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Parsely

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Re: Art Critique and Support
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2018, 03:58:49 pm »

Added a new rule to the OP:
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If possible, provide the reference you are working from.

I recommend that one always work from reference whenever possible. Learning how to creatively draw from multiple references is a skill all of its own. Artists who draw for fun or pay frequently draw other people's characters.

If one wants to challenge themselves by not working from reference that's fine too, but I'd never recommend it for beginners, especially when it comes to internalizing anatomy. It's an important part of learning fundamental drawing skills.

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Re: Art Critique and Support
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2018, 04:32:11 pm »

Sorry, I'll include my references from now on...

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Here is my potential portfolio! And to preface this, PLEASE tear it apart, I'm already fairly certain that this NOT. GOOD. ENOUGH. I just want some specifics on where to go from here (even if that means ripping most of the content and starting from scratch or taking the next six months of my life to improve myself [I mean we should always be improving anyways, right?])

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Anyhoo... Giantdad is being worked on... <.< >.>... slowly.

Regardless, please give me ALL the feedback and don't hesitate to ask questions! Not sure what's appropriate to even include honestly, never really had to critically look at my portfolio before.
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Re: Art Critique and Support
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2018, 12:00:13 am »

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Re: Art Critique and Support
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2018, 02:26:46 am »

* Arx slopes in

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Originally sticking quite closely to the reference for practice, but I was also playing around with it a bit (and obviously the colours are crazy). The shoulders kept evading me, can't figure out quite how they fit together.

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No reference. This was entirely a composition and harsh values practice, so please don't comment on the janky anatomy. :P
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Re: Art Critique and Support
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2018, 04:41:20 pm »

Sorry, I'll include my references from now on...

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Here is my potential portfolio! And to preface this, PLEASE tear it apart, I'm already fairly certain that this NOT. GOOD. ENOUGH. I just want some specifics on where to go from here (even if that means ripping most of the content and starting from scratch or taking the next six months of my life to improve myself [I mean we should always be improving anyways, right?])

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Anyhoo... Giantdad is being worked on... <.< >.>... slowly.

Regardless, please give me ALL the feedback and don't hesitate to ask questions! Not sure what's appropriate to even include honestly, never really had to critically look at my portfolio before.
That's a real challenge to ask someone to critique your whole portfolio so I'm gonna talk my way out of it: unless you have something specific that worries you I don't think it's worthwhile to have someone critique something you drew 4 or more years ago! It's obvious by your recent drawings that you've come a long way, you won't get much out of worrying about what your habits were nearly a decade ago. Regarding your recent things, I thought Cathar did a solid job criticizing those and I don't have much to add. Keep up the drawing!

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No reference. This was entirely a composition and harsh values practice, so please don't comment on the janky anatomy. :P
The composition looks good, my only criticism there is that the lightning is so big that it looks very close and it kind of steals some attention away from the soldier. My main issue is the lighting, you could have done a lot more with it if you were going to be practicing values. You could have some secondary lighting reflecting off the ground to show that the surface he's standing on exists without showing it. Half of the skirt is a solid white highlight and it makes it flat, the same with the ripples on the flag; the flag looks like it might be striped instead of lit. It's a good starting point for something more finished.

Your colors and brushing have been steadily improving over the years but your anatomy and lighting consistently feels neglected. I think most of these problems wouldn't be there if you always worked from reference and overall spent more time with your individual paintings. For most people I recommend moving on and trying to fix the last problem in a new painting but for you I almost want to lock you in a room with one painting for a week to force you to refine more!

That said, out of everyone you are one of the few who has something new to show almost every week. Keep up the hard work.

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Re: Art Critique and Support
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2018, 01:09:25 am »

The composition looks good, my only criticism there is that the lightning is so big that it looks very close and it kind of steals some attention away from the soldier.

Mm, that was my thinking as well.

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My main issue is the lighting, you could have done a lot more with it if you were going to be practicing values. You could have some secondary lighting reflecting off the ground to show that the surface he's standing on exists without showing it. Half of the skirt is a solid white highlight and it makes it flat, the same with the ripples on the flag; the flag looks like it might be striped instead of lit. It's a good starting point for something more finished.

The solid highlights are intentional - that's what I meant by practicing harsh values. Consider it a part of practicing lighting. :P I'll make a note, though.

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Your colors and brushing have been steadily improving over the years but your anatomy and lighting consistently feels neglected.

Huh. I wouldn't have said so, but I guess it wouldn't be true if I would have, so... :P

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I think most of these problems wouldn't be there if you always worked from reference and overall spent more time with your individual paintings. For most people I recommend moving on and trying to fix the last problem in a new painting but for you I almost want to lock you in a room with one painting for a week to force you to refine more!

Haha, I almost universally ref my pieces. It's true that I don't like to stay on one piece, though. If I spend more than about four hours on a painting I start to get bored. :P

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That said, out of everyone you are one of the few who has something new to show almost every week. Keep up the hard work.

I certainly didn't disappear for nearly a month
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But thank you.
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