I like this a lot. It's an interesting concept, I've seen something similar but not this detailed. However, I do have a few things to suggest.
First off, what bugs me most is the reflection of the fingers. To me, from the angle that the viewer sees, I think that you'd see more of the bottom of the fingers than the nails. The thumb bothers me most in this regard.
Secondly, I don't quite think you took the liquid far enough. It seems like only a small part of the image is used for the "surreal" aspect, and the rest is boring. I do think that the overall technique is great, much better than anything I can currently muster, but it seems a bit limited in terms of the imagination.
In a few words, I think that you did a great job on drawing the image, but it seems to lack in imagination. It was a good idea, but you might try making it a little more colorful, making the surreal parts of the image stand out against the tablet or the normal surroundings.
Love the concept of this! It's like a modern-day-technology version of those 'drawing a drawing of me drawing with the drawing I'm drawing coming to life' drawings that I see every now and again. I agree with some points that Stinker made about the reflexion and such, and it'd be great to see a tad bit more detail here and there, but it's still a great piece
that's really good, especially the Idea is great. Now critique should also mention some improvable points. So ... you just mirrored the hand - but the reflection would look different to the real hand, as one would see more of the inner part of the hand and the fingers. Also less of the thumb's nail (you would rather see it's side) ... and you could try to overpaint the water, which is this filter combination, isn't it? and maybe make a more uneven change from tablet to the water, means not one smooth edge ... I hope you understand me . I hope you don't mind my words, well, to sum it up I can tell you that this is really good
Yeah, definitely the cheapest that I've seen, and while I've never tried using an intuo or anything larger than my current tablet, I can say that this tablet definitely works for me and while it would be cool to get an intuo, I don't have any plans to get one anytime soon.
You know, someone told me that when I just posted it, back when I didn't really know that much about shading skin and it ended up looking awful, but I think I've gotten a lot better with that aspect so I think I'll try again soon
I like the concept, even though it isn’t the most original thing I’ve ever seen. On the thumbnail, it looks quite nice, but once I see the full view, there are a few problems that I see. For one, the vector and shape tool was a bit abused in this. If you’re going to have that really crisp line with and the gradient shading, like you have with tablet, then you have to follow it through with the rest of the components, like the hand and the figure you have coming out of it, otherwise it looks disjointed. To fix that, you really need to add some airbrush or painting techniques to the tablet (add the texture, as even plastic isn’t perfectly smooth) or make your other features a bit more defined. Make the shading crisper and perhaps have different colors in there as well. But it’s a pretty cool picture, I especially like the water effect you have on the tablet. It’s a really nice touch. Way to go! (:
Thanks for the critique . And yeah, I used the shape tool, except I'm not sure how to really carry it out on the hand. The hand was as crisp as I could get it, same with the pen, in terms of outlines anyways, I have another version that I did too, with more shading, except I feel like I used too much black shading instead of coloring.
The way I actually did the tablet was using a REALLY large dodge tool. And I added a tiny bit of noise but it seems like whenever I use noise, no one can ever tell. Any suggestions on how much?
Yeah, I usually suggest not to use the noise tool. It typically gives a rather odd texture. If you're going to use it, I suggest to use it sparingly in addition to other texture techniques. (Brushes, doing some hand painting, then changing the opacity)
As for making the hand a bit sharper, you can actual make it all vector art using the pen/line tool and making paths. That will give you the same intensity and sharpness if you don't want to mix the two techniques.
And just another note, I suggest using the dodge tool VERY sparingly. It tends to give an unrealistic color. An easier, and much quicker, way to deal with it, since you have the sharp vectors as it is, is to use the gradient tool. Most of your shading is linear anyway thanks to the shapes and light source, so it would be much easier to lock the layer then use a gradient to add the color, then go over it a bit with a small brush to get a strong highlight. Make sense?
I have small uses for it but looking at my tablet, it really does look like there's noise on it.
Hmmm...there's an idea, I should do this in vector. I might I guess...but I don't have a vector program. I know how to use illustrator from school, but I don't actually own it .
It isn't linear, it's all slightly rounded for a reason. And I've stopped using the dodge tool too much, but I figured that since it was grayscale, it wouldn't look bad, and considering that everyone thinks it's a gradient anyways, I think it worked well.