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Crit Night Round 4

Welcome to round 4 of Crit Night on Sammacha.com

I really think that I have learnt quite a bit this time around. Thank you so much to my participants for making this possible.

Please click on the image to read the critique written by our lovely artists.

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Crit Night Submissions for July

Crit NightHello and welcome to Critique Night. Critique night is dedicated to artist’s helping artist’s improve their work and reach their highest goals. This is round 4 of Crit night hosted here on Sammacha.com and I have 3 awesome submissions here. Let’s see what we can learn.

Pic #1.  Roxanne by Sammacha
Artist's Statement: Recently I have decided to once again work with digital "painting" while continuing to use my line work. I really feel that I have come a long way with digital art (and art in general) in the past year. I have been focusing more on anatomy and light sources. Of course any suggestions are helpful but my main focus at the moment are those two things.

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Pic #2 Celeste by Antumbra
Artist Statement: Tried a new shading technique with ambient occlusion while mixing colors in the lights and shadows.  Not sure I like where it is at right now, but I definitely want to keep improving!
Any critique you are looking for in particular?  Definitely the shading and the coloring.

CelesteFin

Pic #3:  Walk with me by FF-Boy
Artist Statement: "This is my best work I have done so far. This time, I wanted to practice background and painting technique. 
For the critique, I would love to hear anything that you think they need to be improved, such as anatomy, composition, perspective, color scheme, painting techniques, etc. Thank you in advance! ^^"

FF-Walk With Me

 

 

 

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Crit Night – 3rd round – Here we go

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Hello and thank you for particularizing in crit night!

 

Crit night is a small event held here on www.sammacha.com’s art blog. Its a event where artist help artists by submitting both an image for critique and a critique for a randomly assigned artist. This allows for everyone to receive input from someone different. It also provide and opportunity for each artist to look at a style they may not be familiar with and offer some advice or opinions while learning themselves as well.

 

This time around we had a few less participants (5) due to the holiday’s but there is no lack of helpful tips from each of our artists.

If you are an artist or know and artist that may be interested please pass on the link with all the info
http://www.sammacha.com/art/category/crit-night/

 

so lets get on with it shall we?

 

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Crit Night Round 3

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Welcome to round 3 of crit night!

 

This round we have 5 participants, 1 new!
A few less then the last few rounds but no worries. On with the show. Halloween has just passed by so we have some cool halloween themed pics time around ~

Lets get to it shall we?

Lady Serpent -> FabloTheGayMoth
Antumbra -> FF
FF -> Lady Serpent
Sammacha -> Antumbra
FabloTheGayMoth -> Sammacha

 

 

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Crit Night Round 2!

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Hello and welcome to the second crit night event here on www.sammacha.com’s blog
The crits are in and here they are!  Click on the picture to read your Critique ~

I hope this one will be just as insightful as the last (see it here).Thank you everyone who managed to participate in this round, I hope to see back in the future.

Sorry I don’t have a lot to say this time around, just glad that these 2 have been successful. Things are pretty hectic around here, so, on to the pics ~

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First Crit Night!

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Hello, and welcome to the first crit night on Sammacha.com.

As usual the first run is always full of a few bumps but I feel that it went alright. If anyone has any feedback on what can be improved I would be happy to hear it.

I must thank most everyone for submitting their artwork and their critique on time. (Yes since this is the first crit night I have made an exception to the rules)

I hope everyone will be able to benefit from tonight and many more to come, so, on to the artwork.

Everyone was assigned one image to critique and it was optional to critique any other piece you felt like. To read the critique you received just click on your picture. Feel free to leave comments or send me an e-mail and I will forward it to the owner of the picture or the critic.

I look forward to having another crit night in the near future, new participants welcome. Click here for more information on Crit Night

Click here to see the Schedule

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The Blue Pansy butterfly – Pencil Art

The Blue Pansy Butterfly

 

Just testing out my pencils and paper, it was a good learning exp, plus Butterflies are not easy to draw! Damn mirror image XD
Good to work with such a rich colour on paper again 🙂

 

 

So basically I wanted a somewhat simple butterfly that had some stunning colors. There are some very interesting ones out there but I chose this one for the vibrant blue, purple and orange. It creates a great contrast and will be perfect for testing out the blending of the color son the paper.

The blue pansy butterfly is a very pretty one 🙂

The Reference photo

 

 

To do a mirror image on paper, well its really quite a pain. I started by sketching out one side then scribbling reference lines all over it to try and get the correct proportions and angles on both sides.

The Draft

When I was happy with that I moved onto a new pencil line art fixing up the details of the pattern within the wings. I ended up doing just one side to get a feel for where the colors went and how the pattern should look. (you can see them in the gallery below) In the end it came out a bit different then the ref but I think I like it.

Here was the complete butterfly line work that I came up with.

Pattern correction

I was actually pretty happy with this piece, I got most of the shapes worked out.

I continued to do a quick graphite version, as I needed to test out the paper with both colors and graphite. ( I have never used this type of paper before). Actually it was not quick, it was pretty time consuming, what a pain to color a mirrored image even with the line work lol.

It went well but it was quite different then what I am used to. This paper holds the graphite very well and the blending doesn’t work the same for me.

The entire process can be seen below if you are interested. the entire… project, took a few days to complete over a course of I maybe 2 or 3 weeks as I didn’t work on it everyday. more of an on and off project in between, that thing called life.

enjoy

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-Samantha Lim

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Who can join and What can I submit?

