View Full Version : Trying Some Things, Critique Please!

03-27-2014, 09:38 PM
Hello everybody! I've really been trying to improve my coloring skills, like mixing colors into shadows and highlights, but I would love any other critique as well (pose, anatomy, etc). Overall it still is looking a bit flat to me.

Here are a couple examples of some recent things I did:
https://www.weasyl.com/static/media/f9/f9/08/f9f908c4c0011db91a960c94d6dda529e019280c7cb789a8a7 800e7a59e1d020.jpg

https://www.weasyl.com/static/media/d7/bb/4c/d7bb4c5f31acb6f86530bd133bfb11d86b17bc98bd2e2d2c17 272041d0c07a6b.jpg

Thanks in advance!

03-28-2014, 12:06 AM
I really like the second image over the first one, but I feel like both of them could benefit from darker shadows or a more contrasting highlight colour (especially the first one). It also seems like your light source isnt consistent amongst the whole picture (which I am also guilty of ). I think its really just a bit more practice with the lights and darks, perhaps a using a colour wheel to mix/ create your shadows would help rather then simply darkening the tones.

Also the dogs anatomy is not really correct or natural looking, mainly in the front legs. I notice the most in the leg petting the pup, it looks stretched and very awkward/uncomfortable. The other one is just curved in an odd way but looking at a few dog ref's should help fix those issues.

03-28-2014, 03:36 PM
Going to second Sammacha here, darker shadows definitely need to be in play. What's bothering me the most is how washed out the tail looks in the second picture. I understand the light source is shining more directly on it, but it looks like an incomplete piece of the picture and is probably a major cause of the "flat" feeling you're getting. I think one thing a lot of people struggle with in coloring is that our minds, for whatever reason, don't seem to understand how much contrast there is around us every day. Hold up your forearm at an angle to a light source and see what a stark difference there is between where the light hits, how it fades, and how dark it gets. You definitely get that in some places, especially with the breasts as they have good dimensional depth! But, the right thigh could stand to have some more gradual blending, as well as bringing the tail up to par.

03-28-2014, 07:43 PM
Thanks for the crits! My old professors in college used to get on me to push my lights and darks, looks like I need to push on it more.

Also totally agree on the dog anatomy. I tried doing a hybrid anthro/feral looking dog and then started making it toon-y and then got away from it. In the end, it ended up as a small disaster.

Thanks again!