Yah... I wuz the one who did this piece for the Comic Fiesta in Malaysia last year... *sheepish*
This was the first time I used this weird style because I just *seriously* started using Photoshop. I didn't post it up earlier cuz this CG / anime art (which doesn't quite look like a CG or anime art) received serious criticism from my sensei. Of course it was all constructive + all but (knowing my sensei who never holds back when giving critique), it hit me like a brick wall. I understand that she only said this brutally because she has a great deal of faith in my art + it was done on the intention that I would improve much, much more.
For a few days, I was horrrified at myself for producing such a horrible, stupid, weak concepted piece of art + mostly because I have NEVER been criticised on my artwork so harshly before. She pointed out every single weakness in detail. The worst part was that, my artwork had no life / feel in it. And I think that is one of the worst comment any artist can ever get in their entire life. Techniques + all can be physically improved, but giving 'life' to a picture requires talent (which is something you cannot say, "I want to develop it, therefore I will get it" kind of thing). I am at my wits end...
But on the bright side, I learnt that if I aim to be a good, professional artist, these things are necessary if not unavoidable in order to be the best. If I cannot take this, I cannot take other obstacles, I cannot be strong and work harder. If I want to be a good artist, I cannot be so sensitive in the sense I get offended by everything people say against my work, but to take it as a challenge to improve.
Most importantly, I will not be able to prove to my parents that my passion and interest is in art + I shall work hard and produce something that can be acknowledged + enjoyed, it is important to me that they acknowledge me as an artist who's serious about her work + not that I do this for fun, waste time + don't have a future by doing this. Therefore, I wanna take this opportunity also to let everyone who's reading this know that be PROUD of your work, whether other people think it's good or bad (not only referring to techniques), it is your passion + you know that you put your feelings, time + effort into making it. Criticism being good or bad is how you look at it.
This posting is the proof that I have accepted my weakness as pointed out. I will not hate my own work or be ashamed of it, but I will take it as a stepping stone to build up myself. If it does not come out properly, it is also partly my fault for not being able to do a better job. I cannot keep producing second rated artwork. I must improve no matter how hard.
* sketch : 0.5 mechanical pencil
* lineart : 0.4 Pilot G-tech
* colouring : Adobe Photoshop 8.0
Coffee + Tea
Comic Fiesta Mascots
P/s: Sankyu sensei. ^^