Last night when I got home, I was excited to see that the video form 3rd Thursday was up! (is it possible to see the critique "live"? It is probably in the middle of the night here but it would be nice to know anyway)
This month was the first time I participated and I was a bit nervous. Would my entry be included and if so - what would they say?
So, I sat down and watched the video. When I'd listen to the part about my work - I laughed! They were so nice and polite in pointing out my mistakes - I shouldn't have worried at all! And they were spot on with their coments - exactly the things I myself felt was off where the things they thought I needed to correct. To me it means that I can (sort of) trust my gut feeling about what is wrong. I was a bit afraid that there would be major issues with things I didn't see myself, and therefore harder for me to work on.
As I understood - the major issues with my entry where:
- Large figure - to heavy texture
- Inconcistent style between the two figures
- Poorly chosen moment in time (I choose after - not before or during)
I agree with them all! In my opinion - my two main mistakes were that I didn't put enought time into the drawing and I worked on a too small paper. The resaon my figures look so different is partly due to me using a much to small paper. However, what I really tried to work with in my entry was composition (that is one of my weaknesses) and I'm very happy that the composition didn't come through as a major issue! Not to say it is good now, but had I done this a month ago it probably would have been! So - my take home message from this will be - next time:
- Keep up the routine of doing many more thumbnails!
- Consider illustrating before, during and after before deciding
- Use a bigger paper...
- Try to give the whole thing more time (this entry took me about two hours to complete)
Thoughts? Comments? What did you pick out as areas of improvement for yourself?
By the way - here is my entry (I use colored pencil, watercolor and ink - size about 21x30 cm):
In all - it was fun, and I will absoluetly try to participate again!