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#8996
Please critique my work! 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Please go to my profile> gallery, and look over some of my work. I work in both pencil, and paints, but prefer pencil. How do you think I could improve?
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#9007
Re: Please critique my work! 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hi Sketch Pad. On just 4 images it's a little difficult but I'll try to say something constructive. I think you could work on defining the objects a bit more, ie work on the shading to make it clearer that one is in front or sitting on a table or whatever. For example, your painting in your avatar, the vegetables look like they are floating and not 'sitting' on the table. Your shadows need to come directly from the object, not with a lighter space inbetween.

Generally, in all your works I think you could do much more shading and add more colors to make the subject 'pop' more. On the cat drawing, you have solid lines all around the cat but in reality some of those would be broken where the light hit more. A solid line makes things look a little cartoon like.

It's great that your doing lots of different subjects though, practice is the only way to go. I could do with spending more time drawing myself. Hope some of this helps.
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#9032
Re:Please critique my work! 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Cathy, that's sound advice. I agree with all that you've said. I would add that the real way to improve is practice- but also you must always try to draw/paint what you see not what you thinkyou see, therefore keen observation is essential in order to portray a realistic picture.

For example, like Cathy said - the cat drawing is more like a cartoon because of the outline you have given it. Also, I think the old shoes one is proportionally incorrect, as they look as though the two shoes are different lengths! Use a pencil or anything you have to measure the relative distances between each shape (for that is what you are in effect drawing) in the shoe, then transfer the same distance to your drawing/painting surface.

If you are not really bothered about achieving realism, then obviously this is not so important, but even semi-abstract paintings have a degree of technique behind them.

Practice, practice, practice. Keep it up!
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#9046
Re:Please critique my work! 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
I agree with the previous two critiques.

To really appeal to anybody, there's got to be something outstanding about your drawings.. Honestly, nothing stands out for me.

There is little contrast. Nothing really pops. There is little drama or visual tension in what I see on the computer screen.

Look at other works that really appeal to you, and try to do something that has a similar feel.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you've got to find an "IT" factor -- that hard-to-describe quality that makes a star, as opposed to just another performer.

Of course, my assumption is that you WANT your work to appeal to other people. I assume this is why you asked for feedback, so I'm giving it -- a little more bluntly than the previous two critics, who are being quite nice.

Robert
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#9048
Re:Please critique my work! 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Thank you everyone for all of this great feedback! I will use all of your advice to try to improve my art.
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#9067
Re:Please critique my work! 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
My thinking when I give a critique is that I want to nurture someone who clearly loves to create.

To add to what Robert said, I get what he means about nothing standing out or it not having that special feel. I took the view that since you were painting 'still life' you were trying to achieve some level of realism and my critique reflects this. If this is what you are doing, then I feel you need to be much more observant like Aitch says in her critique. If on the other hand you want to put your own stamp on your work, you need to find a unique way to present it and maybe use some abstraction.

I'm glad you're raring to go Sketch, it shows real passion.
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