1: Make sure your drawing doesn't start out as only heads / bodies! Start your composition / sketch with the background. Take into account which role the background plays and how your characters will interact with their surroundings. Are they in a tiny cave, fighting hordes of mini mosnters, or are they on the roof of a cathedral, fighting Leviathan or a Garuda. Think of how big your characters are compared to the things around them. (Also think of what you do and do not show. What is really important to show your audience / to tell what is going on?)
By starting out with the horizon and jotting down the important elements (for instance, architecture, rocks, or trees) you get an immediate feel of how your drawing's perspective and depth will be. (Don't hesitate to experiment!) Only place your characters if you are satisfied with the whole composition. Keep checking whether your characters fit the perspective you have in mind.
2: Let the characters interact more with the background and (weather) circumstances. Think of taking cover behind / in a building, or snow (or sand) blowing up from the ground when a struggle is happening. Is it cold? Then the characters will probably have a foggy breath. Is it hot? Characters will be sweating. Try to put yourself in the situations you're putting your characters in and think of what you would do / how your body would react.
3: Mirror your drawing every now and then. This allows you to easily spot flaws. (If you work traditionally, hold your drawing in front of a mirror.)
4: Do you have the feeling something is off or not 'pretty' enough? Don't be afraid to adjust it! Keep looking for a solution that makes you happy. (This is exceptionally is if you work digitally.)
5: Choose a definite and clear licht source. Keep the way you draw shadows consistent. If you do this with both your characters as the background, everything will fit together better. If the source is the sun, it's high and the light will feel 'warm'. If the light comes from the stars and moon, the light will be soft and blurred. Research how different lights create different shadows if you are not sure how you want to colour or how you have to proceed with your drawing.
6: Choose a few colours which will be your main colours. These will set the atmosphere. Some like to pick three colours (dark, medium, and light), but see what works best for you! By doing this, you prevent your drawing from being too chaotic colour-wise and turns the drawing into a whole.
7: Use lineart for everything or nothing. If you only use lineart for your characters, but 'paint' the background, the drawing doesn't look like a whole. Of course there are ways to play with lineart, but only do this if you are comfortable with it and know for sure that it adds something to the drawing.
And those are the general tips! I hope they help~
Have fun drawing, everyone!
Yes, of course! As long as people are willing to join, there will be a next cycle.
Thank you for the tips, some of them I never even thought of doing.
Here's your feedback:
It’s a nice touch that Lightning summoned Odin. The way you did the sky and the gradient therein is pretty. It looks spacious, which really fits a ‘moonscape’, so to say. The composition is simple, but effective.
However, Lightning is lost in the background and Edge is cut off. There is no real sense of emergency in the drawing. Furthermore, not every aspect has outlines. Finally, there is a lot of empty space (especially between Odin and Edge).
Tips for you are: fill the empty space between the characters. It might create an atmosphere that is a little more tense. Especially if you fill that space up with monsters.
Since you work with pencil, it might be a good idea to use crosshatching to colour. (That means colouring one ‘layer’ horizontally, one vertically, and the other diagonally.) This way you won’t leave white space in between the colouring.
Make sure to take your time while colouring, so you don’t leave the ground uncoloured, etc.
Also try to look up difficult poses or, for instance, hands and practice drawing these before you start inking. It will boost your confidence and it will show in the drawing.
I hope this helps!
Beatrix’ pose is dynamic and pretty well executed, especially her sword arm and head. You’ve created a nice transitions in the colouring. You used the textures on the mountains. Laguna’s gun has been really well drawn.
However, Laguna’s pose is a bit stiff. Furthermore, all the wolves are cut off, which is a shame. There are a few weird tangents (where things overlap / are cut off) in the drawing, like how the paws of the left wolf appear to be stuck together, or how it is not exactly clear how Beatrix’ legs are. (If you’d like, I can give you the full list of tangents. That sounds like a lot, but it’s not really that bad xD) Other than that, the textures aren’t applied everywhere, making it so that your drawing is not quite complete (yet). Finally, the perspective can be more convincing. For instance, by making the grass smaller rather than the same size, but especially when it comes to the rock formations and wolves. The beginning is there, but you can definitely exaggerate it some more!
A tip for you is to try and give the characters more space. Try to create a composition where the important lines of the characters do not cross. In order to do this, it helps to put the horizon either a little bit higher (above the heads) or a little bit lower (around waist-height).
I hope it helps~
Thank you for all the tips, it will help. I hope to be able to progress on some point for the next submission
You can note me the feedback when you have time