To critique or not to critique



  • TaitoTaito Great Thing Joined: Posts: 7,096
    The major thing that I'd change is the depth/proportion by making the thighs bigger..

    Do you use 'Flip canvas horizontally' in Photoshop? Helps a lot in spotting anything in your linework that looks 'off.'
  • TacticalNoirTacticalNoir Joined: Posts: 70
    Aku: Some, hopefully, constructive critique is coming here =) I am usually to lazy to ciritique people, but i thought the linework on that picture was so good that i would like to help with a few pointers about the colouring and possibly line work =).

    First, the lines. As I said, i think the lineart is awesome. The lines themselves though, could use some work. Sense your using photoshop i will assume your using a tablet. If not, then you can dissregard what i say here =)

    I have no idea if you made the lines in photoshop, or if their the scanned lines from your original art. For a picture like this i would recomend to either scan it in a much higher resolution, or just redraw all the lines in photoshop to make them more crisp. Reason im saying this is because right now they feel a bit pixelated, and a cleaner/crisper lineart would go better with the choice of colouring you picked.
    (If you want i could go in depth on how to ink in photoshop or illustrator). When inking in photoshop, its important to use pen pressure, so you can controll the thickness of the lines.

    And speaking of colouring, I was in the same position as you last year and wanted to get better at colouring in photoshop. What you first need to do is to decide what kind of colouring you wanna make. I mean, sometimes one can see an awesome cell shaded pic, and think i wanna do that. And the day after that you see a more paint/water colour style and think thats the way to go. So decide what kind of colouring style you wanna do. An advice is to make one picture, and colour it in several ways and see what your most comfortable with.

    The way you coloured this picture seems to be a mix of paint style and cell shading (with soft edges), and its nothing wrong with that, but i think it will be easier for you to focus on improving when you have only one style to focus on.

    Random tips:
    Avoid soft brushes and smudge tool as much as you can. A brush with opacity pressure sensitivity is much to be prefered over the other two. Soft brushes and smudge tools might seem cool at first, but you will learn alot more by not using them (they have their uses, but its better to learn how to shade without them in the beginning)

    For the style you used to colour this picture, i would use more shades of the different colours, like the way you coloured her thighs. Thighs are very well shaded, the shirt could be better of =)

    And thats it, hope i was to any help. And remember, only reason i wrote all this was because i was very impressed with the lineart =) Im also very tired, so i hope i didnt write to much nonsense.

    And btw, heres the pic i made when i myself decided on how to colour:

    Colour test by *RainyDaySunshine on deviantART

    basically i just made a lineart and coloured it in different ways and then picked the style i thought looked best with the way i do my lineart (i picked the cell shading style, yea i know, its sort of lazy of me because it doesnt require as much effort. But I myself much prefer to focus on lineart, and i think colouring is a bit dull =) )
  • akuaku スピリチュアルやからね! Joined: Posts: 3,865
    Taito: You're right, the proportions are pretty off on the legs. I'll try to fix those on PS.

    TacticalNoir: First off, thank you for the critique. :)

    - You're right about the linework in that I should've scanned it in at a much higher resolution. I used my school's scanner and I still need to figure out how to use it proper.
    - That's actually a good idea, in that I should decide on which coloring style I wanna focus on in one picture. I'm not necessarily new to CG coloring but I've never been good at it so all my stuff ends up looking like experimental poopy. haha
    - Ah yes, the smudge tool. I do need to stop using never really does produce the results I want anyway.

    Thanks for the compliment on my linework. I'll be honest and say that I'm rubbish when it comes to coloring, be it paints, colored pencils, pastels and so on, which is why I'm trying to at least improve with CG.

    Again, thanks for the critique and advice. Much appreciated. :)
  • Zabuza22Zabuza22 Joined: Posts: 189
    good answer Dreaded Fist
  • ScootsScoots Joined: Posts: 1
    If somebody posts their work in an open forum they should at least expect criticism.
    There is a fine line between criticism and bashing somebodies art. Bashing somebodies art is never appropriate, however trying to help somebody improve is.
    Honest and helpful constructive criticism should always be welcomed.
    I know how much it can hurt for somebody to criticize your art, but if you can learn to not take the criticism personally it can really help you improve in anything you do.
    But like I said, there is a difference between bashing and criticism.
  • RagingDemonStormRagingDemonStorm The power of elevation Joined: Posts: 3,182
    So I'm thinking about getting this peice of art oil painted on a canvas. I don't have a deviantart account so I want to give the creator luckfield credit for this piece before I get it done and I'll take a pic of the finished product.
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  • AOS-AOS- C Joined: Posts: 3,269
    edited June 2013
    BTW, how do you put a pic on your computer on here?

    You can use a scanner or a camera if you don't have a scanner to get yourself a digital copy. Use an image uploading site like imageshack, photobucket, imgur or flickr..... or even other sites like deviantart, facebook, or even a blogging website. Once that's done, grab their image URL. The uploading sites can get you it easily, but in general you can right-click any image > Copy Image URL/Address and then paste it here on SRK or any forum.

    If you're completely new to computers, the Image URL is essentially just an address with the image file name at the end (i.e. you'll know it's an image url when the last bit of it is an image file extension such as .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, etc..

    Anyway, since SRK used BBCode, what you need to do is create image tags which look like this: you'll have that in place, then paste your image url after it (with no spaces in between), and then close it with.


    to instantly understand image codes or any BBcodes, quote this post and see how the tagging looks ^.
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