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Art critique and advice; beginner artists are welcome to post here; includes an oekaki. (NO FLAMES)

Artists, read before posting!

Before you post your art to ask for critique, please read these tutorials. They explain the basic principles of drawing and figure drawing. Most posts where these basics are missing will never get a response, as people are quite frankly sick and bored of explaining over and over that you would have to pretty much learn how to draw first, before you could improve.

Courtesy of Arne Niklas Jansson: Basic and comprehensive drawing and painting tutorial
Courtesy of Bakaneko: Figure Drawing Basics, Further Anatomy, Hands

These were brought to my attention by Aeresque#Artist. Courtesy of Scribd: Drawing the Human head, Drawing Dynamic Hands, Dynamic Figure Drawing
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NEW! These were brought to my attention by MajorTom in #fchan. Courtesy of Andrew Loomis: Creative Illustration, Drawing the Head and Hands, Eye Of The Painter, Figure drawing for all it's worth, Fun with a Pencil, Successful Drawing, Drawing Dynamic Hands.

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[-] [+] No.1541
Need help livening up this dragon! 
File: dragon_summon.jpg -(52953 B, 674x618)
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Been working on this sketch, and I think it looks good but I'm finding, the more I look at it, that it's so static and bland.

He's meant to be summoning/spell casting hence the odd stance.

Any ideas or redlines to help give him a little more movement?

No.1568 - Link Reply Report 1568

Maybe a background, or even color. Color will definately give it more life, especially if you color whatever spell he is casting (like fire, ice, etc) looks good though

No.1657 - Link Reply Report 1657

I always have the same problem. The pose does need work; adding colors won't fix it... unfortunately, as I have the same problem, I'm not sure what to fix. I tend to get stuck with straight lines and harsh angles... so perhaps aim for more curves? It produces a "whooshing" effect in the composition.

Maybe angle his head down dramatically, so he's not just looking straight ahead, and bend his right arm tightly, like a "YESSS" fist (lol)!

BTW, I really like it. Props for not posting the usual fchan fap fodder.

No.1667 - Link Reply Report 1667


I've found that choosing a pose is more about how you feel the the character is feeling.

Have you ever been involved in a stage play or dance? How did you feel about the character? Was your portrayal sharp tongued, sneaky, majestic/proud, or solemn?

Martial arts also use this a lot, especially in Taijhi Quan. I've used how I felt about the character to convey poses.
Grab a mirror. Don't watch yourself while you get into a pose if you're your own worst critic or you'll feel uncomfortable, lose the feeling, and lose your result. When you find the 'feel' of the pose you want, observe the angles of your arms and body like the angle degrees and what not....or if you can just imagine yourself and the pose, don't bother with the mirror, just do some Qi exercises. Draw it.

No.1748 - Link Reply Report 1748

I think adding in some perspective might do the trick, have the viewing angle panning up at him instead of just an oblique flat perspective. :3

No.1751 - Link Reply Report 1751

Do something with his tail! Make it sway in one distinct direction, instead of making lots of little waves.