EDIT: Overall help?

Join 500,000+ Artists

Its' free and it takes less than 10 seconds!

Join the #1 Art Workshop - LevelUpJoin Premium Art Workshop

Results 1 to 27 of 27

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0

    EDIT: Overall help?

    I lost a bet, and because of that I now have to draw Loki from The Avengers. I had started to work on the character and gotten to half finished sketch until I started to feel that there was something wrong with the proportions, so I started tweaking the sketch and shot more refs (I was in a hurry this morning so my original ref photo poses were lacking in thought, but unfortunately now I had to do with a mirror photos), and I decided to show this here just in case to see if there's still something glaring that I just couldn't see myself. I'm trying to aim for semi-realistic in the proportions at least.

    Here's the old sketches:
    Name:  lokWIP1.jpg
Views: 677
Size:  88.9 KB

    And here's the current WIP:
    Name:  lokWIP3.jpg
Views: 660
Size:  67.6 KB

    Here's my new refs and a photo of the character/actor to give context:
    EDIT: Overall help?
    EDIT: Overall help?

    Last edited by TinyBird; May 28th, 2012 at 01:37 PM.
    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    1,896
    Thanks
    53
    Thanked 817 Times in 670 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    It's not that there's anything massively wrong here, it's more that everything's sort of...ten percent off, and the gesture feels kind of noncommittal--his face says he's supposed to be "sad and weary" but the body language doesn't really communicate that, at least inm my opinion.. If it were me, I'd reshoot my reference photos with an eye toward getting a stronger sense of the pose.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Giacomo View Post
    If it were me, I'd reshoot my reference photos with an eye toward getting a stronger sense of the pose.
    Yeah, that's likely the best option, though I'll have to leave that for tomorrow when I have a second pair of hands.

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    1,896
    Thanks
    53
    Thanked 817 Times in 670 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Sounds good. Remember, when you're shooting reference photos you want to REALLY overstate the pose. Also, wear light-colored clothing so you can get the wrinkles and folds right (shooting outdoors in indirect sunlight is best.) Be sure to get the entire figure in the frame.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Giacomo For This Useful Post:


  6. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Shot some more refs today and started tweaking the pose to be closer to the thumbnail where he has his other leg lifted a bit (though you probably can't see it) and which was a lot less sad in expression, which in the previous was more of a "lets try this face" thing that probably also contributed to the lack of convincing pose. Though the clothes and the tangent of the spear and the leg may be an issue.
    I'm trying to get this done today so I can continue to colouring it, so all crits appreciated!
    Name:  lokiWIP2.jpg
Views: 576
Size:  87.5 KB

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    I'll probably be going with this for the actual image since I only have tomorrow, but critiques still very welcome for later use. I'm sure there's still lots of mistakes, but at the moment they're either ones that only hit me after a week of finishing this or are such that I can't manage to get right with my current skill.
    Name:  lokiWIP3.jpg
Views: 576
Size:  100.7 KB

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    142
    Thanks
    45
    Thanked 69 Times in 51 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Hm, I think his head might be a bit too large...

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to EagleGrove For This Useful Post:


  10. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    California
    Posts
    1,169
    Thanks
    733
    Thanked 587 Times in 314 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Head looks fine to me - from eyeballing he already seems to be more than 7 heads tall, so I wouldn't shrink it any further. If anything, it looks like his legs might be a bit too long as they are right now.

    It is possible that the face is too large compared to the skull and the hairline on the side of his head could stand to go forward a bit.

    The eyes are definitely way too large - the open edge of the lower eyelid is currently lining up with what should be the edge of the eye socket.

    The cropping is too tight, especially at the top where his staff is nearly tangent. Very uncomfortable to have an arrow shape pointing outwards that close to the edge of the canvas - it encourages the viewer's eyes to leave the canvas all together. I think the canvas could stand to use a little bit of an expansion to the left. You already have a foreground 'spiny vine' and a well established middle ground - I could see a really epic background working in here (ruined cityscape, alien landscape, what have you). If you do choose to have a well developed background, the foreground vine could stand to be a lot larger to balance the overall depth of the scene.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to Hexokinase For This Useful Post:


  12. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    55
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 26 Times in 23 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Looks like you have made some awesome progress there, but having me tell you how good you are wont help now so onwards for the critique

    A detail with regards to for, when I talk about right or left side, its from our perspective.

    General proportions: He is 754 pixels high, the head is 109 so that gives us a general height of 6.9 heads, so that seems quiet right (and in line with the reference).

