Funny thing, it's actually established in the games that both Layton and Luke are quite messy!
In "The Last Spectre" Emmy is send to the professor study to gather some papers, and then almost stumbles as she notices his work study is a huge mess and it would be near impossible to find the things she was actually supposed to get.
And Luke is just a kid, he has big problems packing his suit-case as showed in "The Diabolical Box."
Layton even has his own house-maid by the name "Rosa." to clean up, so.. hah, he doesn't clean himself at all. So thisuch be rather accurate!
Beside, all the genius's are always messy-heads, such is the universal law of things. Love this picture
For being good puzzle solvers, there sure is a lot of that puzzle on the floor missing and nowhere to be seen XD
I don't actually play the games, I had a roomate who does. So all the references to the game will go over my head and I'll just focus on the art aspect and composition.
Really nice work. I like the detailing in the furniture, gives a very Victorian feel to the room. The back wall feels a little flat with a lack of a 3D feel to the moulding and door frame. I feel like it could get a lot more depth if the door was set into the frame a bit more. Is the moulding set into the wall so as to meet up flush to the wall, or is there a lip there? Honestly I think it could be improved a bit with an indication of a lip (or course I'm probably one of one who cares, so take my opinion with a grain of salt).
As for the amount of clutter (lookit me, reading the comments already posted) I'd say it's messy enough to make a maid despair, especially when you consider how often she probably comes by to clean. You have some great overlapping shapes, but the mess also feels centralized to the middle of the room (which in turn also makes it feel smaller). Perhaps some foreground objects to make the mess feel like it's extended into the rest of the room? Like a tie hanging off the chair, more papers spread about and overlapping the edge of the canvas. Perhaps a pencil rolled to the base of the wall or under the window? Heck, you could even pull a drawer out and have papers or some such other objects stuffed in there and/or spilling out. Maybe some debris under the chair? It looks a little clean under there.
I love the effects with the smoke and the steam, and the light rays coming in through the window are excellent. Overall I applaud you. A very nice, well put together scene with warm ambience and a peaceful mood. Good job!
Impressive detail! I can't say as a fan whether or not I'd see Layton smoking, but I do agree about an organized mind doesn't mean you can't be messy. I believe in the game he has a messy study/office to begin with. How long did it take you to make this?
Ok, to tell you the truth, I'm not a "real" Layton fan ... I only played the two first games (the mysterious village and the one in the train) AND I saw the movie (but I'd rather not talk about that and forget it altogether). But I like the ambiance so I just wanted to do an "ambiance thing"... That's what it doesn't really make sense I know Layton doesn't smoke, and Luke is wearing Clive's clothes just because I thought it suited his older self more... The truth is, I have no idea who that Clive guy is, I just saw him on google img and I liked his clothes better. And that's also why there are guns, alcohol, a cat that doesn't exist and a mess that shouldn't be here because even if they were messy, they would probably have a maid or something to fix that... Then again, you still liked it so that's all that counts !
Don't worry, it's just that you're not the first to point out the incoherences, so I just felt the need to explain them and I chose to reply to your comment since you took the time to write something long (I love long comments !) I might play the third game then, it looks fun ! (I might have ran away from the layton universe after seeing the movie... which is understandable I think...)
Rin-EginFeatured By OwnerAug 13, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really great piece! I love the realistic style on the layton characters. Also the mess is a nice touch, like the unfinished puzzle on the floor. I also love how you included things that you might never expect of Layton such as him smoking and the fact that he owns guns there in the back. I also love the iconic Layton hings like Luke's little notebook, the fact that lLuke is petting a cat, Layton's phonograph, how lawyton is drinking tea, and that little Layton in the news papers.
Just... sometimes, very rarely, you come across an unexpected picture in your messages that's both so wonderful and so relevant to your interests that you don't know what to say to let the artists know how awesome you think it is. This is one of those pictures for me. Two favourite characters, casually lounging around in a detailed background that has lots of references in (Bronev and Don Paolo! ).
Thank you for making my day with this picture. ;A;
I totally didn't know Layton smoked, lol. But I love this. This is a really awesome picture. The light filtering effects are totally amazing and I love the colors in general. I like all the little details, though. I do see them being really unorganized, though. After all, it's not like they're ever there to clean with all of those mysteries they have to go off and solve, lol.