are a light source, so you can use that to your advantage as well. :)


spiritwolf77 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
That does help!

I'm considering maybe just re-doing this piece, since I'm not satisfied with it and I've gotten a lot of good suggestions so far. This thing is going to be in a school show so I want it to, y'know, actually look good. XD
fluffyz Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
I think there should be more destruction, like debre and maybe destroyed homes... Also, the children look clean, like they just took a bath and have new clothes and those guns seem too small... I also agree that there is nothing in front of the kids, a foreground would help, i think, but I also agree with :iconawrah: !

This is a personal suggestion, but if this was mine: I would make that closer kid cry and they would both be scratched up badly (maybe one would have a cloth tied around his arm as a makeshift bandage) there would definatly be some form of blood involved, lol!

I like it when pictures have a deep meaning! <3
Calicolupe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
INVISIBLE CHILDREN. -tackleglomps- I love that group... They're doing some amazing things. =D Awesome work on this! <33
awrah Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Maybe adding vapor trails would give a sense of motion and balance things out? Also I think making the fire more intense with the light that it casts on the left figure might make it more dramatic. You did an excellent job of capturing the half light of dusk though.

Or alternatively you could make the children blend into the dark more and use the fire light to give them shape. As in, invisible children and stuff is hard to see in half light (which is probably the whole point that you're making).
Dias-Jean Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Hmm, I look at this piece and almost expect a tear to be rolling down the childs cheek.The one in the foreground. Aslo the terrain could be a bit more rugged and damaged. It looks great as it is though, just thought Id try and be helpful. Great work so far and a +fav
OzyOxy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Student General Artist
I really liked that documentary. It really got to me. Glad you're doing this pic! :)

I'd say that the middle ground needs a little... more in it. Like right now I'm wondering what is burning you know?
teramiku Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Student Filmographer
stars in the sky maybe?
its good tho.
OmniWitch Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional Writer
I think you should add some more fires or small commotion- maybe bombing in the far distance or something to that effect. Or smoke trails in the sky from previous jets.

In the meanwhile, I really like this. Especially the emotion in the boy closest to the veiwer.
russetwolf13 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not much good at suggestions. But if you want one, I'd make the guns bigger. Assualt rifles are pretty big, and children are pretty small.
spiritwolf77 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Haha, I didn't even think of that. oops. XD
jasperfox Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
hm, just to put my two cents in, I would suggest putting in some highlights on the characters of the foreground, possibly a bit of highlighting on the planes too. Seems a bit dark to me. But thas my opinion :)
Nopeace182 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Just a suggestion, but you might consider adding dim highlights to the right side of the kids, just to make em a little easier to see, especially with the kid on the left being engulfed by the black background. But then again, with particular lighting situation highlights probably aren't all that realistic.
turto32 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007   Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, and is for a great cause. The only thing I could suggest is maybe changing the shapes of one of the fires, it looks like they're all about the same size and sort of evenly spaced from each other.
JTPepper09 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Hobbyist
Hmm... The foreground seems a little empty. Perhaps if you put another bit o' flame and plume of smoke (kind of like the three in the background) in the foreground. And maybe trails coming off behind the jets would help, I think, to add some more activity to it.

But great work! My school was doing this as well a couple weeks ago. Glad to see you supporting it!
StormyZoonoc Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Hmmm, it seems a little too dark to me. But maybe that's just the effect you were going for. The shading has been done perfectly. The lighting in this looks like it would have been very difficult. I feel like the fighter planes should have some light shining on their bellies. If that is the fading sunlight in the background, there would be some shines of pink or orange on the bottoms of the planes, or along the fronts in a thin line. Excellent work alltogether though! :thumbsup:
spiritwolf77 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
I was going for almost-silhouette so it may be right but it's been looking too dark to me on a few other monitors so I may have to lighten it up a bit.

Also, good tip on the planes, I'll have to try that!
Add a Comment:

Featured in Collections

Brave and Random by QueenMimi011


Submitted on
December 15, 2007
Image Size
225 KB


90 (who?)