    Okay, breakdown bodypart by bodypart then.
    Head: Looks good to me except for the eyes and the nose, they look a bit big.
    Arms: Looks perfectly good to me.
    Upper torso: The foreshortening on the left side of the torso seems a bit off, but not by much.
    Lower torso: The tummy looks alright, except in relation to the upper torso. He is twisted in a wierd way I think...
    Crotch: He have a somewhat large butt I think
    Legs: Looks perfectly good to me.
    Feet: They look like they are a bit too short, but I'm far from certain considering the angle.
    Hands: The angle of the right hands fingers seems a bit weird, but considering the sketchy nature of the image its far from likely that this point is not very important

    Well, hope that helped and again, looks good this far

    You can find my drawing blog here

    It's mainly a blog about how I develop as an artist, but I post my exercises and how to's on it as well, so if that interests you than take a look.
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  13. The Following User Says Thank You to Tony Meijer For This Useful Post:


  14. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    142
    Thanks
    45
    Thanked 69 Times in 51 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Ah, of course, the eyes threw me off. The head is okay. My bad!

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  15. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Thanks for all the crits!
    Well, like mentioned I tried finishing this during Sunday, but well, I screwed that totally.
    This was supposed to be with watercolours, the first A3 sized one I've done, so I both completely underestimated how the watercolour would act in the paper of that size and in my rush I skipped the whole "colour planning" stage, and after four hours of faffing about trying to save what couldn't be saved I pulled the old one and started slapping acrylics to it, during which I managed to totally ignore all my original plans about the unrealistic mood lightsource (or any light sources to that matter) and such...
    Though at least now I can tweak some of the things I wouldn't have been able to otherwise and rework the background, but man. Me and acrylics don't get a long very well.

    The first image is without the flash to avoid any reflections and the second is with flash that shows correct colours.
    Name:  lokiWIP4.jpg
Views: 498
Size:  201.3 KB

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  16. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Also on an unrelated note, if you feel the need to rate a specific comment down, I would really also appreciate actually telling me why, since this is the critique forum, not "passive-aggressive rating forum".

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  17. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    228
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked 190 Times in 104 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Ha, well first, I'd didn't rate your previous post, though I agree it's a bum move.

    Anyway, I was looking over your sketchbook, and for some reason it seems to me that you're just not handling acrylics here as well as you do watercolor. This might have something to do with the absence of line. With watercolor, your linework unifies the figure and adds fluidity and form. Here, the color looks compartmentalized and everything has the same clunky texture.

    Take a look at this Robert McGinnis illustration. This might give you an idea of how to apply the brushwork normally present in your ink drawings to paint. Look especially at her lower back and dress. It might also give you some ideas about reintegrating line (look at that guy's suit!).

    Try looking at more paintings overall. It seems to me your biggest hurdle is applying what you know about drawing to paint. Have you tried using FW acrylic inks? They come in opaque and translucent, and have a similar consistency to ink.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  18. The Following User Says Thank You to Grunler For This Useful Post:


  19. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Grunler View Post
    Anyway, I was looking over your sketchbook, and for some reason it seems to me that you're just not handling acrylics here as well as you do watercolor.
    Yeah, it also might be that acrylics are really a last ditch chance with me because I don't like them at all so if I have little experience with watercolours, I have a even less with acrylics.

    Take a look at this Robert McGinnis illustration. This might give you an idea of how to apply the brushwork normally present in your ink drawings to paint. Look especially at her lower back and dress. It might also give you some ideas about reintegrating line (look at that guy's suit!).
    Hmm, I might say that the painting in the dress folds looks bit Leyendecker-esque? I think I'll do some work on the painting digitally and test things out before continuing the actual painting; though at least if it goes really badly I can always just re-trace the sketch to a new paper and start painting again.
    Also my lack of understanding structure is likely to enhance my problems while painting, all my watercolours are basically similar to cel-shading, but I can't really shift my mindset away from that while painting.

    Have you tried using FW acrylic inks? They come in opaque and translucent, and have a similar consistency to ink.
    I have white of those that I use for correcting inks and watercolours. I have some coloured inks that I haven't found much use for, but those might be interesting if there's two different types of them.

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  20. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    1,358
    Thanks
    242
    Thanked 356 Times in 276 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    I tried to bump your rating back up on that previous post. Pretty shitty thing to do, but maybe someone hit the rating button instead of the thanks by accident.

    I wanted to comment on this because you've been working in acrylics. I like the character but feel the colours are a bit washed out looking on the version thats close to the original.

