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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
And for those of you who want it a bit easier, we also have the whole thing as one neat rar with all three books in pdf form.

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.

If you think you know a good basic tutorial that would fit in here, feel free to contact me under Xenofur in IRC and I will add the link.

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[-] [+] No.1598
SIlverlonewolf Looking for Help 
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I am looking for critique for my work. Take a gander at my FA page.

This is my work I am not afraid of critique or even being poked fun of. It actually fuels me to be better, and hopefully I can called a "decent artist" some day.

No.1604 - Link Reply Report 1604

And how do you want your pieces judged? I'd rather not look like a judgmental ass to everyone when in reality I'm just doing what you asked for. PM, E-Mail, so on so forth?

I'd also prefer to not outright put critique on the pieces on FA in case this is someone else asking people to do this as a troll LoL.

No.1605 - Link Reply Report 1605

Well, about the pic you attached here :
There's unquestionable improvement from 2006, but you already know that.
What throws me off in the 2012 pic is the shading. I think it's too soft, and too uniform. Judging from my own experiences I sometimes tend to treat every anatomical or structural part on its own when shading, disregarding the whole, and that gives the image a uniform flat look.
I'd suggest you try with the simplest brush available, usually a hard circular one, and first work in black and white over the whole pic, dealing with the largest forms or simplifications of forms. When you have your values looking ok as a whole for the larger forms, you can elaborate on the smaller ones. Avoid softer brushes or blurring tools, they can be very very distracting, and the final result should be better without them anyway. They're good shortcuts sometimes, but can mask flaws you would otherwise have corrected.
If you struggle with something, it's almost never because the basic brush is inappropriate, and much more common there's something you don't understand completely about that pic, be it anatomy, lighting or something else. Do sketches for that part until you're completely sure what it is, and what it looks like, and then try again, with the (reasonably) simplest tools available.