Drawing critiques!

m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
edited May 2010 in Artist's Corner
I want to be a comic artist some day but for now im stuck in traditional college....


How do these look all of you for real artists that I look up to so very much?????? I'd like to know my weaknesses. sorry that all I have on my computer are these two otherwise I'd give you a wider variety of subjects or whatever... But just looking at these, what should I work on? Comic book/manga artist emphasis.


IMG00236-20091108-0049.jpg

IMG00168-20100423-1446.jpg

superman34.jpg

This was from imagination, the above two were referenced.
Tizazkgood.jpg

This is something I made for a contest... It's MMA star Jason "Mayhem" Miller unleashing a "KamehaMAYHEM!"

WEB400_Mayhem.jpg

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  • winter_combat_knightwinter_combat_knight Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Hey man, cool stuff so far. your work has a very comic style to it, which is the right step so far!
    Two images arent exactly enough to go by, but at the moment, it looks like your weaknesses are in proportions and anatomy. Just keep practicing that.
    Also, comic illustration is all about storytelling, so practice illustrating a novel or film/television script into a comic form. or even better, your own IP :) work on interesting compositions and layouts.

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  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    cool thanks brotha! do u know any anatomy stuff on a good website or something... anything free cuz i have no moneeey.

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    As an fyi, its sort of a unwritten rule (or... it might be written) that each forumer has one ongoing thread at a time. You're more than welcome to post various kinds of work in the same thread (comic, life study, etc). Though, if you just have some doodles you can put them in the doodle thread if you like.

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    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    There's also the possibility you just can't really grow a bear like other guys.

    Not even BEAR vaginas can defeat me!
    cakemikz wrote: »
    And then I rub actual cake on myself.
    Loomdun wrote: »
    thats why you have chest helmets
  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    how do i delete a thread again?

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I don't think you can delete it on your own- but you can a) edit the title to ask for this thread to be locked or b) pm a mod to ask for this to be locked.


    I'm a little bit less sure of b) being a good idea.

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    Like to write? Want to get e-published? Give us a look-see at http://wednesdaynightwrites.com/
    Rorus Raz wrote: »
    There's also the possibility you just can't really grow a bear like other guys.

    Not even BEAR vaginas can defeat me!
    cakemikz wrote: »
    And then I rub actual cake on myself.
    Loomdun wrote: »
    thats why you have chest helmets
  • Daniel_ArayaDaniel_Araya Registered User
    edited April 2010
    Are these done from imagination or referenced?

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  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Tiz reference.... I wish I could imagine that.. the superman is an Alex Ross painting and the girl is a pic of Maria Ozawa, Japanese porn star hehe

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  • zoezoe Registered User
    edited May 2010
    m.brooks42 wrote: »
    cool thanks brotha! do u know any anatomy stuff on a good website or something... anything free cuz i have no moneeey.

    http://hippie.nu/~unicorn/tut/xhtml/ <--Scroll down a bit and there's a really good series of illustrations for all the major muscle groups, bones, and tips for hands and feet. Simple and very clear.

    There's also a sticky thread in this section of the forum for links to all kinds of art references and tutorials - I'm sure there's bound to be some more useful stuff in there.

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  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Awesome, thanks so much!

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  • NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    ok here we go.
    Even "traditional" colleges have art programs/clubs...seek them out

    1. Draw from life as much as possible. It's tempting to draw from comics, but i would advise against it. You want to learn anatomy, so draw from life as much as possible, then photos, lastly would i suggest drawing from comics...its just not a good way to learn.

    2) its not from life but www.posemaniacs.com will offer you up a variation of poses. The 30 second gesture pose feature is great to warm up and get loose. do 100 30 second poses a day...like 20 a sheet or more.

    3) read anatomy books. there's a great deal of on-line resources and books in store. or check out these for free DL http://www.alexhays.com/loomis/

    DRAW DRAW DRAW every day. remember if you want to get into comics, it's not about just being able to draw some awesome looking people. You have to be able to draw cars, trees, planes, trains, buildings, animals, grass, mountains, stairs, interiors, landscapes, expressions, guns, spaceships, monsters...see where i'm going here? A comic artist has to be able to draw anything the script calls for. Yes you will have references for these things, but you really need a foundation.

