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  • desperaterobotsdesperaterobots Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Heartlash wrote: »
    Sublimus wrote: »
    I just redid my website. Comments? Crits?

    http://wsmisch.com

    On the homepage Im going to put my contact info. But other than that I think Im done.

    Are the people likely to look at your website on dial-up? Because if not, I'd say there's no reason to use that selective thumbnail gallery approach. The less faffing around people need to do to see your work, the better, and faffing includes trying to guess what the hell a 50x50 pixel box of lines and gradients is going to be, and then being dissapointed when it's not that cool thing they saw on your website before and now they can't find it because you've hidden it in annoying little thumbnails!

    So, I have a thing against those thumbnail gallery things.

    Don't listen to this (no offense desperate :P).

    Thumbs = less scrolling, more user control, 56k friendly, cleaner layout.

    Most viewers like being able to pick and choose, and don't want to have to scroll through a bunch of larger images of varying sizes.

    *edit*

    And sorry for the double post.

    Discarding ambiguously cropped thumbnails doesn't preclude a clean layout, control or less scrolling, but it may require more thought on behalf of the web designer. Don't arbitrarily choose to do something if it doesn't serve your purposes as well as it could. Fuck 56k if your clients won't be using it.

  • misosoupmisosoup Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Fuck 56k if your clients won't be using it.

    I agree.

    Honestly, who uses 56k these days? Even my Grandma is on Broadband.

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  • VeldrinVeldrin Sham bam bamina Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Veldrin wrote: »
    Just started doodling around recently and took a liking to a scene from The Dark Knight trailer...

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    I'm not sure if I really like it or not... feedback would be awesome.

    No one has any advice?
    C'mon guys, I require interwebs validation.

  • desperaterobotsdesperaterobots Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Scosglen, awesome work man. Muscles look great. I can't get that sort of texture in my digital stuff and I marvel at people who know how to do it.

    Veldrin; it's like you've managed to semi-competently ape Frank Miller's style and at the same time incompetently draw the cylon version of oscar the grouch.

  • SublimusSublimus AustinRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Thanks for the feedback guys!

    I also forgot to mention I had some rollovers planned for the navigation.

    My justification for the thumbnails is that most people view all of the work anyways, so often times they will just click on the first one, and scroll through via lightbox.


    scos: that looks great! If you want to work on it anymore, but feel like you're capping out, I would suggest just bringing it all to a consistent level of the most finished parts. Also, the figure on the left looks pretty static. Im pretty sure that stabbing someone is a bit tough as well, so flexing of the guns my be in order. I get that he is supposed to be somber, but still, he shouldn't look like he is dipping into a jar of jam :P


    I know it was something you just opened for funsies, but I just wanted to give you my thoughts on it, should you want to take it any further.


    [edit] Got my rollovers going, if anyone wants to check them out (and make sure there are no bugs I missed :P)

  • VeldrinVeldrin Sham bam bamina Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Scosglen, awesome work man. Muscles look great. I can't get that sort of texture in my digital stuff and I marvel at people who know how to do it.

    Veldrin; it's like you've managed to semi-competently ape Frank Miller's style and at the same time incompetently draw the cylon version of oscar the grouch.

    Haha, fair enough dude.

    Actually, looking at it again now, it does look like a rather massive conglomerated mess... oh well, it was worth a try.

  • VirumVirum Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    misosoup wrote: »
    Fuck 56k if your clients won't be using it.

    I agree.

    Honestly, who uses 56k these days? Even my Grandma is on Broadband.

    I infinitely prefer scrolling galleries. I hate clicking on a shit ton of thumbnails.

  • desperaterobotsdesperaterobots Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Virum wrote: »
    misosoup wrote: »
    Fuck 56k if your clients won't be using it.

    I agree.

    Honestly, who uses 56k these days? Even my Grandma is on Broadband.

    I infinitely prefer scrolling galleries. I hate clicking on a shit ton of thumbnails.

    They're an okay solution if you're working with limited bandwidth or have super-huge amounts of images that you couldn't possibly subcategorise and simply must baffle people with.... but I think too many people use them as a default, thoughtless way to present their work.

