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I'm a hardcore graphic design newbie and an untrained doodler. Here are my first original e-creations (that I feel brave enough to post...)

I'd love to get some thoughts and feedback for ways you might have approached these designs differently, details you might add or adjust, obvious newbie choices/errors, or anything else. All suggestions are welcome!

For instance, shadows are still very much a crapshoot for me. I play around and hope for the best :) What I need is a foundational art class, but one won't be in my future any time soon... 

Anywho, thanks for any feedback you provide!

 

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witch.jpg

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Hello! I'm not too experienced myself, but here are a couple of things I noticed that could use some fine-tuning:
 

  • Be aware of your outlines and try to be consistent with them. To make things look more streamlined, try to keep the widths of the stroke the same and also try to keep all of them the same color (or you could try having the outlines be a slightly different shade than its fill). The guy in the first image has really thin arms that are smaller than the other outlines.
  • Try to limit your color palette. Having too many colors can muddy up a picture. Also you want to try to make sure the colors you choose are a similar intensity. For example, try to pick only colors that are bold, or only pastels, or only muted. The rocket, to me, has too many unrelated colors. However, the witch looks pretty good as well as the guy smoking. 
  • On top of that, also make sure to choose your colors carefully. The yellow of the smoke on your rocket is kind of green and doesn't fit well with the other colors.

Of course there are ALWAYS exceptions to the rules; the trick is just knowing when it's okay to break them! Sometimes it's good to start out following the "rules" and as you learn, you can take more and more steps outside of the box.

Overall I think it's a good start! And you mentioned being worried about your shadows, but I think they actually look pretty good so far. As for art classes, there are plenty of free resources on youtube! Just keep working at it and you'll get better everyday. :)

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17 hours ago, JuanitaT said:
  • Be aware of your outlines and try to be consistent with them. To make things look more streamlined, try to keep the widths of the stroke the same and also try to keep all of them the same color (or you could try having the outlines be a slightly different shade than its fill). The guy in the first image has really thin arms that are smaller than the other outlines.
  • Try to limit your color palette. Having too many colors can muddy up a picture. Also you want to try to make sure the colors you choose are a similar intensity. For example, try to pick only colors that are bold, or only pastels, or only muted. The rocket, to me, has too many unrelated colors. However, the witch looks pretty good as well as the guy smoking. 
  • On top of that, also make sure to choose your colors carefully. The yellow of the smoke on your rocket is kind of green and doesn't fit well with the other colors.

Thank you so much - for the specific comments above and the rest of the post. It's really helpful!

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2 hours ago, dannyg9 said:

Love the smoking beret man. I can see that developing into a series of characters.

Thanks very much. My initial plan is to try to get this fellow into other poses/scenarios. We'll see how it goes :)

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