Where it’s at - Working illustrator looking to build skills!
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Trying to improve my skills, crits appreciated. I'll start with some recent commission work I've done, but I will be adding more sketch stuff one I get my new scanner, old one just died.

I used to be really active on Conceptart.org back in the day, like around 2004. Shout out to any old school CA'ers still knocking around! I missed the old forum vibe so decided to come here to chill and share my art :)

I have a big problem with self-confidence as an artist so I think sharing and caring here will be nice and help me get in a better mindset to create and grow. 

Here's some of my stuff anyway, fire away

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Here’s a couple of studies

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#3
I don't think you want to show study that not what people who wanna hire you wanna see.

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I dunno about Darktiste, but last time I checked, this isn't exactly the place the entertainment industry's recruiting new  talents :)

Hey waronmars. Love doing portraits myself. Not the greatest p.o. but here it goes.



Seems like the values of the study isn't grouped together as tight as it should. The tell was the darkest part of the hair should be as dark (or close enough of a value) to the cast shadow on the right eye (the reference's left eye). These little nuances can make a big difference when it comes to the finished product. Not sure if you were attempting a value study, and not sure if you stumbled upon this https://www.dorian-iten.com/value-study/

Any artists influencing your art? Welcome to the Crimson Daggers btw. I should've started with that.

It's debatable whether or not what you're trying to achieve is indeed impossible. One thing's for sure: it's impossible to defeat a person who doesn't know how to quit.
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(02-04-2019, 02:11 AM)John Wrote: I dunno about Darktiste, but last time I checked, this isn't exactly the place the entertainment industry's recruiting new  talents :)

I wasn't talking about them being here either i am speaking about putting study in a portfolio.For me it a no no.Also i kinda fail and i didn't see that this was a sketchbook i though he was posting some porfolio stuff since it wasn't that bad.

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#6
Love the name Waronmars :).

Nice start here, your work is already quite accomplished in my humble opinion.

I agree with John about the values, so important in making a convincing painting. You know about squinting to help with judging values right?

Also, what are your goals for your art, are you going for more realism or stylised? Being clear on these will help you target your studies and attract the feedback you need.

Keep posting and good luck with your journey :).

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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#7
great start.... nice Illustrations.....

your strength is definitely your painting and rendering skills but I do think your drawing skills are lagging behind, if you work on say gesture/ construction/ anatomy you'll will see a huge difference in your characters.... just pick up a pen and paper no erasing no ctrl z for a couple months and just study and draw and take your art to the next level
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#8
Rendering is looking pretty good and its great you have some finished pieces and with a considerable amount of characters.
a couple of things that stand out at a glance for me.

-you can do more with the lighting color
-you have quite allot of close to local colors all competing for attention.
-you can control what stands out by selectively using saturation, contrast and detail level.
-particularly evident in your portraits, your forms look a bit flat partially due to the direction of your brush strokes. Give it a try painting over imaginary 3d forms

-sizing and spacing of character is are very similar making things feel more still and uninteresting as a composition
-your overlaps are also very minimal which adds to the lack of depth
-posing and anatomy has some good and not so good moments here a couple of figures look off balance or a bit awkward
-you could inject allot more interest with more color variation particularly in the skin
-with your face studies i think you need to focus on the stepped back image a little more as some of the details look well rendered separately but could work as a whole better.

you have allot of good going on so I hope you don't take these points as discouraging.
keep picking away at your weaker areas and keep improving
give us a shout if I can help with anything
power to ya

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Darkiste: Thanks I guess. I’m a she by the way.

John: Thanks for that paint over, you’re spot on. I definitely lost some of the darker tones. I randomly tried what it looked like with an instagram filter on it and saw that it looks way better with the contrast up a bit. Better separation between light and shadow really made a difference. Edit: I just checked out that image you linked, that is really helpful. I wasn’t quite sure what you meant by grouping tones but that makes it clear!

In terms of influences I have a bunch, I love energetic fantasy art like Wayne Reynolds and Jesper Ejsing, but I also dig more highly rendered stuff like Tyler Jacobson. James Gurney is a big influence as well, I love his ability to draw and paint what he sees and to paint historical scenes and fully realised fantasy environments with crowds, architecture and everything. I like an old historical illustrator called Angie’s McBride, look him up if you don’t know him. I have also been digging some weirder stuff like Zao Dao and Zeen Chin as well. I study at a local atelier so get some more of that sort of influence too. I have some more classical influences, like Edmund Blair Leighton and Orientalists like Jean-Leon Gerome. That’s all I can think of right now lol.

So basically a big melting pot, I’ll have to start some master studies I guess. Thanks for the welcome!

Slash razor: Thanks man, I think you’re right, as they say, ‘most painting problems are drawing problems’. I have been doing a heap of pen and pencil drawing lately, I’ll post some up.


I have been doing these based on Feng Zhu’s Advice in design cinema 89, kind of confidence building, building visual library and drawing skill at the same time. Its’s taught me to sit down for hours doing studies lol. I do 5-10 studies a day usually, about 20-30 minutes each. I have done 50 rock formations. 50 trees and am up to like number 20 on skulls. Here’s a couple.
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Sorry for the misgender that wasn't intentional.

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