    Keep posting here and good luck man.

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  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Thanks brother, I'm feeble in a lot of those areas you mentioned... sigh "things" are just so much less fun than characters, but ok ill do it.

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  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Hey guys I have a question

    I'm having trouble with the stuff I'm making on photoshop elements 6. About what size should I make an image so that it is fairly large on the web? This is what I've been doing with some of the web comics I've made and I'm having frustrating outcomes: I make the image then resize it to about 700 by 700 and turn it into a jpeg. I picked this size so I could use it on myspace, but it's pretty small when posted on the web. Now I'm trying to submit this drawing for a contest and I need to make sure it's large enough to be viewed by them. So ya, what size should I make it (right now I'm at 7000 by 8000 pixels) and should I make it a jpeg when I'm through (right now it's psd) and... I just don't know anything about this. I've been winging it for a long time, but now I have to make sure I get it right. thanks.

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  • NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Anyone correct me if i'm wrong...

    For web posting you want to post at 72 dpi, and you want it as a jpeg.

    I'll work on something in photoshop as a PSD file at lets say300-400 dpi, and lets say i work on a 10X12 inch "canvas". When done i obviously don't post at those sizes. Save one copy with the settings above and name it "HIres*****" or whatever. This copy will be used if you want to tweak the image later, or use it for print.
    NOW change the dpi to 72, and maybe change the canvas size if you want it smaller and H-scroll friendly. save THIS one as a JPEG and name it "WEB*****" or whatever.
    you now have 2 copies. One print friendly, and one web friendly.

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  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Ok cool... so if i just posted a 7 by 8 inch image.. would it look 7 by 8 inches on a computer screen?

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  • ScosglenScosglen Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Okay, here's the deal.

    DPI or PPI mean jack shit when we're talking about digital files and they're terms that are thrown around too much. They mean absolutely nothing without the context of how big the "canvas" or print size is, and since we're talking about computer screens and there is no canvas it's basically an imaginary dimension of the file.

    The only "absolute" size measurement on a digital file is its resolution: how many pixels in the x dimension and how many in the y dimension.

    How you know what size to make an image is by basing it on what most of the people who are looking at it have as their desktop resolutions. A good minimum reasonable resolution to cater for is 1024x768, meaning if you posted a 900x600 file, it would nearly cover their entire screen when displayed at full size. People with bigger displays at a 1900x1200 desktop res would only see it as being about a quarter of their screen.

    Your photoshop file could say 7 by 8 miles and it would not change how it looks on the screen one bit.

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  • bombardierbombardier Moderator mod
    edited May 2010
    Thank you scos. The dpi thing makes me go crazy when people start talking about that and not print in the same sentence.

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  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Wait now I'm confused... can someone just tell me flat out what settings to use... I want it to basically fill the screen, maybe a little smaller.

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  • ScosglenScosglen Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    m.brooks42 wrote: »
    Wait now I'm confused... can someone just tell me flat out what settings to use... I want it to basically fill the screen, maybe a little smaller.

    The point is that there is no "best size" and that images are going to be bigger or smaller depending on the monitor and settings. Some people are using shitty old CRT displays and running at 800x600 and some people are power users with cinema displays running at 2560x1680. Filling the latter person's display will break the first guy's H scroll 3 times over.

    I said 1024x768 is a good minimum spec to cater to, which means the closer you get to posting an image that is 1000 pixels or wider horizontally the more likely you are to break the H scroll of people with smaller displays. On a forum like this where some space is taken up by the forum UI you probably don't want to go any wider than 800 pixels or so.

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  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Hey guys, what about using space correctly? In my newest post , the one of Mayhem Miller, I was really wondering if I "used the space" correctly... like design stuff, cuz I don't know anything about it and so I'm assuming it's a weakness... any advice? Or just any advice period that pops into ur head when u look at that? I made it using photoshop elements and a pen tablet both of which i've been doing my best to figure out on my own how to use, but i basically only use the blur, pencil, and eraser so far lol so any kind of advice or tips as far as maybe some effect or tool that wouldve made my buildings better or ANYTHING is much appreciated... AND to those guys who helped me with my image size issue thanks u very much it worked out happily!

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  • m.brooks42m.brooks42 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Also, how do I get a signature young bloods?

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