Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm enjoying the calendar so far and seeing all the great ink work everyone's making
Part time indie artist part time museum studies grad student in San Francisco, California
I go to anime conventions to sell my work and occasionally take on freelance projects
Posts made by VivianTong
RE: Serious Critique Request
There's been lots of great feedback so apologies if I'm repeating what's already been said! I think I read through everything but may have missed some-
Totally love the dark humor and the expressions! I agree with previous comments regarding the stiffness of the characters though- with how stylized your work is and how intense these expressions can be, you can push the body language a lot further with these!
The biggest thing that stood out to me with this piece is lighting. There isn't a clear light source here and the similar level of contrast/saturation/values across the three pigs and the wolf make the piece have less of a focus on the glowing bacon. The highlight on the apple for example is away from the glowing bacon. The pig with the bacon has highlights under her eyes which makes sense with the lighting from below you're going for but the rest of the figure lacks the necessary highlights and shadows to make the lighting effect convincing
For example from this photo from https://savageuniversal.com/blog/exploring-colorful-imagery-savage-rgb300-color-video-light/
There's highlights under the eyebrow area too. With the angle the bacon is at in relation to her face, I would expect a little around her forehead and the edge of her snout
The intensity and saturation of the colors on the other two pigs draws too much attention and makes for a lack of focus on the subject of their shock in my opinion. I feel if the colors were less saturated or cooled down in contrast to her colors, it may read better especially since their wide round white eyes will provide good contrast already even if their pinks are toned down a bit.
This is a wonderfully detailed and funny piece! Keep up the good work!!
RE: Brush pen control
I usually have just defaulted to keeping a scrap paper or tissue to wipe away excess ink on the brush and it also keeps me checking that the brush tip is still good shape
Following in case there's a better solution!
Vivian / Sketchbeetleart Inktober thread
I made my own inktober prompt list/calendar!
I tend to be most driven with my own themes and wanted a focused overall series of pieces this October. The spaced out schedule with 19 drawings instead of 31 is also so I don't burn out while also juggling my non art day job and grad school work
#1 - magnolia
#2 - peony
#3 - lotus
#4 - Nezha
Hopefully I'll have #5 complete today!
All done on watercolor paper with a pentel color brush