Just give your honest opinion ...
August 12, 2009 9:26am CST
Dear mylotters, I need your help. Just a simple help. Actually a simple comment/review:-) You see, yesterday, I set up a gallery online and the gallery contains several drawings of portraits which I had drawn. I'm thinking of commissioning my art - get paid to draw people's portrait in my country. But, the gallery is written in my native language, Malay, so I just need you to browse through the drawings and give an honest opinion. You can comment on my gallery or in mylot. It doesn't matter as long as I receive your comments...Can you do this for me, please? Because I'm a newbie in art and I was self-taught, I need comment/reviews from you guys so that I can polish my work and be a better artist..If I get good comments, I may set up an english version of my gallery...:-) Ok..my blog is http://galeripotretku.blogspot.com/ Hope to get many comments from you! Happy mylotting!
3 people like this
14 Aug 09
I have commented on your blog page, as I said you've had your finger on the pulse. Not just your fourteen (14) drawings cleansed and freshen up my eyeballs, but, your blog template really looked very cool and mirrored an artistic value deep in your blood. Beautiful drawing edifies many viewers and shrines with thousands of words. You drawing tells and shares about you in yourself. Thanks for providing.
• United States
22 Aug 09
Well if your looking for improving I do have some advice, though I have to start with saying that you most certainly have talent and have a good grasp of what your medium is capable of. That said, the thing I think you should probably focus on first is your range of value. You work well within the light spectrum, but when it comes to the darker end, you could create a better contrast than what's currently there. Also work on blending one value to another as seamlessly as possible. If you look at a black and white or gray-scale image you'll be able to see that 'lines' are rarely visible. Work to create a value representation that is as close to reality as possible. The second thing is to either get a better scanner, scan at higher resolution and tune the setting to get a high quality scan, or have it professionally done. I know a scan rarely represents the image completely accurately, but you should try to get it as close as you can. From there you can use a program to clean up your image. Because if you want to do commission artwork it needs to look professional. Representation and quality is key. People are going to be judging your work from your scanned images and if the scanned image is less than the real image it will only hurt your chances of getting commissions. Good luck and happy myLotting. P.S. You might want to invest in adding backgrounds to your images. It can give the image a more complete look, help even out contrast, ground the person in an actual location, be surreal if that's the choice and add more character to an image. Not all image will benefit from a background, but some might. It also gives you the chance to better use your foreground, middle ground and background to add depth.
22 Aug 09
Hi happy_phantom, Thank you for your detailed advice. I really appreciate it:-) I'm just a newbie in portrait drawing and to have somebody comment you on your work is certainly rewarding. I know I have so may things to learn and I take your advice to heart. And you're right, I certainly do have some problem with the darker spectrum and I find that the hair is usually the difficult part to draw..And I understand what you said about the scanned image..But right now, I can't afford to buy a good scanner yet:-) I already seen some good artists who does commission artwork, and I think their work is really great, even after they've uploaded it on the Internet. Their work was very life-like and so smooth and so beautiful...and I often wonder how did they do that?! I think they're using that scanner, you're talking about:-) I have so much to learn to become a better artist... Again, thanks for your advice! Please accept my friend's request...