At 5/8/20 05:58 PM, CambrianPikaia wrote:
I'm attempting to get better with colours at the moment. Here's a painting I just finished which I'm quite proud of. I want some critique on it, so if you do give some please be honest, I want to improve my painting skills.
Man, the colors on this one are really good!
Overall its looking really well composed except the way the tree at the top is kissing the edge there. In general you want to avoid objects and entities in drawings from lining with the edges in that way since it kind of draws the eye away from the piece itself. Also I think the linework on it is pulling the top too far into a distinctly 'known' sort of symbol, where I'm thinking "is it a heart, is it a tree?" and this question isn't really serving to enhance the piece in any real way.
Another issue I have with this is the little dude standing on top of the creature. The way that he is a stark, black silhouette pulls too much attention to him against the pastel colors around him. The outline of the fish thing is suitably washed out by being painted over, so it blends into the environment; and the starker black of the creature's mouth works because its on the face of the main attraction of the piece - so having the creature's face be the focal point works. But with the figure up top, there is competition for where the focal point is supposed to be and throws the flow off a bit.
Beyond those two issues though, this a very well rendered, realized and laid out painting, lots to like. looking forward to seeing more from you!
Also side note, I saw earlier your lament that your style wasn't translating as well into painting, or something to that effect, and don't worry about it. When switching up mediums, the more different the media, the more different the techniques used, so the more varied your art will look. Its all more about knowing what you're looking to accomplish and choosing the appropriate medium(s). A kinetic action heavy illustration isn't going to translate as easily onto a canvas with oil paints. Just like a well rendered out fine art portrait is gonna be harder to capture with an assortment of fine liners.