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I'll chose my favorite, give art advice if you wish for it

:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey :)
I'll chose my favorite artwork from your gallery :) You can also post a few works if you want me to decide which one I like better, or.. Maybe you want some art advice in digital arts/help with your work, you can request tutorials. I'd like to be as helpful as I can :D. (Anyway please think about it.. If you already draw like a god I can't really help you haha, I'm still practicing)

You're free to do the same to me, I'm always happy about critiques or.. if someone wants to chose a favorite. But it's really not necessary. It's all about you! :D


Ta-ta! :D
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:iconbliekya:
bliekya Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Sure! I'm always open for feedback.
I just went through your gallery and is one of my favorites of your works. I even mistook it for a photo when I saw the thumbnail. :omg:
Your art overall is wonderful. Keep up the good work. :)
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mikimikimchi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
i enjoyed browsing your art. i have to say you make stunning eyes! :clap:

here’s mine.


i’d love to hear what you think about them, be as brutally frank as possible. :lmao:
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:iconindiron:
Indiron Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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:iconninelyn:
Ninelyn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you give me some advices? Mainly on photomanips and photos... You have beautiful pieces in your gallery! I would really appreciate a critique...
And a question... which do you prefer?


By the way... I like very much these works ^_^
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:iconbazzyli:
Bazzyli Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist

This is one is really cool and i love your gallery, some really interesting ideas
i would love it if you would look at my gallery, but not the lion king stuff because its just bases. Im sorry that my work is all filters, i just think the female body is beautiful. i promise there is nothing grotesque.
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Zeirai Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your paintings are amazing. I couldn't chose between a few so I'll post one.

This one is awesome. Your coloring style is one i'd like to pick up in the future if I ever get into painting :)
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tatiilange Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love all your gallery XD so i just cant choose!

you can critique any of my artwork, it would be very useful :love:
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:iconwintersread:
WintersRead Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Photographer
I love this one of yours!!

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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey :) Thanks a lot!
Because I'm really into black/white-shots I like this one a lot:
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WintersRead Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Photographer
Thank you! I like B&W a lot too.
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Luminela Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I don't really like to take without giving something, so I'm going to offer a critique as well!

I think this one is my favorite from your gallery. I absolutely love the eyes and hair. I think that some anatomy studies would do you well, however. Learning the structure of the skull will help you when you go to add those fine details like eyes and hair strands. Right now it feels like you're concentrating too much on adding the shingles and windows of the house after glossing over the floor plan, if that metaphor makes any sense. But you have amazing potential and you have a great eye for composition, keep up the great work!
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UahMarzuaAoatali Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
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:iconmlblue:
MLBlue Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes I do different versions of the same pic, so I guess you can tell me which versions you like more. Art advice on anything in my gallery is welcome!



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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey,
In general I think you should work on anatomy and colors. They look a little blocky because their legs/arms are way too straight. A girl needs at least some curves on e.g. the arms. Do you know what I mean?

Maybe this helps you with anatomy. :)

I have to admit I have problems on each version of your pictures. I think the colors don't really fit with each other and I didn't find many useful tutorial, but maybe this helps [link] / [link] you. Sometimes it's better not to use many colors, - it can look good anyway.
Anyway I prefer because I think it fits the most. Purple is always a little difficult. And the hand is too blocky, the arm too uniform and the upper body a little short. Maybe you should also keep in mind that the jewelery, as well as the clothing and the skin needs at least a little shading.
Also I would prefer , but the amount of colors is also a little overflowing. At least to me.
I hope the critic is not too overwhelming, I think these are only a few small points you can overcome very fast.
Sorry for the late answer!
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:iconmlblue:
MLBlue Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah. Ive been told similar stuff about the anatomy. Im actually more concerned that you said the colors dont fit with each other. I really enjoy color and I havent had negative comments about those, so Id like to know more. You believe Im using too many colors?
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not exactly too many... Well, I think there's not much harmony in your colors. I don't really know how to explain.. You know when you chose your clothes you take a look at the colors of your trousers and your upper component. (And. e.g. jewelry. On some colors you use silver jewelry, sometimes it should be brown/golden) So there are always colors and patterns that don't fit with each other. - And it always depends on the fashion you wear. So I think it's better to start with a few colors so you can develop your own feeling towards them.
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:iconmlblue:
MLBlue Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always try to seek a balance in my works but if color harmony is an issue, Ill do more research into it and refine my efforts. Thanks for the tips. Feel free to point out any other things I need to work on if you ever look at any of my other works.
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Sevenlole Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Hi, tell me which one is your favorite from these and why ?
I'm developing new coloring methods, so I want to know if I do better colored or B&W.



I don't necessarily need critique about the subject but rather about the technique.

Thanks in advance.

