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So, I think I've hit some kind of plateau. As much as I believe that I'm all right at most things, there's just something... lacking about my stuff that I can't put my finger on. I'm working on doing some studies, but it seems like I've just been going around in circles. I'd appreciate it if someone could help identify my flaws and strengths, and maybe give advice on what I should work on next.
I'll put up some work that I feel best reflects my current knowledge and abilities.
For the robot dinosaur/dragon image above I was restricted to a horizontal 800x600 canvas.
Crayon/oil pastel coloring challenge:
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Also, attached image not mine but is an accurate portrayal of how I feel about the loss of direction.
I think maybe it's your colours. I feel they don't flow, like for example, the top one, all the colours are seperate, if you understand what I mean. Like because of the moonlight and night sky there would be a blue/purple kind of undertone to each colour, so the orange hair would be more blue-y. To see what I mean you should use a photofilter on the first picture, and make it blue, up the intensity, and hopefully you'll see what I mean.
Sorry my terminology sucks and I'd post up an OP but I'm no expert so I don't think I have the right lol
When you lose direction, try something radically different.
Review your work. What have you been typically doing? Anime? Try to learn meticulous academical painting a la Bougereau. Realism? Try to learn abstract expressionism. Teenage heroes? Try old people and creatures. Disney animation style? Try crazy 1960 UPA deformations. Beatrix Potter? Switch to Mary Blair. And so on.
Just doing exercises for a while is also nice. Sit and go over human anatomy (or some body part, for a shorter round). Or construct some formal perspectives, testing out how various tricks work for you.
the thing that annoys me the most about the first image is that you seem to be ignoring the light coming off the moon. There would be lots of dark shadow and lots of highlights around th edges of things. remember that just because it is there doesn't mean you need to render it, if something would be hard to see then make it hard to see,
sketchbook - need to update this...
For Pete's sake, give that first person a nose! I'm no fan of the noseless anime/manga convention anyway, but there are things that you can get away with in a line drawing that fall apart completely as soon as you try to introduce any sense of light and form.
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Thanks for the comments everybody.
Yeah, colors are probably one of my biggest problems - they don't like me and for years I've been trying to avoid them. When it comes to drawing/painting (stylized) people I'm never sure if I should let the lines do all the defining of forms or let colors take over. Maybe I should just accept the fact that I need to introduce lines where necessary for cartoon people, as much as I want my paintings to be 100% colors and no edges.
-Less annie mays
-more different subjects
-more color studies
No you should let the light and shadows define the form, not the lines. I don't know what annie mays is, so I can't comment. Yes, you should try to do more realistic faces, or at least let them not just be defined by lines, or no lines for that matter. Lots more colour and light studies. Looking at what you've posted up, I think your ideas/vision are good, I like the top one but the colours and light could be improved. I too am having to do the same so you're not alone lol
anny mays!No you should let the light and shadows define the form, not the lines. I don't know what annie mays is, so I can't comment. Yes, you should try to do more realistic faces, or at least let them not just be defined by lines, or no lines for that matter. Lots more colour and light studies. Looking at what you've posted up, I think your ideas/vision are good, I like the top one but the colours and light could be improved. I too am having to do the same so you're not alone lol