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    In need of critique

    Hey,I'm new here.I'm hoping to become an illustrator and I've been practicing non-stop,but since I'm doing it all on my own.I'm not sure if my current art has flaws I might have overlooked.So this piece I'm posting is my favorite so far,my OC.I would like to know how to improve it,and in general,what are my biggest weaknesses I need to work on.Be honest please,every critique is appreciated,I'm really in a need of guidance.

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    It's a bit hard to tell with something so stylised. It looks a bit messy (like top right horn, shoulder and arm on the left) and it looks as though you don't understand the 3D structure well.

    What I'd suggest is start a Sketchbook thread and post some work that's less stylised, more illustrative (if that's what you want to go into). That'll be easier to comment on and find the underlying problems.

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    Thank you for replying.
    Oh,I didn't know very stylised art was hard to critique.Few times I had an opportunity to show my work to proffesional academic painters to ask for guidance,they only praised my style,and I was left confused and dissapointed and wondered why I didn't get any critique.In hindsight,they probably didn't know what to tell me.
    Yes,I will post sketchbook with realism practice,but I'm confused what you mean by more illustrative?I tought this piece is illustration?Guess I mean't I want to be a cartoonist then?But the proffesionals called my art illustration,so I tought this is what it's called.Btw,English is my second language,I'm from Croatia,maybe it's a vocabullary difference?
    I hope this post didn't sound like I'm dissing learning the fundamentals,oh God no.I am,I want to master realism!I like drawing both realism practice and cartoon art,and I want to be good at both!

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    Well no matter the style, underlying "rules" of art still apply. I think a good point to keep in mind that shadows are almost never pure black, like you have done in this picture. Make the shadows a tad less dark and give them colour. The blue highlights are also a bit sharp in parts. The materials you tried to portray here (skin, hair and fabric) generally don't reflect light in that way (you painted them as if he's completely made of metal).

    I hope that helps a little. I agree with Lulie though, make a sketchbook, it will help a lot!

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    Thank you for replying!
    Yes,hah,the metal shine,I did it because I tought it looked cool xD No,but you are right,I have to get serious about my art and learn to draw it properly before attemting weird stuff with it.
    Yes,I will post a Sketchbook,I just tought you can judge overall skill from how the artist draws cartoon art,but I was very wrong about that.

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    Oh no, I definitely did not meant to imply that I rate cartoons as a "less sophisticated" art form. Some of my favourite artists actually draw with cartoonish elements. Cartoons are great!
    I can see you roughly understand how light and colour works. and I definitely understand the choice just to make something look "cool", even if it doesn't make technical sense. The balance between technical knowledge and style is always a fine line to walk. But I suppose here goes the age old saying: you gotta know the rules in order to break them. One of the most important things in art is the ability to analyse. If you want to make something look cool just for the hell of it, consider why you want to do it, what added value does it have to the overall piece?
    And increased knowledge in anatomy, colour, values, perspective, etc. never hurts... but it doesn't mean you have to conform to hyper realism immediately. Just push your comfort zone and keep learning, and you'll find the style that suit you best just develops automatically, as if by magic.

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    Thank you so much,I will keep practicing!

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    Izgleda jako dobro, ali na prvi pogled ko da je sve to nabrzaka napravljeno....onak ofrlje ako me razumiješ... Također se teško vidi koji dio tijela je ispred koji iza jer je sve isti value.
    I čini mi se da ima jako puno hard edges...odnosno oštrih rubova...
    Definitivno ima dijelova koji su jako dobri i realistični.
    Iako ja nisam profić il slično....samo pokušavam objasniti kako ja vidim....^^

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    Ima nas još Hrvata?? =D
    Hvala na kritici,svaka je dobrodošla!Je,moram poraditi na urednosti,radim na tabletu manje od mjesec dana.A i priznajem,neke dielove sam nadrljala jer sam počela gubit živce,tipa rogovi,nisam ni konstrukcijske linije napravila.
    Da,I nisam ni tijelo osjenčala kak spada
    Nema veze kaj nisi pro,nemoj se sramit komentirat,ne znači da nemaš iskustva koja možeš podijelit!Hvala još jednom!

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