Do you have an image I can critique?

  • Hello Will,
    I have been following your YouTube videos for some time (Loving the self-publish video). I am new to the forum and slowly trying to work my way into full time illustration. Always dreamed about illustrating (actually creating an entire) children's book. I am still trying to find my style that is unique and dynamic, yet efficient. If you are still doing YouTube critiques, I'd like to submit this piece for consideration. This piece is one scene from a book I am working on by myself to learn and feel how the time and effort all works out. You can use my name in your critique.
    Title: A Scorpions Tale: No Turning Back - A scorpion must reach his destination but has to cross a river among other plights and challenges. Who is daring & compassionate enough to help a Scorpion? (Based on the Fable, "The Fox and the Scorpion")0_1501248420148_Cat attack WIP FINAL copy SVS version.jpg

  • Hi, @Will-Terry!
    Thank you for doing this!! Your videos are always helpful and inspiring. ๐Ÿ™‚
    This piece is a from the classic "Hansel & Gretel" When they find a land full of candy.

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  • Hey Doha,

    Your art style is really cool, the colours of your illustration is great

  • Your videos have been very helpful Will, Thanks a lot!!
    This piece is an old work of mine which Iยดd like you critique.

  • This is a scene from a book commission I just finished. Two cars are parked in a large garage/shed like barn which is gloomy. The moon shines through a skylight. The right hand car is telling the left hand car about his adventures that day.

  • 0_1504630901892_owl and firefly1.jpg a lonely owl finally finds a friend who can see him at night.

    I love this idea Will! I miss when 3rd Thursdays included critiques!! and no I don't mind being credited.

    Beverly Holtzem

  • Pickles the Pig>concept is of a hard hearted Pig who is broken over a series of seemingly misfortunate events. The dilemma is resolved in a very peculiar way resulting in sunshine not only filling the dark recesses of his messy storeroom but filling every corner of his heart. (Might have posted this a while back but I did some recent touch up)


  • Thank you for the opportunity @Will-Terry !

    I posted this image in my instagram before, but I hope it can be useful. Was something that I started developing while practicing some inking from @Jake-Parker Inking class. I thought of also including the images of the process. It took me about 11 hours to complete this spread through 3 days (including making the first sketch - but not the previous design of the robot).

    I do not have a website, but an Instagram account (diego_biosteam). Feel free to mention it.

    The Concept: Bianca followed her father to his workplace and got lost there. While observing other workers, she decides to help them in their duties. But a little girl is not allowed there, so her newfound friends are trying to help her not to get into trouble. In the whole process she learns more about her father's daily life at work!

    Inspiration: whimsical themes such as Studio Ghibli stories and "Little Prince". Design and functionality of machines/robots and environment is based on biology (the inner structures of cells).

    0_1505353862842_01 - Biancas Journey - Final.jpg

    0_1505353930336_02 - Biancas Journey - Drawing.jpg

    0_1505353973055_03 - Biancas Journey - Painting.jpg

    0_1505354038292_04 - Biancas Journey - First Sketch.jpg

  • Hi Will,

    I found you on YouTube and I've been watching loads of your videos - very insightful indeed. I wouldn't actually call myself an illustrator per se, as I'm really a graphic designer. However, I have done some illustrations for a few clients as part of my design work and I'd be interested in moving further into illustration.

    In fact I've just been asked to illustrate a short children's storybook by a local lady, which I've decided to take your advice on - you've suggested that it's quite rare for an author-illustrator partnership to be picked up by a publisher, but also that it's worth taking advantage of any opportunity to get more experience and add to your portfolio. Also, i'm not getting paid much, so I'm going to do mainly spots and vignettes, but in any case, I'm going to make sure that I work like I'm getting paid ยฃ5000, even though I'm only getting ยฃ500... ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyway, I'm glad I signed up to the SVS Learn forum, because discovering an opportunity to have you critique one of my illustrations would be absolutely amazing, as I'd love to know what your thoughts and suggestions might be.

    This piece was based on a short story, 'Who is Leonard Bopper?', by the singer from a local band. The final image was used as the front cover of the band's album of the same name, and then for a website, which told the story by zooming in on various sections of the one image, using basic CSS animation techniques to bring the images to life.

    The story is about a private investigator in a filthy city full of organised crime, trying to save a damsel in distress, which turns into a revenge thing. This image portrays a moment when he confronts a suspect in a dark alley.

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    My website is and the story website is

    I really hope to hear from you...

    All the best,


  • Hey Will,

    thank you so much for everything you do, I usually watch your videos while I'm drawing and they give me tons of motivation!

    I recently started to get into watercolor, didn't do that for years now. And am really afraid of f-ing up every piece I start. But I think it's going quite well even though I know I have a lot to learn, an can usually name uncountable things that I want to do better the next time ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Here is the piece I would love a critique on:

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    It's the essence of the fairytale 'The star money', my favorite fairy tale when I was a child.

    My main goal in this piece was actually to not focus on just the character but work with a light source that casts hard shadows (in this case the glowing star money), as well as a full background. I usually just draw characters not connected to a scenery (so there usually is no specified light source) so this was good practice. I started by sketching on a piece of paper, then scanned it in and tried out different color combinations and shadowing. Then went back to my drawing table and first sketched then colored it.

    Since it's the first time I drew something that complex with watercolors I would appreciate it so much if you could give me some feedback. I bet you see stuff I didn't know yet that it was wrong because I had so much to focus on ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Thank you in advance and have a nice day!

    Johanna Breuch