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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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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

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6 needles to the arm – A bad day

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

 

Wow!

what a horrible exp I had today. Just in case you didn’t know, 3 shots really sucks to get at the same time.

In late Nov, I went to get an updated Tetanus Shot. The Dr. (forgot her name) convinced me instead, to get a Cervarix shot. The shot was the first of a series of three, so I would receive the tetanus shot on the follow up shot the next month and a half. The first was painful and my arm hurt for about a week. (Then again shots always  seem to cause me horrible pain in whichever arm I get it. My body does not like medicine).

Anyways, I tried to get an appointment at several clinic to get my 2nd shot and my tetanus. No luck for at least 1.5-3 months away…

Well, I can’t wait that long considering you have to get the 2nd shot within 2 months. Ridiculous!

So I went to the walk-in. They don’t take appointments and its always busy, great. Went in, signed up on the waiting list… went for a walk for an hour. It started raining of course. When I got back to the clinic I still had to sit another 45 mins, thank god I had my Ipad (I knew it would be a while to wait). I feel like I should have just gone home for an hour and then come back.

Finally I got to see the Dr. This was a much better Dr. then the first time. By that I mean it actually seemed like he cared about his patients. So I told him what I was there for and blah blah blah, meanwhile he also grabbed a flu shot. I have never had a flu shot so he felt this year I should get one as it includes H1N1 vaccine.

So… Cervarix shot, it kinda hurt
flu shot, nothing at all
tetanus shot, wow did that ever hurt, either way I never said anything but wow, I think I remember this shot from 10 years ago! the same horrible feeling.
Sat for about 5 mins, stood for while I got some paper work to go get some blood testing across the street around the corner.

After about 5 mins I was able to walk out the door without a problem, but,  a few steps out the door I started to feel severely ill.
I suddenly felt like I was going to throw up, I felt dizzy and had a headache. i took a few more steps and made it across the street and I felt like I had a fever. Then the scary part, my vision started to get really blurry. It was like your were looking through a windshield that had no wipers in heavy rain. It went from the outside of my vision like a circle going inwards, it was a horrible feeling. When my vision was all messed up my ears plugged up so I could barely hear anything.

At this point, I thought it would be best to turn around and walk to 25 feet back to the clinic. When I turned I felt so dizzy, like I was going to pass out. I had a hard time getting to the clinic, and crossing the street was extremely hard when all you can see are blurry drops of colour everywhere.

Finally I made it back to the counter and asked the lady if I could quickly ask the Dr a question. She told me to sit down and wait 5 minutes while she went to get him.

Sitting in the chair at this point was the hardest, and it was between two people which made it harder. So I finally get into the chair, and I sit. My hearing came back, then slowly my vision, and all I was left with was a horrible headache, a feeling like I have the flu and a very painful left arm. The Dr. comes and I tell him. it’s not a allergic reaction thankfully its just due to the fact that I had three shots all of which make people feel, not very good afterwards.

He even offered to buy me something from the store, juice or something to eat so I would feel better, I refused. the scary part is over. Was it ever a horrible 15 minutes!

Now onto the lab where I can get the blood test done. Thankfully I did not have to wait long and got a spot within 10 minutes. *sigh, but the lady I got, was learning. Of course!  She sits me down and gets some vials out, 3 of them, boy that makes me feel good when I already feel like crap. She moves my arm around (painful) and then gets the needle ready, cleans the… uh elbowpit (?) and sticks the needle in…
and moves it around…
wiggles is…
and jams it in farther in an attempt to find the vein.

Meanwhile I am having a great time watching all this…

Finally she asks for help, the other lady takes it out, gets a new needle and finds the vein much quicker. Though now that area is already hurting quite a bit. Back tot he new person, she fills the 3 vials and does, whatever they do while I hold the cotton ball on the bleeding area. When she comes back I expect to go…

O…

She missed one, she has to do it again.

So this time she goes for the back of the hand, you can see the vein here and you don’t need a lot this time. now this time the needle really hurt when she put it in (at least she found the vein). When she had filled it and went to remove the vial from the tube thing she let go of the needle. OUCH! She let it  fall and kind of hang there in my hand. That really hurt. I don’t even think she noticed and the other Dr. or whatever was like, “don’t do that, please hold the needle.” A little late!

and then she comes back again with another bottle… a really big bottle…
but  found was relieved when she said this is for a urine sample.

YES! PLEASE DO NOT STAB ME AGAIN! THANK  YOU!

Now I’m outside, its cold, I feel sick, its raining harder, and the dizzy feeling comes back…
I don’t even think I can make the 15 min walk to my house. I ended up calling my dad who was home, thank you! So he came to pick me up, so glad i didn’t drive.

