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stuck on process
I find that I am constantly creating images only to have them "short circuit" half way through. This is the latest example of this kind of problem. I work traditionally and when I get to a point like this I start to really struggle with where to go with the image. I like the moon but it's not working with the rest of the image. I know planning and underdrawings would probably help but that often feels constricting. Any ideas on keep things spontaneous without crashing so much?
2 days ago
stuck on process
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Seeking Feedback
Hi everyone! I took Marshall's composition course earlier this year and have been trying to incorporate a lot of what I've learned into recent projects. This is a piece of fan art I did based off of the lofi girl on youtube. I feel like this particular one was difficult to balance because of how many small objects are on the desk. My goal was to make it look like she was being distracted by receiving a notification on her phone. However I don't really think that "story" came across. How do you feel this piece can be improved composition-wise? Thanks!
2 days ago
Seeking Feedback
Seeking Feedback
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Underwater comps
Hello guys! I've made some underwater compositions for a project and i'd like to know what you think about those and what's your favourite one! All the images are made pretty quickly and it's not really my confort zone (i'm more a portrait artist). Thanks and have a great day!
2 days ago
Underwater comps
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My Composition Bootcamp Starts Saturday
Hi Proko People! If you want to develop your composing skills with me this summer, spend twelve weeks (June, July & August) in a rigorous schedule of exercises, prompts, and projects to build your creativity and design strengths. You can read more at the "Composition Bootcamp" link on my home page: https://www.marshallart.com/HOME We just finished a three-month round and it went well enough for several students to take it a second time. I hope for this summer to be the best of all, and to see you there! Marshall
3 days ago
My Composition Bootcamp Starts Saturday
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Leaving the comfort zone
Hi guys!! I never dared to integrate character and background but that day has arrived !! And this was the result. I'm quite happy but I know there are many things to improve! I accept criticism ♥ by the way, there are always ducks hiding in my work haha ♥
5 days ago
Leaving the comfort zone
Leaving the comfort zone
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Molly Bang's How Pictures work
Hi Proko Composition followers. Has anyone else read Molly Bang's book How Pictures Work? I am just starting it and wanted to start a thread to see what others opinions are.
1 week ago
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Elves! Gargs (Not orcs)! Composition?
Hi! Completing a picture is probably tough for many people and the same holds for me. Constructing a scene as opposed to just dropping in unrelated figures is one of the latest things that I'm trying to improve on in terms of having a "finished" drawing. Any and all advice regarding composition therefore is most welcome, especially in how to control lighting for a dynamic and integrated look. Thanks in advance!
1 week ago
Elves! Gargs (Not orcs)! Composition?
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How is the Composition?
Hello guys this is my latest piece What do you guys think about it? Does the foreground building look too crowded with detail also what do you guys think is the focal point and is the composition good or could it be better? Constructive Criticism appreciated.
1 week ago
How is the Composition?
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Help fixing painting appreciated
I did a preliminary sketch which I thought worked, but the painting does not feel appealing to me. It could be going to color or something else, I just can't put my finger on why it does not work. I know it lacks storytelling, the idea was just to be decorative. Maybe that's the problem...any suggestions appreciated.
2 weeks ago
Help fixing painting appreciated
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Body language
hello First time post, dont know is composition is right category for this, Any tips on How to learn And applyng Body language, (because There is soooooo much factor that contribute to overal Pose)
2 weeks ago
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Critique on these pieces, please
Hey there, fellow artists! How r u doing? I've been studying a lot recently to level up my skills. These are some of my most recent studies. I would be extremely thankful if u could spare some insight and knowledge so I could improve my next pieces! Thanks in advance
2 weeks ago
Critique on these pieces, please
Critique on these pieces, please
Critique on these pieces, please
Critique on these pieces, please
Critique on these pieces, please
Critique on these pieces, please
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Questions and critique on composition
Hello. I did two iterations of this idea I have, first one from above, which turned out not great and then I checked how other people have done forest-scapes and did the second one where you're looking on the standing stones standing on the forest floor. I'd love critique on both these, but I also specifically wonder if it's inadvisable to do the bird view one? I could only find art in ground level view, but maybe didn't look hard enough... What should I focus on to get the bird view one to work composition wise as well as with values and such? I feel like the front view one is a lot better, but that's not the scene I want to portray, of that makes sense? Anyway, thanks in advance for all types and advice
3 weeks ago
Questions and critique on composition
Questions and critique on composition
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Help in improving composition
Hi everyone! In this picture I wanted to convey the feeling of threat, with both characters simultaneously afraid and threatening each other. But I don't feel like I succeeded. Could someone please help? What would you do to make the composition more dynamic? Thank you!
3 weeks ago
Help in improving composition
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How Do You Do A Good Compositional Study?
Hello Fellow Creators. I heard something in one of Marshall’s 1994 Perspective course lectures that caught my attention, and made me curious what you all are doing in the early stages of your projects. He warned of two hazards of perspective, and the solution to one of them is to do compositional study first where you don’t think about perspective at all. That sounded great, and then in a follow up he said something along the lines of doing a compositional study - “a good abstract that carries feeling.” Yes! Magnificent!...only, what exactly does that mean? What if it doesn’t mean what I think it means, and I’m just making assumptions that won’t get me anywhere? How do you go about doing a compositional study? What is a good abstract that carries feeling? So how do you study (visual) composition? How do you do a good compositional study? Where do you recommend going to learn how to create good compositional studies? (I already have Molly Bang’s PICTURE THIS and Gabriele Rico’s WRITING THE NATURAL WAY) Thank you in advance for your suggestions and for sharing your knowledge!
