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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby dead_parts » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:14 pm

Hey Naidy,

Some lovely stuff going on here. A unique and very illustrative style. I know you mentioned you want to study facial anatomy and colour, but I actually really love some of your images because of their unusual nature. More knowledge on these areas would of course be helpful , but always keep in mind your natural drawing style. Would be a shame to kill it. Just a small warning, but as someone who always felt they struggled to find their style, your work instantly feels as though it has something worth holding onto.

Anyway, keep it up. Would love to see some more comic panel stuff / plus more colour based studies.

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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Mahrkatt » Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:20 am

I like the way you draw faces ^^
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:41 am

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Zip: Thank you! I'm really enjoying doing these comic pages, I'm glad they're looking allright. I'm hoping to speed up my work flow now that I'm settled in a new place.

Nowio: The quality loss with digital is the bane of my life, I know a big part of it is just me needing to take time to do mark making excersises and consciously controlling my urge to speed through a picture. I'm sure it'll get better with time if I do those things. (Fingers crossed atleast)

Dead-parts: Thank you for the kind words! I'm thankful for the advice and kind words, though I feel like there are times where my lack of knowledge overtakes my style and turns it in a direction I'd not like. I'm not too scared of losing a style, lots of developing one has to do with your own personal prefferences, either in methods or aesthetics. If I keep studying it should strengthen not crush a style! I think its really a worry if you never let yourself draw for the sake of drawing. Experimentation always goes hand in hand with learning.

Mahrkatt: Oh man, I haven't had that complaint since I was 16! I usually get the opposite problem, in that characters/people lack consistency. Both derive from base shapes, definitely. I actually encorperate shapes in designs with characters. If it doesnt show that's also not too good.
Mind you, there's also a chance you might be looking at my self portraits and thinking they're meant to be different people?? I lack consistency so I can imagine making that mistake. Either way, never hurts to do more experiments.

Cheers for the words guys, I'll visit your sketchbooks in due time!

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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:12 pm

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Also a failed speedpaint. I know I went wrong due to construction and not thinking how things lay on the head/needless nit-picking instead of looking at the general picture. Good seeing where I was going wrong played back.

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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Peninsula » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:22 pm

Hey Naidy. It sounds to me like you're really comfortable with talking on the mic. Your video commentaries are really funny and helpful too! I had a lot of fun this evening listening through them. I say you should totally continue this series hehe:)
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Mahrkatt » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:17 am

Sorry, seems like I'm not really fit to give advice.
Didn't want to upset you. So I'll step back and be a silent oberserver from now on :)

Keep up the great work, I love looking at your stuff~
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:24 am

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Peninsula: Thank you! I didn't expect a compliment there at all haha. I've had a look through your sketchbook, really nice stuff. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it, amazing.

Mahrkatt: I think I was mainly confused! It doesn't mean you didn't give good advice. Practicing with face shapes is definitely something everyone could do a bit more of, including me. I think if you could give examples of where the faces are so similar I might be able to see it. Part of the problem's me not seeing it.

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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Lydia May » Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:54 pm

Hi Naidy! I am so happy to find you here, I used to follow and comment on your sketchbook on CA. I've always loved your art, specifically your attention to detail and stylization when it comes to anatomy. It all looks so natural and fluid. What program are you using for your digital paintings? If you use Photoshop, you might like this site: http://digitalbrushes.tumblr.com/ . It's a mass brush site where you can find and download cool brushes, most of which I believe are free. A lot of them have helped me to bring in a more natural feel to my digital art.

I really don't have any crits to give at the moment, you're definitely above my skill level. So I'm just going to say I look forward to seeing more and then slide on out of here... :D
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:27 am

Lydia: its good so many people have navigated here, but it shows how bad CA has gotten. I moved because of the whole attitude change, less constructive too many adds etc.
And on digital paintings I usually use Ps but I also play around with mypaint when im lazy.

Thanks for the link too! I tend to use the default brushes so this is like a treasure trove for me!

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Dont have much to show since most of what ive been doings traditional and I've no means to post it. Hopefully will have them up soon though.
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:02 am

Health failed me big time now im back home isntead of england. Still done some drawings though. Traditionals still dont really have a means to be uploaded, unless I take photos with the camera. Might do that next.

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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Aestechnics » Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:03 am

I'm really sorry to hear about those health issues, I hope that you get better soon!
It's admirable that you haven't let that stop you from doing drawings though.
The traditional painting you did is just gorgeous, is the decision to leave lines on the right figure intentional or is it because it's in progress? I actually like the contrast between the two sides of the figure that way, interestingly enough...
I don't have any crits to give for now, just keep it up :D
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:52 am

Thanks for the kind words, Aestechnics. I tend to leave the lines out of a mixture between lazyness and not minding how it looks. I could definitely do with softening how I build up lines, however, as they can detract. Here's some more stuff.

