Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A Question: To crit or not to crit ...

I have had a couple of queries over the weeks about giving advice, and one intrepid has sent me a piece to crit. I'm happy to do this [once] as I've a couple of pointers to offer, which might be of help to the artist. But, and here is the Question, do I do it with my next post, or later? Feedback please, including anything you want answered .. this is a one off offer guaranteed to not survive its sell by date. 

From the redoubtable Andy a couple more scans of my work.

Three spot pieces
Swamp Monster

So there we have it for this post ...I'll leave it to the weekend to see what comments or questions, etc. arise and [lol] assume if nothing is forthcoming to hold my crit. Be warned it could be as dry as old toast.


  1. I'd love to see a critique section by you on the blog! Us would-be illustrators would benefit immensely from your expertise!

    Love the new pics.. that girl with the chopped off arm is gruesome!

  2. Yeah, anything that you could say about any art in general would be gold. There are a lot of us out here who love your work. I understand that it's sort of what you do for a living, but be assured that any advice or information about your technique you give would not fall on deaf ears.

  3. Russ, while not a request for a critique I feel the need to fess up for something I did 17 years ago. My VCE (year 12) art final piece was very much based on a tower you drew long ago. Most of my day dream sketches were. I got a decent mark for the cribbed work. Thank you the inspiration :)

  4. It wont be a crit section but will be hopefully helpful hints to those working in black and white.

    To Rob. I'm glad I was of help. lol.

  5. Does the third picture down show a prelim for the 'Wheelies' that you drew for the 'Citadel of Chaos?'

  6. Nekkid girl!! :o :D
    I'm guessing that wasn't for Fighting Fantasy then? ;)

    I love all the characters in the three spot pieces. :)

    Astonishing detail as always. :)

  7. It's fun to spot some influences of Victor de la Fuente in your works :) the celt in second plan is from a cover of some french history comic book, am I wrong ?

  8. Tim ... my answer is [lol] I don't know ...[too long ago. lol], in each case I was given a description and had to respond visually.
    YO ...Truthfully I don't know the French cover you 'speak of', but yes, this was a homage sourced from the work of Victor de La Fuente and was based on Celtic dress I was researching back in the 70's [or around then], and yes, I do admire his work, like many great illustrators of the 2oth Century.

  9. I think to those working in black and white, crits from someone as established and skilled as yourself in this area is a god send!! If you have time, I have no doubt everyone would love such advice, I know I would. Bit busy sculpting and painting warhammer type stuff to draw at the moment but I like to do a bit now and then lol!

  10. Been offline due to break in dsl link but have been adding to comments to the piece in question ... have a couple of more pieces of sample work to choose and will then post ...keep your fingers crossed the dark remains at bay.


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