I'm not coming from a know-it-all's POV, but I can hopefully give some thoughts and advice:
1.) The shadow under the table should probably be a little more linearly-shaped, to match the table. I think you were going for a textured look, but got a little carried away, which warped the physical shape of the shadow cast by the light hitting the table. Squinting your eyes, it doesn't look too bad, but when you focus in on the details, it's harder to sell. The shadow has a few dips and rises: to justify this, it would imply that the table itself wasn't straight-edged.
I find the best way to make texture apparent is to use it on the edge of the shadow, and not really at all on the inside, which would imply there are holes in the table that are letting light through to break up the shadow. See that good-sized blotch of brown in the shadow by her knee? I would make that a much darker shade, or just change it entirely to the shadow color... either way, try to make those blotches more-closely matching the shadow area, because--if you were shown nothing but the shadow and not the table--you might assume that the table the shadow belongs to had a hole there.
The take away: Try to make shadows more faithfully mimic the shape of the object they belong to. :) Texture edges before the inside, if you texture the inside at all, which I don't really do, unless very lightly. (A note: In darkness, you will find less contrast between values, hues, chromas, etc. This means that extra care is required when trying to pick out a color in darkness, as a little change goes a LOOOONG way.
2.) The table itself looks is a little thin: it looks like perhaps it has the thickness of plywood, so I would say to double or triple its thickness. :)
3.) Her elbow doesn't seem to be fully (if at all) resting on the table. Out of curiosity, did you start building the character without a plan, or did you start with a pose made up of simple shapes to get the proportions figured out first? If you plot the point where you want her elbow to rest on the table, then you have a first piece figured out of a "pose puzzle", if you will. At any level of expertise, I completely recommend looking into "art anatomy proportions" for constructive purposes. :) There are some great books out there, especially Andrew Loomis' "Figure Drawing for All it's Worth", but look around on the Internet for other sources too.
I could go on about some other stuff, but I'll instead recommend another resource that will explain concepts way better than I: CTRLPaint.com. :) Do check it out, there are a ton of free, informative videos.
thank you so much for your criticism.
thank you for going as in depth as you did as well, it does me so much more good than a simple "good" or "bad", i truly, truly, very sincerely appreciate it.
this is the piece that i'm most excited to come back to and redraw, i'll take all your words to heart.
to answer your question, i had the scene and the pose planned, but i didn't use reference which is probably why it looks bad. i'll heed your advice about the "puzzle", that's insanely helpful.
2 months late, but whatever. I had to review this.
Well... it looks like Electric Asylum Man wants a nail puller, the Corporate Zombie wants a raise, Dracula wants... blood, the Slime/Muck Monster wants someone to love him, and the Werewolf Biker wants meat. Or a hug.
The colors and the style are both great. The shading and textures are just as good, however it looks as if the lighting on the Corporate Zombie's shirt is off. I'm not sure, but it looks strange, like the light is coming from the wrong direction. This doesn't look bad nor ruin the picture, but it just doesn't seem right.
My personal fave is the Werewolf Biker. The style, colors, and shading are fantastic on him.
Great work, man: I faved this a long time ago, but I never got around to reviewing it.
I can't believe this hasn't been reviewed yet.
This is a great piece of work. Ney is, in a way, kinda cute and huggable looking in both forms. :3 The colours and styles are both fantastic. The shading is, while a little off in a few places, arguably very well done and give it a unique cartoon look. I'd love to see this as a television series... as long as it had an English version, too. :)
Pre-faved! Awesome job, dude. :D
This is simply fantastic. I love how beautiful and soft it looks and how well the colors flow, yet it feels epic at the same time. Would love to see more of this stuff! *Thumbs up*
Awesome job, man. :) Faved!
Thx dude! As you probably noted, I've quite a few other works up here, though this is probably one of my best. And I still got a ton of shit I haven't got to uploading yet, so stay tuned!
Haha, this is neat!
The old time style is very nice looking and in a way it reminds me of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. I love the expression on all of their faces. :D I suppose there isn't much shading, save maybe on the inside of the suitcase, but little or no shading is okay, because it probably wouldn't look as good with too much shading on this pic.
This is a very nice, simple yet fun pic. Faved, and good job! :)
This is just kind of incredible.
The shading is absolutely gorgeous, especially with the red ambient glow which sets the perfect evil mood (of doom). It just looks awesome. The anatomy is great, although Larry does seem to have somewhat of a manly face... Maybe this picture portrays an older Larry where he has turned over to the forces of S.C.H.M.E? That would be a bad thing.
Also, you said you were irritated by Malignus' hand? I think it looks fine, dude!
My only critisism is very miniscule: the background could maybe use just a tad more shading. That's about it though, but to be honest the background looks very nice as is.
Overall, I think it looks... fantastic? Epic? Maybe astounding? Perhaps... Larrylicious? I'm not sure what to call it. I faved it, though.
Fantastically epic and astoundingly Larrylicious job, dude! :D
I love the avant-garde style. The colors are well chosen and are very nice looking together. The shading is nice, too, although his/her... skirt thing seems a little flat, and could use a bit more shading. The wings seem a bit flat as well, but they otherwise don't bother me too much. Those are the only two things I could criticize, but they really aren't really huge deals, because overall the pic still looks great!
I think this is quite interesting... I can't tell if the character is a boy or a girl, though?
Hehehe, he's a boy !
Woo, Flapjack! :D
First, 10 stars just because this is Flapjack. That's pure WIN already!
Lol, I kid. :) But seriously, Flapjack is freakin' amazing.
The shading is marvelous (no pun intended), but it seems oh so slightly flawed in a few areas. Flapjack and the pumpkins' drool doesn't seem to be shaded. It's not that they have to be shaded, and it doesn't ruin picture because they aren't shaded either, but concerning everything else about them is shaded so well, I think the drool should've been shaded too. My only other critisism is that the background seems rather undetailed. It looks great, don't get me wrong, and the contrast between the foreground and the background is great. I just think it could've looked better with some more detail.
It's a little creepy for Flapjack, but hey, what's Halloween without creepy? ;)
Epic job man; I totally dig this.
This is just plain awesome.
The shading is beautiful, the anatomy is spot on, and the style is great. The background is a little weird... I don't really know if he's standing on solid ground or not? It's a little hard to tell. But to be honest it's just as good looking and it doesn't bother me that much at all.
Awesome work, man! You're a seriously good artist. :D
thanks,thanks ,,, i gess, thanks :D, yeah about that... i know backgrounds not my thing yet sorry
and thanks :D im still working on it hope i get better
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