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A brief peek into the development of Spiral’s Hollow, formerly known as Trades with Spirals. Full steam ahead!



Spirals Hollow Screenshot #1 by Plixik




        

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Mario Velardita
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ailcross Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017   Digital Artist
Pretty sure you heard this before but I came across your video "Art Advice to My Past Self" and it made me almost cry.(in a good way). It just feels like its so easy to waste time and think things are going to be ok. Your video is great and really hit home. Thanks for the message amigo and hope everything is turning out well for ya.
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Plixik Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's always good to hear from people who could relate to that advice. It's hard to avoid distractions these days.

I won't really know how things are turning out until we release our game later this year. Alphys Nervous 5 
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ailcross Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017   Digital Artist
Well,  wish you the best of luck!
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MissyAnne99 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2016  Student
if I sent you a piece of art would you give me a critique? I really admire you, I don't know if this is something I want to do for a living but I'm 16 and I just want to take my talent where ever I can and it'd just really mean a lot to hear your opinion. That got really jumbled, I watched one of your videos and I watched it over and over again, the message to your past self and, I want to improve. Also, dont look at the art on this blog for reference, this is an old old old account.
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Plixik Featured By Owner Edited Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, send away. I'll see what advice I can give.
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MissyAnne99 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Student
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I'm not very good at backgrounds and depths and I have trouble with color too. The girl in the kimono, the background didn't stay like that.
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Plixik Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to critique in a more general sense of what I think you need to practice for simplicity.

The issue with your colors is that there is little harmony between them. A easy way to get a sense for harmony is to just Color Balance the whole image in Photoshop. Try to create color schemes separate from your drawing and use that as your palette. Keep in mind that the entire character is falling under the same lighting and that all the colors relfect their surrounding colors. Kienan Lafferty has a ton of great color videos, which will explain so much more than I can in a message. Just search color on his channel: www.youtube.com/user/KienanLaf…

You should look into studying line weight and get a feel for when lines should be think or think. Something like a toenail shouldn't be a solid black line.

Your anatomy is pretty good in terms of proportions, but it lacks defined form. Study the muscles and practice drawing 3D forms from different angles. I've found sculpting in 3D sculpting programs like Zbrush to help a lot with this.

You need to vary your values. For example: The kimono flap in the back should have a different value from the flap in the front. If she was be directly lit from the front the front flap would brighter and colored by the hue of the light. If she was in an atmospheric environment then the back flap would be lighter to show obscuring from the atmosphere and would have more of the ambient color from the environment.

Your designs are pretty cool, they just need help from the other fundamentals. Your poses have good personality and fit the characters well.

I hope that helps. Keep drawing! Best of luck to you and your art :)
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Bambino91 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
Hey I stumbled upon your past self video on youtube and it got me interested in your  channel, and it helped inspire me to get to work rite away in my free time, I go to school for media  Arts & Animation. I love your art and if it's okay to say, I would like to see you bring your characters to life with movement animation 2d (adobe animate) seems like you'll be amazing with or even a step further using 3ds max or Maya.
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Plixik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I actually started with 3d art and used 3ds max and Zbursh for many years, but I've decided to focus on 2d games instead. I just enjoy drawing more than I do moving around vertices and unwrapping/rigging models. I may return to it some day when it's a bit less cumbersome. I do miss sculpting in Zbrush... That's just me though, I know a lot of people enjoy it and it can be very satisfying work. I wish you the best in animation :)
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Bambino91 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
thanks and I understand that.
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