There are some solid suggestions here. I'll take what I think is right and make adjustements. You guys just contributed to the quality of this project
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RE: Could use some critique - environment piece
RE: Could use some critique - environment piece
@Frost-Drive Hmmm, more items
I was afraid it might get too busy, but I guess it is worth a shot!
Actually, looking at it now, I think it may be the key! Thanks!
I left the left ( hoho! ) side more empty to frame his head nicely (that's where most of animation will take place and I dont want anything potentially distracting there) but I'll add more stuff in other places. Thank you for taking the time to answer.
RE: help deciding how much to crop
Depends on what you want to emphasise, really.
The bigger canvas does communicate the isolation more and it makes the rain a bit more important.
The close up is way more personal, more about the character than about the rain or isolation.
If you'd ask me, I think those both look good! Depends on what kind of message you want to push through.
That crop doesn't change the composition in any drastic way so its just a matter of emotional response you wanna get
Could use some critique - environment piece
Hi there, SVS people!
Comin' in with a little critique request.
I am currently working on an environment for a small animated scene and I think I've hit a brick wall here.
Could use a fresh pair of eyes.
I myself do not have much experience with drawing environments. My art journey has been centered around characters, so this background layout has made me struggle.
Here it is:
The compostion is build with a character in a scene in mind, so here's a quick mock up of how that'd look.
annnnndd a greyscale.
Truth be told, I kinnnndaaa like it but it is missing SOMETHING and due to my lack of experience in the field, I can't indentify that thing.
What do you think could be missing?
Do you see any obvious mistakes?
How's that value structure holding up?
Any critique is welcome, really.
RE: How do you decide what direction to pursue?
@NessIllustration Oh yeah, I know that it doesn't mean it will work for me, however I am super glad you made me aware of the fact, that animation studios actually DO want you to have a degree.
My program ain't putting me in any loan. Fortunately, higher education in Poland is not that expensive. Also, I got a schoolarship for getting good scores in school which is almost enough to pay for the entire month of schooling. It's just the curriculum, that has suprisingly little animation for an animation program, bothers the heck outta me, but since this degree can be useful, I guess it's worth suffering through some pointless assignments.
Anyways, thanks for some professional insight! That was really helpful and exceeded beyond my intial questions!
Cheer, Vanessa! I appreciate the help
RE: How do you decide what direction to pursue?
Holy smokes, I never had expected such an overwhelming response!
Thanks to everybody who took the time to write an answer! I appreciate every single one
Some of them actually moved me on a realllyyy deep level, especially when @jdubz and couple of other folks said that the path is a great place to be in and that I am lucky to be in love with two things.
I also really appreciate people like @Ryan-Ehrenberg or @NelsonYiap who mentioned the money side of things...
Looking at it from the paycheck side of things, I do feel like an animation studio is the safer option that a freelance illustrator's path. Also, when it comes to animation, I already had some clients so there's that
Well, a thought to chew on I guess and a very solid reason to stick with animation.
Also, I have some thoughts about @NessIllustration response! I've been bombarded with statements like "YOU DON'T NEED COLLAGE TO BE AN ARTISTS" statements from left and right ever since I started listening to podcasts and interviews and I think you're the first person that has ever told me something that is located on the other side of the fence and basically told me to stick to my degree. Oddly enough, for the past few months I've been considering quiting school, since the animation program that I am in is... noooottt really good. Your comment was like a cold shower, because this thought is gone now :smiling_face_with_open_mouth_cold_sweat:
Without even knowing it, you kinda solved my other problem. Also, I checked out your illustrations and I am suuuperrr in love with them
How do you decide what direction to pursue?
Yo, SVS people!
I have a little issue here that I hope someone may be able to discuss. You see, I find myself torn between two certain career paths, both requiring very different skills.
Part of me screams "I WANNA DO ILLUSTRATION! CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION IS THE THING I WANT!", while the other one is like "ANIMATION! I AM IN AN ANIMATION PROGRAM AT COLLAGE AND I LOVE ANIMATION, I WANNA DO IT!" and it kinda feels like those two parts of me are constantly fighting each other, making it really hard for me to decide what steps I should take next in terms of my education.
Should I learn more about light and shadow, or should I study acting and movement? I feel like I am at a point where those two paths separate and instead of choosing one, I am standing on the crossroads.
