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Author Topic: Help?  (Read 907 times)

Offline Choccy

«: May 03, 2011, 09:37:30 AM»
I really want to release my portraits on the market, but I don't think I am skilled enough and a few months ago was the first time I even attempted portraits.

Here are some:

Most recent:

Please help critique my art and my fail shading.. I really would like to release some portraits onto the market too, and get commissions.. but I don't think their worth 1 cent either, since if you compare these with artwork which is selling for 1GD even, these look really bad..

Please help, thank you <3


Offline Zim

Re: Help?
«Reply #1: May 03, 2011, 02:48:34 PM»
I am going to tell you now just to step back and start over from scratch.

First, ancient but still relevant obligatory copypasta from our dear Matter.

I link this to you to give you a start to guidelines for proper anatomy. It may sound harsh, but it's necessary for every artist to learn in order to stylize.

To elaborate further, it appears as though you're drawing a figure straight out instead of laying out the basic shapes first. While some artists are able to do that, to do that as a beginner artist starts setting terrible habits.

Lay out your basic shapes before you start building on top of them. A good place to start is a wire frame to get a basic idea of the shape and pose of your character. Then you start adding flesh, and then clothing, and then detail. You'll notice a significant improvement if you stick to this. Using stock photography will also help a lot, since it will give you a good idea of proper human(oid) anatomy and shadow contours on the body.

As for shading, the best way to learn proper, correct shading is to understand the body's muscle structure. Here and here are good places to start (though on the latter one, I suggest poking past the fully clothed shots for a better idea of the shadowing for skin).

Here are some additional resources if you're truly serious about wanting to improve to release your art:

Matter's Resource List
Drawing Folds and Clothing
Emotions and Expressions
Basic Hands Tutorial
Kecleon's Color Theory
How to Use Style
Strike a Pose
Furcadia Shading Shortcuts

Good luck! [=

Edit: I found more resources lol... :B
« Last Edit: May 03, 2011, 02:57:11 PM by Zim »

Offline Choccy

Re: Help?
«Reply #2: May 03, 2011, 03:06:12 PM»
Thank you so, this will really help!~