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    Hobbit fanart--crit please

    Hello,

    I used a bunch of references to make this (Thorin Oakenshield fanart, squeeeeeee). I've never worked on a painting for this long, so I'm not sure where to go from here. The colors and lighting don't really satisfy me. Oh, and the sword. If anyone would like to give this a fresh lookover, I would greatly appreciate a critique (on anything!) Thank you in advance!

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    Boooo no tree shield. Booo.

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    ^Heh.

    I like this. You've caught his likeness pretty well. I agree though that the light and colour are a bit flat. And it could probably benefit from a bit more in the way of shadow areas, so figure out where the light is coming from (looks like top right going by his face and hands) and place your shadows and bright spots accordingly.

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    Thanks guys
    OmenSpirits> I know, I know. I'll add it later. (:
    Candra H> Thank you! I will try to make it more 3D. I'm always afraid of adding too much contrast.
    FoodTeaArt> Ha, you just reminded me that I own an actual sword. Derp derp. I'll try using different light sources and making some studies. I think the head is supposed to be partially angled down, but I'll take another look at the arms.
    Hopefully I'll have an update soon, thank you again!

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    Thanks guys
    OmenSpirits> I know, I know. I'll add it later. (:
    Candra H> Thank you! I will try to make it more 3D. I'm always afraid of adding too much contrast.
    FoodTeaArt> Ha, you just reminded me that I own an actual sword. Derp derp. I'll try using different light sources and making some studies. I think the head is supposed to be partially angled down, but I'll take another look at the arms.
    Hopefully I'll have an update soon, thank you again!

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    Might just be me, but the position of the hilt of the sword seems a tad bit tilted.

    Neato stuff though, I have yet to see the movie.

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    Might just be me, but the position of the hilt of the sword seems a tad bit tilted.

    Neato stuff though, I have yet to see the movie.

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    What's he stabbing? A heart? I think that draws more attention to the bottom of the image than you want. Besides that, I don't really know what's going on. His face looks at rest, but his body isn't as clear. It's not really active enough to suggest he's actively stabbing something, but not enough at ease to show he's just resting. Do you have any reference for the pose?

    Other than that, I wouldn't focus so much on details like the eyes until you've brought more work to the rest of the scene.

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    right now, looking at it I can't really see how he fits together properly. His torso seems to be at aweid place to his lower body, his legs are angled oddly for balance, he kinda looks like he needs to be standing at a rather sharp downslope to pull that positioning off with his knee, foot and sword tip, and his left arm is.. where? It looks awfully short and his hand is angled very abruplty to where his lower arm seems to be facing.

    I'm definitely no expert, but one thing I picked up on while drawing a model for the first time was how bad i was at actually understanding perspective in figure drawing and placing the feet and body in a 3-dimensional space. The same thing seems to be happening here.

    also, try drawing the hilt of the swords as if the hands gripping it were see-through. Does it line up?

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    right now, looking at it I can't really see how he fits together properly. His torso seems to be at aweid place to his lower body, his legs are angled oddly for balance, he kinda looks like he needs to be standing at a rather sharp downslope to pull that positioning off with his knee, foot and sword tip, and his left arm is.. where? It looks awfully short and his hand is angled very abruplty to where his lower arm seems to be facing.

    I'm definitely no expert, but one thing I picked up on while drawing a model for the first time was how bad i was at actually understanding perspective in figure drawing and placing the feet and body in a 3-dimensional space. The same thing seems to be happening here.

    also, try drawing the hilt of the swords as if the hands gripping it were see-through. Does it line up?

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