Have you ever felt that way and how did you made the decision when the time came? Both of those fields are very competitive so I can't really follow the logic here.
RE: Portfolio critique needed
This looks pretty cool!
Not exactly my cup of tea and something I know enough about to criticise the pieces themselves, however when I was browsing through your categories, I've noticed that... some of them seem unnecassary?
What do I mean by this? Your editorial category, for example, had only two images in it and one of them (the Make Nice one) is in most of the other categories as well, so basically, editorial category has one image in it that I wouldn't see anywhere else. It feels kinda pointless to create a separate section that I have to go to just to see one picture.
I dunno, maybe this is just me being picky or something, but seeing how many of your images are being repeated through multiple categories, I feel it would be much clearer and more comfortable for the viewer to reduce the amount of sections one can go to.
Right now, this seems very unorganised. A lot of categories filled with not many images that repeat themselves in most of them. I'd even go as far as to call this a bit chaotic. For me, the sections that make a lot of sense not are branding and type, maybe paper piece too, but it has tons of things that could work in the type section as well.
Hopefully I don't sound to harsh. I like this work, it looks good and professional.
I just felt kinda confused while looking at all of this and I don't think that's what you were aiming for
RE: Jan prompt - process flow and critique requested
Giving critique to pieces as stylised as this is often a hard task. You know, where to draw a line between a mistake and a stylistic choice?
However, I've managed to come up with two points that I can make that may be helpful and that will not interfere with the style you went for...which is great, by the way. I am completely mesmerized by this image.
The first thing I'd like to point out is that tangent that has happend where the boy's hand touches his hat. The hand kinda blends in with the stripes of the hat, creating a bit of confusion. You may want to figure that area out a bit more.
The second point I'd like to mention is a compositional thing and it is about the background...
Yeah, I know that you're happy with it (you should be!) and you're primarly looking for some feedback on the characters,
however I feel like you can make some simple changes to it that will really help your focal area!
Let's talk shapes, shall we?
You see, this forest in the background...it's quite a busy area. There is A LOT of small, different shapes that break into even more small shapes that break into even more shapes that break into.... you get the idea. The area is veeeryy detailed and active in comparison to the plain and simple shapes in the foreground In fact, it is SO busy and active that it creates a bit of a distraction. It's screaming at us, competing with the boy for attention.
Yes, the boy is still a focal point and we look at him immediately, yet my eyes still really want to go up, see what those active shapes are all about. My solution is simple. You've got three layers of the forest. Leave the first one the way it is but make those two back layers less busy the further away they go. Bigger shapes, less sharp edges, maybe even blurr 'em out, but only a tiny bit.
I honestly think that this simple change could turn out very beneficial for the composition of this piece.
Besides that, I really have no other points. This is a great illustration, really. One of my favourites for the january prompt so far!
Oh, and about your questions. I don't feel like the dog is too close to the boy and the pose, as long as your aim is to make the boy look a bit confused, seems pretty solid to me!
Keep up the good work!
RE: Struggling... anyone else?
I am sorry to hear this year has been tough for you. Sometimes that's just life, ya know? I've been through some struggles and artistic crisises in 2019 as well...heck, I am pretty sure 90% of people on the forum were, if not all of them.
While hard times are unavoidable, try to think of them as a trial of some sort. Afterall, when you've fallen, the only thing you can do next is stand up! It may take a week, it may take a year, but you WILL eventually pick your butt off the ground. Hopefully, this will happend soon.
As for me, even though I am only 22 and my serious art journey started three years ago, I've hit rock bottom a few times, lost the track of my good habits, just like you did and generally lost the joy that came with the act of creation. What has helped me (annnd has helped me recently) was reseting myself!
I took a step back, looked at my goals and plans, then I did some thinking, I reshaped my goals, wrote down some new ideas and ways to achieve them and came up with a brand new plan of attack. Then, I changed the way I organise myself and the way I work! I did research on how other people organise their time and manage their tasks, I tried new ways of doing that and formed brand new habbits, ditching the old ones enitrely. It's not that those didn't work, I just needed a new way of working to keep my mind fresh.
After I figured that out...I took two weeks off, read two books, played through the entire Jedi: Fallen Order game and did a toooonnnn of cooking and then I applied all the new ideas and routines into life. It felt like I was REBORN.
So if that makes sense to you, I'd highly suggest doing that If you feel like you had hit a wall.
