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by Draginbeard

Howdy folks,

This week I finished a piece that might not go well with my critics. And speaking of critics, here is something I am starting to realize about the way some people do critiques; they want you to do your comic their way.

I can understand that, and it is even a little helpful if you can apply it to what you're doing on a page. But here is the catch; just because something works in their style, doesn't mean it's going to work for how you do things.

Recently I got a review with some good input. One of my problem areas is that I do a lot of close up shots so I can do facial expressions, and I should learn to pull back and mix things up with lighting, and body language instead of just doing the face. That was good advice and I will start trying to do that now.

I also need to work on my coloring and lighting more, which is no real surprise, but I'm stuck where I am and I will have to go and spend some time learning how to better use color and light on a page.

Now for the issues that I don't think are problems for me, but rather what the person doing the critique wants to see, because it's something that he thinks works well for his work.  Pull back and show more background, pull back and show more action, and add more detail to everything for added realism. Basically pull back and show more of everything.

No. I have a method to my madness. I don't go into great detail because I want to keep a cartoony edge to my work. I don't want to over-burden the story with graphic violence, and I think my backgrounds are used to good effect already.

The moral of the story here is to be open to criticism, but recognize that not all of it is going to work for the style that you draw in. There is always room to improve, and I for one am striving to get out the best pages I can. Take in a critique from time to time, and no matter how good, or how bad, give an honest look at the kind of advice you are getting, and apply what makes sense to you.

I hope everyone has a great week, and I will see you next update.

Gavin - 03/18/2013