I really like the Octopus theme because you can get a lot of movement with the tentacles, and point to things of importance. Any critiques are welcome and appreciated. ~ Johanna
Here's my Old and New contribution, with my characters from last month's Octopus theme. This illustration had a lot of challenges but much thanks to the valuable feedback from @kevin-longueil @gary-wilkinson @jason-bowen @kathrynadebayo, it's one of my stronger efforts.
@ShannonBiondi Thanks so much:) I wonder if you might suggest in your directions at top that in addition to uploading hi-res images to the Google folder, that we all share lo-res versions to this feed as well, as inspiration to each other.
Decided to do mine in ink this time. I imagined the following accompanying text:
With the Count's thick Transylvanian accent and obvious mirror challenges, his hair stylist never could understood what he wanted.
Hope you like it:)
I think this is almost done, but have a nagging feeling that there's still room for improvement. Would love a fresh pair of eyes to tell me what it is. Meanwhile, I'm going to step away for a few hours and hope that whatever's bothering me will become obvious. Thank in advance for any feedback.
I would love some honest feedback on this illo for the February contest theme, Octopus. It's at a late stage, but I'm willing to start over if needed to get something good for my portfolio. Thanks in advance!
I hope I haven't made this worse. Decided to change the composition and perspective of the iceberg a lot. My concept is that the travelers are on an expedition to find out why the glaciers are melting more than usual; thus their serious expressions. Will step away for a few hours and see if this ready to move forward to color. Again, any feedback is much appreciated.
[Here's mine. This took FOREVER as I took my time. It's painted in watercolor, finished digitally. Hope you like it.]
Every morning before the sun is up and the air is still chilly, Henrietta Turtle goes for a slow and winding walk. By the time she reaches her favorite breakfast diner, she’s usually wearing a cozy new coat made of the finest web.
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 Thanks so much, Lee. I'm deeply grateful for the honor, and proud to be recognized along with such a strong group of submissions. I know that I still have much to learn, but doing these monthly contests and seeing improvement with help from my fellow SVSLearners is very encouraging.
@burvantill I totally get what you're saying. However, instead of a safe word, I propose that when someone wants feedback on a WIP, they ask specific questions. For example: Please look at my... composition, concept, emotion, values, colors, or is what I'm trying to communicate coming through to you?, etc. And if they do not want feedback on something, like if they're still exploring color sketches, they might say, "please don't comment on the colors yet".
When someone asks for any feedback and doesn't narrow down my lens, it can be an overwhelming task unless there are obvious issues.
Lastly, giving good critiques is an art in itself. It takes practice, time and thought. I usually comment on a WIP if I feel that I can say something of value that someone else hasn't already said. But sometimes, I'm stumped and don't know how to help, or think my feedback may not be very useful or correct. When this happens, I usually just give an upvote for sharing.