Hi all, I've been looking for a place to get some critique on my art and have heard great things about the PA forums so I figured I'd give it a go!
For a little background I'm a college graduate that bounced back and forth between art and programming majors about 5 times ending up with degrees in Computer Animation and Graphic Design and with a Computer Science degree I'm currently finishing up. (and probably a traditional art one someday, because I clearly have a problem.)
I took a pretty long break from art over the last few years but I recently re-found my motivation in drawing random reddit posts of all things.
Now that I've been back at the sketchbook for a while I'm looking to try to start actively improving my work.
I draw primarily with a .3mm pencil, multiliner pens, and copic markers.
I put up all of my drawings on Instagram
, my Reddit profile
, and Twitter
The things I'm currently trying to focus on (kind of putting these here as a reminder for myself!)
- More fluid and dynamic figures
-It's been a few years since I've really done any figure drawing and my figures have become very stiff, flat, and oddly proportioned.
- Better shading/color usage
-I'd say about half of the time I end up overworking a drawing during the shading/color phase; going to try to use more control and preplanning in my shading. Also looking to try to get better at softer transitions of color.
- Drawing more from life
-I don't draw from life nearly enough and it probably shows in my work. Just invested in a small sketchbook to help out with this.
- Drawing more quickly
-I tend to sketch over the same section of any illustration about 100 times; I think I could definitely be getting drawings done at a fraction of the time if I were more confident with my lines.
Started recording myself through Twitch to help me really see where I can speed up my work.
- Spending more time on illustrations (Wait, that's the opposite of the last thing!)
-About the most time I spend on any illustration outside of commissions is around an hour; probably usually closer to 20-30 minutes. I don't have too much time to devote to drawing so I try to rush things out as quickly as I can, but I think it would be beneficial to actually invest some time into a larger and more focused illustration or two.
If you notice any other areas I could improve I'm all ears!
Whew, that went on longer than I expected; thanks for having me!
I'll start off with a sketch last night from /r/streetwearred x (1.5" x 5")
- Went with the name "red x" because of the skull on the shoes made me think of the Teen Titans character
- Arm length feels too short; length of the jacket threw me a bit.
- The arm blends into the body too much as well; could have used some stronger lines and better use of highlighting.
- Not quite enough control with the shading