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Hello guys (and gals)
I'm posting this here as I would like to get better at what I do, but I feel as I've hit a brick wall and I don't feel like I'm improving in any way and I'm getting really demotivated because of that,so I would like you guys to take a look at some of my recent work and give me some advice on how to get better and, ideally, even recommend me some exercises and threads here to post some more work and eventually get better.
Here's the link to the folio
As Star Eater suggested, I've uploaded some images, which are a few pages of my sketchbook, a concept for a celtic warrior and a illu made for a remake of a videogame
Last edited by joaodavid; August 2nd, 2012 at 04:53 PM. Reason: Insert some images
Hi and welcome to the forums.
Please put an image you would like us to help you with in the thread itself.
Many of our members are working artists who take time out of their schedule
to give free advice. They will be more inclined to help if they don't have to
travel outside of the forums and go through your website to do so.
Well, i can upload a few images, but I was looking for an overall appreciation, not just of one image
Thanks for uploading, your traditional work is far stronger than
your digital work. The digital stuff is pulling down your whole
Lay off the digital effects, such as dodge and burn. Even apart
from those tools, your colors are washed out and muddy and the
images themselves are flat and have no depth.
Try rendering some real, simple, objects and take note of their
colors and how they are effected by light and shadow.
Last edited by Star Eater; August 3rd, 2012 at 12:21 AM.
Well, from this point it's mostly practice. Do exercises to improve your understanding of the methods and techniques, and the visible world. Perspective, anatomy, lighting, structural drawing - wash, rinse, repeat.
Recommended books: Gurney's "Color and Light" and Loomis's "Successful Drawing" and "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth".
Also on top of what has already been said, I would suggest you try out something bit more ambitious/challenging, if for nothing else to identify problems you may find. I mean, if that's your professional portfolio, almost all of the images look either unfinished or they're really simple. There's no (finished looking) images that would have, for example, characters interacting, or even characters in a scene, at least in a way that would look natural.
Thank you guys for your help, I really appreciate it. So, to sum it up, I should do more digital work, namely simpler stuff, speedpaintings, mostly to practice color and light interaction and to try doing a more complex/challenging illu, with character interactions or simply, more complexity. Right?
Thanks again. I'll post my exercises around here.
Well, the "digital" part is something you could leave out. Practicing traditionally is likely to help you more since you have no access to shortcuts like dodge and burn.