Monday, November 16, 2009


These met with a rather negative reaction when I showed them in class today for critique... but people only got to see the linework this afternoon! Color improves an essentially flawed design, right? Right?

I tried to emulate Brittney Lee in the coloring of the birds we've got here:

I'm a little sad that no one liked my snake 'cause I thought he was pretty sexy:


Claire Gordon said...

I loved your snake. And your birds. And the wolf, of course. These are fantastic!

Deedles said...

Jossy these are sweet!

Aaron Ludwig said...

Love the birds. Really nice!

Simini said...

Don't worry. I love 'em. The birds are my favorite ever.

Chelsea Stebar said...

LOVE those birds, man.

Tyson Murphy said...

i <3 the snake personally. awesome shapes, you crazy!

Michelle said...

These drawings are superb. The thing about class critiques is, people tend to think the way they would have done it is the right way. A good teacher or intelligent student will be able to see the value in the differences.

It is the teacher's job to establish a helpful, not competitive attitude for class comments. If I were teaching a class I would set up the following ground rules for class feedback.

The only useful critique is one that has valid design or application technique suggestions that could make an improvement to the piece. A mature student should keep comments about taste and style to themselves, or qualify them as personal taste (which is irrelevant).

The classes where students flourish and progress rapidly use this type of critique method: Comments are always stated in the positive. Find something you can compliment about the piece (there is always something that is working and if you can't find it then you should ask yourself why you can't) Then if there are valid improvements that could be made, such as greater contrast, improved balance, perspective correction...still state it in the positive. A comment like "I think the viewer's eye would stay in the painting if there were a ________ in the background in this spot." The person most appropriate to ask if there was anything they would change is the artist who did the work.

And all this my dear, is my personal opinion.

prashant said...

These are fantastic!

Work from home India

Sky said...

I love your choice and application of colors! I love the flowing designs! Two small critiques: I would either make the bird's heads either smaller or make their tail feathers ridiculously huge, just to throw greater contrast in proportion. Also, I would make the branch the snake is curled on more angular, again for greater contrast between the snake and the branch. Other than that these pieces are on their way to greatness!

Robin Hall said...

Critiques can be hard to handle, especially if the person/people you're showing it to are in the mindset that they need to point out what's wrong or off to them.
I love the birds, I think their colours are fantastic and I love the shape of the front bird's head!

Anyways, it's hard dealing with critiques (my boyfriend's an animator, too, so when I show him something, I get tonnes of critiques, even if all I wanted was a 'oh, that's nice', haha) and it doesn't get easier as time goes on. We're all sensitive to that kind of thing.

Critiques can be great, though. Look at your drawing from a non-artsy person's point of view, or even ask a non artist what they think. They'll usually give you the best critique (unless it's my parents, who just say 'nice' :P)