About 2 hours later my mom had come as we had arranged to have dinner. We went out, I was not feeling the best but I was at the normal sick feeling of having a shot. We ordered these koreon chicken wraps that we had before. They came a bit different the usual but ok, lets try it. They were very good, however, they now added peanuts to the dish…

My mom is allergic to peanuts… and had eaten one now knowing it was there…

She was ok, as a small amount of a peanut is ok for her, not good but ok. If there was any other nut such as almond or walnut then there would be a serious problem. Thankfully there was not and they waitress too the food back and had it re-made without peanuts. The manager came out and apologized, yes they had changed the dish… but we also didn’t bother with a menu we usually get mostly the same things.

So that was annoying ad my mom had to be careful the rest of the night to make sure nothing happened. so overall not a good day.

Now I go to a store to pic up a few picture frames for some of my artwork. Found one I really liked, went to buy and and … the cashier, well he broke it. Nice.

 

 

So my whole day consisted of…
Getting soaked in he rain
waiting for a very long time
getting 3 shots (Horrible as is)
Feeling horrible
losing my vision and hearing for a while
almost passing out in the street
being a guinea pig for a person poking with a needle
another needle
a forgotten needle
Feeling like I am going to fall over while standing still
getting a dinner where my mom almost had a bad reaction to some peanuts
having the item I wanted to buy (the only one there) broken
and typing this  with one hand

Overall, I would say I have had a bad exp. Not fun at all…

indeed.

And yes, I know I didn’t have to type this, but for some reason I felt that this was actually something I could share, beacause really… I don’t often share my stories, and what sane person gets 3 shots in a day then decides that day to go have a blood test done? I’ll tell you, a person that does not want to wait aka me.

With that in mind I have a few great “Guy stories” that some of my guy friends have convinced me to share. Basically its like… “What not to do when you see a girl” type of story. But these, at least in my opinion, are not you average stories.

 

-Sam

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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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Improve your Figure and gesture drawing

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Hey everyone,

Just thought i would share to you this great place that I found! Its really useful for people of all levels to start and improve on their figure drawings and gestures.

I actually found it ages ago and forgot, then my friend ForthSanity re-introduced me to it.

its got some great tips on anatomy  color and just drawing in general.

I’ve been trying to use it a bit more but really haven’t had a chance to really try it out. I think it could really help anyone improve their art.

Figure drawing is very important. It allows you to improve your observation skills. your proportions and shading will also greatly improve making your image really come to life. By studying the different details of each subject you can learn to distinguish between two of the same subjects more easily. Everything is unique and no 2 things should be the same!

So if your interested in improving your figure drawing skills be it human or animal this site would be a great place to visit.

http://artists.pixelovely.com/

Let’s get sketching!

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What is Crit Night?

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Critique Night is night which will be dedicated to creating a night full of constructive criticism for artists of all skill levels.

This is open to people who draw, sketch or paint digitally or traditionally.

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

What I would like to do is build a community of artist willing to help one another. I and a few of people I know find that critique, real constructive critique on your artwork is extremely hard to find. Most of the time people simply “like” the picture, and sometimes we wonder what it is about that picture it is that they really do like.

Every few months I am hoping that people will submit work which they would like feedback on, in turn they will help provide feedback to other artists about their work. This allows the  artist to see how others view their work, what they like, what they don’t like and most importantly how they can improve their skills.

Once all the art is collected each artist will be randomly assigned 1 piece to critique (Of course it would be great if you could do more). This would ensure that everyone gets at least 1 critique on their art work. Your art will only get posted when your critique has also been written.

There will be a deadline for art submissions and I will give a set amount of time for people to write their Critiques ( Im thinking 2 weeks would be enough time to crit just 1 picture)

On Crit Night I will post all the pictures with all the critique they received for everyone to see here on my Blog where people can view them all and post comments.

Of course to contact  you I would require your E-mail address (which I will not post or share to others)

 

the Basic form I am hoping people to fill out is a simple one and will be something along the lines of this:

  1. First impression: 
  2. What do you like about this image?
  3. Is there something you don’t like?
  4. What do you think the artist can improve upon? suggestions?

Red line/examples (optional)

Please rate from 1-3

Originality/creativity:

Color scheme:

Overall Composition :

 

So,

If you’re an artist looking for some constructive criticism on your artwork and are willing to critique others work then this might be a great opportunity for you.

If your not an artist but are interested in  providing some valuable feedback I would also be interested in hearing from you.

All the information about participating in Crit night can be found here

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Tutorials by Sam

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Every once in a while I find the time to make a new tutorial.

All of them can be found on the tutorial section of my website

There are different types of tutorials available. there are written and video tutorials. Both instructional and observatory.

These are my favorite tutorials so far:

Shading the Changeable Hawk-Eagle

Instructional Video: How to Draw Long Hair and Bangs (Anime and Manga Style)

 

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