turtles
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Author Topic: Critique & Price Check?  (Read 756 times)

Kurios

  • Topic Author
Critique & Price Check?
«: March 22, 2012, 10:36:42 AM»
I've been seriously considering getting back into the commission world so I was hoping I could get a little advice on what to charge and what I can do to improve, especially my coloring technique.

Rough sketch - http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d428qfi
                       http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2tdysj
Ink - http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=72#/dzo9vp
        http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=0#/d3iyyok
Full Color - http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=0#/d2zgouw
                http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/d1yd07x

Considering:

Single Color - http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/d1z2fnh
                     http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=0#/d428qq5
Face Only - http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=0#/d4rp4rj
Chibi - http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/d2jw4f7

I'm also noticing that people just aren't into traditional drawings as much any more and are more into digital now so maybe I can get a recommendation on this as well?
« Last Edit: March 22, 2012, 10:38:36 AM by Salendra »

 
        

Offline katsuu

Re: Critique & Price Check?
«Reply #1: March 25, 2012, 02:47:42 AM»
hi there! i saw this had no replies yet, so here's mine.

CRITIQUE
you are indeed correct that a lot of people prefer digitalized artwork over traditional nowadays...but it's definitely not a dead medium.
1. what size pen are you using for inking your drawings? you may want to consider downsizing - the lines are good, but they are a little thick and i think it's taking away from your colors.
2. using more dramatic shadows and highlights may improve your coloring. the shading you are doing now actually is *almost* correct and proportionate, albeit a bit (excuse my bluntness) bland. you may want to explore using just one light source; i noticed in some of your colored pieces that the shading looks kind of like you shaded just wherever you may have thought it was supposed to be. it's a good idea to google some different images of people and objects to get a feel for how and where light creates shadows.

and as always, keep keep keep it up!

PRICING
it's always a good idea to "over guess" yourself and, if business is slower than you'd like, hold a special or lower the prices. "specials" are a great way to market yourself; the more people have your art, the more people will see your art, and the more people will recognize you.

good work and good luck!

Kurios

  • Topic Author
Re: Critique & Price Check?
«Reply #2: March 25, 2012, 12:46:53 PM»
hi there! i saw this had no replies yet, so here's mine.

CRITIQUE
you are indeed correct that a lot of people prefer digitalized artwork over traditional nowadays...but it's definitely not a dead medium.
1. what size pen are you using for inking your drawings? you may want to consider downsizing - the lines are good, but they are a little thick and i think it's taking away from your colors.
2. using more dramatic shadows and highlights may improve your coloring. the shading you are doing now actually is *almost* correct and proportionate, albeit a bit (excuse my bluntness) bland. you may want to explore using just one light source; i noticed in some of your colored pieces that the shading looks kind of like you shaded just wherever you may have thought it was supposed to be. it's a good idea to google some different images of people and objects to get a feel for how and where light creates shadows.

and as always, keep keep keep it up!

PRICING
it's always a good idea to "over guess" yourself and, if business is slower than you'd like, hold a special or lower the prices. "specials" are a great way to market yourself; the more people have your art, the more people will see your art, and the more people will recognize you.

good work and good luck!


Thank you SO much for replying! I 100% agree with everything you said.

As far as pen size, I use extra fine tip pens. However, the actual size of the pics are very small as I tend to do 2-5 on just one sheet of paper. Also, now that I really think about it, I guess I tend to get lazy when finishing up because I started to make the lines thicker, at least around the outside of the image, to correct the mistakes and I also thought that it made the pic look a little more complete? You could be right, it might take away from the color. I will try one without it and see what happens, maybe post it here to see.

As for coloring, I also agree. Like I said before, I suppose I tend to get a little lazy. But at the same time I guess I just don't know HOW to do proper highlighting and shadowing. I tried it on this image http://blackcatrayne666.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4rp4rj by looking at a picture of a real cat. However! I used silver to shade the white and it just didn't show up. I guess because of my scanner. Then I forget all about the ears. XD I will try to do the same from now on instead of randomly shading wherever LOL.

EDIT: Went back and darkened the shade to her face and also added a little to the ears. Here is the new image. http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/7/40882468.png/

I think after I get a couple more critiques (hopefully as thorough as yours!) I will very seriously consider having some kind of special. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
« Last Edit: March 25, 2012, 12:49:09 PM by Salendra »

 

anything