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    These illustrations are all personal pieces. My job is rewarding and fun, but it doesn't afford much opportunity to do really in-depth illustrations such as these so that's where my free time goes! All illustrations are presented in chronological order, and come from the last 6 months or so.

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    Any and all crits/feedback/comments are appreciated, but if you have any thoughts on my use of color you you will be my best friend. I usually work in black and white and am just starting to get over my fear of color so critiques that I can use to improve future pieces in that regard would be most appreciated.

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    These rock!!

    the second two both seem really symmetrical, watch out!
    It would be neat to see the demons on the third piece, from above as if they were standing on the pillow

    but as is they are great

    The first one seems a bit lacking, the rendering is great, but the perspective on the cake is wrong, and if it was intentional it oesnt read that way (to me at least) I also think the complementary colors fell apart. Sticking with an analagous scheme may work out better IMO. That one just doesnt hold my attention like the other two. but I think its totally workable if you feel like it. although it sounds like its a little old : .

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    streetbehemoth: Thank you. I agree with everything you said about the first one, and if I were to do it again I would either re-work the composition so the cake was grounded with the horse, or just leave it out entirely. That one is the oldest illustration up there, and as such it is bound to be one of the weakest. I will keep everything you said about that in mind for future illustrations, though. Also, I like your idea for an analogous color scheme.

    As far as rendering the demons, I chose to render them from such a different perspective because I wanted to illustrate that they are not tied to the laws or physics of this plane, they exist separately regardless of what is going on around them. I thought about rendering them in perspective on the pillow, but I chose this perspective because I thought it more closely resembled what it actually feels like when I have tinnitus late at night - this stupid, stupid ringing that follows me around everywhere regardless of what I am doing and no one else can hear it. It's quite frustrating. So anyway, that perspective was a stylistic choice on my part but if it's not working, just let me know. Once again, i will keep everything you say in mind for future works. Thanks for the crits!

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    It's cool that you were thinking about that kind of stuff

    I'm sorry to hear about your ringing demons :< You must be so patient, I would just rage all night

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    Those guys with the bells? I know them. Too many punk rock bands in my youth. And I think their perspective is fine.

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    Oh lordy, I need to finish up more of the projects I'm working on. It's been a while.

    Here is a Christmas gift I just finished. Unlike the others, the color in this one was traditional and done with colored inks.

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    Just finished up a set of 5 trading cards based on the premise of "smart animals looking really dumb." Ink on illustration board. Each card is 2.5"x3.5".

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    I don't think the owl actually looks all that dumb, but she certainly doesn't look very smart.

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    The Art of Conversation. Brush and Rapidograph on illustration board, digital color.

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    You know what? I really love your stuff. I appreciate the wit, the technical skills, the humor. Everything a good Illustrator needs. You are firmly grounded regarding anatomy, perspective, value and as I see also colours. And the Illustrations speak for themselves.
    So for me you did everything right as an Illustrator.
    I laughed out loud at the dumb animals. Especially the wolf. Lovely stuff, I hope I get there some day.
    Maybe try out some other styles, just to get a little variety? I would like seeing what you come up with, with water colours.

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    Wow, thanks a lot! That may be the best compliment anyone's given me to date, it means a lot.

    And I agree, I need to get me some watercolors.

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    I am going to be an illustrator too, but I wish my inking is as good as yours. On a tablet, I can't keep a straight line. Nice work though!

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    Dumb animal collection is forever my favorite set of ATCs.

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    these are great. your understanding of color seems pretty solid to me. i say play with it, experiment and see where it takes you

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