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    What kind of painting are you interested in? ...

    What kind of painting are you interested in? Each medium has its own tools and techniques which vary widely.
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    contrast

    contrast
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    Needs more contrast.

    Needs more contrast.
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    The lighting makes no sense. Try using the same...

    The lighting makes no sense. Try using the same light source for the figure and the tower.
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    The rabbit is too much in shadow and is not...

    The rabbit is too much in shadow and is not sufficiently differentiated from the fox's shirt by color contrast. It took me a few seconds to even register that there are 2 characters there.
    Give it...
  6. Some good stuff here... http://www.ctrlpaint.com

    Some good stuff here... http://www.ctrlpaint.com
  7. The sky looks a lot like a Bryce render, the...

    The sky looks a lot like a Bryce render, the mountains appear transparent in places, and the middle ground seems to have a blurriness to it which doesn't really work from a design perspective.
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    I think the problem you are having is not...

    I think the problem you are having is not specific to this particular piece, but may be a reflection of your mindset in general.
    There is no story here. You probably have something vague in your...
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    Well for starters you have begun rendering...

    Well for starters you have begun rendering details before even bothering to get the structure correct. Start checking your proportional measurements.
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    Here is a quick example of how I am seeing the...

    Here is a quick example of how I am seeing the arm and the lighting in the water, trying to keep it as consistent as possible with your painting style. I left the shape of the butt alone, since you...
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    Honestly I am having some problems getting past...

    Honestly I am having some problems getting past some fundamental structural issues that I think you need to address before you worry about the special FX parts. For example, her left arm appears to...
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    The background is garish, the edge control is...

    The background is garish, the edge control is weak, and the blending is inconsistent, for starters.
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    Proportions are screwy, particularly his right...

    Proportions are screwy, particularly his right arm/hand and battle axe as well as his head. Pose is very awkward, not credible at all considering the action he is involved in. Blood spatter...
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    You have a sharp focus area in the head and hair...

    You have a sharp focus area in the head and hair which reinforces it as a focal point. This works well with the loss of detail in the background to create depth.
    Unfortunately, this is completely...
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    You should post some of your pieces in the...

    You should post some of your pieces in the critique forum for a more detailed response.

    Short version: Your work is sophomoric. Put your pieces side by side with work from people who are...
  16. NSFW - Nudity You can sharpen conte crayons with sandpaper. ...

    You can sharpen conte crayons with sandpaper. You might also want to check out their sketching pencils. Same as the crayons, but in a wood-encased pencil form for easier sharpening (but like all...
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    Looks rather unfinished. The exposed graphite on...

    Looks rather unfinished. The exposed graphite on the right is doing nothing for it right now, and it is compositionally unbalanced due to the dominant use of higher chroma passages and warm colors...
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    These look like 3D program renders. If they are,...

    These look like 3D program renders. If they are, then what exactly did you do that you want a critique of?
    If they are actually hand-painted, then kudos.
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    Lack of reference??? Good lord, did you even...

    Lack of reference???
    Good lord, did you even bother to do a Google search?

    Let's see... there was the movie "Streets of Fire" with Diane Lane playing the character, lots of screenshots of that...
  20. If I were designing a furry costume, the tail...

    If I were designing a furry costume, the tail would not be growing out of the middle of the back.
  21. Your problem with shading is not medium-specific....

    Your problem with shading is not medium-specific. It is a fundamental lack of understanding of how light and shade works.
    On your little character there, you have defined a vague notion of darker...
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    On most of the figurative pieces in your...

    On most of the figurative pieces in your portfolio, the silhouettes are rather weak and the poses don't read very well. There are things overlapping which shouldn't be overlapping and far too much...
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    The background is fairly nice, although it could...

    The background is fairly nice, although it could do with a bit more contrast. The real issues happen with the figurative elements.
    You have made a poor compositional choice in terms of the...
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    The presentation is sloppy. Get rid of the ugly...

    The presentation is sloppy. Get rid of the ugly smudges in the margins, clean up the edges of the composition, fix the shape of the tail, and lose the dark line which is mirroring the shape of the...
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    Your understanding of perspective and form is...

    Your understanding of perspective and form is weak. This is likely from painting from photos without putting in the necessary time studying from 3-dimensional objects. Forget the phone for a while...
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