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    Beginner Level Art: Critique?

    Okay, I'll admit this up front. I tend to draw anime-styled things. There. I admit it. Everyone else in this forum is soooo much more talented than I am (but then, I'm young) at EVERYTHING, but I want to improve...

    I plan to become an illustrator/concept artist in the future... but everyone tells me I'm not good enough at it... they tell me it's impossible for me to succeed as in illustrator and that I should give up. These people telling me this are my art teachers... digital art teacher, specifically. I feel depressed, but maybe if I improve my art, I'll have a chance at it.

    Sadly, I don't own a scanner and, thus, cannot show you pictures of my... non-anime art. So all I've got are these.

    Please advise/critic me! I especially appreciate comments on digital coloring/painting, which is what I'm trying hone right now. Thanks! *awaits long critiques*::

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    The loose, flowey line quality of the sketched faces in the second one is realy nice. You need to work on not losing that as you tighten up and develop your images, because everything else is really stiff and scratchy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    The loose, flowey line quality of the sketched faces in the second one is realy nice. You need to work on not losing that as you tighten up and develop your images, because everything else is really stiff and scratchy.
    Mm, so you're saying I should work on my lines/line variety?

    My sketchiness is probably my greatest weakness... though I appreciate the comment about the flowiness of the faces.

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    I like the coloring in the first and third ones. Not so sure about the second, the palette you've used is really dull and muddy.

    Main problems I can spot otherwise are with anatomy. The first one, for instance- his torso looks way too narrow, and his right shoulder too large. We shouldn't be able to see that much of it. It doesn't look like you've applied stuff like bridgeman boxes, so look those up and practice posture a bit- the chest should angle back a little and not be so straight. I cant quite put my finger on what I dont like about his lower body- it just seems like he's got nothing under that skirt, like it's hanging flat. His finger look like part of the glass- they have no volume.

    The second character doesn't appear to have any breasts- I'm not sure whether that's intentional or whether it's a perspective problem, but just thought I'd mention it. Her feet are definitely angled wrong, and you havent given them any of the TLC you gave the rest. Just two big blue blotches.

    For the third one I'll bring up bridgeman boxes again. He's too straight, and something about his neck looks off.

    All in all it's solid work, and nothing like what I was expecting from what you said about all the discouragement you're getting. Just practice more, and keep posting here- best place I've seen for constructive criticism on the interwebs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chagan View Post
    I like the coloring in the first and third ones. Not so sure about the second, the palette you've used is really dull and muddy.

    Main problems I can spot otherwise are with anatomy. The first one, for instance- his torso looks way too narrow, and his right shoulder too large. We shouldn't be able to see that much of it. It doesn't look like you've applied stuff like bridgeman boxes, so look those up and practice posture a bit- the chest should angle back a little and not be so straight. I cant quite put my finger on what I dont like about his lower body- it just seems like he's got nothing under that skirt, like it's hanging flat. His finger look like part of the glass- they have no volume.

    The second character doesn't appear to have any breasts- I'm not sure whether that's intentional or whether it's a perspective problem, but just thought I'd mention it. Her feet are definitely angled wrong, and you havent given them any of the TLC you gave the rest. Just two big blue blotches.

    For the third one I'll bring up bridgeman boxes again. He's too straight, and something about his neck looks off.

    All in all it's solid work, and nothing like what I was expecting from what you said about all the discouragement you're getting. Just practice more, and keep posting here- best place I've seen for constructive criticism on the interwebs.
    XD Thanks. Anatomy on the chest has always been my weakest obvious anatomical error... I don't like using outlines, though. But I'll keep in mind the chest-outward thing--I've gotten that comment several times.

    The girl in the second picture is supposed to be young, so I didn't give her completely developed breasts... thus, the smalleness.

    But I appreciate the comments. Thanks!

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    I like especially the third pic with the guy. Reason: the atmosphere in combination with the man's expression. Only problem is his head - the way it's drawn, seems without depth, seems a little flat and its features seem to sharp (but for a comic the features would be fine) and perhaps the biggest problem - the connection of the neck and the head. Neck's angle doesn't seem correct given the head's direction.

    well, you might try and check this site: www.human-anatomy-for-artist.com

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    Teachers that talk like this and demotivate young people aren't teachers ...
    Ignore that kind of talk and just believe in yourself ... and keep practising ...

    "Talent" is nice to have but in the end it all comes down to practise, practise and practise ... even talented people that don't practise alot won't get anywhere ...

    I like your drawings and the colours you used ... Of course they aren't perfect but hey what is ... ?

    Get pencils & paper, start drawing ... and your skills will grow ... be dedicated and you will become a great illustrator one day ...

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