Hello there Deviant users, my name is IMaidensWing (Celeste) and I am a 13 year old artist.blogger and writer. After being banned for over a year because I was a minor at the time, I'm finally back to share my artwork on this amazing website. While searching the digital art part of the forums I felt like sharing my artwork could help me get out there somehow. I am a big fan of drawings chibis and making pixels, drawing in the anime style is quite a challenge for me. All comments are appreciated because a young artist like me needs some advice and hopefully I'll get to meet many Deviants during my time here on Deviantart.
I use Paint Tool Sai to draw and color my art while Gimp is for my pixels. I've been a tablet use (Vistablet Pen Pad)r for over a year now and I'm very happy to share my artwork here.
Hey guys, I just finished a piece that I spent a LOT of time on and feel its my frist actual successful digital painting. I requested crits, but I'm hardly getting views and have not gotten a single line of feedback. Please, your advice/crits would be wonderful
Oh, it's not about that. I am just pointing out where works like that are supposed to go, it has nothing to do with getting a critique. Anyone can leave a critique here or in the deviation. I will see if I can come up with one.
Hello, I saw this being shared on the Digital Art Forum's Critique thread, so I will critique here as well as put one there.
Firstly, the composition in the image works well. It's gives off the bird's eye back view of a hero/villain on their perch looking over the city and good job having the person on the centre. The yellow/red tone gives it a scorched afternoon feeling or a pre apocalyptic look to the image, which suits it well. While the blur on the midground and the background is a bit overdone, but it's a good addition as it gives it a sense of environment and focus to the image. And mask the blurring so that the foreground has a crispness to it so it doesn't look blurred (the amount it is) and sort of overpower the blurred environment effect that you achieved well.
However, the things that would have to be improved upon is careful use of filters, lighting and blending. There is too much filter processing in the city image and on the character making them look unpleasant and kind of fake/cheap (if you know what I mean) and the lighting therefore goes on the backseat. You can certainly use filters, but it would be better if you do it in less manner and use other features in Photoshop (assuming that's what you used) to bring about the features you want. You can use a hue saturation and colour dodge layers to bring about yellow apocalyptic look on the whole image. If you want an edge light on the the model, and since he is also being lighted from the top-right-(back), you can use layers on top of the image to paint on the highlights in the clothes and use blending modes to give a lighted effect on the edges by selecting the edges and erasing it off where the light won't shine through and the saturation reduced so that would also help in blending the model with the environment to an extent.
Texture use: The filters give off a garrish texture to the image as a whole that doesn't flow together and makes it 2 dimensional and unrealistic. You can always browse dA's Resource section to find textures (grunge ones) to add selectively with masking/blending in the parts of the building where it would be seen and the model as well. I would suggest add some cloud shapes in the sky, but it gives off a old style photography look to the sky section as already is. So that can be done without and it looks good this way, personally.