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Release by MurphysDinnerParty Release by MurphysDinnerParty
This pure "for fun" entry.

I wanted to see what I could do before the deadline and I started on it today and worked on it for a couple of hours.

My darkness entry represents her being swallowed by darkness. You can say with the "stylized water", that this washes her clean.

I had fun working on it, but I need to practice on splashing water sometime and make something a bit more less stylized.

Photoshop and a tablet
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LangBam Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I think your colour combinations is rather awesome here ;)
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MurphysDinnerParty Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)
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e-c-h Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love the exciting pose and the foreshortening. You really don't shy away from being explorative with your work! So impressive :)
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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Now we're talking, this is so dynamic and I love what you did with the hair. Not sure if you want some input here, criticism, or I can note you :D
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MurphysDinnerParty Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can give me some criticism here :la:
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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, personally I have issues with her hand, it seems your aim was giving it the blurry motion effect, but I would never recommend leaving something in the foreground with such simple structure or brushwork, because it distracts the viewer, unless the whole painting keeps such simple pattern. To fix that, I would use the regular brushes, 10% hardness, focusing on the values, lighting, so the form is distinguishable.

Another thing is the dress, you made a great work with the face, and taking into account the dress (torso) is at the same distance from us, you should have detailed it more.

I think in general, you're great for dynamism (something I'm trying to improve myself) and you have a good sense of composition, but you need to focus on volume and values.
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MurphysDinnerParty Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah you're pretty much right. I struggled with the hand because of the position of it and therefore, I'd say its more unfinished and I wasn't really going for a blurry effect.

As for the dress...yeah, my issue was creating the illusion that she was kind of underwater and I was trying to do something different. As a result I didn't put much of an effort as I should have.

Thank you for the criticism, I'll keep everything in mind for next time. Would you mind looking at my other contest entry?
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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah makes sense. And yeah, the position looks complicated as hell lol. I'm watching some tutorials on drawing hands and feet, you should check them out, at Gnomon's. Worth taking a look.

Will do :)
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MurphysDinnerParty Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to say thank you for the critiques on both pictures.

I think my main issue is my fear of relying too heavily on references and that is giving me a lot of issues. When I try to do something that is outside from drawing from life and that is an illustration, I tend to struggle and that's when I realize that I don't draw from life enough. So I'm going to try to put a lot of time aside to do so and perhaps even a couple of deviations working on the things you mentioned in the critiques. Anyway, thank you so much. :hug:
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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :D

Well, I've been there, and it's especially harsh when everybody tells you referencing is bad and you should feel bad, well everybody on the internet, because teachers always tell you that you must learn anatomy by observing it.

I recommend you something that has worked for me, and it's balance. Say, you practice some serious anatomy, with all the books, sketch like crazy, reference like there's no tomorrow, but then take a time to construct figures out of your own mental library, you'll see improvement in your work without reference, when in doubt check in the mirror. No one said you have to be a master painter tomorrow, you just need patience.

I also made my method for referencing, without guilt lol. That's what I've been meaning to make a tutorial about for ages. I just keep forgetting.
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