APRIL CONTEST VIDEO CRITIQUES!



  • @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


  • SVS OG

    @Lee-White thanks so much for doing this marathon crit! Even though I am too chicken to participate myself 😐, I learnt so much from your comments on everyone’s images. Good work everybody! Standard is so high!!



  • @Lee-White Wow, this is an unexpected and awesome gift! Thank you for taking the time for this. I was struggling with making my crazy-contraption image more readable, and your suggestions are very helpful. I find your commitment to assisting other artists inspiring and beautiful!



  • Hey Lee, thanks a lot for a great critique video for all the entries. Wishing a fast recovery to your vocal cords🙂!


  • SVS OG

    Thank you, @Lee-White I really appreciate all of these helpful video critiques and, of course, especially mine. So many good things to think about when watching them all. You are so NICE for doing this. I plan to start work on redrawing my dinosaurs to get that 3/4 view. @Maureen-BF



  • Added in @Lee-White's suggestions along with a few other changes I though would help tell the story a bit better. Thanks again for doing this for everyone Lee!

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  • @Lee-White I'll take no major changes 😃 You really showed us how dedicated you are by doing all of these critiques. Thank you!


  • Moderator

    Seriously, @Lee-white, WOW. Sheer gold. Thank-you.



  • Unbelievable! Being new to this, I wasn't expecting ANY feedback at all, so this is truly a gift. Thank you Lee!



  • WOW, @Lee-White this is amazing! Thank you so much for the feedback, not only mine, but for all the entries! I can’t appreciate it enough!



  • so far have gotten through the first two videos, loving it! Learning so much. this is awesome. 🙂



  • @Lee-White thanks for doing this. They were great.

    It is funny my wife listens to them over my shoulder (she is not an artist) and after having the last class with you she was like "It is good to hear him again. It is like I know him now." So at the very least you make an impression.



  • On the old west one in the 3rd video, I thought the guy with the gun was getting ready to shoot the rope. That's why the guy about to be hanged doesn't look too worried...? Like in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." ?



  • @Lee-White This is the best gift yet. I am learning so much by listening to your feedback as you review a piece. And you do it so professionally and kind and direct-all in one.

    For "a six year old in a middle aged body"-thumbs up.



  • Here’s a bit of an update with the red ball moved so that it’s in front of the blanket. It seems to me more noticeable now, though I’d love anyone’s feedback. Thanks again, Lee.

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  • @Lee-White Thanks very much for the feedback! I really like your advice on how to load the moment even more -- I wish I'd thought of that! Now I have to admit I was dreading the moment before watching your critique of my work. I've been trying to illustrate without line which has been a bit of a struggle to say the least and I thought my finished piece lost something between sketch and final (and was generally poor overall). Thanks for all your critiques, these are so incredibly valuable.



  • @Lee-White ok I made the changes. I think I’m actually going to submit this to this months SCBWI “alone” prompt.
    Thank you again.
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  • @Lee-White Thanks so much for doing this. I have learnt loads listening to all the other critiques, not just mine. And I'm pleased you suggested leaving out the dog under the plant from mine - I added him at the last minute as I felt something was missing. Adding other subtle characters above and in the background, as you suggested, would help fill that 'missing' feeling. Thank you!


  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    @Aleksey If teeth are the weapon, then you need to lean into them a little more. Looking good though!

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  • @Lee-White oh dang. Yeah i guess I could have exaggerated more. You don’t think it would have been a bit too much for a picture book portfolio. Like i know the big bad wolf is a well know scary villian in picture books but what do you think?


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