    For what it's worth re painting with acrylics. I tend to treat them like fast acting oils, so I don't mix them with water other than using a damp brush and a bit of medium to make them spread further. I think some people use a lot of water with them but I prefer using them pretty much straight out of the tube because it gives a better look and blend.

    Not sure if thats any use to you if you're going to try inks or something more translucent, but I figured I'd add my two bob's worth as a fan of acrylics.

    Good luck with it!

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  21. The Following User Says Thank You to Candra H For This Useful Post:


  22. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Candra H View Post
    I tried to bump your rating back up on that previous post. Pretty shitty thing to do, but maybe someone hit the rating button instead of the thanks by accident.
    Or considering they rated the post "2" instead of "1" and it was the last post it's possible that they thought it would take to a second page, that has happened occasionally.

    I tend to treat them like fast acting oils, so I don't mix them with water other than using a damp brush and a bit of medium to make them spread further.
    May I ask what sort of medium you use for the paints? Like mentioned I really don't use these often so I have no knowledge of what can be done with them, so I'd be interested in that!

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  23. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    453
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 519 Times in 189 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    I think Candra might be talking about Acrylic retarder - a substance which slows the drying time of the paint so you can 'blend' it a little more like Oil, but not have the really long wait times of oils. Having tried it I personally hated it, but then I've always used acrylic like watercolour to come degree, in pale washes going from light to dark, and using it more thickly and opaque to go from dark to light. The dark to light method is probably one of my favourites to look at with acrylic, best example I can find at the moment is Jeff miracola's work though there were a couple of guys who used it on the WOW tcg cards to great effect.

    I've personally found there's a little more room for correcting mistakes with acrylic, but it still takes almost as much preparation as watercolour for knowing which colours you're going to put down.

    Also from a crit point of view, Loki's head feels a touch large and his hands a bit small. But kudos to you for trying traditional at that kinda size I'm terrified of anything larger than A4!

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  24. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to zephyri For This Useful Post:


  25. #18
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    1,358
    Thanks
    242
    Thanked 356 Times in 276 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Hmm, I've not tried that retarder zephyri mentioned. It sounds interesting.

    I've been using Atelier Clear Painting Medium. Thats a UK site but maybe you can find something in your area. I'm finding it odd to work with because I don't have a lot of experience with mediums and it's the first one I tried (I used to just use the paint straight out of the tube and mix it on the canvas). It's got a bloom to it before it dries and it thins the colour more than I'd like but it does spread the paint further. They've got a few more types that I'll check out once this bottle runs out. Probably the Slow Medium first, which would give the drying time retarder effect Zephyri talked about. Atelier's also the cheapest option I've discovered so I don't know if that affects the quality of the product (I'm a cheap bastard sometimes).

    Anyway, I'm no expert really, so I'm not sure if my advice is useful to you. Others might have more insight so hopefully they'll pop in here soon.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  26. The Following User Says Thank You to Candra H For This Useful Post:


  27. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    176
    Thanks
    294
    Thanked 477 Times in 144 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Hi TinyBird,
    The important thing to remember when working with any kind of paint is that you need some kind of systematic approach to rendering in order to produce a predictably good result. Just slapping paint to board will almost never result in high quality results. Another thing I would highly advise against is buying cheap paints. Even if you are using them to learn; higher quality pigments just respond differently, more predictably and in most cases more satisfyingly than cheap or 'student grade' paints.
    There are many approaches to acrylic painting and I'm sure everybody has their own method, but if you have any technique-specific questions I would be happy to share. Here is a pdf book from Liquitex's website.

    http://www.liquitex.com/acrylicbook/

    I have used their paints for about 18 years and found them to be of consistently good quality. The book has a lot of stuff geared towards selling their products, but it also has a lot of solid technical advice about acrylic paints in general, mediums and their uses, techniques, etc. Hope this helps.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  28. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to JavierP For This Useful Post:


  29. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by zephyri View Post
    Also from a crit point of view, Loki's head feels a touch large and his hands a bit small. But kudos to you for trying traditional at that kinda size I'm terrified of anything larger than A4!
    Yeah, I noticed I made them even smaller in the painting stage (it's so easy to lose the original lines I had put down) so I'll work on making them larger.
    Ha ha, I have to say that acrylics for me are easier with large sizes because I don't have to use a small brush! Even at this size I'm afraid that finishing his face will be really hard, same as that stupid can-opener scepter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Candra H View Post
    I've been using Atelier Clear Painting Medium. Thats a UK site but maybe you can find something in your area.
    I'll definitely give it (or any other replacement I can find) a try, if not with this then with later paintings!

