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    I am graduating in May 09! I need you all to reach out and tell me what you think of my concepts/artwork. Be brutal, be honest, I thank you for whatever time you spend critiquing and making me a better artist.

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    I like everything here, especially the faces. Good textures and form. Keep it up.

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    I like the textures, colors and use of light and shadow to suggest form. I don't like the cartoony style so much, but that's just me. You're off to a good start.

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    great stuff here, keep it up! Where are you graduating from?


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    Thanks Wicked, I'm graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas. I've gone to a few different schools, each with something different to teach me, and although I've enjoyed my stay here I'm glad to be moving on.

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    Sweet! Nice work, Brian. Your characters have lots of character. Like it

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    Nice.

    With the 'Merchant Kings' is it suppose to be a soft finish? Or is it
    from the compression to web. I was thinking a bit of sharpening brush
    to finish and add a bit of focus would be nice.

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    Rocketmonkey - thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoy them!

    Dwardo - thanks for your crit, that's really what I'm looking for in this thread is to bounce my stuff off other artists and get it in polished, presentable shape. I wanted the 'auras' to be soft in order to not pull too much attention from the faces, but I did struggle with whether or not I was going to sharpen up the whole thing. I did a little post-fab painting to sharpen things up, everyone let me know which is more effective.

    As always, thanks to everyone who posts here, I truly appreciate your input and will continue to post for another two to three weeks. Happy weekend all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianpow View Post
    Thanks Wicked, I'm graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas. I've gone to a few different schools, each with something different to teach me, and although I've enjoyed my stay here I'm glad to be moving on.
    Oh, wow. I'm a Sophomore at UTD as we speak! Small world, huh?

    I like the lighting and textures, in particular. Not a fan of the cartoony style usually, but I find myself liking yours.

    In fact, I don't YET consider myself experienced enough to say much beyond that. Mostly, I feel envy, so you're definitely doing SOMETHING right. I just don't have the fancy words or experience yet to put it all to words.

    But I'm particularly impressed by the amount of personality you put into the faces' design, so it's apparent what they might be like without needing background information.

    It's like Jim Henson said (in the making of The Dark Crystal): Cartoon or puppet (or any animated or created) characters aren't bound by the limitations of actors. They do not exist outside of the setting for which they were created. Actors are forced to step into roles and portray a character through their body, language, and costuming. But created characters fill these roles by their very being. They simply are, without being anything else. I think you've done an excellent job of giving your work this sort of character and personality and LIFE. I can easily imagine them in action.

    One thing that caught my eye is the black outlines: you're a little inconsistent on the first piece. This is just me, but I'd say either no outlines on a character or do complete outlines. All of the pictures further down are better about this, but it almost looks like you accidentally colored over or erased the outlines on the top of the head/bridge of the nose (and anything below the neck) on the first picture. If it's intentional... well, I thought I'd point it out, because I, personally, found it a tiny bit distracting.

    Good luck! One month to go!

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    Thanks for the crit Jeredu, yeah its funny how close we all are, six degrees of separation I think? In regards to the lost/found contour its intentional, but I appreciate your input because that will allow me to maybe go back and soften up some of the edges around the head so that it appears unified conceptually as well as stylistically. Good luck at UTD, it's by far one of the most intelligent and creative student bodies around and if you're willing to open up and get beat on by your peers you will become stronger faster than you ever thought possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianpow View Post
    Thanks for the crit Jeredu, yeah its funny how close we all are, six degrees of separation I think? In regards to the lost/found contour its intentional, but I appreciate your input because that will allow me to maybe go back and soften up some of the edges around the head so that it appears unified conceptually as well as stylistically. Good luck at UTD, it's by far one of the most intelligent and creative student bodies around and if you're willing to open up and get beat on by your peers you will become stronger faster than you ever thought possible.

    Thank you!

    And if it's intentional, then that's fine. I just wanted to make sure you were aware of it, in case it wasn't intentional.

    If you're seeking out crits, have you considered posting this in the Critique Center? It's a forum here that's exactly what it sounds like. It's intended for posting your "finished," nearly done, or farther-along pieces (in other words, pieces like these) for advanced, detailed (or general) critique. I think the sort of feedback you're looking for is exactly what you'll find over at the Critique Center.

    Congrats on your successes, and the best of luck for the road ahead!

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    I'd just push the cartoony style but that's just me...Cool stuff there.

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    I Like your artwork. its good but its obviously very personalized. i think its really cool.

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