I'd love to see which one is your favorite from my gallery !
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey :)
I really prefer the black/white drawing. I guess it's just my opinion, but I really love soft coloring-styles. I don't like seeing all the pencil-strokes while looking at a painting, and in the colored one you can see them e.g. at the shading way too much. Of course it's just my point of view, but.. well :( Anyway I think you are really amazing, I could never do anything similar with colored-pencils. For me traditional art is really hard to do, so I can only admire you for being able to draw like that.

While looking at your gallery I noticed you draw really.. well.. big breasts :D For me it made it a little difficult to choose my favorite, because I think the faces are mostly very pretty, the coloring very good, but the breasts.. well, they often seem a little off. Maybe it's because they are so huge, or maybe there's something wrong with the shading, and the size of course. I know you don't want me to say anything about the subject, but because I should choose I wanted to explain my choice. :D

I really like realistic work, and I think you did a really, really wonderful job on this one, also with the coloring. :)

Sorry for the late answer. :(
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:iconsevenlole:
Sevenlole Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks for the critique ! You're right about proportions: those drawings were made months ago, so we can easily spot proportions issues. Now I rather draw girls with smaller breasts !

Also thanks for the compliment, I really appreciate it. =D

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miapicassa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure... always open to listen...
miapicassa

i will also check out your gallery, and leave comments on the ones that reach out to me...
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey :)
First of all thanks a lot for all the favs and the comments!
Well, unfortunately I can't see all of your work because they're mature, and plus don't know much about photography/photo-manipulations. But I like a lot because it looks kinda like a painting :)
Anyway I'd like to suggest you to work with simple photographs, filters and rarely used perspectives. In your photo-manipulations you tend to use different perspectives (.e.g. [link]). I think the dog comes out a little odd.. You know what I mean? It's only an opinion I can offer you, maybe you already knew about the different perspectives and aimed for this effect.
And I'm really, really sorry, because I don't know much about this categories.. :(

Greetings!
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:iconmiapicassa:
miapicassa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, i am not sure why you cannot view "mature" contents.
the dog.., is my friend's,.. gordon knauer's... i threw it in, as a joke ....

i use perspective to make a point or a joke ( which, is known to to person intended.)

i dont do traditional art/drawings... all my work is digital.

thanks
mia
ps.. do i have a mature viewing filter on that i am not aware of??
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, alright, I know what you mean. Did you show the picture to your friend, I'm sure he would like it. :)

Well, there are anywhere filters where I could show the content anyway. You know what I mean? But since I've seen many things I didn't intent to when hiding the Mature-Content-Warnings I don't try to look behind them anymore :) There's always a reason why this filter is on, and something it's really disturbing what you see behind such warnings -.-
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gozgaz1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
your art and coloring is definitely something i rarely see around
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :) Can I help you with something?
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:iconnephenee:
Nephenee Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Your gallery is quite interesting, but you do primarily portraits, correct?
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep :) One day I want to do full-body, but "Fate" was the first time I was serious about the clothing, except of "Baroque" ([link] Flowers.. Well..) and I think if you want to do a realistic full-body you have to do something with perspective/action, and.. so I need to be great in clothes and anatomy if I want to do anything else than portraits. And at the moment I don't feel as if I'm good enough to do something like that.
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:iconnephenee:
Nephenee Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
See, I think that portraits may also include full-body, just look at some of the classical paintings. =P

How will you get good if you never practice? =P
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, you're right :D But I'm lazy, I really hate to move out of my comfort zone.. :iconfinegeezplz:
Btw. your "Fairy Light" looks great :)
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:iconnephenee:
Nephenee Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Then find something that forces you out of it a little at a time, be it a challenge or a class or what all. :D Currently I'm doing the 100 picture thing, and it really IS forcing me to be more creative.

=P It's strange, but the stuff people seem to like best is the stuff I spend the least time on.
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, no, I don't like being in a rush while drawing. It shouldn't be a force to gain everyday new ideas and concepts, or else it will tire me soon. I think we should take our time and have fun. Progress is something what comes automatically, even if you don't try to push it. Someday I'll want to draw bodies without any force, and then I'm gonna try it :)
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flowerhippie22 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hope photography is ok??
id love some feedback/critiques!! TY :D
my gallery [link]
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey!
Wow, I love . It's something I think I've rarely seen before, and the color of the reptile is amazing. To tell you the truth, I don't know much about photographs, but I can see many wonderful works in your gallery, as e.g. "LurkingSC" / "Threesome" and Hopper. Well, before telling you something stupid, I can only suggest you to keep doing what you already do. I know that's not really helpful. Maybe you try do differ with your adjustments, but.. well..
:icontardplz: You rock? Haha, really.. sorry :D
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flowerhippie22 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha its ok, thank you very much!! :D
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:iconzrllosyn:
Zrllosyn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm some constructive feedback would be nice, but i dont have much art posted....
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you want to draw realistic, or do you prefer manga?
And.. Do you like to experiment with colors or is it alright for you to draw with references/learn first more about theory, such as anatomy? Or.. both? :D
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Zrllosyn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm i do try realistic sometimes, but here i stick to manga.
I do want to try experimenting with colors, but i am more focusing on anatomy at the moment. so both i guess UvU
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UltimateRidley Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

