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Hello. I'm new here and after poking around for a bit I think I'm in the right place, but if not...ah...just tell me so and I'm sorry.
I heard CA would be a good place to go to to get some helpful feedback, and I want some! Please be as specific as you can. My art is seriously beginning to stagnate and I really don't know how to improve.
It's really easy for me to point out the flaws in each individual piece of art, but across the board I'm having trouble achieving this. I know that my anatomy needs serious work...and my poses are a little boring but other than that I really haven't been able to come to any other conclusions...I need some one else's eyes to look at my art.
So any way, that's them and they're all in chronological order.
Two of the things I've been working on specifically are anatomy and color theory. The color bit seems to be going places, but the anatomy not so much. It seems like I do a pretty OK job of drawing figures from life (I can't show any here because they're like...sketches.) but I'm not so great at spontaneously doing it on my own.
If there's like...any thing else you need to know or any thing please tell me.
Welcom to CA! I hope you enjoy your stay.
As far as your pictures go, I think you need to work on your porportions. All of your pieces are rather chibi, and everything's tending to super skinny porportions with huge heads. For example, the blue girl in the bottom piece, arms are way too skinny, head is way too big. Generally, on your average human, elbow joints are about half a head (square, round, whatever you use). Right now it's about a quarter the size of her head. Stylistically, if you're pushing anime or chibi or something similar, you can do that for a piece or two, but since you're complaning of stagnatation in your art, and that seems to be a common theme, I'm suggesting it as something you can avoid.
Porportions and gesture are something you need to nail for drawing figures from your head. Look up standard human porportions, and use your pencil to check these measurements on people in real life. Also, if you really do want to break your stagnantation, go hit up the community activities thread, do the DSG or creature of the week thing, try drawing something you never even considered drawing before. It'll help even more if you purposefully draw things not pretty.
one thing I always makes me break the mould and try something new is looking at other artists and taking a bit of what you like about them and incorperating it into your work. Im not saying go rip-off someone elses style, just go see what you like about their work-analize what it is you see them doing that youd like to be able to do, and incorperate it into your work. I wholeheartedly agree with Jewl's comments. I too have problems character wise (bodys and hands and feet especially) and have taken to studying 1: anatomy books 2: myself (self portraits) and 3: other artists. Its taking a while (as it does) but im slowly improving. Specifically if I were you id tone down the intensity of your colours (have them less saturated). Id also mabe experiment with a different colouring process.......Lorenzo from studio blink twice has some awsome colouring tutes on a thread here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=65724 ...check it out!. Hope that helps
Oooh, thanks you guys.
Yeah, drawing more from life always helps and a little more variety would be good.
I suppose that the things here really aren't the best examples of realistic proportions. My issue is that I'm really not sure as to how I would go about incorporating them into the type of style I'm going for...it's something to think about for sure. It seems like it would be interesting to try. @_@
I noticed the thing about the color too. I personally don't find any thing wrong with it (On the monitor I'm looking at it on.), but depending on the type of monitor/screen I'm looking at it on, things can go from looking downright faded to brighter than a thousand suns...and it scares me. On my monitor and on my PSP everything looks dandy, but if I take a peek at my stuff on say...my step dad's computer it looks awful- dark and over saturated...and just about every thing else that could go wrong with coloring.
Is there any way for me to keep the colors consistent across monitors? This is a big problem for me.
You two have been very helpful, so thanks. I'll check out that link and see if I can make my way over to that activities page.
Hey arrogantchild! (You've seem me before under the name Errol McGillivray).
I faced (still do if I'm not paying attention) the same problem with stagnation in my poses and figures. I find that looking at where different points on the body are in relation to each other helped. I will draw a line from shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip, knee to knee, ect. You can see the attitude in your poses that way and change them for storytelling. The more your figures interact with their environment or the viewer, the more interesting they can be. Also, establishing that the figure and the ground do interact, even if you clip it out or don't draw it at all can help liven the figure up. I include it in my plans and thumbnails, but just don't draw it all out if I don't intent to include it.
As for the color, I can't tell you much, besides in the last one, there is no difference in saturation between the foreground and the background and that flattens the figure to the background. Maybe creating a bit of atmospheric perspective by toning down the saturation of your mountains and sky a little bit will bring the figure forward.
Unfortunately, I don't think you can account for the monitors of others. What you can do though is get some color aid paper or a color source book and choose your colors from there. Use the actual number amounts they have instead of the color picker tool. (I forget what color aid uses but I know the sourcebooks tend to give you CMYK and RGB numbers). That way, you aren't relying on what just your eye is telling you for your monitor.
One time, I used a sourcebook number and what my monitor told me was much darker than what I saw in the book. I can conclude, I have a dark monitor and my things will be brighter on other screens.
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