Q:When will you be accepting submissions?
Sorry for the long wait! We will open again when we’re done with the remaining batch of submissions we have. We’ll let you guys know when that is!
this blog is really great
this is a piece back from august, but i haven’t really improved or changed much since then. sorry for it being bad„
i would really appreciate a red mark and a written critique, if possible. the things i really need help with are anatomy, color theory, values and hues, and perspective. thank you so much!
Fud here! I went ahead and red lined the pose. The first thing I have to say is: don’t be afraid to draw hands! It looks like the tray is almost a cover for the hands in the original drawing.
When you draw characters holding objects, think about how their hand is interacting with the object. I highly recommend holding a tray (or something similar to a tray) and studying how the pose works in the mirror. In this case, maybe act out dropping it in slow motion, haha. If you can understand how the hand fits to the object it should be a lot easier to draw.
Anyways, when I redrew the tray being dropped by the hands I tried to think about the motion of the tray, and from that I estimated the motion of the glass. So in the redline, the uneven position of the hands (or implied) makes the tray make a motion that pushes the glass up and towards the girl. Physics!! Yeah!! \m/
The perspective in this piece is subtle for the most part. The legs go back in space, and the right arm is at a foreshortened angle. I recommend drawing lines that go with the shape of the form. This can help with figuring out the direction.
The lines make it more clear that the legs are going a bit forward in space to the knee, and receding a bit back to the feet. This, combined with anatomical studies, can help a lot.
I really think the color choices are fine, and i like the texture. The shading seems to be a bit too subtle, so I’d suggest more contrast, but it could still be unfinished.
I hope this helps! I really do think this concept is cute!!
Q:Do you critique writing ideas?
I’d really like a little feedback on this piece, and if you could do a paint-over or written critique (which ever you feel is more appropriate), i’d appreciate it ^^
i’m mainly unsure about color theory, composition, char. design (what kind of person is portrayed through how she’s painted) and maybe a bit of facial anatomy.
thanks a bunch~ c:
hey this is Admin Tina
Your piece is looking really good!
First thing I noticed is that you do have some good values! Some things you might want to look at some anatomy changes. (Some of which is not a big deal and you could still keep from the original)
Her ear was way too high. The length of the ear should be from her eyebrow to the bottom of her nose. The inside of the ear itself needs fixing, the only thing you should do is keep a reference up. Concept Cookie’s ear tutorial here is a god-send! I felt her neck was a bit too thick so I made it slimmer.
Finally I felt that her nostrils were a tad too big, but that might be a style you like and you can keep that!
Also, I did fix her hand a little bit and added some shadows in some needed spots.
Other than that, it was really good! Your colors on the face felt very natural.
Hi! I’m new to digital painting; this is my second-ever piece, of the Japanese singer SAWADA Kenji. I’m working on my color choices especially - I think I may have made him a little too groovy! Paint-over or written critique would be appreciated. :-)
(reference photo used:
Hello, Qinni here. The thing with the human skin is that it’s never just a simple shape of colours. of course, this doesn’t just apply to human skin, but also animals, etc, and only applies when you’re talking about a more realistic way of drawing them. Even when we’re referencing off of photos, we can’t completely trust them, since there are actually a lot of details photos miss that the naked eye can catch; after all, what’s more detailed and realistic than what your eyes sees? I think I’ve talked about the hues of the human skin in one of the older posts, where, if you look at old master paintings, you’ll find there are subtle blue/green hues in the human skin even under normal light. Under this abnormal light, you need to think about where the green might hit. If you look closely, you’ll see that in the photo reference, the side that’s green isn’t really that green, and the reds aren’t that red. there’s a hit of green in the reds and vice versa. I’d say try doing more realistic things first so you get the feel of it before moving on to a more difficult lighting :). When I say realistic, i mean to draw as realistic as you possibly can, of course. Trust me, if you want to understand realism or even semi-realism, doing that will really help~
I did a rough paint-over and hopefully you can tell where i fixed it up :). hope this helps~!
Q:is this blog dead? none of the mods have posted AT ALL. i was just wondering since i like seeing the critique that you give on peoples work
We’re not dead, most of us have been super busy as of late. I should be looking into some crits soon!
Thanks for supporting us!
Q:Since you have submissions closed, do you know of other blogs similar to yours?
Unfortunately I don’t! I think there are some artists out there who do take a look at people’s blogs and give them critique overall, but I forgot their name because they too don’t post often. Hopefully soon we can knock out some of these submissions!
Q:Hello! I noticed that it says submissions are currently open, and I'd love to send one in, but I can't seem to find the submissions box-- I'm probably missing something obvious, but how do you send in submissions?
Oh, I didn’t take it down? Sorry yeah the submissions are closed, but we’ll open them again when we’re done with our current ones! Sorry!
Q:Have you guys ever thought about red lining professional work? Sometimes I see some published work where the anatomy is all janky, and I think showing that this happens in professional world shows that everyone can improve.
We could probably do that, maybe once in a while. Most of the time we try to focus on the artist’s own work so we can give a more personal critique that works for them.
I think we could be open to these types of ideas though. I would say that definitely artists should do master studies (reproduce artwork from a Classical Artist).
If it’s no bother, could I have a written critique on all the things related to the things in the art section? I really need the help to improve my work as I’m applying to university very soon for Illustration, and I want to become twice as good as I am already…Thank you in advance!
This is Admin Tina,
I know you said you wanted a written crit, but I feel that my red line will help you out more than just my written response to you. Check it out:
When measuring the neck, you should compare the length between your collarbone to your chin and compare it to the bottom of your chin to the top of the round of the nose. They should be the same length. As you see here, your neck is waaaaay longer than it should be!
Your head did not balance the rest of the body, so I redlined it to be bigger and more balanced. When drawing, it’s a good idea to break your picture up into basic shapes, and even draw your eyes and jaw line even if it’s hidden. It will help you see where things are placed correctly.
Finally, I tried to stay true to your image. You can see that some shading was placed where the hood and hair would cast a shadow. Refer to this link when drawing hoods or anything else on the head.
Hope this helps you! Good luck with your University. My advice to you is definitely sit down and practice your basic shapes!