APRIL CONTEST VIDEO CRITIQUES!



  • @Lee-White Thanks for doing this! The woman is actually setting a trap in mine (#19 - the vampire one). She has a wooden stake in her hands and can see incoming footprints from the window. I was trying to make it visible, but without being too obvious. Any bonus tips on how to achieve that would be appreciated.

    The lighting and mirror tips are noted! I was planning to put some vanity items (brushes, jewelry box, and whatnot) on the dresser but ran out of time.



  • @Lee-White THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for doing this for us! You are amazing! We all know you are so busy and your time is so precious. Thank you for sharing your time and critiques with us and thank you for being encouraging and helpful as always. 🌷


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    @Lee-White is a steely-eyed missile man!
    Thank you so much for doing this. I’m getting a lot of good notes, not just from mine, but from the reviews of everybody’s art. This is an incredible opportunity. 💛👍🤩



  • @Lee-White This was so helpful watching the critique marathon. I was mean't to be doing some other work. But it was worth stopping and listening to what you had to say about all the pieces. Hats off to you 🎩 for being a top teacher.


  • SVS OG

    I've only watched 6 minutes of this but I'm pretty sure I'm about to binge-watch every video critique. Thank you so much, @Lee-White. This is an amazingly generous gift and educational opportunity.

    Update: Just finished watching (it's just past midnight and my mind is so buzzed that I'm not even sleepy:). Highly recommend watching through each one. It'll not only help you with your own work, but you'll also learn from a pro critiquer how to give effective and encouraging crits.



  • @Lee-White said there was no winner this month but I think we ALL won!


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    @StudioLooong I agree 100%. 😃



  • @Lee-White thank you so much for the critique. I had considered the rearranging of the characters as you suggested. To explain though, the idea was originally for the mouse to be riding the owl, but then switched it to show the mouse waiting for his ride, thus the sedentary position of that character. I do find it fun to play around with the natural rolls of characters, placing them in less common situations. Thank you again very much and very appreciated. 😀



  • @StudioLooong Absolutely! I learn so much from hearing everyone’s critiques and appreciate honest,professional eyes on my work too. We all won!



  • @Lee-White thank you so much for the crits. Love love love it. I can not believe that you did this - all 58 entries.


  • SVS OG

    Thanks for the crit @Lee-White gave me some good ideas. I like your intro too gives you a simple (seemingly haha) approach to creating a better image. Awesome 🙂


  • SVS OG

    @Jason-Bowen Moment before_Jason Bowen.jpg

    @Lee-White I thought of a way to improve my character lol 🙂


  • SVS OG

    @Lee-White Thank you so much for doing this. I have to be honest that I was very nervous when I heard you were critiquing them all because I've always felt I am stronger in story telling than illustration and I threw my picture into the mix just for the fun of it. Your critique, however, confirmed so much of what I have been moving toward style-wise that it just made my day and felt incredibly encouraging. Thank you for all of the time you put into this. Listening to critiques both of one's own work and others is such a great way of learning.



  • @Lee-White Thank you so much for the critique. I was crazy nervous. You are spot on and pointed out everything that i couldn't figure out but felt. Awesome. Thank you so much for your time. Not just with mine but with all of them. This was definitely a gift.

    To answer your story question:
    I was going for an old man waiting to meet up with his son and grand daughter in a public area. Proportions is my next study. and i should have moved them over to the right and hit the graffiti in the left column. though he would not be looking at it. it would direct the eyes that way. I guess.

    Sorry about no name. I got to learn. Do you think just pencil work is good enough? Feel like i lose that pencil magic and substitute it with that color magic.

    Here is my finished before this critique.

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  • @Lee-White thank you, lee 🙂


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    Thank you for taking the time to do these critiques!



  • Wow thank you @Lee-White for your critiques and your time!! I’ve just finished watching the whole video and I took so many notes from lots of entries.
    I’ll definitely try to improve my image with your critiques, they are so valuable.
    I also want to thank fellow students who took time to give me feedback during the process of doing this illustration in the forum, it helped me so much, thanks again!



  • @Lee-White Thank you so much Lee for taking the time to do a critique on my work!! I'm very thankful. I love the feedback! Hats off to you for doing 58 crits!! You are an animal! Congrats everyone for all the hard work on this prompt! Good stuff!



  • @Lee-White Get yourself some coffee! (or maybe lemon tea with honey for the throat!) Thank you for all this work reviewing everyone's submission. Very helpful to hear over and over again what is needing to tell a story. Thanks so much for the time you spent.



  • @Lee-White holy bajeezus I am not only blown away by the thoroughness and depth of your critique but also by the breadth of your critique to all of us!!!!! The value you guys add to SVS continues to increase. This is one of my favorite communities I’ve ever been a part of.

    And on the storytelling aspect of your critique, my friends just told me similar feedback and they’re not even in the industry! Things lined up pretty well in this and I am seeking to understand the story behind my art. Cheers and thank you


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