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These are the first 3 pages of my sequential art project, inspired by King Kong (a phenomenal film, hands down).
I really want some critiques on pen work and illustration styles...for example, should I REALLY darken the forest in the first page around the tree with Ann in it?
Any help would be appreciated!
(all art is copyright Matt Frank. Kong is copyright Universal)
The forest doesn't have to be darkened, but it is the most logical choice. The first image is demanding on the viewer; the whole swamp/forest area is drawn with such similar line thick nesses and contrasts that it took me several seconds to find the focal point. We need to see that Ann is there, but you only offer us a whiter space in an area that already has a lot of white. Furthermore, T-rexes tail blends into that scene because it does not have the heavy lines like the rest of his body. Contrast aside, it is a nicely composed image and the only anatomy problem I see is a slight lateral bending of t-rex's leg, something that isn't possible with reptile hips.
The second image is has much better contrast and line work, although I have to say that the eyes of Ann clash with the style of the rest of the drawing, they almost look like they were drawn by a different artist.
The third image has some of the same problems of the first; in this case the hair is where my eyes get lost. The white spaces in Kong's hair are so big that it takes effort to discern where his body is and where it isn't. I would definitely darken his outlines at the very least. Also at the bottom T-rex is shown spreading his legs like no reptile can.
You have what looks like a decent start to some sequentials. Overall these pieces look more like rough sketches than finished product though. You asked about inking so I'll drop my 2 cents (even though I'm not that good at it). There doesn't seem to be consistant direction with the textures you're attempting with fur, scales, etc. The lines come off looking more like squiggles than scales/fur. I'm not normally an advocate of using comics for reference but I'd recommend looking at Art Adams stuff to get an idea of how he approaches texture with scales and fur. His Monkeyman Obrien should help allot with Kong. The other issue with the inking is with line weights. It seems like you know what you're supposed to be doing but didn't really put the effort forth to do it right. Remember, the closer the object is to the viewer, the thicker the lineweight. It all boils down to lines in perspective. You should trying spotting more blacks on your page to pop out figures and shapes. You could also try practicing using 1 solid light source to help add some depth to the piece and punch up the mood a bit.
Like I said, the biggest thing that's hurting these is that they look so sketchy. The dinosaur looks like it has depth but the female figure comes off looking extremely flat. Your style is very similar to my friend Rich Schleifer when it comes to drawing people.. way too American anime and inconsistant when you look at the dino and the female side by side.. almost Roger Rabbitish where a cartoon character is existing in the real world. Side by side I'd guess that you used reference for the dino, no ref for the female and rushed it a bit when it came to drawing Kong. Don't get me wrong, fur and hair are a pain in the ass to get right, but don't rush your process just to get the pages out.
Real quick last comment, the story telling works but I'm curious as to why you broke the panel borders twice in the last page. When you break the panel it's meant to pump up the impact of one individual panel. It might've been more effective showing both the characters squared off in a wide angle shot and then zoom in individually on the eyes to show the intencity. Well that's all the time I've got for now. Either way, good job, keep it up! I look forward to seeing more
Thanks for the crits, Bioanger and Undertow....I really need to re-evaluate how I'll be inking the next pages, as it's hard to find the time and patience to sit down and ink each individual scale like Art Adams does...regardless, thanks for the crits!
If you're truly serious about your work you'll spend the time on spit and polish. As this isn't being done under deadline the end product should look incredible as you have all the time in the world to finish. If you're rushing work for yourself I think that art is more a hobby for you and not really a your desired career field. Is this guess acurate?
Heh, ironically, no. I'm actually quite serious about a career...the problem is personal. I simply get impatient, and eager to get to the next "thing," so pictures that are massively detailed are both a headache and a distant goal. Actually, these drawings have been a step ahead for me in detail, so I feel as though I'm getting somewhere. Of course, that's no excuse for laziness. I'll certainly address the "sketchyness" issue, though interestingly, it's actually been called my "style" by my past art teachers. Go figureOriginally Posted by UndertowIf you're truly serious about your work you'll spend the time on spit and polish. As this isn't being done under deadline the end product should look incredible as you have all the time in the world to finish. If you're rushing work for yourself I think that art is more a hobby for you and not really a your desired career field. Is this guess acurate?
Any other comments?