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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-06-29 14:57:35 Reply

Some of the colours blend towards the background. I find it's helpful to check my drawings in greyscale to see if the values are conveying what I want them to. Afterwards, it's just a matter of pushing the values around so that everything gets a clear read.

I did a really quick adjustment to illustrate my point

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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-06-29 18:30:55 Reply

At 6/29/14 02:57 PM, Havegum wrote: Some of the colours blend towards the background. I find it's helpful to check my drawings in greyscale to see if the values are conveying what I want them to. Afterwards, it's just a matter of pushing the values around so that everything gets a clear read.

I did a really quick adjustment to illustrate my point

Thanks man!! That actually helps out a ton, and when you say pushing around the values, do you mean fixing up those parts with better values or pushing around sliders around in photoshop, like in the saturation panel or whatever? Just wondering, for curiosity, cause I understand what you mean, I'm definitely gonna start turning my images to greyscale to fix little mistakes like that.

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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-06-29 18:38:00 Reply

At 6/29/14 06:30 PM, Mabelma wrote: when you say pushing around the values, do you mean fixing up those parts with better values or pushing around sliders around in photoshop, like in the saturation panel or whatever?

By value I'm referring to the brightness, make sure there is enough contrast between the elements to make them read against each other and the background.


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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-07-14 16:35:24 Reply

At 6/29/14 06:38 PM, Havegum wrote:
At 6/29/14 06:30 PM, Mabelma wrote: when you say pushing around the values, do you mean fixing up those parts with better values or pushing around sliders around in photoshop, like in the saturation panel or whatever?
By value I'm referring to the brightness, make sure there is enough contrast between the elements to make them read against each other and the background.

So sorry I never answered man, I read it but forgot to answer, I truly appreciate it though, I'm trying it out on a couple of things that I hope to post soon.

Till then here's an abra :)
Watch me draw this over at my youtube channel:
http://youtu.be/UnusPyLZ9yg

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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-07-14 17:52:04 Reply

I think the pose looks a bit stiff, and the angle makes the forms a bit difficult to read. By applying dynamic and expressive poses you can make your subjects seem more lifelike, and convey more personality. Even relaxed poses can be expressive and very telling of the characters personality.

I've added some quick examples, I think it's probably a good idea to sketch out quite a few poses before committing to one to make sure you're ending up with the message you want to convey.

Also sorry if it seems like I'm constantly being a petty critic! It's helpful for me formulating my thoughts, and I think if anyone else can benefit from it it might be worth sharing.

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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-07-14 18:10:29 Reply

At 7/14/14 05:52 PM, Havegum wrote:
Also sorry if it seems like I'm constantly being a petty critic! It's helpful for me formulating my thoughts, and I think if anyone else can benefit from it it might be worth sharing.

I see what you mean, is this where line of action comes into play and such?

And dude, don't even apologize! I love this! Thank you very much for it, I really do benefit quite a lot from it. Trust me, I love it as much as you do :P

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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-07-14 19:19:09 Reply

Hello! Glad to see you're still up and about in the Art Forum. It's been a while since I've seen this thread of yours. You've certainly improved to a great degree. The thing I've noticed when you do your pictures is that you have minimal blending between your shades and highlights. I don't know if it's intentional since it's your style, but I think a bit more would help. Again not saying that you should since this is only a matter of personal preference in my opinion.

I really like that mega blaziken art you have, it's a cut above the rest of your previous works. I see you've been doing a lot of pokemon. Is it like a mission to make art of every single one? If it is, then that's pretty awesome. I would definitely like to see that when it is completed. Stay awesome.


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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-07-14 21:18:26 Reply

At 7/14/14 07:19 PM, Fifty-50 wrote: Hello! Glad to see you're still up and about in the Art Forum. It's been a while since I've seen this thread of yours. You've certainly improved to a great degree. The thing I've noticed when you do your pictures is that you have minimal blending between your shades and highlights. I don't know if it's intentional since it's your style, but I think a bit more would help. Again not saying that you should since this is only a matter of personal preference in my opinion.

Thank you so much for posting! I love your work!! As for the coloring, truth be told, I'm still trying to get better with it, so it might just be a flaw in my coloring, I'll try out some more blending see what happens :) Thank you so much for the feedback.

I really like that mega blaziken art you have, it's a cut above the rest of your previous works. I see you've been doing a lot of pokemon. Is it like a mission to make art of every single one? If it is, then that's pretty awesome. I would definitely like to see that when it is completed. Stay awesome.

Thank you, I really like it myself, and I'm trying to take that level of quality to my more important pieces, as for the pokemon project, well I'm trying to draw all 151 pokemon from the first generation. As of right now I've done 107, and I've learned a ton of things while doing it, so I can't wait to finish them all. That being said, They take me at the most 2 hours, so I don't take too much time with them, for this project, I basically try the whole "Fail a lot and fail fast method" so I try a bunch of new things every time I do a new one, trying to focus on what I may be doing wrong, in my general art and trying to fix it, if it works great if it doesn't I'll try something new.

Below I've attached all the pokemons that I've done so fast, hopefully you can see what I mean by failing a lot and failing fast, for example look at Charizard and then at Abra, you can see how better my art has gotten since I did that one.

I would truly appreciated if you stayed around and posted some more, I truly welcome the feedback, my job has been killing me lately but I should be able to post a bunch of new stuff that isn't necessarily pokemon related. I really want to apply a lot of what Gummy said.

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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-07-17 19:01:06 Reply

I want to put into practice what everyone's been saying, and decided to do it all in one new piece. So here's the sketch for that, trying out what @Havegum said about the line of action and such. Wanted to have him sort of resting, just chilling there but still have him feel cool :)

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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-07-20 09:27:28 Reply

Here's a poke I did before all the comments :$

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Response to Improving one of my pieces. 2014-07-21 19:03:35 Reply

Thought it be a better idea if I came at it from a more designer point of view so instead of going with my first idea for the piece, I thought it'd be better if I draw up a couple more and see if I can come up with just the perfect character.

You can already see I am starting to settle on some things I like for example, the shoulder pads, and the tengu mask, and of course the scarf and the hair.

Also as a 100 subscriber celebration I'm going to post the development process over on my youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkQFRET-4O44g1pYTvaQT5g

along with narration for the process.

PS: I really like this whole character design thing, I'm definitely going to explore it more in depth in the future.

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