Imbalantus wrote:The best sketches so far imo are
http://forums.permanoobs.org/download/file.php?id=71917 (especially this one)
The main reason is that they have a great, natural and dynamic pose. Your lineart is fine, the designs are fine aswell. But too often the pose is either too static, or awkward and unnatural. Note that the very first thing the viewer grasps (long before he understands the nuances of design and lineart) is the pose. And if the pose isn't any good then it doesn't matter if the design or lineart is good or not, the viewer will automatically have a negative attitude toward the drawing. On the other hand, if the figure has a great pose, but the artist made many mistakes in the details, the viewer's attitude will still remain generally positive toward the drawing.
Great sketchbook overall. I'm checking regularly. Your designs are kinda unique and "weird", but in a good way, so I'm really curious to see how you will develop. :)
Enydimon wrote:You're killing it with these designs but I think the only way to really get better at posing is to just observe and draw lots from reference unfortunately.
Regarding the Harpy I think you can push the polish on it a little further:
I'm not gonna comment on the anatomy, but one of the issues that I found was that the values could have been pushed further and the brush strokes were too muddy. To create more of a focal point via value I went over the head, shoulders, and chest with the dodge tool set to midtones. From there I added in some highlights manually so the viewer is more focused on those areas.
I also simplified some of the brush strokes as the colours and shapes were getting too muddy. You either want to avoid using a bunch of tiny brush strokes to blend or you want to use them in a way that is more uniform toward a bigger overall shape. Think of painting as more as using and designing appealing shapes to get the viewer to see things rather than painting just to paint.
Also used an iris blue (photoshop) to lazily push things back a little. There's more you could do to paint over top of those ideas, but that's the most I can do in under 5 min, haha.
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