Could you give a critique on this please? It's my favorite of all of my work so far. I know there are a few problems with it, such as the architecture being uneven, but I'd like to know what others think. I would also appreciate it if you tell me which of my works is your favorite, old or new (preferably from my Original Creations folder, but if your favorite comes from my Fakemon folder I won't be too upset).

Thanks a ton!
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey :)
From your gallery I like this one the most , because it's very detailed, and you used very nice colors. The soft shining of the orange elements adds a few highlights to the whole body. I think this is something you should always keep in mind while drawing: never forget to add highlights. In your favorite work it kind of bothers me that you only used a few dark colors, and not many highlights. It seems a little.. well.. drab?
Yes, of course the architecture. And I think you should also try adding some shadows/3-dimensional shapes, on the background, but also on the creature itself. ([link] if you take a look… e.g. between the legs, on the stomach etc. are shadows.
I don't know much about creatures, but I think they should also have a shading :) You could also add features, like a shining eye, a light which shines directly into the trunks and highlights it. Also the bones of his body should have shadings to make clear how near the one / the other end of the bones is. Do you know what I mean? I hope my English doesn't suck too much :D)
At the moment your scenery seems to be very flat. It kind of looks like the background is directly behind of your creature, or even next to it. That's because you always use only one lineart color, and because of some technique. Maybe this could help you:
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in improving creating a room. I would also vary in my patterns. Did you just overlay one single pattern above the painting? Its a problem, because the pattern on the pillar shows exactly the same size as the pattern of the background. It makes it look like everything is on the same level. So maybe you try to learn blending of your colors, this'll make your scenery look more realistic. Just don't limit yourself on a few colors. (I did an example for bloodredhalo656 so you know what I mean: [link] There's an explanation below.)
And maybe you should try to give your creature and the room more place. Try to draw on a bigger resolution (I always draw in a resolution higher than 3000/3000) - maybe more width than height. So you can do a detailed creature, but still have place for your background (details) left.

I hope it’s helpful, and I hope you don't feel too overwhelmed. Please ask again if you have any further questions, if you're unsure etc., okay? :)
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UltimateRidley Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
From your gallery I like this one the most [Valkorati] , because it's very detailed, and you used very nice colors. The soft shining of the orange elements adds a few highlights to the whole body.


Thanks! :)

I think this is something you should always keep in mind while drawing: never forget to add highlights. In your favorite work it kind of bothers me that you only used a few dark colors, and not many highlights. It seems a little.. well.. drab?


I won't deny this. To be honest, I was aiming for dark, since the room they're in is not supposed to have many bright lights. (Doesn't mean I did it right though :))

And I think you should also try adding some shadows/3-dimensional shapes, on the background, but also on the creature itself. ([link] if you take a look… e.g. between the legs, on the stomach etc. are shadows. I don't know much about creatures, but I think they should also have a shading


I guess it must be the colors I picked for its skin, because I remember shading it. But now that I look at it, I see what you mean.

You could also add features, like a shining eye, a light which shines directly into the trunks and highlights it. Also the bones of his body should have shadings to make clear how near the one / the other end of the bones is. Do you know what I mean? I hope my English doesn't suck too much


I probably should have made a better lighting effect with those green fires, that would have helped a bit I'd think.

True enough, I did make the bones very... well, bright, didn't I? xD I blame liking bright colors even though I was shooting for a dark atmosphere.

And don't worry, your English is much better than my German. :B

At the moment your scenery seems to be very flat. It kind of looks like the background is directly behind of your creature, or even next to it. That's because you always use only one lineart color, and because of some technique.


Scenery is relatively new to me, as you see how I just drew grayscale B&W pictures with a white background for two of my three years on dA. xD As coloring with GIMP is still a bit new to me (to be honest I have not been practicing much) I am still trying to grasp the proper coloring technique. I have an idea for one on my next picture that I am currently working on (but still sketching the lineart lol).

I would also vary in my patterns. Did you just overlay one single pattern above the painting? Its a problem, because the pattern on the pillar shows exactly the same size as the pattern of the background. It makes it look like everything is on the same level. So maybe you try to learn blending of your colors, this'll make your scenery look more realistic. Just don't limit yourself on a few colors.


