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Hold On To Your Hat

By FireLilyAS
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I saw this lineart and just loved it. and thought it would be perfectly suited to my newbie abilities. i've been working on it a lil each day for a week or so. There are alot of snobs out there that say never to use dodge/burn to shade digital paintings, but i did here and think it came out pretty good. i'm quite pleased with it. I even did the moon all by myself!

Program: Photoshop CS3 Extended
Lineart: [link]
Brushes: [link] [link] [link] [link]

I would certainly appreciate any feedback!


...as always, my work is not yours to take and do with as you please. so please do not.
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Great-5's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Impact

I'm loving the crisp black lines of this piece. Were those digital or traditional? Either way they look amazing. The colors are also quite stunning, and I love the shininess of her hair. That black cat is adorable! I just hope it doesn't fall off of that broom...

I will say that it somewhat lacks depth and clearly looks 2D (albeit with some 3D elements that really stand out, like the hair and her clothes,) but actually that's part of this piece's charm. But the red sparkles on her left leg sort of make it look like she has a rash, lol.

Overall, great piece, and I hope my critique was useful for you!
FireLilyAS's avatar
indeed you did, thank you. i'm still starting out, and thats the first background i did on my own, so i'm working it out as i go. with the lineart, did you mean i should shade the actual lineart to match the coloring? i hadnt even thought of that. doh. thanks so much. i was ready to throw in the towel in regards to anyone even looking at my art anymore, nevermind offering me real valuable input. i super appreciate it!
Great-5's avatar
i was ready to throw in the towel in regards to anyone even looking at my art anymore

Dude, I've been there. I still am. Not everyone can be popular. I have one deviation I did which gets way too many favorites, considering it's in scraps and it's just a LOLcat image macro I made on I Can Has Cheezburger back in very late 2007. As of tonight it has 168 favorites, and nobody even bothers to look at my other deviations. I dunno how so many people have found it either, since it only has one tag, but I'm disappointed in everyone who sees it, faves it, doesn't even leave a comment, let alone look at any of my art which I put even an ounce more effort into! Grrr...

As for the shading, I really don't know how I can help you more with the critique, aside from look at some tutorials on perspective and the mechanics of movement, and maybe some digital painting tutorials since that's where you put this deviation under. I look forward to seeing more deviations from you!
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i dont wanna be popular, just appreciated lol i used to have a lil following. but i think they got lost on the way to my page or something. shrugs. i hear ya about the one with too many. i have this old tinkerbell lineart that i colored.. if you wanna call it that lol i mostly flood filled it, stamped it with a lil bit and did a tiny bit of shading. it's horrid. but it's one of my most faved. and stolen. grr. almost deleted it a few times lol was thinking tonight of redoing that one. see where i wind up. otherwise i think one of my most faved it a rotten lil Buffy stamp i made. sigh. a least my lil Charmed pixel dolls are up there. those i'm proud of. *nods* prob with being eclectic is, is that the good stuff can get lost in amongst the junk. cheers!
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indeed, that big red splotch on her leg bugs me too. but i figured i'd better leave it as it was, or i'd start nit picking again. lol thank you greatly for my first official critique. i'm new with the digital painting, learning as i go, especially the shading. could i ask, you said it lacks depth. it what way do you mean? so that I can try to improve...


(oh, and i didnt draw the lines, but judging by the clarity, i'm gonna say they were done digitally. they were very easy to work with)
Great-5's avatar
When I said it lacks "depth" I meant that, well...lemme try and explain it more clearly, but I'll probably end up confusing you even more 0_o

Anyways, while the black outlines look great, they kind of dominate the picture, so that any shading you do effectively appears under the lines, creating a flat appearance. It might also be the smooth shading that you used, which while it looks nice and is very pleasing to the eye, it fails to "jump out" at me, again since it's a bit too smooth and plastic-like, and is "trapped" behind the thick black outlines.

On a more subtle note there is a lack of perspective, as everything looks as if it were on a flat plane, rather than inside an open, 3D space. I don't blame you, perspective is really tricky and I myself fail to grasp a lot of its concepts. But anyways, the character and her relation to the background seems quite static, and she (and the cat too) also appears to be just floating in mid-air. If she were moving at even a slightly fast speed I'd imagine she'd be clutching her broomstick like the handles of a motorcycle, her hair and clothes blowing back dynamically and the cat holding on for dear life.

Finally, the background could stand to have more depth, by which I mean try airbrushing in some clouds, making sure the further-away clouds are smaller than the ones in the foreground, and maybe add a lit-up cityscape below her.

Just some things to think about, I hope I cleared some things up ^^
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bah, i commented instead of replied. doh.

"indeed you did, thank you. i'm still starting out, and thats the first background i did on my own, so i'm working it out as i go. i thought about clouds, but thought it might be too advanced for me yet. but i do want to start practicing with them. with the lineart, did you mean i should shade the actual lineart to match the coloring? i hadnt even thought of that. doh. thanks so much. i was ready to throw in the towel in regards to anyone even looking at my art anymore, nevermind offering me real valuable input. i super appreciate it!"
Great-5's avatar
don't worry about it, I replied to your comment!
Fudgee0's avatar
Lovely colouring! I love the background of this and the colours you chose for the clothing :meow:
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creamyfan's avatar
I love the cartoonish look and it's all very pretty but if I were to be picky I'd say a) the broom looks like it's going straight through her body instead of between her legs. Q. How can that be? A. Magic. She is a witch.
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Excellent as always, and I say "bugger off" to the snobs!
:glomp:
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keitara's avatar
This is absolutly gorgeous! its amazing thaks for coloring it XD!
FireLilyAS's avatar
*blushes* thank yoU! i'm glad you like! :)
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