Today I attempt to bring back a segment that I always looked forward to on Friday's......  OPEN CRITIQUE DAY!!!

How this goes:  You post a work of yours, finished or WIP, and then I (ams) will give you suggestions or tips on your work.  Just make sure that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that are copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters.

Now, bear with me and I will do my best to make this run as smooth as possible.

So let's begin....

7 Responses to OPEN CRITIQUE DAY #37…

  1. Nerd0And0Proud says:

    Sure, I’ll give this one a try. Here’s the cat-burglar of my universe “Scratch”
    bio in the description

  2. ams says:

    @ Nerd0And0Proud – Hey! So looking at your concept, I see a very strong foundation with your positioning and item selection. Coloring is dynamic with the darker under base with the orange cosmetic scratch design popping out with a warmer tone. Brings the costume in parallel with her name. The hair and eyes are well place and give her a determined look.

    What I would critique has to do with her bio relating to the overall image. The items selected are more in tune with a vigilante fighter rather than a cat burglar. When I first look at ‘machiners pics, I try to determine the character’s bio before reading it. I would suggest maybe on trying to go a little heavier on what a thief would use/carry or alter your write up to sync up with the image.

    Overall, I love the design for it’s simple direct design. Sometimes less is more which I think you have accomplished here.


  3. Ash Winters says:

    One of my older pieces (created for the 1st team-building CDC), updated for a new age. Presenting, Stormwing!

  4. Christi S says:

    This is a super cool idea! So, little known fact! While I only submit to the CDCs periodically… I actually START pieces for them a lot more often… they just often end up not working out how I envision n I get discouraged and abandon them lol. SO, here’s a piece I started for the “Sunspot” challenge n didn’t like the way it was turning out so… lets see what you think!

  5. ams says:

    @ Ash Winters – Stormwing has an interesting story and look. Sharp usage of items to portray your electrical winged character. I would play with your body structure seeing as you are looking to portray him as a teenager. Bottom half is good, but I would go more slender on the upper torso and arms. Thinner head shape also that would make him look younger. Arms are spaced a little wide making them looked a little detached. I do like his colors and suggest a little brighter on the yellow highlights.
    The biggest thing I would refresh is the gloves and bringing the importance to them. You weren’t specific on why the gloves change his power levels, but they do sound important. Make them a little different so they don’t blend showing that they stick out of the ordinary to the total design.

    Overall a strong design for a creative concept.


  6. ams says:

    @Christi S – Wow! Talk about “bending the ‘machine”!

    Very dynamic angle to your pose using many items to bring shape to your subject. Looks like a strong foundation to a creative pic.
    The coloring that you have completed works very well. I think you have a very strong grasp at blending when remembering other pics you have completed.
    Not sure the right eye is in the right place in relation to the rest of the angled head.
    Hope you complete this one day. Thanks for sharing!

  7. ams says:

    Closing down OCD for today.

    Thanks to all who participated. It was fun.

    Please stay safe and healthy.