On my monitor the blood on the sword has the dried blood rust colour, but the spatter on the tunic and else where it is red. Besides what's to say he hasn't just put the smackdown on some creature? :lol:
Sorry, i dont like it abit. To colorish and cartoonish for my taste..
I might point out that i thought the cover sucked big time too. A title of this
magnitude deservers better.
Raw, unpolished and in-ur-facelike art is, IMHO, conan.
Although I know I could never do better, the artwork you've posted I'm not a fan of. Conan, to me, is always enhanced by darkness, lots of ink and shadow (something I'm not typically a fan of). I particularly enjoy B&W images of the Cimmerian.
In this most recent image, for example, the frame is backlit by a full moon. And although a full mooon certainly does provide enough light to show the detail that you've included, a full moon so low in the sky would create far more shadow than is included (such the foremost building).
The lack of shadow causes the image to lose the intensity and grittiness that I attribute to Conan and makes it appear cartoony.