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The Major by kmkibble75 The Major by kmkibble75
So the picture might be a little off-center, but... basically I just wanted to do a 'quick' drawing (just over two hours) of Motoko Kusanagi. I've been getting more and more annoyed with the changes made to her character with every passing trailer and commercial for the upcoming movie, so I aimed for this to be my version of the old Stand Alone Complex version of "The Major." I picked up most of the colors from an image from that series, so I can only hope they look okay (that whole colorblind things nips me again...). Any comments, thoughts, or critiques are welcome and appreciated!
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MyelinSheath Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! I'm here from ProjectComment!

This is a pretty neat drawing! You've done well constructing the jacket. I can see the solidity of the should pad very clearly. The face is also very nicely constructed and the features of the face are all where they're supposed to be. In general it's nice to use desaturated colors and rare hues and you've done a great job given that you're colorblind! I would advice that you seek to increase saturation in skin palettes, to achieve warmer more attractive tones, though I understand how colorblindness can complicate that. Additionally be careful with the eyelashes of her right eye should be pointing mroe towards the right of the canvas rather than the left. It helps to think of the curbed strip that are the eyelashes. IN terms of values, you might want to avoid leaviing features like the lips or large parts of the face in a single value. By shading you get the convey the form of the face, like how the plane of the upper lip tends to recede downwards and is therefore usually a darker value than the bottom lip when lit from above. Don't be shy with your shading friend!

YOu've done a great job here, kudos and keep at it!
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kmkibble75 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for taking the time to comment -- I get what you mean about the values. Even by my usual low variation, this one didn't have very much (especially since I completely forgot to do her lips). I'll take a look at varying the saturation, but that's definitely an area where I fear I could wind up with a completely different color than intended.
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pandeera Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist
I really like the thin line art and the proportions are very accurate too. I think that a little more shading would make the picture look more realistic (I have my fair share of problems with that lol) The hair is an exception though, you already used shading on it making it look very cool and realistic. Very good work <3
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kmkibble75 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the kind words -- Shading is definitely something I need to work on. I keep going further with how dark I make it, but, obviously, I haven't gone far enough yet. 

Thanks, again!
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pandeera Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist
You're very welcome <33
I really have problems with proper shading :< I either overdo it or don't do it at all D:
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XetaJTS Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Alright going to give my full on opinion so here it goes, this is a great piece, every single detail you put into this makes me proud of the artist on here. Only been doing full on art for about a month now but i have learned some things. First off the eyes, the eyes work perfectly, the shine effect on the eyes is something i love to do with my pieces so i am giving you credit there. Next up her clothing is great, the detail you put into it made it look real and fleshed out. The hair and bangs work perfectly, the mix of lavender and purple give it the look of real hair. The face structure is well done and makes it look like a real person. The only problem that i really have with this is the neck, for some reason it just looks out of place for me, don't know why it just doesn't fit the picture with it's shape. Anyway besides that it is very well done and will be added to my favorites!
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kmkibble75 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, now that you point out the issue with her neck, I see it, too. I think it was okay structurally when I drew her, but when I did her hair and added in the collar of her jacket, it hid just enough of it to make it look weird, almost like she has an adam's apple. I'll have to keep that in mind for future compositions.

And thank you for the compliments and kind words, I really appreciate it! Welcome to DA -- I hope you find being here worthwhile.

If I can suggest a group for you to check out, ProjectComment is a great place to meet other artists and to pick up tips on your work. Basically, by commenting on one or two submissions, the group guarantees you get one or two substantive comments on a piece you submit, too. Just a thought!

And thank you, again!
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XetaJTS Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Already in it! Kind of did this for it. But you are welcome! Pokemon Mystery Dungeon (PMD) - Lucario (happy) 
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Saij-Spellhart Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also I found this piece via :iconprojectcomment:

I forgot to say so in my initial comment. 
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Saij-Spellhart Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The piece looks great. You did well with the features, and the eyes, as well as the curve of the shoulders. The colors are subdued but I think it really works for the piece. 

My critique would be that the face could have used a bit more shading. The light shades give it a flat feel especially when you gave her shoulder such prominent darks. The shading on her shoulder is so much more intense, and I think the rest of the piece could have benefited from a bit more shading intensity. 

That aside, The hair could have used some more details too. I think its the most lacking part of the entire piece. The face and expression is so piercing, and the eyes have such details. And even her shoulders have that intense bit of shading. But her hair is just this shape on her head. Similar in kind to a piece of cloth draped over her head, rather than hair. And for the style you drew her face in, I don't think the hair quite compliments it. I think it really could have benefited from some more details. Like some more intense shading, but even from just some hair strand definition. More lines both to show that individual strands made up her hair rather that a solid shape. I do like the subtle highlights you gave her hair though. I just think it could have used some darker shades as well. 

I do realize this was a quick drawing. These are suggestions and advice for if you decided to spend a bit more time on the piece, or if you were doing something more in depth in the future. 

You are an excellent artist, and you do semi-realism pretty well. (at least that's what the picture seemed like to me, semi-realism.) 
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kmkibble75 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for taking the time to comment! I see what you mean about the shadows of the jacket versus the shadows of her face. I have a hard time with that when the base colors are so light. The hair, too, could have used more time to be detailed, you're right about that.

And thank you for the kind words!
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