First of all, thank you so much to everyone who participated in the survey! You're all a big help and I'm very happy with the response I got. I really appreciated your feedback.
As for the winners, I've picked out two of you and sent a PM with more information. If you're reading this and you don't have a note from me, better luck next time :<
Now for those of you interested in the kind of feedback I got, I'm going to go over some of the data I collected. I'll keep things vague and won't mention any names, just some stuff I thought was interesting.
Number of responses: 21. I was expecting either 20 responses or 200, so it met my expectations.
Anatomy: Most people thought I had pretty good anatomy. I think some of you need to look at bodies more XD. Wast I found interesting was that what I feel are my two biggest problem areas, legs and hands, only got one mention each. The biggest improvement areas were arms, face/muzzle, and pelvis region. I always thought I had good arm structure but I think I need to go back to the drawing board on that D: I've been working on new ways of doing the head, so that should help with that area. Pelvis I know is a problem area, I'll do some figure studies and focus on hips more.
Overall Ability: I feel this wasn't a very good question on my part. Its very much a question an artist would ask another artist on and hard to answer otherwise. Most of the responses were pretty positive, and this question was the first to show the trend of my coloring ability being in need of improvement compared to my inking. (again, I always thought my inking style was a bit sloppy, but it seems some people like that.)
Coloring Techniques: My regular coloring style received half the votes, with the Multiply shading coming up close behind. Cel and Painterly together only got 3 votes. I think a lot of the reason the multiply shading appeals to people is that it creates much greater contrast in the pictures. I've noticed that the values in my pictures tend to be fairly even with my regular shading: very few strong bright and strong dark colors involved, and i tend to blur the colors too much that makes the effect work. I still think normal shading will be better in the long run, but I have a lot to learn from the multiply technique.
Pricing: The average responses here pretty much exactly line up with my current pricing structure. I had one person say they thought I should charge $35 for lineart O.o whoever you are, have I got a deal for you...
What to draw: Basically, variety is the spice of life. I admit, "male gay canine" is my personal favorite to draw but it does in fact get tiring. I can't help the commissions I receive, but I will be trying to add more varied characters and situations in my future personal art. Another big thing is people really wanted to see me put backgrounds into things, rather than have characters floating a void. I'll be taking extra effort to add background details from now on, much as I hate doing them and am bad at them XD
General thoughts: Most of you think I'm on a good path and just need to keep practicing, with very few glaring flaws in my work. I think I need to restructure the feedback form to help give slightly more directed critique. Some of the responses seemed to have difficulty explaining their answers without getting a little repetitive, and some of the questions weren't really clear as to how or what was expected as an answer.
Thanks again to all of you!
7 years, 3 months ago
03 Oct 2011 05:44 CEST