This is a very cute illustration with some wonderful pencil control. Despite being completely grey scale, you manage to show the different 'colours' on each of the characters with your subtle shading. The pose of the human character is sweet and simple, with a good grasp of anime expression. The pikmin themselves have brilliant expressions, though I would have liked to have seen more variation on their body language - perhaps different levels? One sitting down, another on tip toes? They seem to be vying for the attention of the audience with their wide eyed expressions, it would have been nice to play with this. Overall a very nice composition. Would love to see it coloured in the future.
I know this is late, but I have been without a computer for several months and just recently got my computer back up and running. Thank you for your comments and advice- I will keep them in mind next time I draw something like this. :3
Your shading is quite neat, I like how it didn't smudge the way a lot of other pencil drawings tend to. I feel like the lines could be a little more curvier and a lot less skinny/straight. There isn't much difference in the different tones that you used, so nothing really stands out as much as it could, if certain places were dark while others were light.
Thank you very much for the comment and suggestions. :3 I have had trouble creating good contrast between shades since I was a kid, so I am not surprised that I still have trouble with it. As for the lines, I think I was trying to emulate another artist who uses angular lines yet she can get them to appear curvy (hard to explain). Another problem I had with this drawing is that I have never played pikmin and never drew any of the characters before, so that was a challenge for me. I am glad you like the shading.
As for smudging, I use this type of sketchbook: [link] That is the best sketchbook for me because it is smooth paper and I like how my pencil glides across the paper instead of scratching it like it does with most sketchbooks. I also use smooth Bristol paper from strathmore. I feel these papers are the best for preventing smudging when drawing with a pencil and they are thick enough to handle markers, pens, and some paint.
Good day! I was asked to give your work a critique. I hope you take whatever advice I give and pick out the ones that you believe can help you be a better artist for future works.
>Quality shading. There are enough tonal differences to help each character stand out their own way. >Good layout. Placing the girl right in the center helps lead the eyes towards her, with the Pikmin helping frame the overall work well.
>Wrong Anatomy. Hands do not look like that when bent back. The thumbs should be closest to the back. >Also, the bottom part of her buttocks should not be round like a circle. It should be ever so slightly curved.
>Overall the work the work is clean, well drawn and well shaded. >Try practicing doing the pose yourself and standing in front of a mirror. It'll help you get a feel for the pose. You could also search Google Images for your references. Enjoy!
Mkay, so your lines are pretty clean, and you have smudging under control, which is good. You might want something for them to stand on- moon surface? Scribbles? Mostly to give a sense of lighting so you could strengthen the shading, cause while the girl has some, the little thingies look a bit flat without it. And you've got shading on the leaf guys leaf, but then you kind of stopped with the others. On the girls hands, the reason in pictures that everybody seems to have their hands interlocked when in that pose is because it can be a little difficult to keep your hands in that position otherwise. Other than that, very cute piece.