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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Sketchbook Review: et cetera

Artist: midknight523
Sketchbook Name: et cetera
Link: http://cghub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3974&page=6

Artwork


It's not too often I get to review a sketchbook with comic pages in it. Midknight's sketchbook has some great pieces along with some stunning comic pages and is well worth a visit.

Growth





Whilst  the first few images are ok, MK quickly improves to an impressive standard. Early images tend to be slightly flat and lifeless but by the first lot of pose studies we see some excellent examples of foreshortening. He then treats us to some fantastic comic panels. The growth is quick and very impressive.


Presentation


Most of the images are taken to a professional standard. I adore the variety within the sketchbook. Nothing ever gets too stale and MK seems to always be pushing himself. I love the fact that comic pages are included as it makes the sketchbook stand out from other artists around online. WIP (work in progress) gifs are a nice touch and something I wish more artists would do.

Interaction


There is not much in the way of interaction. Your comments will get acknowledged but that is about it. I would love to see more conversations between him and his commenter.

Other Points


I enjoyed this sketchbook and can' wait to see more work from MK. It would be nice to see more studies but that is just me being nit picky

Score 9/10

A professional level sketchbook that is a must view for any artist.

+ Good variety of work
+ A few nice studies
+ Great personal works

-Not much in the way of interaction

Friday, 3 January 2014

Sketchbook Review: Pou's Sketch Snap

Artist: Pou
Sketchbook Name: Pou's Sketch Snap
Link: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=272383&page=3

Artwork


This is one of those sketchbooks primarily devoted to studies and growth. That said the improvement in this sketchbook is quiet impressive.

Growth





The transformation in this sketchbook is fantastic. Whilst Pou was fairly competent with line art her shading did have a somewhat muddy feel to it. With in a few pages of this sketchbook the muddiness has been dealt with. There are afew occasions where the tones just don't quite gel together but that said her work has massively improved. One thing I will say is I would like to see more personal works and not just studies.


Presentation


The start of this Pou's sketchbook has probably too many images in a small space. Thankfully she has adopted a more sustainable pace. Images are decently cropped. Whilst there are no really outstanding presentations here nothing is offensively arranged. I would like Pou to try experimenting with presentation and layout to make her work stand out.

Interaction


Pou makes great effort to interact with anyone commenting on her sketchbook. This alone makes it a sketchbook worth visiting.

Other Points


The sketchbook is a great start. I do feel if Pou wants to grow and improve that she should try some art challenges. They will help train her creativity and get out of the trap of just posting studies. She may also want to try experimenting with styles.

Score 7/10

Great sketchbook with plenty of room for growth. Pou should be proud with how far she has come in a short time.

+ Lots of studies
+ Vast improvement from when she started
+ Good interaction with comments

-Not many personal pieces
-Occasionally slips back into old muddy habits (as many of us do from time to time)
-Still fairly small sketchbook (only 3 web pages)

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