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Armin's Loss by Checker-Bee Armin's Loss by Checker-Bee
a lot of focus is put on the family Eren and Mikasa lost, but I this scene showing how Armin lost his family too breaks my heart too. He'd already lost most of his family when the series started and his grandfather was all he had left. :(

trying out a higher dpi in this picture now that I learned how to adjust it :) 
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Aegypius-X Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Ack, running behind! Meant to type this out earlier in the week, but every time I started to type there were suddenly kittens trying to get into my lap, and thusfar they've won out. I tricked them this time though - I'm typing this sitting in the bathroom.

Anyway. Your critique, m'dear.

I really like the overall feel of the piece - the soft edges and the lighting make it feel like a dream or a memory, but you still managed to maintain different textures throughout. The hair came out fantastic. His head is maybe a little too dead-center, but it's not a huge issue in this case, in my opinion.

It was a bit hard to tell the hat was a hat at first. That we're looking at it at more or less from exactly above tricks the eye a bit, since we're used to seeing hats more from the side. Changing the angle a bit on the way he's holding it would fix this. The little bit of wall on the right is also a bit of a mystery; the material is indistinct, as is whether it's a wall or furniture or whatever else, so it feels like an afterthought.

Your anatomy is definitely off here. The shoulder isn't really apparent because the angle of the back isn't emphasized, mostly because of the large-ish patch of light back there. If you're having trouble getting a joint to look right because of your angling, I always recommend cheating a bit by drawing clothing seams and wrinkles to conveniently highlight certain turns and bends. The head is also a bit too big - this is fine in relation to the body, since that's often a stylistic choice, but it's not as fine in relation to the hat. The hat should probably look like it has some chance of fitting on his head, even if it's not his. Hat sizes don't vary -that- drastically ;)
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Checker-Bee Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the critique. can't say it made me feel that great, but its helpful. think i'm pretty much gonna scrap this now and start over cuz i liked the idea, but now I honestly can't look at it without seeing every flaw. guess that's why critique is needed to make a better work. Thought this was a good piece, but now I see its not very good after all. i'll try to do better next time. thanks for your input :)
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Aegypius-X Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Ha, I know how that is, I pretty much hate evrything of mine that's more than a month old. Developing your eye is part of getting better.
But like I said, I really do love the overall feel of the piece. Don't put it down TOO much ;)
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Checker-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ha ha! yeah! i'm the same way! lol! its fun to watch yourself improve :) tbh, i read this critique at kind of a bad time. i'd had a really long and stressful day at work and then came home and saw this. so I put my frustration and tiredness from the day into it. kiiiiinda bad timing on my part! lol! but no worries. I made myself draw more and felt better. I really do appreciate you taking the time to give such a thoughtful critique. I need that kind of feedback to grow and the fact that you took time out of your own busy schedule to really consider the picture means a lot to me! I think, like you said, the angle is weird. i'll probably try a different angle next time, perhaps one where we see his face. Thanks again! :)
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Aegypius-X Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
No problem! That's why we made the group. I used to get crits constantly in art school, but since I graduated last year I've been feeling a bit stuck. We thought it would be good to set up a little place to give and get crits on a fairly regular basis :)
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Checker-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry, don't mean to sound dramatic or anything. i'm just not quite used to critiques and honestly, i'm trying to get used to taking it. I do appreciate your feedback
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halloweenfriday Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Poor Armin :'( I wanna give him a big hug. Same goes for Eren and Mikasa, those three kids deserve some hugs. It's so sad that he lost his family without knowing if they were going to die or not. You drew this picture perfectly and sad all at the same time. I love Armin to death along with Eren, Mikasa and Levi.
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Checker-Bee Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm trying to get better at expressing emotion in my pictures, so your compliment is very encouraging! :D I love love love Armin too. He's my "baby" of the show (every show I love has that one character I call Baby which means i'm rooting for them and will kill if anyone hurts them! ha ha! :D)

oh man, right?! i just wanna hug all those poor kids! Even Jean! He may not have a tragic backstory but he lost his best friend/boyfriend (heh heh JeanMarco :heart:

I want more of Armin's backstory. like his childhood with his grandpa and maybe even his parents. and how he met Eren. 
It took till my second time to fully understand just how sad Armin's loss was. His grandpa was all the family he had left and the awful government just sent them to their deaths. and yet, its so tuff since their population is greater than their resources...ugh i freakin hate those titans! I have to wonder if part of what upset Armin, who's so intelligent and logical, about the whole thing is the fact that he recognizes this struggle and hates it because of what it cost him. Dang this series is so good!

thanks for the compliment! :D 
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FallenAngelofDeath21 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The feels in this one scene measure up to the feels the whole dang series produces at once. Sure Mikasa and Eren's loss is heart wrenching, but this boy...This poor boy lost his family. His parents went off beyond the wall only to never return...Then his grandfather is sent out as a worker to "reclaim the wall Maria" only to be killed. By the lack of body I'd say eaten by a mother f-ing Titan. He no longer HAS any family. In that moment, he LITERALLY was alone...Eren and Mikasa was the closet thing he had to family at that point. His story doesn't get enough emphasis honestly. I think he deserves more credit than what he gets. He's one of my favorite characters, along with Mikasa.
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Checker-Bee Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. I think it shows a lot about Armin's character that he sheds some tears here but then we never seem to hear about it again. Meanwhile, we hear about Eren's and Mikasa's backstories a lot. Armin, while I'm sure he's still emotionally traumatized, is able to move forward and think in times of great difficulty, with the momentary exception when he watches his best friend get eaten right in front of him. But even then, he's traumatized because he feels he let everyone down. He THINKS about the situation and assesses (although incorrectly) that he is a burden and therefore logically thinks he's not beneficial to the group. Armin thinks he's weak and a burden when in reality, he's able to cope with tremendous loss better than anyone in the main trio. Eren rushes ahead without thinking, Mikasa also neglects the team and rushes ahead (no offense to Mikasa. She's a boss! and Eren is great! I did a whole character analysis of why I love Eren once on tumblr :P). Armin, on the other hand, only freezes up and fails while thinking and reaching the conclusion (although wrong) that he is a burden. I can see the potential for Armin to become the next Erwin because of his ability to accept loss and move forward with a level head. I love Armin!

thanks for the discussion comment! I love these kinds of comments! :D
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FallenAngelofDeath21 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're completely right. Armin is able to come up with a likely solution in the most stressful of times when everyone else is like "wtf should I do?!". Though, I LOVE Mikasa, Armin I feel is so much better because of the fact that he's emotionally traumatized and not over his grandfathers death or seeing his best friend eaten in front of him and he's able to somehow grab ahold of himself and move on, coming up with great strategies and thinking on his feet, and coming to conclusions that can be VERY beneficial to everyone. Armin has great character development from when we first meet him until the last episode. That's why I love him so much. (I watched the series on Netflix
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