Hello! I would like to get help about a particular problem i am having with my recent pieces. I think i am getting better at coloring, but my artworks kinda lack... life? I am not sure how to explaint it, but they all seem plastic to me. Lifeless and artificial. I am trying different face expressions and compositions, but it does not help. I would be glad for any feedback on this point or any other too. Thank you!
Hello! Firstly thanks for the advices you gave me, I really apreciate them! Well, before anything, I would like to say I really like the choice of colors you've made here. They're really vivid and works well together Now talking about the things you said, I think I understand what you mean. The painting of the two pieces are a little "rigid" to me. Well, your draws are reaally good, and maybe thats something that trapped you into them. I think your painting process could really make use of a more free painting process with a little less drawing. Some exercises in those ways could make you see the colors as a tool that construct shapes and forms as well as the lines of the drawing. You could take some classical pieces as reference of this kind of process. Some impressionists pieces would be really interesting of analyze in this sense, cause they pretty lack at the lines but the forms come in such a free way.
Another thing I've noticed is that you construct the drawings focusing at the caracters, and dont give to the background the same level of attention. This could make sometimes the characters a little "apart" of the background and takes out some life of the composition, making them a little artificial. You've said that you don't expertise sceneries and stuff, but I think you could really use more the sceneries and it would really improve your compositions.
Finally, Some values studies could be useful to your painting. Cause the way the light and the shadows appear on them is not really clear. Thinking about the source of the lights would be good in the time you do the shadows, and searching for the deepful darks and the medium darks could give more contrast to the paintings. If you keep everything in the midtone, you can't construct enough contrast.
Anyway, I really think you have a great technique and hope you improve all the aspects you're searching And hope my gigantic comment help you in some way. See ya!
You are probably right about the colors and painting. I usually have sooo many layers and every single shade of shadow is on different layer with different opacity and effect... i think i will try more painting-ish (??) methods. I love styles without lines, but it is so difficult for me to do that. I gotta practise more.
Well, that about backgrounds is true for sure. I highlight the characters because they are the best part of my drawings. The background is always bad, so i just... try to cover it. Maybe i could have the characters interact with background or something.
I do not know much about values, i will look it up for sure!
Thank you very much for you opinion! It really did help me for sure! See you!
Hello! I really like this artwork I have to admit sceneries are not my are of expertise, but when i looked at it, i noticed the lineart to be weirdly polished, looking amlost like a regular pen. In contrast with a messy colloring, it just did not work together to me. I think it kinda has lineart like a drawing and coloring like a painting. Maybe using a textured brush would help?
I really like the colors and how you did the effect on water on the streets. It looks really cool, good job with that!
Working on a background piece, can't figure out what's wrong -- from my perspective I feel the line weight and figure are a little too flat for my liking (lack of details and colour aren't there either but focusing on that once the lineart is fixed up.) I'm actually making a reference to this painting here, so that's why she might seem a little 'boring' just standing there idly despite that.
I'm also trying to connect this piece with my previous background piece here:
I put in some colour to help me highlight problem areas and I think it may be the hair, face and hands.
Hello! I really like your artworks! Concerning your question here are some ways to create more dynamic and interesting linearts (try them out and see what you like best)
-carefully connect the lines (in your first drawing there are some interruptions, but well done in the last one), personally i would like the second drawing better if the legs were somehow delimited (by lines or by the edge of the canvas) -it looks like you draw with a tablet and pen pressure. use the pen pressure to make more dynamic lines (thicker and thinner), it can look very nice! -colour the lines: a dark brown can even make a difference or if youre experimenting with colours blue and pink and such can look crazy! (if you use photoshop or Sai or something similar, lock the layer so you can go with an airbrush over a finished lineart to make some parts darker or brighter than others) -experiment with thickness for example: i sometimes like to make all the outer lines thicker than inner lines to make it more stylistic for exapmple in this one i made some time ago (totally other style than yours but you get it): -shade with lines(stripes or crosses) if that suits your style -make one side of the lines darker to excentuate the shadows
I hope you can understand my english. Have fun with experimenting and keep going, love your art!
The biggest thing I'd note for improvement is practicing shapes. The poses are great and make sense, and proportionally things look good, but they still feel a little flat because there isn't a lot of creasing/overlap the way there would be in 3D space. Advice for that I've gotten is to spend time drawing cylinders and other simple 3D shapes for practice, then keep that in mind when drawing more complex things like anatomy and clothing folds. The way you did Eito's hand is a great example of the way using overlaps can help create that illusion of 3D space. (This can help with facial features too - thinking about how the brows would overlap the eyes, or how the nose would be tilted in Daiki's pose, for instance.)
Varying line weight can also help create dimension, so more shadowed areas have thicker lines.
The backgrounds are cool but drown out the characters a little - matching the background colors more to the characters colors (complementary or in the same color family) could help tie the piece together and highlight the character in the center.
I'm still getting practice on all this myself, so please take the critique with a grain of salt. Hopefully some of it is helpful, though.
Heya! I’m Bewwywafflez. Im a 16 yr old sonic fan artist who draws LOTS of Sonic fan art. So what I would like to do is get feedback on one of my many pieces to see what I can improve on. I specifically want feedback on my anatomy and color use.