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After looking around the forums and even doing some google searches for decent (and active) Baltimore sketch/art groups, I've gotten some pretty slim results. How disappointing! I refuse to believe that there aren't any Baltimore residents on CA.
If you do live nearby, maybe we can work something out
I'm just south of Baltimore, in Columbia.
o_o I'm in Columbia, too! So close...
Well, it's my experiance that there are not many of our types in this area. Maybe more will come out of the woodwork and prove me wrong.
True, that.. I'm the only artist in my group of friends.
But that would be really cool if we had some hardcore artists around here.
Do you have any images of your work posted on-line?
The CG comments don't seem that bad. I have some suggestions, if you'd like.
Crits would be great, actually. I've tried going back and touching up some things, but nothing's really working.
Whether an illustration or fine art piece, this might be better vertical, than horizontal. But, if you desire horizontal, then I would either move the human figure to the left or extend the image to the right (this would be true for vertical as well). The figure's left shoulder and arm (her left, our right) pulls the viewer off the page. This can be solved by moving the figure over or extending the image so the shoulder and arm can be better seen and with some space on the right that extends beyond the figure.
If you are not wed to that pose for the crow/raven then a more vertical position would help move the figure over without extending the horizontal length of the image.
Also, I'd move the lighter background to the figure's right. This would have the bird coming out of the dark and allow you to light the right side of the figure's face (her left, our right). These changes would allow the picture to be better read from left to right. Westerners read from left to right and it behooves you to compose most (not all) of your images in this fashion. Depending on how you light the background, you'd have an image that would read from top left over to the right, down to the bottom over to the left to repeat again. The eye stays on the image and wants to move about it, while staying in it, instead of focusing on the crow and then moving to the right and off the edge at the bottom, which it what it currently does.
I like the image's sentiment and use of color. From the detail I see on-line, overall the face looks fine to me and has an other worldliness about it (especially the eyes). My suggestions though, would have you changing the lighting on the face and I have no idea what type of task that would be for you. I take this is a Photoshop piece?
Wow, that's so helpful. Yes, it's done in Photoshop, so it wouldn't be too difficult to edit.
I actually never thought about the viewer "reading" the image as you had described, but now that I think about it, it does make sense. I usually arrange in the rule of thirds without thinking, but the concept of the viewer reading from left to right is a good idea.
I will try to do what you suggested and fix the lighting so that the image flows better.
*bows* Many thanks.
I hope it all works out for the better. It's not as if you didn't have a left to right flow (probably an intuititve construct), but once it hit the right side, it falls off the bottom. Sometimes one can try doing a quick abstruct design of your image, that's just blocks of shapes and tonality (white/gray/black), to see if it flows properly and/or the eye is drawn to just one spot in a picture.
Good luck and I'd enjoy seeing the updates should you get to them.
I live in N VA and yes there are like 0 artists here. Everyone is doing govt style jobs and other bs. I have tried for almost a year to make art contacts...but most are too busy to do anything. Depressing if you ask me.
there was an attempt a while ago to do this, but I'm not sure what happened.
I live in Pikesville, but I've got a seriously packed schedule and I can't make any commitments.
(No, that's not a lame excuse: 2-yr old and newborn, full-time job and law school at night. And yes, I am defensive about my lack of time, why do you ask? )
meowmixcity_at_gmail_dot_com was trying to set it up.