Would love to give a critique

  • Hi Guys,

    I feel extremely blessed for having parents who encouraged me to go to art school, having the means to do so, having some really good teachers, and somehow finding myself doing exactly what I want to do with my life.

    So I try to make time to poke around in these forums to look for someone to help in the form of a critique. I searched around today but couldn't find anything posted in the last few days. So if you post an image here I'll keep checking back this week to pick images that I think I can help on.

    Thank you for all of your participation in this forum! I wish I had this tool when I was in school!

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    Awesome! I'm going to post all the rough sketches from my next book. Can you take them to finish and fix all my drawing and storytelling problems? Thanks!

  • If you don't mind, I would be very thankful for you to critique my Slowvember. I worked on it, while watching course on Color and Light, which is BTW very interesting. Generally, I wanted to draw smith red ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Hey Will, That would be good, here's my illustration it was done for the transport competitions. I was not quite happy with the end result I felt like it needed something else.0_1513885122725_Transport Julian Beresford.jpg

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    @will-terry I would love some feedback on the draw 50 things assignment. I posted it a while ago, but I think it sank to the bottom of the forums before you saw it. That assignment scared the crap out of me. And I had several goes at it before I finally settled on this piece. I work traditionally. This is a combination of ink and watercolor. I know thereโ€™s at least one tangent (the plug). But, what Iโ€™m wondering is - I messed with perspective a little, but I donโ€™t know if it just makes it look wrong, or if it works. โ˜บ๏ธ Please Fire away! 0_1513887528846_E5BDD81F-EBBE-495B-B689-A34AE769041B.jpeg

  • Thanks Will. 0_1513887973495_fall.jpg

  • Hi Will,
    This image is from the transportation contest. I couldn't get it to upload so I liked it from my website.

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  • @will-terry yes, I have been atruggling with my slowvember piece, and I wanted to ask you about what is wrong with my brain when it comes to keeping consistent values while making a more white image.


  • Holy heck, I'm jumping at this opportunity. Here's my Slowvember piece I tried to make portfolio-worthy.


  • I'm sneaking in another one.


  • Thank you, if you pick this.
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  • @will-terry Looks like I have my work cut out for me! Thank you - I'll get on it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This was a piece that I worked on in the past week and although I want to consider it to be finished, if there is anything you would recommend to improve upon then I would appreciate the advice. Thanks

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  • @aska Hi Aska,

    Thank you for sharing this! It's a really fun piece! It's also the nightmare for many illustrators - the dreaded crowd scene! So here's what I would change:

    1. If you bite it off you have to chew it. So you have to add more detail to the individual animals in each seat. Your characters aren't far enough away to paint as simple color/value shapes. So you need to add more detail to most of these.

    2. BUT! There's a way to minimize the pain - by overlapping a few patrons in the foreground you can both increase your dynamic design and reduce the work load.

    3. The main character is separated from the background with black line work while many of the characters are defined by value. You need to pick one or the other for consistency.

    4. I would vary the animals/shapes of the others to create variety and interest.

    Again - thank you!


  • Hey glad I saw this! I am very new at SVS - first time looking at the forum. And I am not a student.. I graduated art school back in 1993! But I am trying to break free from the graphic design world and improve my illustration marketability. Would LOVE your feedback. This is not from a book, but it is my latest client work and still geared towards kids. My work is all vectors. 0_1513907794159_LOSS_TRANSPORT_6x18Banner-HalfSize.jpg

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    This is called Glacier. I was trying a different style focused on more graphic shapes.

  • it is WIP, but I would like to hear some critique at this stage too!

  • @will-terry Thank you for your comments! I must admit that I got a bit overwhelmed with this piece because of the crowd. It was just too much for my abilities and speed of drawing. So i was secretly hoping that I can get away with it, drawing attention to the elephant, but clearly it didn't work 100% ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will keep your valuable tips and try to rework it in few months. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I've not been doing full illustrations with backgrounds for a while, just characters for the #animalalphabets challenge to keep my eye in. I'm not sure how much of a crit you can give based on a single character but I'd be happy to hear your thoughts! This was F for The Fly. They've gone from cute animals to horror for some reason. I think I'm better at the scarier animals than the cute ones!


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