At 9/1/12 08:51 PM, mega-supreme wrote:
my old thread
here's the start of my new thread.
hopefully you'll see a bunch of new awesome stuff by me, and leave a ton of useful comments.
I really like your style of drawing, but I do wish you had kept everything in one thread because there some good work in your old art thread that people probably won't take a look at now.
While the digital painting technique that you use works well for some of the pieces you've done, in others the finished work feels like its lost the detail that made the original line art look good.
For example, the drawing of Gaia in your old art thread. In the original drawing, there are lots of little details like the folds of the robe and the texture of the hair, but once color was added these details disappeared and everything looked smudged or too smooth.
I think the solution to this problem is to let the lines in the original drawing stand out a bit more and not completely cover them up with color and blending. The way I've always looked at coloring is that it's more like you're painting an animation cell; you want to add color in a way that enhances the lines you've already drawn and you want to keep the character of those original lines.
Manga artists seem to have a good handle on this. If you look at Shunya Yamashita's art, for example, there's a painted style to a lot of what he does, but you've also got strong black lines which help preserve the "manga" look and details in the original drawing.
I think that for the type of style that you use, keeping those lines is perfectly acceptable. It's a manga and anime inspired style from what I can tell, so you're not going for realism because the style of art isn't realistic in a way that lends itself to painting. What you're trying to do is to render things in a way that looks convincing.
Hopefully that makes some sense. Keep drawing and keep posting.