    Quote Originally Posted by JavierP View Post
    Hi TinyBird,
    The important thing to remember when working with any kind of paint is that you need some kind of systematic approach to rendering in order to produce a predictably good result. Just slapping paint to board will almost never result in high quality results. Another thing I would highly advise against is buying cheap paints. Even if you are using them to learn; higher quality pigments just respond differently, more predictably and in most cases more satisfyingly than cheap or 'student grade' paints.
    There are many approaches to acrylic painting and I'm sure everybody has their own method, but if you have any technique-specific questions I would be happy to share. Here is a pdf book from Liquitex's website.

    http://www.liquitex.com/acrylicbook/

    I have used their paints for about 18 years and found them to be of consistently good quality. The book has a lot of stuff geared towards selling their products, but it also has a lot of solid technical advice about acrylic paints in general, mediums and their uses, techniques, etc. Hope this helps.
    I have definitely noticed that. I have a really bad habit of "jumping around" paintings, like you probably noticed that I added the little coat rim details already and it's giving me trouble now so from now on I'll try to consciously avoid doing that.
    For the paint quality I'm not sure since I haven't tried many brands, the current ones I'm using are Winsor & Newton "Galeria" paints since they're the ones that can be found from almost every bookstore, but I'll give the Liquitex paints a try too, if I can find them from the actual art store. I did buy the Liquitex acrylic inks which Grunler mentioned earlier (though the FW brand which I found only one bottle because apparently our store has a weird stocking policy) since I happened to see them.
    Also thanks for the PDF, it had lots of stuff I hadn't ever even considered (like varnishing) and if I ever manage to come up with a technique question, I won't hesitate to ask you!

    Anyway for a small update, I continued this a bit last night and mostly followed my digitally adjusted version. The actual painting technique probably isn't any better and like mentioned I noticed I had totally lost the original lines in some points (and the photo has some glare on it too). I dumped all the armor details and will work on adding them later.
    Name:  lokiWIP6.jpg
Views: 295
Size:  498.3 KB

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  30. #21
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    1,358
    Thanks
    242
    Thanked 356 Times in 276 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    It's starting to take shape nicely now. I like the effect you're getting on his arm coverings (not sure what they are but I don't know the character so that doesnt mean anything), but I wonder if the blue on his face and hands might be too bright in comparison to everything else?

    I've used Winsor & Newton acrylics too, mostly their finity range which is quite nice to work with. Also used Daler Rowney Cryla and Atelier Interactive, both of which have different properties. The Cryla paints can be a bit heavy and difficult to work while the Atelier is lovely and smooth and creamy, and stays wet longer without adding a retarder (I'm learning more about this the more I study), but can be a bit garish in the colours. Though, thats probably because I havent used them since I started learning to mix properly.

    It's interesting to hear about those Liquitex paints from Javier. I've seen them around but felt they were too expensive so havent tried them yet. Let me know how they go if you pick some up.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  31. #22
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Candra H View Post
    I like the effect you're getting on his arm coverings (not sure what they are but I don't know the character so that doesnt mean anything), but I wonder if the blue on his face and hands might be too bright in comparison to everything else?
    You mean the green/black strap-thingies? I have no idea what they are either (except cloth and leather in texture, not that I actually managed to paint it) but just neatly complicated clothing design!
    And yeah, the blue is kinda bright, I'm not sure whether that's more correct or wrong when it comes to the character because there's no proper scene in which the blue wouldn't be completely overtaken by the dramatic/mood lighting of the scene itself. I may try working on it, if I'm not too afraid of mucking everything up at this point.

    It's interesting to hear about those Liquitex paints from Javier. I've seen them around but felt they were too expensive so havent tried them yet. Let me know how they go if you pick some up.
    I shall! I'll venture out to get some supplies this week and see if I can find couple tubes of this paint.

