Steve Lenze
Steve Lenze
Los Angeles
Professional artist from the animation industry. traditional 2D animation. storyboard. character design.
Steve Lenze
Hey Ranma, I think the biggest thing here is that these are not really gesture drawings. A gesture drawing is when you use one sweeping line to describe the gesture of the whole pose, top to bottom. What you're doing is trying to add anatomy, which is getting in the way of the gesture. Try doing these with your whole arm and not just your wrist. I took one of your poses and drew over it to show you what I mean, notice there is no anatomy. I hope this helps :)
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Steve Lenze
Hey Jule, The drawings are really nice, the poses and proportions are really good. I also like the ideas for costume and tech you are exploring. I think though that the painting is where you could use some more practice. In particular, you should use some reference of different textures, the way metal looks under your lighting scheme, how folds in cloth look. Sketches always look great, but when its time to paint them to completion, we have to look at reference to help solve a whole new set of design problems. I hope this is helpful :)
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Wow Jan, these are really well painted! The colors and rendering really look they are part of the surroundings. If I were to say one thing, it's that your figures look out of proportion, in particular, the legs look too short. Because of that, the guy in the front feels like his head is too large. Other than that, looks really cool. I'm fascinated about the mystery about the sea people too by the way :)
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Michael Johnson-Curry
in terms of using a skewed angle or showing a more twisted scene, is it best to tilt the rule of thirds to match the horizon line or should I keep the rule of 3rds in alignment with the panel?
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Steve Lenze
Hey Tobias, One reason you are struggling with this is because you are focusing too much on anatomy. Gesture isn't about making it look like the model, it's about capturing the "story" of the pose. Where is the weight, where is the stretch, where is the pinch. You must find an "S" or "C" curve that describes the pose from top to bottom. One continuous line. Disregard anything that doesn't contribute to the gesture. Also, this is much easier to do if you draw with your whole arm and not just your wrist. I included a drawing of how I would think about this pose as a gesture drawing, I hope it helps :)
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Shelvs Fleurima
Commissioned by K S. please critic so I can get better and notice my common mistakes. thank u in advance .
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Steve Lenze
Hey Shelvs, There are 2 issues I see in your work. The first is your drawing. You tend to have a problem placing the features on the face, and the proportions as they relate to each other, particularly the length of the nose and the distance to the mouth. The second issue is your use of shadows. All your shadows are too dark regardless of the local value. The shadow on a dark object will not be the same as the shadow on a light object. You are also putting areas of light in the shadows. You must keep the shadows and the light side separate. Also, your light side looks like its all highlights, there needs to be more value changes between the darks and the lights. I hope this is helpful :)
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Hey Dennis, The first thing to jump out at me is that the lower part of the face is wider in your drawing than in the reference. Because of that, it makes the neck feel to wide also. Hope that helps :)
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Hey Mariana, These are cool, especially your silhouette sketches, they have a lot of personality. My only comment would be the left arm and hand. The arm is tucked behind the body, and the hand just peeks out at the hip. It would make for a more clear silhouette if you move that arm out so that everyone knows what it is. Hope that helps :)
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Hey Nikko, I like your painting, it's well done. I'm not sure if you were making this a stylized face or not, but the eyes are a little big if you were not. I think though the best advise I could give you is that you need to work on your edges. They all tend to be hard. Hard edges work on cast shadows, but form shadows should have soft edges. The biggest example would be her nose, the way you have the shadows on either side of her nose makes it look like it was carved out of granite instead of soft flesh. Other than that, you did a nice job on a tricky lighting style, front lighting is not very forgiving. I hope this helped :)
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I like your rock guy with the tartan, pretty cool :)
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Hey Irvin, Nice painting, I like the emotion. I did a draw over to show you some of the things you could do to help the drawing. I think the pose looks kind of odd, I think that his arms should come out toward the camera for a stronger, more powerful pose. Also his head feels pushed down into the torso too much. I also agree with Jan's idea of messing up the hair to give it more drama. I hope my draw over is helpful :)
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Hey zking, I took two of your drawings and drew over them to show you what gesture and mannequinization should look like. I want to be blunt with you- there is no time limit on learning these skills. It takes years to be skilled in being an artist. You don't just learn about these basics and move on, you will do them for as long as you are an artist. So, try to be at least close to the ability you see in my drawings or the drawings of other artists on this site before you try to move on to things that are going to be harder, and require the skills you learn in these basics. I hope this is helpful :)
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Steve Lenze
Hey Demetrius, Actually your drawings don't need more detail, The detail you have is actually hurting your drawings. In the first drawing there is so much detail that nothing stands out. It looks like a big gray scribble. It took me a while to realize there was a character back there. In the second drawing the guys left hand is buried in the detail of the guys arm and body, and the woman behind him is missing her right leg. In the third drawing Spiderman is getting completely lost in all the detail of the hulk. What makes a character pop is not the amount of detail, its the area of greatest contrast. Contrast in line weight, texture, dark vs light, detail vs lack of detail. filling the page up with massive amounts of detail makes everything look the same and you loose clarity. When everything stands out, then nothing stands out. I hope you find this helpful :)
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Atharva Lotake
Hello everyone, I just completed an Environment Concept Art piece. This is a half destroyed Evil Palace and the owners have grown to be really poor and so they are not bale to repair the damages. What do you guys think about the final design of the Palace and where do you think I need to work more. Thank you so much to anyone who takes the time to help me out! Have a wonderful day ahead.
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Steve Lenze
Also, All the flags are the same shape, size and color. Plus the castle is all one color. You need to color shift as you darken or lighten your colors. The castle would have mold, so maybe some greens and browns as an example. Hope that helps :)
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Hey Bengt-Rune, You have to make sure that your torso and your pelvis relate to each other. They are connected but can twist. This is most noticeable in the bottom pose. You missed it in your drawing, but it would help if you add the center line to help show the twist. I did some drawings to show you what I mean, I hope it helps :)
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Hey Nailsen, Great job on your first digital painting, way better than my first. The one thing that is most noticeable to me is that the face feels very flat. This is because the shadows on the face are not consistent with the other shadows. I did a draw over to show you what I mean. The drawing is pretty rough, but I hope it is helpful :)
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Hey Matthew, Nice job on the drawing. I do have a few notes on the storytelling aspect of the page, I hope you find it helpful :)
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Hey Pasi, Personality comes from the body language and the facial expressions. Your gesture is really nice, but your facial expression doesn't say anything. It will help if you build a structure for the face that you can then build your expressions on. I did a quick drawing to show you what I mean, Hope it helps :)
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Steve Lenze
There is no snow on the mountains. If it's always winter there should be snow everywhere. If you add snow covered mountains around the castle, it will help it stand out better.
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Steve Lenze
Work in animation doing what? Animator- anatomy, acting, gesture study, Life drawing using only line to show 3D, timing, perspective Backgrounds- perspective, cinematography, composition, mood Character design- anatomy, life drawing, perspective, gesture, costume, nature studies, animals, insects, native cultures Storyboard- all of the above Figure out what you want to do, then list what you need to study.
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