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Almost anyone can join. I am open to people of all skill levels submitting their art work for constructive criticism.

*If you would like to receive critique on your work you MUST be willing to critique the work of another person ON TIME!

You Must Read The Rules

to participate, please contact me at SamanthaLim@sammacha.com by the deadline stated on the schedule

If you just want to drop a comment feel free!log in

submitThis is open to people who draw, sketch or paint digitally or traditionally. All styles are welcome.

This is not for people who do photo-manipulations, photography,  sewing, creative writing,  crafts or 3D art.

Pictures do not need to be complete. Sometimes it is very valuable to receive critique on a picture before it is finished. this helps you to improve the overall finished project. However it must be clean ( not a ton of  messy scribbles) so we can see what you are trying to create. Its no use asking someone to critique a picture if they aren’t sure what you are trying to accomplish. Submit something worth while.

Don’t forget you can request Critique on a certain part of your drawing in particular.

DONT FORGET

  1. Post your own artwork. The reason for Crit night is not to see who is the best artist on the page, its to get an insight to how you can improve. DO NOT post artwork that is not your own. DO NOT post tracings or copies of other peoples work. we are looking for YOUR original artwork.I will accept fan art but it must not be a simple copy of  another piece, that would be copyright infringement. Using a reference picture is ok.
  2. Quality Pictures. Please submit quality pictures. This means using a scanner or taking quality photos or your artwork. We want to be able to actually see your artwork!
  3. Water Marks. I myself use a water mark on my artwork and I understand its purpose completely.  When you apply a watermark to your artwork please do it in a way which does not obstruct or distort the image (make the watermark fairly transparent).
  4. Permissions. Keep in mind that this is a PUBLIC BLOG. the public will be able to view all the images which you are allowing me to post for crit night. Please don’t submit things which are personal or contain personal information. By adding them to crit night you are allowing me to post them on my website and or blog for the purposes of Crit night (promotion, examples etc.)
  5. Sexual images and Pornography. Again, this is open to people of all skill levels and various ages. I understand nudity and sexual images but please submit what you would deem “tasteful.” To put it short and simple no hard core porn please! if your not sure please ask.
  6. Violence. Yet Again, this is open to people of all skill levels and various ages. Please no horribly graphic violent images.
  7. Offensive Images. No Overly offensive images such as very racist, religious or political images. Light humor and stereotypes are allowed.

 

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Constructive Criticism – Do It Right

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One of the most useful things you can get on your work (any type of work in fact) to help you improve. It’s both positive and negative  analysis and assessment of work given in a friendly way to help one accomplish a goal.

Sadly, I find that so many people take any kind of criticism badly. They take it personally and are often offended by it and for whatever reason they feel that the person giving it meant in a bad way ( when they often don’t). Quite often its just a small comment or something pointed out. Even amongst all the nice things said they focus only on the bad and don’t try to at all use it to help their work.

When you receive such critique be  it a minor one or a major you cannot take it personally. You should not assume that this person is trying to say what you have done is no good, that it means they think they are better then you or that its there to make people look at your flaws.

In my opinion anyone can give critique (“Everyone’s a critic” sound familiar?).  That’s because everyone has an opinion and they are entitled to it! Just because someone cant actually do what they are giving critique on doesn’t mean that they have no knowledge on it. Sometimes another person can see something that you don’t, or maybe they just would change something that you have done.

You also have to remember that

some things are just personal preference, you don’t have to change it because someone else tells you they think it would be better another way.  if you like it leave it, if your done, don’t change it. just take what they said, think about it,  and maybe it will be helpful to you later on.

 

I agree that there are people who will go around and ONLY point out negative things. Often these people are trying to hurt your feelings and should probably be ignored (troll alert!)

My tips for constructive criticism.

Giving

  1. Say something you like about the picture or  something that was well done ( color composition, use of space, anatomy etc.)
  2. When you say something negative try to offer a suggestion or an example of how the person could improve that area.
  3. If you don’t like something in particular try to tell them why. Maybe its too small in proportion or the colors are too bright for where the light touches.
  4. Don’t point out every flaw!  There are always tiny things you can pick at, don’t look for them specifically, look in general for things that stand out to you!
  5. If you don’t like the content don’t talk about it, look at the characters, the color scheme and the composition. we are looking at the overall image. We aren’t going to learn anything if you tell us you don’t like dogs because one bit you as a child.

 

Accepting

  1. Don’t take any of it personally,  the comments are about the picture not you!
  2. Remember that everyone has their own opinions and preferences on what they do and don’t like.
  3. This is to help you improve not bring you down. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone can get better, and nothing is perfect.
  4. Try it. Don’t just disregard what someone has suggested but try it, maybe not now but later. one small tip can really help! you might not realize until you try it for yourself.
  5. Remember that if you never had any criticism (even self critique) you would never be as good as you are now. Its essential for anyone that wants to improve upon their task.

Of course there are many more points to make about constructive criticism, feel free to comment on them 🙂

 

 

Here are a few sites I would recommend if you would like to read more about the value of constructive criticism and how to accept the feedback in a positive way

http://clickitupanotch.com/how-to-critique/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201207/constructive-criticism

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-constructive-criticism.htm

https://www.boundless.com/communications/learning-to-listen-and-helping-others-do-the-same/giving-and-receiving-criticism/giving-effective-criticism-be-positive-specific-objective-and-constructive/

 

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