To some degree, you're right; I did use a brush a ton, specifically GIMP's "Galaxy (Big)" brush, but no, it wasn't just an overlayed pattern. I probably used the same size of the brush... my mistake. xD

Well again, I was aiming for a kind of bleak tone, so I limited the colors a bit. (Funny thing; my digital media teacher last year said the colors were too limited himself, although the concern there was about how the printer would always print darker than what was onscreen. So I changed the wall color from dark gray to a desaturated cyan. :P [What you see is the original version, because I didn't like that change much])

And maybe you should try to give your creature and the room more place. Try to draw on a bigger resolution (I always draw in a resolution higher than 3000/3000) - maybe more width than height. So you can do a detailed creature, but still have place for your background (details) left.


The main reason I've been doing it like I have is for paper. All of my recent work was done for an assignment in digital media class last year, and the teacher wanted to be able to print the pictures off of his printer because the photography class down the hall wouldn't let us use their expensive big printer. Since I haven't really done much since then... :P

I hope it’s helpful, and I hope you don't feel too overwhelmed. Please ask again if you have any further questions, if you're unsure etc., okay?


This was helpful. Thanks a ton! I really appreciate it! :D
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GuyInABlindfold Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you pick this one apart for me please? I need a few tips with colors and blending n' stuff.
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey :) Aww, is it Dr. House? Kinda looks like him :) What kind of programm do you use?
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GuyInABlindfold Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's supposed to be. I used Photoshop Elements 9.
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's already very good, don’t worry.
Take a look at this (I know it’s not thaaat detailed, but I hope you can tell how it could work.): And then read! :) [link] I can delete it as soon as you say so, alright?

Alright, I looked it up; you don’t have the Mixer Brush Tool, do you? I think what makes it look kinda unrealistic are the outlines. You better use two layers, - one for painting and one for your lineart. Without the lineart it will look a little odd now. So you have to try to create the same effect with the aid of colors as you already did with those lines. (1.)
Then just take a look at your tools. What can you do to make his face look realistic? Add more colors! Because you have no mixer-tool you have to use a smooth brush with e.g. a lower opacity. And your Burn/Dodge- tools.
So first we add some colors. With a low opacity and a smooth brush you can always decide how you want to set your colors. The eyes shouldn’t be white. Try to use a bright skin color for eyes, so you can always shading and brighten it. – I don’t know much about male lips, but I used some darker skin- color (2.) Use as many colors as you can imagine. I mean, you can always redo if it doesn’t look good. But also try colors where you’re unsure. Just be experimental. Add this or that. Even if you think “I don’t think I can do this”. You can! Maybe it takes very long, but I also did clothes on my last work. I was extremely afraid of it haha
3. I used the burn tool. Make sure you use a smooth brush, but also hard brushes. Some colors are way too saturated as soon as you use the burn tool. You can correct this later with the Contrast, the Color Balance etc.
4. You can use the Dodge Tool.
5. Beard, Hair etc. comes later. I think the skin under the beard should be (as you already did it) darker.
Yeah, I know he still looks a little strange, I just wanted to show you what you could possibly do with your tools. Very important is, that you don’t only use skin-colors (as I did now :D) Use also slight red colors, white, orange, color-highlights (..) so it doesn’t look dreary. Eyes e.g. are often a little red..
Well, just try to avoid lineart :)

<- very good brushes! Can you use them with your programme?
Skin: (! Look at them for your colors!)

Hope it’s helpful :) If there are any questions left, please ask.
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Nalusa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's always nice to have someone take an oggle and give some fresh perspective. I'm game!
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:icondrakhonheart:
Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And thanks a lot for your kind comment on my traditional work!
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Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey :D
I really like . It's really beautiful (Cinderellaaaa.. yeeeh :D), and I think it would look wonderful if someone wore it.
And of course I looked through your gallery. First of all I would like to say something to your newest work ( [link] ). In general it's already very good, I like how detailed your work is, and how you’ve created a room in the right perspective. It’s a really good job! The Lightning.. Well, you did in MidnightFightV2.5 a really nice lightning! But there’s something with the right person (while the other looks a little too blurred :(). He looks way too bright for this dark room. The blue elements of his armor /the lights are also shiny, but they don’t reflect on the outlines of the e.g. arms (like you did in Firefight); also he has no shadow under his feet, and I think the lower parts of his feet should be darker. I guess this is why he seems so out of place. And there are somehow no really dark corners in your room… and e.g. the table should also reflect the lights, at least a little bit! Try to use some depth and contrasts. And-.. I would really love to see some more details on the walls, or a different pattern on the floor. I feel like there’s no balance between the many bright colours on the right and the dark colours on the left. You know?
Btw. Did you forget the trousers of the left man? :)

This helps a lot with colours:

I hope it’s helpful :)
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BrianMollinson Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
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Drakhonheart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it sure looks good! Haha
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