I'm trying to get better at Illustrating and I was wondering what tips you could give me from something I'm making right now. I'm not looking for a "this sucks" comment or "this looks like something ____ made)". If you think it sucks, at least explain.
  • MrLuna

    Looks good man! All you need is to color it in. What program you using?
  • iamoath

    I use Manga Studio, and thanks! Coloring is one of my weaknesses.
  • MrLuna

    Cool, i need to get that program. I hate using photoshop for outlining/coloring. You could also add more detail and texture to your drawings, they seem plain no offense. Other than that good job
  • iamoath

    MrLuna said:Cool, i need to get that program. I hate using photoshop for outlining/coloring. You could also add more detail and texture to your drawings, they seem plain no offense. Other than that good job

    No offense taken! I know I should add more detail. I'm not too sure I want to add texture, but sometimes I do to give it a more canvas-like feel.
  • migy

    color the BG first. A simple gradient for the sky will do, white to skyblue. the rest will follow through. try it
  • Andrew Haines

    Pretty good start! Try some textures, it might work for or might not, ultimately it's up to what your comfortable with. You seem to have a good attitude, open to critiques and fairly unique style compared to this site so try out a couple color variations and post some more. Keep at it man and good luck!
  • iamoath

    migy said:color the BG first. A simple gradient for the sky will do, white to skyblue. the rest will follow through. try it

    I always color the foreground first, maybe starting with the background might give me a better feel for which to use. Thanks!

    Andrew Haines said:Pretty good start! Try some textures, it might work for or might not, ultimately it's up to what your comfortable with. You seem to have a good attitude, open to critiques and fairly unique style compared to this site so try out a couple color variations and post some more. Keep at it man and good luck!

    Thanks Andrew! I might try the textures, most likely not. I like getting feedback as long as its not harsh with no absolutely no suggestions on how to make it better.
  • Jake Ward

    Yeh looks really good man. Only thing i would change is the look on the giraffe. The eyes are kinda creepy and not in a good way ha
  • NVasion

    Not bad! I think it would look better with less details, the giraffe almost seems too spotted. The girls hand looks weird, try to fix it or fid a way to hide it.
  • Killer Napkins

    NVasion said:Not bad! I think it would look better with less details, the giraffe almost seems too spotted.

    Oh yeah, I think it would be cool when you color it.. get rid of the black line of the giraffe spots and just let it be solid shapes of color..
  • Decappuccino

    Pretty good :) But id make the snout a little less beak like haha Kinda looks like a dinosaur.
  • iamoath

    Jake Ward said:Yeh looks really good man. Only thing i would change is the look on the giraffe. The eyes are kinda creepy and not in a good way ha

    Someone said it looks like the giraffe is thinking "Awww yeah;)" hahaha.

    NVasion said:Not bad! I think it would look better with less details, the giraffe almost seems too spotted. The girls hand looks weird, try to fix it or fid a way to hide it.

    Thanks Nils! I usually draw with less detail, but I add another layer with a few more just in case. And weakness #2: hands and feet. Never learned how to draw them properly unfortunately.

    Killer Napkins said:
    NVasion said:Not bad! I think it would look better with less details, the giraffe almost seems too spotted.

    Oh yeah, I think it would be cool when you color it.. get rid of the black line of the giraffe spots and just let it be solid shapes of color..

    Will definitely try this more often, I have to stop outlining everything

    Decappuccino said:Pretty good :) But id make the snout a little less beak like haha Kinda looks like a dinosaur.

    I see what you mean haha, I'll try to use less lines for the nose.

    Thanks for all the suggestions so far everyone, they're really helpful!
  • Anthony Smith

    Jake Ward said:Yeh looks really good man. Only thing i would change is the look on the giraffe. The eyes are kinda creepy and not in a good way ha

    'If you think my neck is long ;)'

    But yeah, apart from that, i like it alot.
  • deekin

    Looks cool.
    I would loose the outline on the giraffes 'dots'.
    And smooth out his neck a bit.
  • Decappuccino

    Well what I mean is the snout is a bit to pointed on the tip, round that sucker out :) haha
    Also, id make the head and neck more defined, not so baggy with all the folds and stuff.
  • iamoath

    Decappuccino said:Well what I mean is the snout is a bit to pointed on the tip, round that sucker out :) haha
    Also, id make the head and neck more defined, not so baggy with all the folds and stuff.

    deekin said:Looks cool.
    I would loose the outline on the giraffes 'dots'.
    And smooth out his neck a bit.

    The reason I make things look baggy is because I'm trying to create a distinct feature in my art, one being that. Also since his neck is turning, but I'll try to define it a bit more. And I just saw what you meant about the snout haha, that definitely looks like a vulture's beak :P After thinking about it, I am going to erase the spots outline.

    Anthony Smith said:
    Jake Ward said:Yeh looks really good man. Only thing i would change is the look on the giraffe. The eyes are kinda creepy and not in a good way ha

    'If you think my neck is long ;)'

    But yeah, apart from that, i like it alot.


    Thanks Anthony! You know what they say about animals with long necks ;D Hahaha.
  • AJSmith

    looks good! my suggestion would be to vary the line thickness on the details of the people, but with some color this would look great
  • derekdeal

    looks good man. to me the giraffe looks more like a baby dragon than a giraffe. I think there's some things you can do to make it look more like the animal you're going for. His snout is kind of bulbousy where giraffe heads are kind of triangular in shape.The head is big around the eyes and then it tapers in towards the snout. Also their ears are big and floppy and generally go straight out to the sides instead of perching up. taking the smile all the way up to the upper cheek also gives the impression that he has a really long jaw like a reptile but a giraffes mouths only opens so wide, like a cow, just a few of inches back from the end of their nose. I think just some more time referencing would have helped you nail him better. They are super weird animals and a lot of fun to draw once you figure out what it is that makes them so peculiar looking.

    other than that id suggest using thiner lines on your background elements to convey distance and visually separate it from your foreground elements.

    other than that stuff its a really fun piece. keep at it.
  • iamoath

    Thanks Derek! I appreciate the full visual explanation a lot, it really helped. I didn't study too many pictures of giraffes before drawing this, just winged it. As for using smaller lines to convey distance, I tried to. For some reason in my head it registered that the background had thinner lines, even though clearly they don't. I should have zoomed out a bit to check it out, too haha. Thanks for helping my giraffe be more giraffe-y!

    EDIT: Just scrolled up, that definitely looks like a baby dragon haha, fail.
  • derekdeal

    iamoath said:Thanks Derek! I appreciate the full visual explanation a lot, it really helped. I didn't study too many pictures of giraffes before drawing this, just winged it. As for using smaller lines to convey distance, I tried to. For some reason in my head it registered that the background had thinner lines, even though clearly they don't. I should have zoomed out a bit to check it out, too haha. Thanks for helping my giraffe be more giraffe-y!

    EDIT: Just scrolled up, that definitely looks like a baby dragon haha, fail.

    its pretty good for not referencing dude! I used to shoot from the hip a lot but would make a lot of the same wonky presumptions about how things look. Now i reference absolutely everything and generally only wing it when i feel i really know the subject matter. It takes longer but it's worth it in the end
  • Kurrent

    Did you use a tablet for this? If not, What method did you use?

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