So it's only quite recently I've even considered my art to be worth posting but I feel like I've reached a level that is hard to progress without unbiased opinions. Materials used is marker pens, watercolor and acrylics. Would love to hear your what you have to say
First to last:
Tower of Babylon
Butterflies making love
Nice stuff. However, you need to present it in a more professional manner, i.e., tack it to a wall when you photograph it instead of having someone hold it and including their hands in the photo. Those hands are INCREDIBLY distracting.
Art-wise, it's fine...your sense of color and composition is very good. It's hard for me to offer any deeper critique than that--because conceptually the pieces feel more like fully-rendered classroom doodles rather than any kind of coherently thought-out statements (and there's no accompanying explanation.) If you want more detailed feedback, you should post one image per thread and include some description of what you're trying to accomplish.
I quite like these! They have a lot of spirit and punch to them, and the colors are quite catchy.
I think you would like Moosekleenex's work.
If you want to work on your realism, I would practice perspective and landscapes. Study the difference in color as things fade away. For this style, the flat, out-perspective adds to the surrealism, but it helps to be able to do both.
The only thing that bothers my eye is the black cloud over your volcano. I feel the marker there has a rushed texture that is lacking the intention you put in the rest of your strokes.
Another thing you could play with is adding texture to your big areas of flat tone. Specifically your fat pirate and some of the flat black areas. If you look through Moosekleenex's stuff, you will see what I mean.
They are funny and very full of life !
I think you should try to add different values in your stuff (more contrasts), currently all seem to be on the same level with just a little shading. You can try to shadow more some parts, or light other to create a path for the eyes of the viewer. That would add some depth sense in your piece and add more mystery too.
* My current blog
* Sketchbook page on CA.org coming soon...
Have a good and creative day !
Your stuff is rather imaginative and colorful. However, it looks like you're trying to do too much at once. In every shown image you filled all of the available space with diverse stuff, using every single color on your palette. It's a bit like orchestra in which every instrument is playing its own tune. Much stronger and meaningful statement can be made with a single leading instrument accompanied by all others in accord. My suggestion for your future artwork would be to try to experiment with reduction; limited color palettes, more empty space, less things happening at once etc. See where it can take you.
Crop your images, Papayoghurt, sir.
Last edited by LaCan; February 16th, 2013 at 01:11 PM.
Hmm, I had a different reaction to these. All compositions except for the last one are difficult to read at first glance. The elements don't seem to have good relationships to one another, and the images as a whole seem to lack a single message. I know these are intentionally busy and lack perspective, but there are plenty of complicated & flat images out there which are read well as a whole and get more and more interesting as you delve into them and discover each component.
Perhaps reading about the Gestalt principles will help. And make sure your images make sense at thumbnail size - I've heard that said about both drawings and photography, it's a good measure of whether or not your image is working.
It took me like three hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.
My sketchbook (it'll get good near the end)