A music based magic system? Sweet! My question would be- have you played with any other compositions in small thumbnail form? While I think this composition could definitely work, I'm kind of wanting to see a couple of different ideas. If the setting is a mountain and he's searching for children, perhaps a more zoomed out view would add impact? It would show the immensity of the situation and perhaps give more weight to the magic. You might not even have to zoom out too much. What about a view slightly from above? That might also show the immensity of the situation while still showing of the magic and keep strong focus on Mikael. It's hard to know for certain without trying it out. But maybe you've already done this and definitely want to stick with this comp?
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RE: WIP Music
RE: Music WIP: Comments Appreciated
I'm looking forward to seeing the progression of this. I like the idea of keeping the background white. Watercolor (I'm assuming you're doing watercolor?) on a white background? Yes please! If you are going with a more graphic piece, instead of the little characters in the front, why not all in a row? That will really accentuate their size difference and I think that's a lot of fun to see such different characters in a sort of lineup.
RE: EPISODE 08: YOUR CREATIVE BANK ACCOUNT
Because people with this talent draw without difficulty, they draw a lot and continue drawing because they have results and have fun. I don't say it can't develop a little the more you draw, but I don't see significant changes on artists. Good artists were good from the start and "bad" artists were "bad" from the start.
I disagree. I've seen too many artists that draw and paint horribly become epic fantasy painters within years, and on the flip side I've seen many "good" artists unable to draw from the imagination after years of being "good". The difference is the type of studies they are doing. Certain type of studies can drastically improve your art, even if you aren't putting in as much time as someone who draws 12 hours a day. Of course it will go a lot faster when you combine the right studies and lots of drawing/painting time.
What do you think of someone like Noah Bradley? Look at his examples of his academic drawing- pretty decent. But his attempts at fantasy were pretty bad. After about 5 years or so of the right mixture of study, he drastically improved his work. You might not agree that he's at Frazetta level, but I think it's impressive.
RE: Help with self assessment
I'm loving this piece so far. Yes, I think it suggests a story, I want to know more, and I like the rendering style.
As for critique, Heidi already has covered a lot of what I was going to say already. I do think that overall the composition works for me, but you could still play a little with some of the things Heidi as said.
I will add that you could give more thought into the hand acting and how it helps the scene. The hands of the giants are prominent elements in this scene and are strongly silhouetted. I feel the middle fist is working well, but the lower fist doesn't add much tension. It's not quite open enough to indicate he's resting it a bit or using it as a defensive hand, and it's not quite clenched enough to feel powerful. I'd go one way or another with it, but right now it's deadening the action.
I think you could also add more drama by throwing some debris into the air by the falling giant making contact with the cliff. It will heighten the sense of danger the dwarves must be feeling.
Great job @W-Coats! I love high fantasy and I'm really digging the vibe of this piece.
RE: EPISODE 08: YOUR CREATIVE BANK ACCOUNT
@Zombie-Rhythm Ok. I was just wondering. It's really difficult to gauge where someone is coming from when you don't know their goals, or have a clue on what their work looks like currently.
I could also draw very realistically using reference, and was also considered very talented in art school, but could not make up my own stuff, which I wanted to simplify and stylize anyway, without direct reference or visualize things, until I studied perspective and constructive form. When I tried to make up my own paintings, I could just not figure out how to execute my ideas until I learned specific skills that was unfortunately not taught to me in school. Studing perspective and construction gave me a better ability to visualize. After that, I could manipulate shapes, turn things around in my head, visualize different angles, and could logically reason where light and shadow would fall, without direct reference better, where before I couldn't at all. I think for some people those skills come very naturally without much physical drawing work, but for others they have to study to get to that point. I definitely had to study. Observational drawing came easy to me- gaining the skills to build more imaginative stuff and to visualize took a lot more grunt work for me, and I'm still working on the skills to visualize better.
Thought that might be your problem too- having great observational drawing skills, but not enough studies related to drawing more from your imagination. I guess not though!
Well, hope you find how to access what you need to make the work you want. Good luck.
RE: American Illustrator in Korea ~ HELP
I'd look into JAW Cooper as a case study of where your work could fit in and see if you can find any of her interviews.
JAW Cooper's website: https://jawcooper.carbonmade.com/about
Possibly helpful interviews would be her Bobby Chiu and One Fantastic Week interviews on youtube where she talks about her art and career.
Some of your work seems to run in a similar vein as hers, so she might be a good role model.