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This is my first thread and my first post on your fine site. I am originally from deviantArt (http://jie-kageshinzo.deviantart.com) when I realized that most of the people there can't comment for, well, crap, and that if I am to improve, I have to be with people who actually care about drawing and its subtleties. I have always been drawing since I was a kid; it's my first love. Now, I am aiming to really be serious about it, thinking of getting into a commercial art studio in Singapore by the year's end (or early next year).
Because of that goal, I want to improve. I want to break the boundaries of what I am currently capable of. I know you guys are professionals when it comes to critiques, and I believe that it's what I have to go through to get better. So help me out, please?
As you will notice, my style leans towards anime/manga with a touch of western realism influence. I have often found anime-realism works much more interesting than the usual manga fare (big eyes, one-two cel-type shadings), with artists like Hyung Tae Kim and Akihiko Yoshida as some of my favorites.
My weakness is in lighting, and anatomy. Currently, I am reading up Loomis' books about figure drawing. I will also try and pick up an anatomy book next paycheck, as well as lighting book, if I can find one.
Anyway, enough wall of text. I'll just post here some of my sketches. I'll prolly put in colored works as well, in the future. I will be very grateful if you guys can point out what I need to do to improve. Thanks.
Last edited by Jie Kageshinzo; April 22nd, 2010 at 10:03 PM. Reason: Text color
There's a thread with 100+ e-books for anatomy around here, I will look for it, it's in my bookmarks.
I'm not the biggest expert on anatomy, I trust that other members will give you in depth feedback. Resources are always helpful though.
Well, i can point out your anatomy problems in the second image, but im so so wary of doing this since i have problems myself and have been told off for niggling on other peoples work before.
Damn critical eye ;_;
So ( this is image #2 only - )
1. Everything is very, very flat. While i guess thats the point of the image, theres still a degree of perspective from that angle. Grab yourself a toy or get a friend to stand for you and rotate them and you should start to see where you're going wrong here.
2. The torsos are very long and very flat- i dont know if this is a 'style' thing, but from an anatomy point of view it doesnt really work. They look like they have been stretched in a clamp and could snap at any moment! Have a look at some anatomy books, or just your own body- if you do ant tall characters, stretch the legs. The torso should always have a bit of compactness to it.
3. The expressions seem a little..stock. The characters dont seem to be interacting with each other beyond the touching hands. Why is the boy not looking up at the girl with hope in his eyes? If he is embarrassed, why is the girl looking off into the distance and not at the hand, or at the boy?
i'll leave it here, mainly because its 1am and i need to get some rest. I hope i havent been too harsh- im from DA too and i'm used to getting critiques thrown back in my face, so its hard to know how far to go with it..
I like the colors in the blue one, very pretty. But it feels like you were not thinking very much about composition, about leading the eye and what you want people to look at. The figure at the bottom is almost lost and I find myself looking between the head of the giant and the castle. Try figuring out what you want to say with an image.
Keep at it!
DaStreets, thanks man. As for studies, I don't have much of them, sadly. Usually, I just sit down and paint everything at once. I am checking up books about anatomy and perspective tho so any studies I'll be doing with them, I'll post in the future.
I like the one where she puts her tongue in his ear. No, just yanking ya chain because of jealousy.
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Love the Kamina drawing, it'd do you alot of good to do some gesture practice.
woh it's been a while since you last posted hi again. When I say gesture drawing yea I mean capturing the figure in action and expression. I'm sure if you search the forum you'll find tons of examples, even mine! Make good anatomy studies too anyhow, don't stop posting now.