  • nyuoobnyuoob Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Mykonos wrote: »
    update: haven't gotten a chance to work on this lately, and i'm still trying to figure out Corel Painter, but I'm starting to become a full convert. Lots of work to be done still, but I'm still suffering through finals

    turel_by_AdventDawn.jpg


    I think her arms still look too small in proportion to her torso, but apart from that i agree with the others about corel working better with your style from what i've seen in this thread.
    personal opinion.. i thought she looked better without definied shoes :D
    i really need to start playing around with pen tablets and stuff...

  • nyuoobnyuoob Registered User
    edited May 2008
    pen tablets? you know what i mean

  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Ok. I think I am just about finished this balloon monster thing.

    Before:
    Spoiler:

    After:
    Spoiler:

    I got my test t-shirt in the mail today (with an older fix of the image...the one with white outline slop marks around the balloon). It doesn't look too bad on a blue shirt. I think I might make the balloon even bigger. And I think I moved the image too far down when placing it on the shirt.
    Spoiler:

    Thoughts?

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  • nyuoobnyuoob Registered User
    edited May 2008
    playingaround.jpg

    no where near finished but thought i'd post it anyway.
    first time on photoshop, not really sure what i'm doing but any pointers would be welcome. i'm aware i just used smudge for the hair - its just for a foundation.....
    plus i have to use a stupid mouse.
    stupid.

  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    nyuoob wrote: »
    plus i have to use a stupid mouse.
    stupid.

    Nothing wrong with a mouse. I use one.
    Spoiler:

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Ok. I threw the shirt in the wash and instead of that dark circle around where the image was printed, it is a little lighter than the rest of the shirt. I have it in the dryer now, so let's see what happens.

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  • NeoRedXIIINeoRedXIII Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Yeah, what the hell's up with that circle? Some kind of iron-on transfer? Boooo.

  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Yea, I washed it and it is a little less visible, but still there. Maybe after a few more washes it will disappear? Meh. I still like the shirt (once I fix it up). I think I am going to put my Web site on the top-back of the shirt. Hmm. That could cost a few more dollars for people who purchase it. We will see.

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  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Turns out I do finish things, it's just that they're shit.

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  • MykonosMykonos Registered User
    edited May 2008
    yes, its shit, but shit that smells like roses.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    "I was born; six gun in my hand; behind the gun; I make my final stand"~Bad Company
  • desperaterobotsdesperaterobots Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Spoiler:

    Also:

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  • Asamof the HorribleAsamof the Horrible Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I think some darker darks and some brighter brights would benefit that dino, tam. thought mainly just the darks

  • CrackerpieCrackerpie Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Okay I got a nice kick in the pants last time so here I go again. This time I drew me a deadite.


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    OMG I saw the greatest sig today! IT WAS TOTALLY SELF-REFERENTIAL.
  • MykonosMykonos Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Uh.

    I don't get it. :|

    that's been happening way to often lately...D:

    ne ways, tam, your creatures are really starting to grow on me. keep at em.

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    "I was born; six gun in my hand; behind the gun; I make my final stand"~Bad Company
  • desperaterobotsdesperaterobots Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Tam wrote: »
    Spoiler:

    See... that's what I had hoped it meant. But I thought maybe the squiggles on the blackboard were some kind of esoteric particle physics reference I wasn't aware of.

  • NightDragonNightDragon Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    This is my current failure:

    Two hour long speedpaint that I had to do twice to look even decent, and now it just looks like a blurry photograph. For some reason, I really can't wrap my head around speedpainting. SO AGGRAVATING.


    SpeedValley.jpg


    ARGH

    Thing thing took me two fucking hours! It's not even "speedy".

    ARGHEFLADSHFJSDKF

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  • MangoesMangoes Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Bigger brushes and the sharpen tool?

    I think it's pretty awesome.

  • NightDragonNightDragon Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    CapnMango wrote: »
    Bigger brushes and the sharpen tool?

    I think it's pretty awesome.

    Yeah, I think one of my issues was that I had a low opacity strokes around the edges of things. I actually started out with large brushes, and it worked pretty well for me.

    I feel better now! I just have a problem with getting really frustrated over things when I can't get the "perfect". I'm going to try to work on that. :\

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  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I hate to tell you this ND, but it does look decent and I rather like it.

  • bombardierbombardier mr. mully Vancouver, BCSuper Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited May 2008
    Crit for NightDragon: shut up it's awesome.

