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I've been putting off this commission for far too long, I really need to finish it but I feel like I've hit a wall and I don't know what to do. This illustration is meant to be a forum signature with a white background.
Critiques are deeply appreciated. Thank you in advance!!
Last edited by NMartin; May 16th, 2012 at 10:48 PM. Reason: Shrunk the picture
So the final image is going to be kinda small right? If you're not doing so already, keep the image open in a second window that's zoomed out to around the final image's size while you're working so you can see how what you're doing will appear at that size. It's possible you're getting bogged down in a bunch of tiny details that won't really be visible in the image's finished state. (Also, it's a good idea to keep images at or below 1000 pixels on the longest side when your post them online; that way we don't have to scroll to see the whole thing.)
For crits, I just have a couple of little things that are bugging me right now. For the girl, her head and right arm feel disconnected from the body because they're pushed way out at awkward if not impossible angles. I would pull the head and neck back onto the body a little bit and just remove that back arm altogether. And this is really nitpicky but the ellipses on your lantern thing feel a little wide to me; just narrow those a little bit when you work it out and it'll look great.
One last thing, and this is more of something to think about, is you have this girl affectionately reaching out and embracing this big bird thing, but the creature is staring off in another direction with an aloof attitude. I don't know the background of these characters or anything, but if you want the bird to appear to be friendly with her, you could flip the head so it's facing her or have it leaning into her embrace a little more. (Just my 2 cents )
Last edited by dierat; May 16th, 2012 at 11:12 PM.
DIERAT; Wow, that looks so much better. I've had a tough time trying to make her pose look more natural, you've really hit the nail on the head. Having a thumbnail beside working on the picture is a great idea (why didn't I think of that). I've really been polishing up quite a turd...
I've initially wanted to make the bird interact with the girl petting him, but the commissioner wanted more of the aloof/deity attitude. The bird's head definitely could need some work, though.
Ack, that lantern... What are your recommendations for drawing credible ellipses? Studying from real life? I've always had this persisting problem.
Pretty much, working from life and paying careful attention to perspective. It gets easier to see and correct problematic perspective with enough practice. Of course you could always work out the perspective with the vanishing points and all that, but for something as small as a lantern, that's a lot of work.
Thats a lovely composition and I like the way you're painting it. The individual characters are really cute.
I agree with Dierat that it looks great but it is a bit complex and I think the colours are a bit confusing. The blue on the girl and the orange of the fire(?) works well but the red and green of the dragon is pulling too much focus away, you say it's for a commission, are the colours set or is there a little lee-way?
the only other thing that keeps dragging my eye away is the angle of the snakes body as it wraps around, it looks a bit high, the perspective seems a bit off but it's hard to see what's going on there really. Other than that, nice progress so far