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Got bac into the habits of studying hands, need to get my hands on a scanner and put the sketches up.
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:07 am

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Embarrasingly rare for me to actually sketch before painting, so im having a go of it now, specially after all the proportion errors in the old lady sketch. Going to look at reffs and see how better to manage the limbs and head/neck

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Now I need to sort out the legs/feet big time.
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:33 am

Managed to get my hands on a scanner. Always been a lot of discrepancy between my digital and traditional quality, its not good, need to work on it.
Currently working on and off on familiarising myself with hands again, do about 10 a day, or twenty. Some continual line ones, they're fun. Helping me get back into the zone.
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:34 am

And the last two. Been painting too, but no way to really post them yet. Think traditional painting will help my digital painting.
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby three » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:35 am

your art seems really familiar (and really good), what's your tumblr??
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:57 am

Thyphos-tales is my tumblr, not many followers so it'd be interesting if you've seen something from there. :0
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby caseylarae » Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:56 am

Heya Naidy! Those last two are really strong, loving your recent work. I did want to point something out to you though, I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong at first but I looked at your work for awhile and I think I figured it out. A lot of your work has really low contrast...that in and of itself isn't a problem, but sometimes the contrast seems unintentional. Like it will be low in places that seem like a natural focal point and higher in places where you wouldn't necessarily want your viewer to focus. Take for example, the last painting. I switched it over to black and white and made it way smaller so you can see the issue. If you squint your eye, the image doesn't read because the area of highest contrast is the dog's leg rather than his face. The face has such low contrast that you almost can't pick it out from the background if you're squinting. Consider this idea when you're using color in particular, because value isn't the only way to create contrast -- you can also use hue and saturation. A lot of your color pieces have uniform saturation across the whole image, when you would be better able to direct the eye by creating more variation.

BTW, I will follow your tumblr!! :D I am chucklesthecat <3 Can't wait to see more of your work, talk to you soon!
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Sat Dec 19, 2015 7:57 am

That makes a lot of sense! I've been having problems with lacking contrast. But also thinking of it in terms of where you want the focal point to be definitely helps, seems obvious but some things need to be pointed out before they click! I think studying some master paintings should help, maybe a few black and white paintings too. Think I'll start working on those next. Cheers for the feedback, good to have some direction
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby caseylarae » Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:16 pm

You're very welcome :) Try switching all your color paintings to black and white once in awhile and squinting to check. It works wonders!
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Uyeno » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:55 am

My gosh the faces in the second to last post are so gorgeous! Just wondering how come you don't finish your paintings? They seem to be going in the right direction. Do you lose interest or do you just like that slightly off and unfinished look? Such a joy to look at your drawings (: Keep posting!
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:31 am

Yeah, I always end up losing interest after 20 mins. Tend to have the habit of deleting instead of saving for later too, boyfriend's horrified by this habit and he's trying to get me out of it.
Especially since I don't leave any original sized files of any of my works. Finished or otherwise. Its a bad habit! I'm finishing traditional things though, just need to post them.
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:16 am

Some more things, got to finish them for the 5th. ;)
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:02 pm

http://thyphos-tales.tumblr.com/post/136954544609

Since this is buggering up on me.

@@@@ I need to work on getting better with my forms. Things tend towards linear/not constructed/not enough contrast or too much blebhgbl

A lot of this is just me needing to relearn patience. I s2g I have no ability to focus. 2015 did me head in. Need to train the old patience muscle again
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby ubem » Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:28 pm

Hi Naidy, fascinating characters and designs. I imagine that focusing more on accurate anatomy/human form will allow you to push those characters even further. Also starting in black and white is a great way to establish focal points and a composition. Keep up the good work!
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:59 am

Definitely! Not understanding certain aspects of anatomy/human construction has been holding me back (mouths especially lately have been irritating me. Need to do more studies* doing black and white is definitely a good idea. Going to start note making again too, because info has a problem of just going in one ear-out the other. hoho

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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby jay hugo » Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:29 am

Wow I really like your style...Its awesome! Post number 60 is really great. There is a few things that I could say that may be able to help. I saw in some of your past pieces you started to use some nice contrasting colors in your faces which I think really strengthens them. I would say that you might be able to use even more of that in your work. I would also say that you could also use some more darker tones in some areas just to really add that extra POP to your stuff. I am a fan, great work ...can't wait to see more.
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:57 am

Yeah! I think that's a good idea.

Continueing today on doing black and white paintings, hopefully it will help me understand how to put contrast in faces full stop. hoho.

This is turning into a painting I kind of like, so might develop it.
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby 2Study » Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:01 pm

hi naidy youve got a fantastic style. very whimsical .
heres a paintover i did for you, dont mind the 'style' change but maybe you can take something away from it
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Re: Send her to the pit

Postby Naidy » Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:31 pm

Oh man, that's seriousy helpful! cheers for the paintover, the differences with the chin, mouth, and cheeks are particularly insightful.
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