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I've decided to start a sketchbook because I've hit a point in my work where my self-analysis just isn't cutting it anymore. More and more often I'm running into brick walls where I don't like an image I've created but I'm at a loss concerning how to improve it.
I'm going to be posting daily/semi-daily sketches and WIPs, and I'm hoping to get some solid (and brutally honest) critiques. I'm also hoping that this will be good motivation for me to push my limits artistically and force me out of the comfort zone I've been languishing in.
Last edited by Panagos; May 11th, 2006 at 02:30 PM.
well, you're looking for an outside viewpoint, and I have some immediate reactions. First, your figures are way chubby. The muscles, hands, and faces all remind me of small children. Not sure if that's what you were going for, but there it is. The rendering is very spherical as well - I'd try going for more mass studies if I were you. Last, the poses are very straightforward. I'm sure you as well as many others will agree with me when I say that some more dynamic poses would really push up the "scary" level of those last two pieces.
That being said, welcome to the sketchbooks! Your color work is excellent and I look forward to seeing more!
Thanks for the comments Panda - I see what you mean about the proportions, I'll keep that in mind.
A small sketch from last night... some feathered reptile creature heads - male and female.
wow nice start panagos, love the first one, the female face is jut awesome. But i think her head and her neck is a tad too big compared to her shoulders. And the guns that the male is holding is a little too flat. But overall i like it, good colors too. The last sketches are great, would been cool if ud add some more, maybe a quick briefing abut the background, or some more sketches, perhaps from the rest of their bodies. Intresting concept too
Thanks for the comments Wolfbane - all very good observations, thanks for the critique.
Here's a sketch from last night - it's degenerated cannabalistic elf. I'm messing around with distorted proportions to try and convey a sense of him being feral and maybe slightly deformed as a result of his ghoulishness. Does he look kinda creepy? Or does it just look like I screwed up on drawing the anatomy?
And this is a WIP quick color comp for a vidgame load screen - any comments would be appreciated before I start on the final rendering.
IMO your poses need a bit of work. Do a bunch of stick figures, starting with the spine- and make sure they are proportioned. Do the stupidest poses you can think of- and take elements of each you like, and make a pose. At least make it interesting! Your rendering seems pretty tight, but your anatomy does need some work. Do lotso faces =)
Pixeldragoon, thanks for the comments.
Once again, a sketch from last night.
wow, really nice pose but I think the neck is a little off. Nice rendering on the torse.
much better than some of your other stuff, I'd say. The anatomy is very much more alive, although something's up with her left foot and wrist. cool axes.