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Hank Macleod
Hank Macleod
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Hank Macleod
I love your work! Your figures have a playfulness to them that really lifts my spirits. Also, those shadow shapes in the last 3 slides are very satisfying. I can't wait to see what you do with that storyboarding course, I'd love to see the scenes and compositions you put these characters into. It's clear your grasp of 3D form and gesture is very solid. Nicely done! Not a critique really, I just enjoyed seeing your work. Thanks for sharing!
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aheneha
I am so used to seeing mirror selfies that the blank space on the left made me think that was the phone for good 3-4 seconds till I looked properly at it heh. Anyway, it gave me a feeling of chaos inside calm outside and trying to keep it together sort of feeling. Kind of a momentary intense feeling about nothing in general. Something fragmented, that's probably the white lines in the background. I am in awe of your painting skills tho, I wish to achieve that level of skill with my shadows and painting faces covered in dark and bright lighting. And the contrast between the carefully rendered face and hair done with thick brushstrokes. I am nowhere near your skillset tho so feel free to ignore what you think isn't useful.
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Hank Macleod
Hahaha that phone thing hadn't occurred to me but you're totally right! Thank you for pointing that out, I'll probably change that to a more angular shape. Thank you so much for this critique! It's really helpful and validating, because that is precisely what I was trying to convey. You know when you're the only peacekeeper in a roomful of very argumentative people and you're constantly trying to mediate and add levity so a fight doesn't break out, but at the same time people are saying things that don't sit well with you and you just have to let it slide because it will only make things worse to call them out for it? That's what I was trying to get at lol Based on your use of visual language, I would say you're worthy of critiquing art that is far more sophisticated than mine, so please don't hold back! I certainly value your opinion and appreciate the feedback :)
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Hank Macleod
I did this self portrait yesterday to try and capture a feeling I was having at that moment. I was wondering, did I succeed? Does this make anyone feel anything in particular? Feel free to critique the technique as well, I definitely want to improve there, too. Thanks so much for your feedback, I really appreciate all you supportive creatives!
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Hank Macleod
First of all, those are some impressive numbers! That kind of daily practice is the most important part of getting better, so you're definitely on the right track. As for moving forward, I'm no expert, but I can tell you what helped me: I was stuck on gesture for a long time, and it wasn't until I moved on to other topics, like pencil control, form, proportions, perspective, etc., and then came back to gesture that I saw a significant improvement. I've found that all these things actually gave me a more complete understanding of gesture, just as learning gesture gives a more complete understanding of form, composition, etc. All the disciplines are linked to one another, they cannot be learned in isolation, they must be learned together. I'm not saying gesture should not be a part of your daily practice, I still do it every day, but I would recommend moving forward with your studies, working on pencil control, learning form and perspective (highly recommend drawabox.com for these two things), then come back to gesture and see how much you can integrate. Repeat that cycle of learning and you will likely improve much more quickly in all areas than you would if you focused on each discipline in isolation. I hope this helps! Keep up the good work :)
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Roman Gubskii
Hi! I like the way you are moving. I think as it is it's good for a background prop, but I'd add a third more darker tone to define the form of individual parts better. Right now it looks more like a unified object to me (In my opinion). Hope it helps)
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Hank Macleod
That is helpful, thank you!
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Hank Macleod
I wanted to create a minimalist, graphic version of this ristra as part of a commissioned illustration to promote a New Mexico organization on social media. I generally don't do this style of art, but I would like to do more of it. I want to know if the idea could be communicated better, if it could be simplified, and above all, how to make it more striking to the eye. Thank you!
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Hank Macleod
I learned recently that allowing yourself to be bored can improve creativity, so I like to limit my predrawing entertainment. I do something mundane and meditative, like eat breakfast without any other stimulation before I draw. It can really help with the enjoyment of sketching warmups and drills. Personally, I start with 5 mins of drills I don't have to think about, like connecting two dots with one smooth stroke, thin to thick lines, thick to thin, ellipses, freehand boxes in perspective from imagination, etc. Then I do some 2- and 5-minute gesture drawings from reference.sketchdaily.net. Then I draw for fun, either a project or just unplanned doodling, then at some point I do a lesson (right now I'm working through Proko's anatomy course). I'd love to hear how your daily sketching is going! That's exactly how I started cultivating a daily art practice, too. I've fallen off the wagon a couple times, but every time I climb back on it gets a little easier. Fingers crossed I've got it figured out this time but honestly what are the chances of that? Good luck to you!
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Hank Macleod
Hey everybody! I’m Hank, I’m from Massachusetts, and I started drawing about three years ago. Until recently, I had a casual daily practice of creating art, but for the past month I’ve been trying to buckle down and get good. I’m looking forward to getting to know some of you rad art folks!
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Hank Macleod
I found Radiorunner's Curriculum for the Solo Artist very helpful! Limiting each unit to a month and trying to complete each challenge within that time frame it gives you that start and end point as well as practice meeting deadlines. You can follow it strictly or use it as a resource for cobbling together your own curriculum. Here's the link: https://imgur.com/gallery/RXJ2nmH Hope this helps!
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Hank Macleod
I love how much personality this character has! I would think about the balance of the figure for the next draft. It looks like the character is leaning too far to the right to stay upright. Maybe try more of a bend at the waist to bring the torso over the base of support, or pop the right (anatomical left) leg out to widen the base of support in order to accomodate that lean. Great style, and I hope I get to see the finished piece!
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