So about half of this really good, such as the textures on the beast's hand and the best itself. However the girl has some weird anatomy going on with her face, and the hair is really over-rendered when compared to the rest of her. The jacket also looks kind of weird and the hand holding and lightning effects doesn't look convincing at al. I can't even tell what pose it's supposed to be in. You've got a lot of photoshop warping and stuff going on but overall the page looks unbalanced and kinda sloppy, especially that last panel.
welcome to comics, its a fast paced job made under deadlines and isnt really meant to be watched in the sizes our computers show
you took great time to analyse the piece, buut unfortunately you took preconceptions of fine art to what is essentially a stylistic artform of storytelling and those 2 things just dont mash up mate, its universes apart
and weird anatomy on her face was believe it or not purposeful, if i wanted to do truly photorealistic stuff and abandon any trace of personal approach and style id just massdownload gettyimages or something similar and just trace my ass off, yes its a growing trend in comic industry
oor id just do the next new popular thing and just use threshold filter on photographs another popular thing
you see thing is im highly appreciative of insightful critique, that is why i have been constantly developing but for critique to work you need to have some knowledge on the topic mate, i mean no disrespect, i saw your gallery and i see that you want to be a comic artist
you too will go through about a dosen phases , untill one day aou find your output balance that will balance out speed and quality, you see i do these comics on a monthly basis for a while i did 3 to 4 comics a month digitally painted
thing is , if you want to make it in time you have to sacrifice some details while retaining some eyecandy
also if you had the comic you would see that the stuff you listed in your critique...melts away. cause comics arent paintings or illustrations, true some will do masterful stuff but invest years for a single story, i for one would rather tell more stories
initially i wasnt gonna reply to this but then i remembered my own mistake like this, you see i once did a detailed critique on a professional comic artists page. and got ripped to shreads, and i couldnt understand why, im 30 years old now and much wiser than i was back then, so please accept a friendly advice and dont try this on other more famous comic artists, im a mid tier guy and a mild one at that but some arent and fans of those can be ... unpleasant, and believe me i felt that on my skin ugh
I get what you're saying, I know comics is a fast paced business and getting 22 pages a month or more in to the publisher is difficult but what I'm pointing out isn't the extent of the rendering but rather things like proportions. The woman's face and hand in that last panel just don't look convincing or dynamic to me. They look very stilted. That could just be one minor slip up in one panel though so I'll stop whining about it. Perhaps I'll write a more detailed critique of some of your more time-intensive work sometime soon.
P.S. I guess what I'm trying to say is that your response seems to essentially boil down to "we shouldn't judge this page as fine art because it was never supposed to be fine art," which I guess is (arguably) a fair point. But that that mean we aren't allowed to make any criticism at all? If nothing else, one would think that all the compliments would get monotonous after a while
I appreciate what you are saying about the pressures of deadlines vs quality thing, but I don't think ccs1989 is wrong for critiquing what he perceives as a flaw in your work. Anybody who has seen your gallery knows that your work is much better when the deadline crunch isn't an issue, so I don't think this is criticism of you as an artist but of this piece is particular. Saying "I had to sacrifice quality for the sake of deadlines" is a perfectly valid explanation, but it does not negate any of his points.
Commenting system exists so that everybody can give their thoughts on the work, be it praise of criticism. Otherwise, why have the commenting system at all?
(And indeed, there are many professional artists who have disabled comments. That's their right, and I wouldn't begrudge them for it)
oh mate you got this all wrong, i appreciate the critique, but the problem is very simple, it needs to be related to the work, saying that a stylistic approach results in something wrong with the face is missing the point completely,
saying that details are unbalanced when you see the fullsized image that is far beyond of what its supposed to be printed in is once again kissing the point
i know you mean well by this comment but you too are missing the point, i learned this point the hard way cause i did the absolutely same thing once and then later on realised just how wrong i was, i was much younger back then , now im older and know a thing or two on how to offer critique that serves a purpose, and i dont presume myself to know everything
lets put it like this...
mangas are printed in a relatively small format... now imagine if i went to say the facial anatomy is weird, and details are unbalanced after seeing it about 5 to 6 times bigger
deadlines are tight and i dont say that in defense of sloppyness, but i want the guy to think before he writes a critique because he should consider what he is criteaquing
and thats the point of my reply, this knowledge went over my head once but i learned it in time, its really a simple thing, and it requires considering the context of what youre observing
this is why i believe his comment missed the point.
i keep comments open cause i want to hear and respond to genuine critiques
but when csomeone misses the point i do have the right to point it out
no worries mate, lol and i forgot to mention my personal favourite critique i got from this site that i take great pride of making such a funny mistake... i drew a ballet dancer... with 2 left feet XDXDXD
and fav was very much deserved , it jumpstarted a very pleasant trip down the memory lane