Piece for the Live Critique on Tuesday



  • I agree with the others that it is hard to find something to improve on this piece. I love the lighting and the limited palette. I also feel that the perspective is a little off. But this is really minor. I was a bit distracted by his feet. While all the proportion over the whole body are pretty realistic the feet are really tiny. But as I said, I just saw it while starring and looking for "mistakes".;-)


  • SVS OG

    This piece is really wonderful. I also agree that the feet of the boy look a little bit too small but I had to really spend some time looking at this to even notice that. I really love the lighting and overall composition of this piece. Nice work!



  • One other thought... I noticed that your edges seem to be a bit haphazard. for instance, you have some soft edges in the background, on the box and part of the easel. This seems to be an issue with working digitally. when things are kept on separate layers it makes working much more efficient, but the hard edges can break the illusion of the traditional feel. Look at the books in the foreground and how hard the edges are. I like to save hard to direct the viewers eye to areas of interest and soften the areas that are less important.



  • You did a really great job on this piece. I will leave the critique up to the professionals!!


  • SVS OG

    What Rob said! Hehe, i love the expression on his face...so deep in concentration! I can't believe he doesn't have paint on him somewhere 😛


  • Pro SVS OG

    Really beautiful, I love the light peeking through the wood.


  • SVS OG

    Yeah, I was thinking about slightly increasing the size of his feet, and then I thought that if I increased the size of his feet, I'd have to adjust the shadows on the floor as well. So my laziness got the best of me. But since it was pointed out, I guess I'll have to suck it up and make the change 🙂


  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    lovely work here! You are getting good!



  • @shinjifujioka said:

    Yeah, I was thinking about slightly increasing the size of his feet, and then I thought that if I increased the size of his feet, I'd have to adjust the shadows on the floor as well. So my laziness got the best of me. But since it was pointed out, I guess I'll have to suck it up and make the change 🙂

    You wouldn't have to change the size of the feet if they are a design choice.

    Overall I have no real critiques. This is a beautiful piece and you've done a masterful job. Seems pro-level to me.



  • I love the little feet and his costume. Beautiful piece. The only thing that feels slightly off to me is that the face seems rendered in a harder edge style than the rest of the piece, which feels lovely soft, fuzzy.



  • I can't wait to critique this one Shinji - When a piece is really good it's easy to make subtle suggestions and then take credit for it - HA! ...really nice - hope we come up with some good suggestions...



  • This is awesome! I really like the character, the lighting and those little tiny paintings hanging there really add a lot to the story. I remember him from your "frustrating piece" you posted some time ago haha. Btw what is GPLW?


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    @Naroth-Kean You got that right, haha, he is the same character from my "frustrating piece". If you take a look at the cover of the book at the top of the stack, that is the illustration that I originally was going to put him in.

    And GPLW stands for "Great Power Lies Within". Sometimes I just put little made up acronyms in my illustration kind of as a message to myself.



  • Will this critique be available for everyone to watch? Maybe posted on YouTube later?



  • Stunning work!


  • SVS OG

    @mattramsey According to the class description, the critique will be viewable by other SVS students. But I'm not sure when and how...



  • That's fantastic @shinjifujioka !

    I'm gonna be in the critique session too. My work's nowhere near as good as yours though. Looking forward to it anyway. 🙂

    Craig


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    For those interested, these are the progress pics from really rough sketch to final. Currently, this is more or less my usual work process.

    Dragon Fire Progress small.jpg



  • This is really interesting, Shinji, thanks for sharing! It is always great to see how you guys do what you are doing. 🙂


  • SVS OG

    @Jana Thanks!

    @craigrussellart Yeah, I'm looking forward to it too. A little nervous, but it should be a good learning experience :). One thing that I'm learning more and more, is that the most important element of an image is whether or not it conveys a message to its viewer. In my opinion, technique and all the other art theory falls secondary to the emotional impact of an image. Which is probably why there are so many appreciators of all sorts of styles of art. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm still trying to figure out how to portray myself through my art, and I'm sure you're trying to do the same 🙂


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