Space Detective & City Critique


I got the critique from last weeks assignment. 80% for my Space Detective and a future-ish type city. I actually didn’t post the finished city here because honestly I was embarrassed by how bad it came out. But no. I must acknowledge my failings if I want to get better. This is what I handed in.

colorcity1*dry heaves*

I have no subtly. Just look at the values in this thing. I go from pure black to pure white. And the colours. It looks like I coloured it in with a box of sniffy markers I stole from the preschool near by.


(I actually did steal them but it’s unrelated to this assignment).

I figured it was a COLOURING assignment. So I should colour the hell out of it! But really the buildings should all be similar in colour and way less saturated. The light should also show a little on the buildings. And the reflections on the glass are completely wrong.

I took some of the teachers advice and quickly put together this:

colorcity2*dry heaves slightly less than last time*

Really I should have a street light on another corner too. So many issues.

The space detective I did pretty well on.


Nothing too major to fix except for an eye brow and some lighting issues from the hologram. The biggest thing was the feet. She was turned so heavily to the right but her one leg was still stiffly pointing left.

detectivefootNormally about now I’d be posting the WIP’s of this current weeks assignment. But this week got away from me. I actually took two evenings to play video games. I never play games anymore. Basically my life is work, baby, homework. It was nice to goof off a little. Unfortunately my son is going through some growing pains which is keeping him awake most nights. So I lost my chance to draw the other evenings.

Today I stubbornly assured my wife that I would still get a completely new character and new city done before my next class. That class, I should add, is in 41 hours. And I work full time. I just spent the last two hours racing to create a character and it’s just not working. I’m making a million mistakes because I’m rushing. So instead of starting from scratch I’ll do what the school asked. I will texture the previous assignment.

All day I felt bad about that inevitability but thinking about it now I’m glad I goofed off a couple of nights. I spent some real quality time with my wife too. I missed her face.

I should get to bed since I’m just rambling. But here’s a cool thing I drew using Lazy Nezumi Pro. It’s a plugin for photoshop that I’ll likely write a review on soon.

5 Point Perspective! I drew a fisheye city in just a few minutes. Cool, right?


Violin Guy Critique


I got my mark on the assignment. 80%! Arg. Will I never get 110%?? My coach will be so mad.

Once again I’ve screwed up a whole bunch of fundamental stuff. For instance his stupid flat face:
violincrit1Actually the flat nose was deliberate. You see his girlfriend is a shovel. And before he left for work one day she kissed him on the nose… -NO IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE FLAT! Was I blind when I handed this in? Here’s some grade A polygoning of how it should look.

violincrit2See how it even covers the far eye? Yeah. And speaking of the eyes. They are flat too. And I don’t mean flat in the ‘Kristen Stewart flat dead expressionless eyes’ way


but the ‘his eyes are literally flat discs covered in face meat’ way. Eyes are balls. Face balls. Balls of the face. Covered in face meat.

violincrit3And there’s my new Halloween avatar.

Adrian did like my chains though. That’s pretty cool since I didn’t look up a single guide on drawing them. And they didn’t take all that long either. I think I’ll make a quick tutorial for drawing chains, by golly.

violincrit4He said I did good on the pose though which is awesome since I spent a whole evening just coming up with that. There was other stuff wrong but instead I’ll tell you what was wrong with the other picture. (I’ll never run out of things that are wrong!)


For the most part he seemed to like it. At least the concept of it. I didn’t make it really clear that it’s modern day though which made the AC unit seem unusual. After talking to him I like the Medieval days better. It’s like The Flintstones but…you know… not The Flintstones. But the scale is off. See Smiles over there? He’d fit through that door no problem. But if you walk him over to the garage…


It’s barely bigger. How can he fit a car that can seat two people if he himself could touch both walls of the garage?

Anyway that’s enough stuff to work on for now. I better go draw noses a while.

Loves Michael