  • RavenshadowRavenshadow Registered User
    edited May 2008
    bombardier wrote: »
    Crit for NightDragon: shut up it's awesome.

    agreed.

    That's why I like the AC. Just the right combination of stupid butt-fuckery and verbal masturbation to suit my needs.
  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    ND, put it through a few sharpen filters and see what that does for you.

    Also, there's something you need to keep in mind. After you've gotten to the level you're at, it's all good and fine to say "I don't like this this and this about my work" but if you start calling stuff that is at the very very least decent a "failure" you're going to make the rest of us who aren't nearly as good feel really bad.

    At least, that's how I feel- especially when one of those pros on ConceptArt goes like "Aw man, this turned out horribly". The only thing I can think is "Well, what the fuck am I doing then?"

  • piLpiL Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I wanted to work on something else, but I figured I had best develop this a bit before I post anything, otherwise people would think I didn't pay attention to people's crits :P

    I tried to do some texture on the shirt, but I feel it sort of faded out as I zoomed out--I managed it through basically covering it with a low opacity crosshatching that I hoped would create a hint of the fibers. Oh well.

    The basics for the background are barely blocked in, but since the final result was printed on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of glossy paper, nobody in the class really noticed until they got close, and I don't think I would have developed them fully anyway, in order to keep the focus on the foreground.
    Spoiler:

    I also started a portrait, but it looks nothing like the person I was trying to draw, so I gave up, and I'll probably work out some more later.

    portrait01.jpg

    And to give my post a little more meat (from about a month ago, levels adjusted a bit):
    Ye olde sketche booke. e.
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    sketchpg03.jpg
    sketchpg04.jpg


    Edit: Also, I think it looks good ND, although all the softness you were complaining about makes me think lol light bloom. I know you probably already know this, but if you painted dark to light at the top, I think you've managed to drown all your darks. Going back in with some dark dark might help push the depth, though I imagine going back and tweaking speed paints might be the exact opposite of what you want to do.

  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Keep doing those life sketches, piL, and use as big a brush as you can when painting. You want to block in shapes- not sketch them.

    More contrast:

    draqos3.jpg

    Tip: As far as sketches and for beginners, Alias Sketchbook Pro kicks ass.

  • NightDragonNightDragon Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Alright, I decided to try again, for a second attempt (and will try to be less angsty in the future). I think this version turned out rather well, compared to the last! I think this was roughly 2 hours, too. I feel it's an improvement.

    SpeedLake2.jpg

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  • Asamof the HorribleAsamof the Horrible Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    wow, that looks friggen great ND.

  • piLpiL Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Tam wrote: »
    Keep doing those life sketches, piL, and use as big a brush as you can when painting. You want to block in shapes- not sketch them.


    Well, I usually do, especially in painting with the tablet, but then I start trying to get the brush smaller so I can take care of smaller details, and then everything starts getting wonky. Thanks though, I plan to keep it up! It's rainy today, or I would have gone to the park :P



    ND : Uh wow, that's rocktastic.

  • MustangMustang Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I thought your first one was great ND, but now I want to bear your children, that's fan-fookin-tastic. I'd like to see someone find something to crit there, cause I can't see anything I don't like.

  • TamTam I hate art I love artRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Good biscuits and gravy, we have another Alduar on our hands!

  • MertzyMertzy Registered User
    edited May 2008
    ND - I think the trees could still use a little working over, more-so on the left. There are some blotches of color here and there that interrupt the rest. I'm also not sure about how the mountain smears into the water. It seems like the reflection is dropping into the water rather than projecting out due to those lines. Further out it looks well-done, though.

    Bravo, overall. I'd like to see a tut for your skies and waters.

    And everything else for that matter.

    THE END.
  • RavenshadowRavenshadow Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Alright, I decided to try again, for a second attempt (and will try to be less angsty in the future). I think this version turned out rather well, compared to the last! I think this was roughly 2 hours, too. I feel it's an improvement.
    SpeedLake2.jpg

    wtf?! No wonder you were angsty... that last one pales to this one.

    That is amazing. How did you go about getting the texture in the mountains?

    That's why I like the AC. Just the right combination of stupid butt-fuckery and verbal masturbation to suit my needs.
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