To put it into one sentence: Give yourself a little break If that's possible and then reshape your goals, change the way you organise and work, at least a little bit, modify your morning routines and see where it takes you.
Oh, and the whole social media thing...I think everyone should listen to Adam Duff on this one.
This video has really changed the way I think and honestly, I am MUCH happier now...
Sending you good wishes! If anything changes and you get back on track, please let us now. I would love to hear from you in a week or a month from now.
RE: January contest WIP maybe?
Just to put a little thought in here, It DOES not matter that the bird is gigantic and of species that doesn't exist.
When you paint an illustration, you create your own rules, your own worlds, stories and creatures. To put it in a poetic way, you're an allmighty being capable of creating anything, so dont worry that your bird doesn't look like a bird that exists in our world.
When it comes to your art though, I can't tell what was meant to be the focal point. Do you want us to notice the character first, or the bird? They both seem equal when it comes to importance and I feel like making one back away could make this image more focused. Maybe blend the bird into the background a bit more and put some white snow right behind the kids face to increse the contrast in there? That would be one way to do it!
Besides this unclear focal point issue, the idea is fun. True, it kinda falls into a cliche, but it is nicely executed, so don't bother yourself with that.
What I would recommend it QUIT comparing your ideas and images to other artists. Compare your art only...to your art. If you constatnly compare your ideas and illustrations to those of the pros, you can get discouraged veeeryyy quickly.
RE: Critique request
@yuriqart! Hi, man!
This is pretty cool! What makes an artwork stick is often times the idea, not the technical side of things, so while it could use a bit of work, the idea is there and it is fun and memorable.
I've taken some time to do a quick overpaint with a few suggestions. Just a couple of little ideas and changes that popped into my head when I saw this image.
So the first thing that I see is that your light direction seems to be a little inconsistent. Looking at the shadow on the creature and the boys head, the lightsource is somewhere on the right, in front of the scene. Yet you painted the monster's left hand like it's being lit from a different direction. I fixed that.
Also, I adjusted the light on monster's head to match it with the boy and the arm behing him. In the original, it looks like monster's head is being lit at a slightly different angle.
Speaking of his head...
I just looove the furry texture you used on monster's arms. I realy think that something like this should happend on his head as well! Adding this furr texture there not only makes it look a bit more interesting, but also adds some unity to the design. Also, by making the creature's head more round I echoed the change that you did to the boy's head. You can achieve some great harmony through shape repetition like that!
Watch out for the boy's skin! Skin is actually a bit translcent, that is why we can see a LOT of warms in it. Those cool, desaturated colors you have used make the skin look very...dead? I guess that's a good word.
So as long as you don't want your kid to be a zombie, throw some warms in there!
I also adjusted the shadow that is being cast by creature's head. It works AMAZING as a compositon tool, since it leads our eye straight for the boy. However, with such a hard edge, this shadow calls A LOT of unwanted attention. You can push it back by allowing it to melt away. Make a grad in there, soften the edge the further away from the head it goes... Shadows do that in real life, you know? The further away they go from the object, the softer they get.
Here! I took a photo for you!
This is not a thing that is set in stone since the strength of this effect depends on the strength of the light source, but this image is a perfect opportunity to use it!
Last but not least, I made a color change to the background.
It is VERY subjective so treat it with a grain of salt, but I because the local color of the monster's shirt was sooo similar to the color of the background, I couldn't figure out the character's silhouette at first. Making a change like that will help the picture to read better. The green I used there is random. You can use any color you want
That is all I could think of at the moment.
This is a good picture though! It has some nice composition, a fun idea and I REALLY like how you've painted the boy's clothes. Good luck with your artwork!
RE: Our dreams are always with us
Love this graphic look!
Since it is so heavily stylised, it is hard for me to make a meaningful comment about it on the technical side. I did notice that the value of her skin is extremely close to the value of the bush (is that a bush?) behind her which makes those two things blend together. That is probably an intentional decision that have nothing against, since this illustration looks very thought out. I am just pointing it out in case that was not your intention
RE: January WIP - SnowyMountain Owl - Process/Feedback
The idea for the 2nd one with the mountain shaking the snow on Will sounds like so much fun. Definitely much more memorable than the rest. I'd build on that If I were you! This is a really interesting concept
My journey through the Pictorial Composition class! part 1
Hello SVS people!
