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Ok. I think we can safely call this a tie. Congratulations, James! Very nice job. Any thoughts for the subject and concept for the next week? Drop me a line. Otherwise, I’ll have something up tomorrow morning.

I wish I could have voted for everyone…I should have set it up like that. 🙂
A couple thoughts on each work, because I really like the idea of lifting up and encouraging artistic growth. So please feel free to review these comments and critiques and then consider focusing on these points over the next week for your new entry.

1) Leslie – I love the style and colors. I really like that you went with your design strengths. I hope to see more of your work here. Maybe consider the juxtaposition and contrast of shape types in your work.
2) James – Amazing piece! I love how you push the background back without the use of ink lines. This is a very solid piece. I think you did a great job on Batman’s general form, but I think the lower half of his body is a little small in places. Check his foremost knee in relation to his elbows. I think increasing the mass of his lower body would really push this piece over the top.
3) Rachael C – You really took this theme and ran with it! Love it! From the style to the color, this reminds me of Dustin Nguyen’s L’il Gotham work. I’d recommend checking his stuff out, if you enjoy this style. Try looking at how he creates form out of simple shapes, in a head for instance. You can break down what he does and can really see his cartooning, or the simplifying of complex shapes into line, at work…and maybe build your own art style at the same time. This is, in my mind, the fastest way to grow as an artist. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Build off of what other’s have done!
4) Steel – Love this piece! I really like what you did with the ink and the pencil shading. And that Batman attitude–wow, he’s not one you want to mess with. I think there are two things that will really help you here. First, if you want to continue working with the ink and pencil for shading, you need to develop more tonal variation. Try not to think of the pencil as a third tone (gray), but as a range of gray from dark to light. Also, I want you to work on simple shapes in perspective. We’ll work on that this week, but try to look at some good reference for the types of scenes you want to construct (city skyline scenes, for instance).
5) Me – Inking, inking, inking. I can really weaken the strength of my pencils with poor or weak ink lines. I want to on my ink lines in the coming pieces.
6) Joe Kemp – This is probably anatomically one of the best pieces I’ve seen you do. I really see some of that Michael Turner influence in this piece. The body proportions are really solid. I’d recommend going back to some of the artistic influences that really inspire you and break down how they handle similar poses. Maybe break down some of their work digitally, putting a nearly opaque layer over an image, then on a new layer, break the form down in to simple shapes first. Do your very best to keep from going in to detail here. Then really study that shape and see how these artists use a minimal amount of lines to indicate the general form. Then go in to the detail they use. It’s something I still have to force myself to focus on–a piece can tell the story/identify the shape or object with only the simple, yet concise lines that define the form…but it’s much more difficult to accomplish the same with only the detail and not the lines that determine the form. Additionally, I think we should see more of his left thigh (thought you did a good job separating it from his body with the bolder contour line) and we need more area in his abdomen, even though it is scrunched.

So, I think that covers it! Thanks to everyone who joined in. I’m really excited to continue moving ahead. It’s really inspiring to see and chart progress over a period of time. If anyone has any additional thoughts or input, please feel free to post comments and critiques.

Keep up the fantastic work!
-B

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