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Character Design - Young Villager

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:23 pm
by DRaff210
I've recently finished painting what I consider to be my first successful attempt at a full-body character design, and it's the first time in a while I've felt truly happy about my art. But as I'm completely self-taught, I have no one to turn to for critiques, and I want to make sure I'm on the right track. Any and all constructive criticism is appreciated! Thanks everybody!

Character Design - Young Villager

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:40 pm
by Josephcow
This looks really good! very cute. Probably the first time I haven't been able to find anything fundamentally wrong with something ;) except you might have done the long-neck-scarf mistake. Where you make the neck really long to fit the scarf instead of fitting the scarf around the neck. It's not so noticeable here though.

Character Design - Young Villager

PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:03 am
by Alpacamood
i think your sketch is a little more successful just because you have more clarity in the hands, also the pattern on the shoe don't match. i think the character is cute, the colors you chose are nice as well. another tip i would suggest is to vary the brushes you use, the same texture occurring in multiple places makes it feel more synthetic, which is unappealing. overall i think it's a good start!

Character Design - Young Villager

PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:30 pm
by lo-fi
Aww, this characters is very cute! Overall this drawing is good but I have a few nitpicks. Her scarf seems a little flat, the shading isnt really working on the scarf. Also her feet seem un-defined like her hands. Her hands have an outline, while the feet dont.

Character Design - Young Villager

PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:33 am
by DRaff210
Thanks for the responses so far!

Josephcow wrote:This looks really good! very cute. Probably the first time I haven't been able to find anything fundamentally wrong with something ;) except you might have done the long-neck-scarf mistake. Where you make the neck really long to fit the scarf instead of fitting the scarf around the neck. It's not so noticeable here though.

Ah, yeah, I think you're right here. Her neck was actually waaay longer originally and I shortened it considerably... but I agree that it may still be slightly too long.

Alpacamood wrote:i think your sketch is a little more successful just because you have more clarity in the hands, also the pattern on the shoe don't match. i think the character is cute, the colors you chose are nice as well. another tip i would suggest is to vary the brushes you use, the same texture occurring in multiple places makes it feel more synthetic, which is unappealing. overall i think it's a good start!

Ahaha, the shoes are actually open-toe and not patterned, so I guess Ididn't communicate that clearly enough. But you're right that they still don't match with one another; I've gone back and fixed that. And you definitely have a good point about the brushes; I've been ery reluctant to use more than the chalk brush and have been relying heavily on it for texture and stuff, but I should probably expand at some point.

lo-fi wrote:Aww, this characters is very cute! Overall this drawing is good but I have a few nitpicks. Her scarf seems a little flat, the shading isnt really working on the scarf. Also her feet seem un-defined like her hands. Her hands have an outline, while the feet dont.

I see what you mean about the scarf; I'm still pretty poor at cloth in general. I felt that rendering her feet wasn't totally necessary since I wanted most of the focus on her face, buuut you're probably right that I still could have been less lazy with them. :lol: