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Current Residence: South Wales
Favourite genre of music: Symphonic metal
Favourite style of art: Pen & ink
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Oh yes! Much better! Well done! :D
March to the war
You're most welcome! I'm glad you found it useful! :)
March to the war
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I don't usually go for this type of art, but I actually really like this!

I'm a beginner with acrylics myself, so I know how tricky they can be if you're used to using digital media, or even other traditional media like pencils, inks, or watercolours.

First, a small note on technique. If you begin your painting by applying thinner, more watery layers of paint with quite a heavily loaded brush, you can avoid getting that streaky brush mark effect you've got there in the sky. Doing a wash (this is what this technique is called, and is generally more common in watercolour paintings) first is a great way to get a smooth transition from light to dark, or from one colour to another.

Something to bare in mind is that this technique will only really work well if you're painting on card or paper - canvas tends to suck up the paint too fast to blend it in this way.

Once you've let your wash dry off, you can start putting on thicker layers on top. Depending on how you do this, you can get some really great effects. I think you've managed to do this really well in cloud behind the two soldiers - I particularly like the contrast between light and dark colours you've got there.

In fact, I think your overall colour scheme and composition is fantastic! ^_^

Something else you need to bare in mind is that characters closer to the viewer will appear crisper and more in focus than characters further away. This isn't really noticeable in real life because the eye is constantly refocusing everywhere we look, but if you want a good example, try looking at movie stills - they will usually demonstrate this really well.

I mention this because both characters in your picture have roughly the same level of detail and seem to merge at the elbow where they overlap. You can beat this by adding more detail to the closest character - I would suggest crisping up and defining the edges of his armour and gun first, then, using a very pale colour (I would suggest blue or yellow, since you've already got those colours well established), pick out his high points closest to your light source. Don't go overboard, just here and there will work fine. Once you're happy with this, you might want to add the odd scratch and signs of wear and tear - best done with quite a watered down version of one of your darker colours. Little details like this will ground your character within the world they're set in and make them more believable to the viewer.

Well, I hope I've been helpful, and haven't rambled on too much. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
March to the war

Yes, but it doesn't damage them.

The Pokey-pokey Demon

Thanks! I always struggle with backgrounds. I referenced some Gainsbrough portraits to get a general idea of what sort of composition would look good.

I drew him and did some basic shading with the pencil tool, and then I coloured and shaded him some more with a textured brush on several layers underneath the pencil lines.

Draeleth