Hey there, viewers! I have a question for all of you.
This evening, I received some interesting critique from
, regarding my artistic technique and this image:
He was under the impression that this image was a paint-over of a digital render (the sort of thing one might create in Blender, Poser, DAZStudio and so on), due to the fact that the character was far more detailed than the environment in which I placed her. Even upon realizing the mistake, Tornquist stated that he found the difference jarring - or, at least, incongruous.
Believe it or not, I'm very happy to hear this sort of thing. I appreciate every positive comment and bit of praise my work receives, but a bit of helpful and well-thought criticism is a rare treasure for us artists! Often, we are too close to our work to see where the flaws lie - especially a flaw as tied to one's technique as this is to mine. It has given me food for thought regarding my approach/presentation, and made me curious what you, my viewers, think.
As the technically curious among you know, it's not unusual for my images to take 18-20 hours to draw. This has been a bit of a thorn in my side, as I rarely have more than an hour or two to commit to a picture - apart from occasional weekends. I decided that a solution would be to simplify the background - something between expressionism and a photo with a shallow depth of field. With little to hold interest in the background, the character is then allowed to "pop," and becomes the focal point of the piece almost by default. In a way, this has been a success - the simplistic backgrounds (or my other "cheat": the impenetrable blackness of shadow as a backdrop) have indeed pared down my drawing time (this pic took "only" six hours), but does it leave the image looking too unfinished? Does the sketchy background simply come off as lazy, instead of simplistic?
I would love to hear your opinions! I will also be researching some techniques this weekend, so you'll probably be seeing some experimentation in my upcoming images. If you have the time and an opinion, please feel free to weigh in!