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I'm looking for some feedback on this cartoon kitten before I continue. It's not anything amazing, but I'm hoping to clean it up, slap some color on it, and give it to a friend as a present.
Is the basic structure okay? Are the proportions reasonable? Is the expression readable?
Thanks in advance!
Well, the head seems to be pretty lopsided (the huge cheek on this side is not visible on the other side), the neck is really long, the ears are mismatched in shape and placement, the mouth/muzzle looks pretty flat and I have to admit that I didn't recognize that to be a cat from the thumbnail until I read the title.
I don't know how much I can say about the overall proportions (aside the neck) as they're very unnatural in the pixel kitty too.
EDIT: Construct the basic shapes first, and start detailing after that.
Last edited by TinyBird; February 3rd, 2012 at 03:39 PM. Reason: added redline
In addition to what was already mentioned, the large distance between the nose and the mouth make the muzzle area look awfully big. Unless your kitten is a tiger cub (or some other large cat), it should have a more delicate mouth area. That is, if you're trying to go for a style even slightly related to the reference.
'Cuz life is full of your regrets, and I should be one...
Thanks for the feedback. I struggled for awhile with the head and neck.
I'll try drawing a few more kittens and see if that can't help me get back on track.
Is this looking more kitten-like?
Well, it's more recognizable at least. Some of the same problems are present though, and I wonder whether you used reference for this. Also if this is supposed to be the actual pic, then it loses a lot from removing the perspective angle and pose. Now it's just standing there.
Yes, I did use reference. Been drawing kitten photos all afternoon. Haha. That said, I may be referencing incorrectly. Working harder does not mean working smarter, as they say. If I had more understanding, it might be going a bit better.Well, it's more recognizable at least. Some of the same problems are present though, and I wonder whether you used reference for this. Also if this is supposed to be the actual pic, then it loses a lot from removing the perspective angle and pose. Now it's just standing there.
And no, it's not the same picture now. Similar, perhaps, but it's lost a lot of its energy in favor of more anatomical "correctness". Maybe I can try to find a way to reincorporate what I've learned back in and try again.
Gonna start over from the beginning tomorrow and see if I can't incorporate what I've been learning from perspective drawing... perhaps "construct" a kitten with a bit more accuracy. I think it's really the anatomy that I keep getting hung up on.
Thanks for the help today, everyone.
LOL i actually liked the first one, I think you captured it's attitude.
although yeah I did think the neck was to big.
So I tried this, I cut the neck out and rotated the head a bit, I think that helps a bit.
Take my words with a grain of salt
They don't mean much, although
I'm qualified to say just one thing
And that is 'I don't know.
I think the best thing you could do would be to have a look on google images for Preston Blair, there are loads of examples of his work online from quite a lot of the early disney films by looking through that stuff you will get an Idea how it is supposed to work and go together.
meanwhile I will look through my ref library and see if I have something to hand that will help.
all the best
A great kind hearted lumbering bullock
http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=209918 = my Sketchbook