Looking for editorial illustration portfolio critique
Hi! I am looking for a critique on my illustration portfolio. My focus right now is mainly editoral illustration. Most of the artworks were drawn under a time limit (from 8 hours to a few days) to practice working with a tight deadline. I made sure when putting the portfolio together that it would cover as many subjects as possible (food, nature, portraits, technology, etc.) I am constantly studying and creating new portfolio pieces so I would love to know what to improve. Link to my portfolio: www.natalisantini.com I will appreciate all feedback. Please be brutally honest with me, I can take it! :D Thank you!
Hello, I have a couple things to add. I'd say that you're placement of the abs is really good, just the forms don't feel believable. 1. though they're not perfectly symmetrical, I think using the same shape for each ab tricks our brain into assuming they are. So I'd recommend changing up the tendonous intersection's start and stop points. 2. A minor thing, but usually men's abs are roughly the same width, while women's create a violin shape. More generally, I'd widen where your abs attach to, as it looks like you're leaving room between the obliques and the abs. 3. (optional) Although shading isn't the focus, if you want your forms to pop more, I'd add variation in your terminator. Take the image labelled 6.2. To me, it looks like a box-y shape for the abs, when the reference shows a more gradual change at the bottom and a sharp edge at the top (of the abs). Making the terminator thicker or thinner depending on the form shape will elevate your drawings. Finally, I did some drawings to put my money where my mouth is. Respond if you need anything else. - Dwight
I love your layout design and composition in every single one of them. I would say your weakness is color, especially green. All your green looks very mottled with over saturated greens and unnaturally muddy greens combined. I notice for most digital artists green is a problem. Try to do life sketches of plants and trees with digital media. The yellow of the leopard is mottled too. Color harmony is not there either, except your 3rd and 4th piece. I recommend Marco Buccio’s color course here for color theory. His content is excellent and he explains everything so well! Also do some master copies of editorial illustration with a focus on how colors are used.
Hi! I would like to get some feedback on these illustrations I did on this article as an exercise: https://www.worldwildlife.org/magazine/issues/winter-2022/articles/family-trees I basically did one illustration on each section of the article + a cover. The article is about the importance of mangroves in Boca de Camichin. I tried really hard to make the images work together color-wise. They're enclosed in this order: 1. Mangroves, people, and more 2. Family dynamics 3. Water ways 4. Ripple effects 5. The big picture 6. The cover 7. Legacies I am very thankful for all criticism. Just hit me with it! :D
Hi! Here are my studies for the Shoulder bones lesson from the Proko Anatomy course. I studied one reference more than once often. I included two versions to almost every attempt here - one version with the muscles and then another with only the bones. All critique is very appreciated. Thank you!
Hi! I am looking for critique on this illustration. It is a poster for students with straight A's at the end of the school year, inviting them to go to the ZOO for free. It's a piece for my portfolio. The focus should be mainly on the title but I also wanted to let the viewer wander around the image and explore a bit. Not long after finishing it I already noticed that I somehow forgot to add core shadows so I will add them when editing it. All feedback is very appreciated! Let me know about anything that is off. Thank you!
Will the animals at the top be behind the letters, or in front? I ask because the letters will cover up the heads of those animals if they are behind. Also, the penguin seems to be the only animal that is not to scale. You might want to define why that is. Other than that, I think its a nice layout :)
Hi! Here is a sketch for a new illustration of mine and I am looking for critique. It is still rather rough but I did some clean up to clarify things overlapping and just make it less messy. It will be a poster for students with straight A's at the end of the school year, inviting them to go to the ZOO for free. It's a piece for my portfolio. The focus should be mainly on the title but I also wanted to let the viewer wander around the image and explore a bit. The lines next to the edges indicate the bleed+margin so that I don't end up putting important elements behind that border. If there are any obvious errors or anything I could improve in terms of composition etc., I will be very very happy to hear it! Thank you!
@Liandro pinpointed the issue exactly. The hair is this strong, graphic, dark contrasting shape, and it dominates the image. My only other critique is that the eyes look a little close together, and the mouth is angled differently then the eyes and nose. I do like the way you used a complimentary color for the background, it really makes the figure pop :)
Hey, @Natali Santini, I like it! It reminds me a bit of illustrations from the european Art Déco style, from around the 1920s. I love your choice on the golden background and I think you managed to nicely work its contrast with the face values. There are a few other things, though, which I believe you could try working a bit further. For example, right now, it’s not the eye shadow that pops out the most to me, but the hairstyle - its size, shape and value constrast against the overall picture are making it strongly dominant, at least in my eye. If the goal is to highlight the eye shadow as the focal point, I’d experiment ways of playing down the hair some more, maybe by using lighter values on its shape, or perhaps by seeking other ways to reduce its dominance and emphasis in the overall composition. Another thing that comes to my mind is that, right now, I feel as if the visual language of the illustration is somewhere inbetween realistic and stylized - the hair, brows, lashes and earring look more geometric and flat, while the head and facial features tend to a soft-rendering, more realistic approach. In my perception, this stylistic ambiguity softens the strength of the overall design a little bit, so I’d suggest picking one of these directions to take the illustration more emphatically (either even more realistic or, instead, fully stylized). That’s my take anyway! Hope it helps. If I could help you with anything, just let me know. Other than that, nice job!
I like the illustration but I'm not very familiar with the subject exactly. Do you have any examples of illustrations for beauty magazines? Maybe you have some examples of illustrators you admire?
Hey Natali, Good job on these, it's good that you are revisiting the anatomy of the ribcage and spine. One of the things I'm noticing is that you are drawing the ribcage too wide- your putting too much curve in the spine and are connecting it to the skull too far forward. I did some quick sketches to show you what I mean, I hope it helps :)
Beauty magazine illustration - looking for critique
Hi! I am looking for critique on this illustration I did a while ago. It is meant to be an illustration that could appear in a beauty magazine, with the focus being on presenting the vibrant eye shadow. At firt I was planning to do the background dark. But I felt like it was ruining the feel I was going for so I changed it to gold. It was a bit tricky to avoid the face blending into the background afterwards though. All critique is very appreciated!
Hi, I am back with some ribcage studies and I am looking for critique. I redraw the second pose because I didn't get the widest part correctly. Anything that is wrong, that I should focus on, etc. Thank you for all of your feedback!
The perspective on these is solid! the top part of the first pelvis in picture #2 looks a little tall and the bottom pelvis in picture #3 is rotated more towards the viewer than the reference is (it looks fine though). The top part on the pelvis in picture #5 also looks tall. Also I feel like the angle that those top bones go up at and the angle between the bones right below the public bone could be wider. all your pelvis features are nice and cohesive. I can’t imagine how much ur brain hurt after drawing these lol, nice work. please let me know if u have questions :)