I'm trying to develop my skills as a comic artist. Here's my latest rough ink. My big concern with this is the shadow. there will be blue lightning coming from the space marine's eyes and hand but I am not sure if the shadow looks natural or not. any other critiques welcome.
Also, This isn't quite relevant, but I just linked into your website, and your first page bio says you're interested in writing, and is filled to the brim with grammatical errors. Just be careful about that stuff. Would be an instant rejection from me.
Is there a better placed to post my work? I'm coming at this with no art school so to be frank, there are some critiques that are wasted on me. Also, I'd like to get something more practical i.e. move something let or right, scale something etc. I don't mean to be dismissive but I feel like I don't always benefit from the high caliber critiques i receive here.
I would just start by drawing people from life
for using your computer, get high res images and zoom in on facial features, such as eyes, and just stare at them and look at all the subtleties in them, memorizing them
dont use black and white or dodge and burn as making shadows and highlights, they are really really hard to use (the exception to this is working in pure gray scale.
A big problem people have when they are starting art is trying to smooth things out. Smoothing things out is the absolute last step you take, and takes a lot of talent to do it properly.. Therefor, block out colors first.
study up on the rules of composition, google how photographers make compositions, the same rules apply.
it takes years of practice! you have to keep at it. http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...s-and-Sketches
That is a guys 9 year journey to becoming a badass-artist, it's super inspiring.
Use rough things to make rough texture. for example, on your door youve used oddly smoothed brushes to make the door seem battered up. Metal is either shiny,(high contrast, straight lines) or textured, rusted, eaten through. Learn by doing tutorials, Watch http://www.youtube.com/user/sinixdesign Sinix, follow along with his tutorials, theres a whole tutorial sub forum on here filled with tutorials, do a ton of them! but never think of them as a chore, youll lose any form of passion you have for drawing/painting as soon as you consider it a chore.
Baisically, you seem to be trying to delve into the details of the painting (the scuffs on his armor, lightning bolts, reflective light) when you aren't even understanding the basics of the processs. (sorry if that sounds rough, it really ground my gears the first 40 times I heard that, until I got over my pride and just started accepting that it wasn't personal, it was just criticism. In fact it should make you hopefully, because you can only get better)
also, I would take out any idea of selling your work right now. You need to get better at it before you can be respected by a buyer. Too many people rush into, I need to start making money on it, or I can make money as I go, and its simply not true, A lot of people once they start making money, begin to settle at the level they are at, because its good enough to make money at that point. Focus on training yourself if it is your goal, spend your freetime working on it, and It will come, I promise, you just have to draw draw draw draw draw.
Why did you create an additional thread for this? You already had a thread for this specific drawing, you should've posted your updates there. Also, you haven't listened or applied any of the criticism you've received in your last thread :/ We're not just saying you need more practice to annoy you, you know, we just want you to get better.
Well, that's handsomely said, abeisel. I apologize for my rudeness.
The standard advice is to start a sketchbook, but honestly, it can be hard to get anyone to look at a sketchbook. You might want to try one of the community challenges, like character of the week, maybe. People of all levels join those, and you tend to get lots of good feedback. (Or did; I haven't followed any of those subfora for a while).
Alternately, you can just continue posting images in this forum.
I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).