    And an update. The purple (I don't know man, I just really like the colours purple and green together) is bit more red-ish in real life and it's totally stealing the scene and will be painted over with white washes later.
    Name:  lokiWIP7.jpg
Views: 288
Size:  165.5 KB

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  32. #23
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    142
    Thanks
    45
    Thanked 69 Times in 51 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    It's looking really nice, I love the purple. What's bothering me is that it doesn't seem like the upper hand is really gripping the spear.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  33. The Following User Says Thank You to EagleGrove For This Useful Post:


  34. #24
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    176
    Thanks
    294
    Thanked 477 Times in 144 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    I shall! I'll venture out to get some supplies this week and see if I can find couple tubes of this paint.
    I would only add one more thing. Try to get the soft body acrylics from Liquitex instead of the high viscosity 'tube' paints. The 'soft body' formula is more fluid, flattens out more when it dries, is easier to cover large areas with, and has a higher pigment concentration. They are usually the type of paints used for more commercial work because they are so much easier to work with. I included a pic. Hope this helps.

    edit: I tried to post this with a picture earlier, but something strange happened and the attachment didn't post. Must have been a glitch with the site. Here is a link instead:

    http://www.jerrysartarama.com/images...1-liquitex.jpg

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  35. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to JavierP For This Useful Post:


  36. #25
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    HELLsinki, Finland
    Posts
    4,860
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked 2,687 Times in 1,646 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Well, here's a little update, I finally thought I would be done with the background, only to notice after removing the tapes that I had totally forgotten the background vines and now that I look at the previous WIP the backgrounds feels way too busy. So I'll be re-attaching the tapes again...
    Name:  lokiWIP8.jpg
Views: 196
Size:  178.9 KB

    As for the Liquitex acrylics, our art store had like four different brands but not Liquitex, and the only Liquitex paints I could find were in this sort of hobby-"we sell everything" type of store, but they carried only the basic, student grade paints there. I'll try one more paint shop I know, which is one of those "we're only open X amount of hours in X amount of days and none of those days is Saturday or Sunday" shops so it might take time until I get there, and with my luck they won't carry those either and I'll just end up ordering it from Ebay or that Jerry's Art-A-Rama or something.

    "I eat comics and poop stylization"
    Comic!
    Sketchbook (Critiques, no compliments please.)
    Tumblr
    Website
    Livejournal
    DeviantArt
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  37. #26
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    1,358
    Thanks
    242
    Thanked 356 Times in 276 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    Thats really good advice, Javier. I'm paying attention too - hope you don't mind!

    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    You mean the green/black strap-thingies? I have no idea what they are either (except cloth and leather in texture, not that I actually managed to paint it) but just neatly complicated clothing design!
    Yeah, thats the ones. They look nicely rounded and solid with the way you worked the colours.

    And yeah, the blue is kinda bright, I'm not sure whether that's more correct or wrong when it comes to the character because there's no proper scene in which the blue wouldn't be completely overtaken by the dramatic/mood lighting of the scene itself. I may try working on it, if I'm not too afraid of mucking everything up at this point.
    I hear you. It's something I worry about and do in my own stuff a lot - muck up colours and tones by trying to fix or change them. Maybe it'll balance out with the rest over time.

    And an update. The purple (I don't know man, I just really like the colours purple and green together) is bit more red-ish in real life and it's totally stealing the scene and will be painted over with white washes later.
    We must have the same eye for colour marriages because I also like purple, green and blue together. I think it works here too but like you said, maybe a bit bright and needing toned down later along with the blue. But because you're painting it in sections, those differences probably show up more because there are areas that are still white.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  38. #27
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    1,358
    Thanks
    242
    Thanked 356 Times in 276 Posts
    Follows
    0
    Following
    0
    After looking closer at this last post, I realised what I thought was white paper was actually white paint mixed with purple. Sorry about that and fell free to ignore my previous crit.

    I do like the colours in general but I think the background and the snow arent reading believably. It all looks very similar and if he's standing in a snowstorm, the colours on the figure are too bright so it looks like he doesn't belong there. Maybe work on either incorporating more shadows and defined light on the snow, or soften the figure so he blends in better.

    I also noticed you didn't address the issues people pointed out with his hand and the staff. It looks like the staff is bent at the bottom and that his hand isnt holding it at the top. Even just extending his knuckles to the right a bit more and using a straight edge to paint along the staff to straighten it up would help with that.

    P.S. I also think you need to get some light and shadow going on his face because you've lost the solidity there by painting it all blue.

    Anyway, just some thoughts and suggestions. I hope they help a little.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote  

  39. The Following User Says Thank You to Candra H For This Useful Post:


Members who have read this thread: 1

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • 424,149 Artists
  • 3,599,276 Artist Posts
  • 32,941 Sketchbooks
  • 54 New Art Jobs
Art Workshop Discount Inside
Register

Developed Actively by vBSocial.com
The Art Department
SpringOfSea's Sketchbook