comments and critiques are appreciated, hope some peeps enjoy looking through whats here. Will update this in about a month- thank you for your time.
the sprite on the far right was unfinished at the time of making the preview below Painterly We Happy Few Postcard Entry 2018
Your work looks great but you wanted a critique and there's something I spotted in your sprites : whenever one of your sprites tilts its head forward, it tilts its head sideways by the same amount. It's as if you want to keep the eye line and the vertical axis of the face perpendicular under all circumstances.
Here's what I mean :
With a tilted head there is only one viewing angle (apart from full frontal) under which the vertical axis and eye line are drawn perpendicular. In other words : it's a little bit too coincidental to have a sprite tilt its head forward and sideways in such a way that the vertical and eye line just happen to be perpendicular under the current viewing angle.
The result of such coincidences is a "stiff feel". There doesn't seem to be anything wrong but somehow it feels stiff (symmetry is another thing that can make a drawing look stiff).
On the other hand : in "Bride of the Vampire", you don't do this thing. It's only in your sprites. I don't know if you're aware of it, it's easy to enforce perpendicularity subconsciously, so I just though I'd mention it.
For the rest : your work looks great
I do understand viewing angles, as you noted from the painterly images.
I create my sprites in sections, purposefully keeping their shading and angles as neutral as possible so the sprite body parts can have more versatility and subtle movement range- because that is my preference. I enjoy seeing the full face of a character. But as you noticed above, I am fully capable of creating dynamic poses and shading and do so- only at the buyers' request.
Every so often, your art has some off proportions. For example, the 12th image in the first post. The sprites heads look a little small in comparison to their bodies. I find my eye drawn toward their torso and crotch (heh) because their heads seem so small in comparison. Especially for sprites, whose faces and expressions are a focus, this could prove to be an issue. It's not major, though, and honestly I'm just providing trying to provide something productive besides "OMG I LOVE" (which I do).
Thank you for your compliment and critique!
Heres another line work since the above ones were your favorites!
I use traditional pencil and paper to doodle out where I want everything to go, and then I primarily use Clip Studio Paint Illustration software for everything else.
I outline everything using their basic line tools, as shown in the image below. I use a mapping pen for detail work.
If I need the image symmetrical or have to use alot of lines I use the ruler tools.
For the background work, I sometimes make thick lines using the line tools (and ruler tools) on a raster layer- and when I am finished I convert it to vector (which creates some neat little patterns)
Let me know if you need a more in-depth explanation, I would be glad to show you how.
Also, the coloring/Activity book will be around 40 pages long, and available on Amazon within the next few weeks- I am using the profits to fund my WIP game.
OOOhhhhh! You HAVE to try the rulers! They are so much fun! Try the symmetrical ruler with a higher line count (the above photo of the rulers should have the symmetrical ruler selected) and you will end up with some AMAZING designs!DrKittenPHD wrote: ↑Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:44 pmThank you so much! I actually use Clip Studio, as well, and I really appreciate that you included images of the tools/settings you use. I was wondering how you did all that lovely detail work, and you've made me aware of a few tools (the ruler tool) that I've never tried before.
I love those designs you made, and you've inspired me to give the ruler tool a try. I love when people give me tips like this.
I stumbled over that bit by accident XD
I know a good deal about Clip Studio by bumbling my way through for years, so let me know if you want more mind-blowing "how did I not know this" type tips (because I have a legit list- clip studio has blown my mind ALOT.)
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