Hello there, my name's Flavia, I'm 26, and I want to pursue art studies. I've studied Psychology, mainly because art was (and still is) my go-to means of recreation, and I didn't want to give up on that by turning it into a study or job. However, nowadays I feel a gap when trying to give shape to my thoughts visually. That, and I feel less apprehensive about art-ing as a full-time occupation.
I've spent a lot of time lurking around, ingesting art and *sigh* drooling over TAD, concept art, game illustrations, so I decided to give it a go. I haven't had almost any relevant feedback on my work so far, despite working in an art gallery and having my own show a few years back - I'm a bit shy when it comes to talking about 'my art' - however, these forums seem like a good place to get valuable criticism and feedback.
I'm currently stashing my pieces on tumblr, for lack of a better domain - would also appreciate any thoughts you might have on its layout and functionality.
2011-2012, Photoshop - a mix of a couple of dreams
2003 - eyeliner pencils, Cradle of Filth doodle during high school classes
2010 - Photoshop, thinking of Faust
2010-2011 - Photoshop, browsing fashion magazines
My critique would be that you should concentrate on line weight. Think about transitions and edges of objects. Hard vs soft. Most of your drawings are very soft at every point. Look for those hard edges. Hard surfaces, hard light, bone, sharp contrast will all have hard edges, Distance, shadow transitions, soft objects will be a softer line.
Beyond that, things closer will have harder edges than those in the distance, really concentrate on this, the weight of the line is essentially a value shift or abrupt ending of a value.
Furthermore, a line say on a door frame will not be consistent and instead will have moments where the light dictates what is hard and what is soft. This seems like a contradiction to the above statements that hard objects will have hard lines, but every rule gets broken or has an exception depending on certain events. Light, color, shadow, etc etc
I suggest you do some observational drawings. Pay attention to line weight. Pay attention to values and how they change those lines, and how distance/movement change the line.
I totally agree with Bhrandon. I also suggest to do some drawing or paintings from reference. As i can see you are doing digital works too so a nice exercise could be to take a picture from the web, put it on your photoshop canvas and try to copy it focusing on your weak points which are essentially the lack of hardness variations in your strokes.
An other thing that just came to my mind is that you are maybe using brush settings in photoshop that are not helping your cause: Try to keep high opacity (over 80% at least) and flow and maybe even avoid pen pressure sensitivity. Try to push in this direction...it may seem a bit intimidating in the beginning because every slightest contact of the nib on the tablet will create hard contrasts, but if you manage to deal with it i think you will make big improvements pretty fast!
Here is an exercise i made myself some time ago just like the one i suggested you which were actually very useful...
Hope i was helpful, looking forward to see more of your paintings...
Farewell and have fun!
Bhrandon and Andrea Tarroni, thank you both for your input. I guess I tend to pore over drawings too much, until they lose strength of line. Fuzzy tits, I make'em O.o
Trying to counter that atm, finding it easier to achieve with traditional media than digitally.
Thanks again for the feedback, cheers!