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    I'm going to be focusing on bettering my color sense and background painting skills (for animation) in my Digital Illustration class this semester. I'm currently making small compositions with not so much detail, so I can work mostly on structure and color. I'll probably be making one or more of these a week, so I'll keep posting them here. I'm trying to do these quick and move onto the next one so I can learn more instead of getting hung up trying to make "the perfect painting," which will never happen. The first piece is the building above, hopefully there'll be more to come, I'll post them in this thread.
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    i like it. it reminds of the samurai jack style wich i like a lot!

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    • #3
      Nice colours & great atmosphere.

      Very cool.
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      • #4
        A really nice look, and I look forward to more.
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        • #5
          Thanks a lot! I think I've got an idea for the next one, should be up within the next few days.
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          • #6
            That is actually very neat. You hit a very 50's palette and this is very much art-deco / retro style. As simple as it is, it does a great job at transporting me to the location.

            As far as backgrounds go, this would serve very well in any professional animated cartoon.

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            • #7
              I like it a lot, Nick, but I don't like the hands of the clock. The minute hand is too long, and would never be able to make the complete rotation with the clock facing being oval shaped like that. Spacial distances still need to hold some meaning, even in a more animated world. The solution is to reduce the clock hands down some, and/or change the clock face to a more circular shape.

              The colors really make this piece.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bruce Lee View Post
                I like it a lot, Nick, but I don't like the hands of the clock. The minute hand is too long, and would never be able to make the complete rotation with the clock facing being oval shaped like that.
                You have to be kidding. To me that's like saying "I like it, but according to the size of the windows, every floor on this building seems to be a different height. This might cause all kinds of issues if you are a tall person and decide to go visit your neighbor in one of the shortest floors."

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                • #9
                  Haha thanks guys. Good catch on the clock hands, Loston. I'm totally on your side about things having some sort of ground in reality, funny I let this one slipped by.
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                  • #10
                    I think the shorter floors on the center building are made to give the structure some depth, as a result of it's great height, rather then keeping it constant all the way up. Meanwhile, I think that it's a bigger problem on the buildings on the sides, which aren't nearly so high. The left one, in particular, looks a bit off.
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                    • #11
                      Very nice. Reminds me of the style of a later episode of Tom & Jerry.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nickbachman View Post
                        ood catch on the clock hands, Loston. I'm totally on your side about things having some sort of ground in reality, funny I let this one slipped by.
                        I'm glad I could help, Nick. My comment might seem like a small nitpick, but it was something that stood out to me at a glance, and I thought it worth mentioning in the spirit of trying to be helpful. Otherwise, what's a critique board for?

                        I really like the piece a lot, otherwise.

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                        • #13
                          I always look forward to any critiques you're willing to give. I also nitpick constantly, but some stuff doesn't catch your eye after you've been looking at it for a while. Helps to have the outside opinions, always.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bruce Lee View Post
                            [after giving negative rep with snide comment]: overreact much?
                            Loston, the same way you are entitled to your opinion and your critiques of other people's work, so are other people entitled to their opinion and freedom of expression.

                            Whether you like it or not, that includes the freedom to disagree with your critique. I'm sure that you have already noticed on these threads that for every critique someone offers, there are just as often many that disagree with it.

                            What offended you so terribly about my post that you felt the need to answer with negative rep? Why did you feel that disagreeing with you was the same as overreacting?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by chia View Post

                              What offended you so terribly about my post that you felt the need to answer with negative rep? Why did you feel that disagreeing with you was the same as overreacting?
                              Everyone is entitled to their opinion, chia, but I did take offense to the way you imply that my comment lacked validity or was somehow off the mark. Sorry if the negative feedback stung, but your comments didn't exactly make me feel all that good either. Your sarcastic rolling eye smilie wasn't exactly meant to be a flattering gesture, was it?

                              I liked Nick's drawing. I said so from the get-go. It's a great piece of art, but the clock hands thing is one of the few issues it has. You might not agree with that, but it's an issue. Minor, maybe, but an issue none the less, and absolutely worth mentioning in a crit.

                              If you don't agree with someone else's comments, that's one thing, but why try to turn it into an issue or a a debate in the middle of someone else's thread? Why create such needless drama? How is that benefiting Nick in anyway here? It's counter productive all around, and it's the sort of thing that keeps people from posting critiques on the Lab boards. Many of PJ's professionals don't even bother any more because of stuff like this. It's bad enough that so many people who post their own art can't even handling receiving a critique, but what's even worse is having to deal with a third person poster who goes out of their way to undermine your comments and defend someone else who doesn't actually need a defender.

                              Nick seemed to benefit from what I had to say. I'm happy he did so. I'm glad I could help. Nick's a great guy, and he's doing good work.

                              I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings giving you negative rep points. If that bugs you, I'll balance it out by giving you positive rep somewhere else. Rep points don't mean that much, but I don't want to cause you unnecessary grief. The only thing I desired was to give Nick a useful and helpful comment alongside some praise.

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