In the late 2019 I had an amazing opportunity to be in Nathan Fowke's Pictorial Compostion class on Schoolism and I though that sharing all the stuff I did in the class may be a cool idea.
The course was 9 intense weeks of work that really have pushed my skills to the limit. Hopefully you'll find this artwork fun.
week 1 assignment:
We were supossed to create studies of other people's artwork. There were three studies to be done for each artwork. A simple three value statement, a simplified value study and a color study.
I had problems when it came to simplifying the value structures. The teacher pointed out to me that I pay too much attention to details that are unnecessary for the "simple study". I made a follow up with another illustration, trying to apply the teacher's feedback here.
Yes, I absolutely adore those Jonny Duddle's Harry Potter covers!
The artist's you can see here are:
and Tim Kamiński.
Check 'em out!
We were told to create our own compositions. Had tons of fun with them. I still struggled with staying simple which is VERY visible when you look at the bears and the fox character images. I am slowly getting it though.
That was an INTENSE ride. I had a week to make ten different images. On top of that, we were supossed to make sure that each image is different. You know, variety of value ranges, subjects, camera angles etc.
Hard but soo satisfying.
More comps! This time we've got some color in here.
The bottom picture was a fun experiment that I did. I tried to paint a picture with ONLY two values in it and shade it only with color changes... It looks wrong, but I am glad I tried!
Here's a little follow up. Nathan pointed out that my character composition worked but it was too simple. A pale face with dark hair and dark glasses will always stand out...so I tried making this more complex and texture filled.
A little behind the scenes pic! I see this view everytime I take out trash in the evening so I used it to inspire me... Muse can be found everywhere, friends!
There is TONS of artwork I've done in this course. Five more weeks of artwork to be shared! However, I'll stop here. This post is long enough.
Give me your thoughts, share opinions and tell me if you'd like to see the rest of the images. I am not sure if that will interest anybody
Creating this post kinda feels like I am bragging, ya know?
How comfortable are you with composition?
RE: Happy New Year from NY! First Post from a new member :)
The illustration is absolutely adorable
Really like this rough, textury feeling. Kinda fits my current taste
I guess I am the first one to welcome you here, so...WELCOME!
I've been on couple of forums and SVS is the only one I stayed. Never seen a friendlier environment, really. You're gonna love it here.
RE: New light and shadow course homework
That's looking cool so far! Really like your take on the roboto character!
I'd be careful with the bounce light on the beach ball though! Feels a bit too strong for my taste, but I may be mistaken.
I am really hyped about the way SVS guys have redesigned the curriculum. It looks soo cool!
I myself can't wait to relearn some basics of perspective with it!
RE: Composition practice - critiques appreciated
Oh man, I literally ended the critiqued session for this course in december, so you actually are able to see my feedback videos
As a course veteran, lemme help ya out here
This is looking dope, really. I like the idea and that big lizard and I am happy to see that you're approaching it the correct way and making it sketchy and not all refined. I've seen way to many folks doing things that looked almost finished when they were supossed to deliver some thumbnails.
I have spare half an hour so here's a quick and very rough paintover.
I don't know your exact aim with this one so I don't want to push my solution through as THE RIGHT ONE... however, when I looked at your comp I got this unpleasant grey blob feeling that Nathan sometimes points out in the videos. It all kinda blends into one grey value that doesn't quite reach black or white and is lacking the punch.
This scene has some epicness to it, so pushing the contrasts increases the drama nicely.
I also introduced some atmosphere in there, to further separate the background from the forground.
Last but not least, I really thing that this bush on the left, while it works nice as tool of balance, doesnt need those extra highlights you've added. I mean, there are some lighter brush strokes on it that I find unnecessary, so I pushed that back a little.
That being said, while I don't consider myself to be a noobie, I am also NOT a teacher or any big industry professional, so take everything I did and said with a grain of salt. There is a chance that some corrections I had made go against your intial idea for the piece.
Grab this comparison, buddy!
It ain't much but maybe I was able to help somehow. Can't wait to see you progress through the course. It's been hell of a ride for me and I am eager to see how you handle it
RE: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
@Nyrryl-Cadiz I am just dropping by to show you some love for that illusration that you did!
I've taken a look at your portfolio site and I am absolutely in love with the stuff I found there. Do you own any instagram account I could follow?