Would love to give a critique

  • @will-terry
    Wow, Will! Even your chairs are adorable!

  • @pam-boutilier
    Pam, your 2nd drawing is fantastic!

  • @audrey-dowling
    I don't understand the circle in the lower right corner (is it space for text?), but I love the expression on the boy's face!

  • thanks @miriam . there will be a smaller illustration inserted there

  • @gary-wilkinson Hey Gary,

    Nice piece! It's very finished. My comments aren't going to be absolute - more of suggestions that I would do for storytelling. I think you rendered an image that communicates what you want - I'm going to share what could make the story more easy to convey?

    1. I'm not a huge fan of the strait on view of your critter - it works - it could be a me thing but I prefer seeing him turned a little more.

    2. I used to drive through the cotton fields when I lived in Cali years ago - I had to get out of the car to pick some because until we moved there I had never seen any up close. I'm guessing most people don't know what it is. For this reason I would make the first glance and subsequent focal point - your critter. I think it's more interesting and would make your composition more dynamic to get more of a close up on him/her.

    3. I didn't draw it but I would also perhaps show a middle ground critter clearly dropping pieces of cotton in his/her mouth in profile. If eating is the activity I would more clearly show it. A successful illustration for your portfolio should communicate one main idea very clearly - you can have more ideas/story that reads second, third, etc. but you really want your viewer to understand the statement you're making quickly.

    Really nice color and I like how tight you got on your main critter - nice job!


  • @miriam Thank you! 🙂

  • @miriam Yes, there is a story behind why he wear the pieces in stead. I plan on having more items on the floor, mainly hats. The background plan is to have wall paper type feel once finished. It will be less pronounced. The circle is a window

  • @marsha-kay-ottum-owen Ive been thinking about adding shevles in the wall? Have some stuffed animals and small toys up there as well. I'm okanning in adding more hats in the floor. I'm iffy about the window. Could be distracting.

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    @amphailin I don't think you need to add too much but just something on the right side to balance things out. And, I'm sure I am not the best critiquer either 🙂 I think it is really cute.

  • @will-terry Thanks Will I really appreciate it. I'm always looking to learn and improve, so this was a great help!

  • @gooddharma This one is hard to critique in this forum because it's more of an advertising illustration and subsequently has a different purpose. Rather than telling a specific story it's goal is to communicate more of a general idea - Celebrating the Christmas holidays with various forms of transportation. It's really nice in many ways. My main paint over if this were a children's story illustration would be to limit your focal points to one main idea/story - but I think that wouldn't be appropriate for this one.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • @ben-migliore Nice illustration Ben.

    Here's what I would change:

    1. I would move the cabins to the right or left to take them more off center - right now you have interest on both sides of the cabins which divides your viewer's eye movement.

    2. I would progressively widen the smoke lines coming out of the chimneys to more closely mimic the physics of smoke.

    3. I'd move the dock over to become a second focal point.

    4. I'd add a figure or two in there to build this into more of a story - perhaps someone in a boat? Fishing? Meditating on the dock? An airplane coming in? Could be the start of an adventure.

    Really nice feeling - thank you!0_1515183136158_43567465765.jpg

  • @will-terry thank you!! Good to keep in mind

  • @jonas-zavacky It's hard for me to give a detailed crit at this stage because I don't think I have enough visual or concept information. But my gut feeling is that you'll need to show more of the figure cropping out so your viewer can easily comprehend what type of figure this is and what the body language is?

  • @ians Thanks for sending your character design - I like paying with characters shapes.

    A few things to consider:

    1. I would vary your leg lengnth and overall muscle shapes . When you keep legs and arms the same width they tend to get boring. You can also consider straights and curves and their relationship.

    2. I think you could have more fun - variance on your color to build interest. I didn't have time to do a paint over but I'm sure you can explore character designs from your favorite artists to consider this option.

    Thank you,

  • @will-terry Thank you ! oh yeah that is true... I will not post WIP next time for this type of critique 😃

  • @miriam Hello! just now checking back in after the holidays and saw your very thoughtful crit. Thank you for spending the time to give feedback. Lighting and color is a big struggle for me. I agree with all your comments, not sure how to fix yet. With a night scene I know things are diffused but I was trying to add some color ...Yes, shadow will help and the ear is odd now that I look at it. Speckles were to be stars but since you picked fireflies, I will say that was what I was going for 🙂 I will go back and review rabbit feet anatomy. Thanks again for the time and effort to give some great feedback, very much appreciated!

  • @jbleau
    Ha, ha! Of course that's what you were going for. 😉 They do make good stars, too. The reason I went with fireflies is because there are a few speckles in front of the moon & a couple of the boards that are flying up above the dog. For stars, I would make sure they aren't overlapping anything. With a full moon, I might keep them away from the moon--or at least have less right next to the moon, as the brighter light would probably drown them out. Mist/Clouds would diffuse the stars as well. Another idea is to vary the size and brightness. Something like this (just images from a quick Google search):
    0_1515369131425_9521aef9-2cbf-49c2-85f6-7f1e7ef88f0c-image.png https://www.worldatlas.com/r/w728-h425-c728x425/upload/88/8c/97/shutterstock-230650243.jpg

    ...but of course, there's always artistic license!

    I did another Google search for "rabbit foot underside" and it looked like I might be wrong when I saw a photo with spots on that end of the feet, but it turned out to be a condition called "sore hocks". Rabbits need to have appropriate bedding or their fur can get rubbed off & even develop sores. Poor bunnies! 😞
    It looks like (at least some--maybe all?) rabbits don't have pads like dogs and cats. They just have fuzzy feet. They're pretty cute!:

    0_1515371249709_049012b3-1ca3-4abf-96f9-9e9a658b8b49-image.png http://aapetservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/rabbit.jpg

    I love Google image search! It's great for reference.

  • @jbleau
    I know what you mean about light and color! I'm completely clueless, and excited to learn about it, but I'm not sure if I should try to learn a little bit of different techniques and skills, or first focus on basic drawing skills. I think I'll at least get through the "How to Draw Everything" and other basic classes first, before studying color and light.

    It just amazes me when I pay attention to the lighting effects applied to some illustrations! ...someday (I hope!) 🙂 It's good to have things to work toward and aspire to!

    I need to work on practicing the drawing exercises, and drawing pictures, then be brave like you and post stuff!

  • @tombarrettillo

    Hi Tom,

    Thank you for sending this one! I like the overall feel and style. My comments are mostly going to be about utilization of space, variation of the size of shapes and overall design. Some of what I think you should change is very subjective.

    1. When you add a strong foreground item like the wheel - it will often melt into the environment if it overlaps your focal point characters.

    2. When you introduce a non-focal point item - the same wheel in the foreground - you should look to vary the exit lines where it crops - not keep them the same or else it draws attention to the corner.

    3. If you vary the line weights of your objects you can build more interest and make your images more dynamic! The trim on your mirror, the mechanical belt, the pipes, the braces, etc. are almost all the same width.

    4. Overall it's important to know that the beginning artist tends to make interior spaces more open and sparse and the more advanced illustrator tends to fill interior spaces in a more natural predictable way.

    I hope this helps! Thank you,


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