Hi Sparklesword! This is Frappe for the gallery at a glance for
1) What do you think the most distinct aspect of my style is?
Your art style shows thick dark lines and colored with a variety of colors, dark, vibrant, cool and warm colors. It’s a style that I think would fit really well with a cartoon show. Each of your characters are very expressive, their gesture and expression shows personality and emotion. Each of them have their own story, and I find that quite interesting!
2) Which piece do you like most, and why?
It would be The Collector. The story about her roaming the land and collecting things is intriguing. She’s someone I would want to meet if that were possible, so I could trade items and books with her XD I also like her design. That big backpack behind her contains many wonders that I’d like to check out myself! Her clothing, with its clashing colors and comfortable style, appeals to me. It shows she’s confident of who she is and not afraid to show it ^^
3) What is your opinion of my character designs in general?
Well, as said in my response to question number one: I think they are all very expressive and lively. Each of them is unique in their own way!
Your gallery is very lively, it was a treat to look through all of the different characters and backgrounds that you’ve created. I think the way that you draw faces is distinct, alongside the proportions that you give your characters. The long thin bodies and limbs sort of remind me of an anime/chibi influence, and the faces remind me more of Disney and western cartoons. I love the variety of poses and characters that you have.
It is easy to see what is going on in all of your pieces from the thumbnail alone. Your characters all have strong silhouettes and your backgrounds have enough colour variety to show us what is going on in them. I would say to maybe play around with making stronger contrasts in your work - for example, the foreground and midground in are easy to distinguish, but the further buildings start to meld together. I think if you were to keep the ones closest to the viewer the colours they are and then lighten up the furthest away ones so that they’re just distinguishable from the sky colour it would help to add some depth to the piece. Darkening some of the stones in the bridge right next to us could also help with this. I think you did a good job with contrasts in , I absolutely love the colours and the tilted camera angle, it makes this piece jump right out to me and I want to know what is happening in this zany world. I think you did a fantastic job of leading our eye around the piece here as well - the bright sun draws our eye in and then we follow the dark road down. The trees keep our eye from ‘falling off the page’ and then the pink and green stripes lead us to the darkened house, where the hill keeps us in the picture and sends us back to the sun. I would love to see more things like this from you, and I think you could even push the shadows in this piece more to up the drama - make the house really stand out, maybe make the tree line a little darker or the road extending towards us.
I like your characters clothing designs, they help add to the personality being shown to us and again you try a wide variety of different things with them. Perhaps a next step could be adding more designs or patterns (such as plaid or stripes) to them instead of having them be monochromatic and trying to show different fabrics (such as leather or sheer). Something that might help, especially with portraying different fabric types, is to vary your line width and weight. I see that you have experimented with this in , and I think incorporating it more often would help your pieces stand out even more. In the lines seem largely the same consistency - if you used thinner, wispier lines for the scarf and her hair it would give the whole illustration a different feeling. Same with , it looks very solid the way it is, but if you used some thinner lines in the beak, eye, and wing area it would help add a delicate aspect and add some interest to these spots for your viewer. Here’s an inking tutorial that might help give you some ideas for future linework:
Inking Tutorial by Picolo-kun
Overall I think your characters are quite animated and you do a good job with the range of designs you try out. Keep up the great work!