3 weeks ago
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Composition help, Critiques needed
Hey all i posted the work in progress earlier. Ive taken some notes and tried to applied them. I’m currently happy with the foreground but finding it hard to place and design assets for the background. The right background is particularly hard. Let me know if you have any ideas for assets.
3 weeks ago
Composition help, Critiques needed
Composition help, Critiques needed
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Perspective
Hey everyone. Drew a freehand sketch today. Though that I'd share it here. I'd love to have some feedbacks on what all I could add in this to make it more of a retro-gaming feel. Thanks
3 weeks ago
Perspective
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Numbers and Composition (Poking the Bear)
I see that this was discussed in the Draftsmen Podcast but I am sort of guy that thinks anything is possible and would have been cheering on the Wright Bros. I love space for this same reason. And ironically, space relates to this supposed topic I am putting forth. I am by no means a practiced proof maker for math theorems but since art invented the symbols for math, I still believe it is unnecessary to gain a proof where the 6th sense of self is assisted by such auxiliary information. Math is a tool and is not above the soul of the artist, because its birth is from his heart. Alongside all languages and symbology. ________________________________________ But my objective is not useless scope but application. By studying metaphor, I believe you are tapping the other name of "Pi". I think you can say to yourself, "I want ____ , ____, and _____ in my art. And then intentionally nest it up to always matrix a fun result. I will take a joking stab at procedural generation. When it is procedural from the computer side, it is conforming to regularity so that you recognize it and thus predictable and often off-putting. Kandinsky painted NOTHING in terms of direct representation and yet you are able to feel drawn to his work like hypnotism. That may be the work of primes. His work is often based on music and music is nothing but emotional math tempered to sound sad occasionally ahaha Imagination is a skill like any other and if you avoid math, you are not learning to think as spatially as you could be. Thus why Animators are encouraged to cross 2D-3D where possible. It augments your perceptions. To say that composition cannot be contained in math is pointless. I agree with it. Of course it can't. Nothing is static and all is changing. Composition is nothing but the study of time and relativity (which was proven TRUE in 2016 according to the LIGO center in Louisiana). So relatively speaking, everything is Gestalt Theory. Everything is a Zazen circle. All is metaphor at all times. Thus art. The math of metaphor is philosophy. The soul of art. Philosophically speaking, what if you took every idea in the world and made it into legos? Can you put them inside each other? Sanskrit nests its language like binary. Why not nest your lego ideas? That is how Kanji works in essence. Incessant of the present moment and it doesn't "lessen" when you get the "lesson" that that sound can be the same but the meaning different. At least I'm guessin... cause that's how Latin works too when I take your mind on a ride with A E I O U. ahahah There is a poem from China where the language is interpreted by the individual. The theme is a Forest and yet it generates infinitely. (lol Lost Woods?) Really every Japanese story is Primed because Buddhism comes from Hinduism and so Final Fantasy is in fact, the final fantasy. ahahh Prince 5 Weapons. Buddha. God. Man. It all blurs in math. Hence Joseph Campbell laughing so much in the end as well. Synesthetics have no choice but to be lego-brained, but I much prefer that it was understood and replicated as a tool. My theory is that Prime numbers are divergent thinking. Use Algebraic ideas on metaphors you are able to reduce the prime numbers issuing out forever like a 52 card deck in a shuffle. i.e. Convergent thinking. 2 like things. 1 unlike thing. 5 like things. 3 unlike things. 1 oddball thing. I think these natural combinations exist in plants and are thus pleasing naturally in some manner. Hence Kandinsky's ability to captivate with so little a topic at hand. Unordered, I think you just end up with a Jackson Pollock painting. That may have been his entire philosophy... to show you the chaos of the numbers. The method in the madness that makes madness methodical. Brunelleschi was also considered a little mentally odd if I recall correctly too. And wasn't it him that invented perspective on paper? Makes ya wonder why the Italian renaissance loved numbers so much too, but I believe they've been done to death TMNT style. What of Sengai and Yamaoka Tesshu? Where is Hakuin's laugh and my Daruma faces that Miyazaki likes to hide in his own version of Alice in Wonderland? (Sprited Away) What are you ideas on math in art? Does it prove itself like the shadow proving the sunshine? or is the sun and shadow one? Namaste.
3 weeks ago
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New piece (critiques needed)
Hello everyone, working on a new piece. It’s gonna be a 50cm x 50cm acrylic painting. Just want some criticisms or ideas i can add to the draft. I want the painting to convey a girl surrounded by innocent harmless creatures. Almost a young girls dream I attached what my style and end product usually looks like aswell.
4 weeks ago
New piece (critiques needed)
New piece (critiques needed)
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[In Progress] Composition Critiques?
Hey guys, i've still got alot of problems to solve in this piece, but before i do, i wanted to make sure the composition and perspective elements are all working at this current stage. Does anyone have some critique for me in that regard? Thanks in advance!
4 weeks ago
[In Progress] Composition Critiques?
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Composition of gold smith beetle
Hi all first post. I am concerned the leaves guide you eyes away from the main image. I am thick skinned so any suggestions are welcome.
4 weeks ago
Composition of gold smith beetle
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