I was wondering if I could get some critique on this piece! I spent a lot of time on it, trying to fix out flaws. I’ve already uploaded it on Tumblr, but if you could tell me how you feel about it before I put it on Deviantart I would be super grateful :> It’s a Persian from Pokemon, btw.
Sorry this took a little while to get to. Sometimes pieces for critique get lost in all the submissions.
Anyway, I knew it was a Persian without you having to tell me, so that is a good sign. The shading on the legs gives them form and the shadows smoothly blend. I like the line-less style of it; it looks sketchy and interesting. I think you could add more detail to the head. There’s no shading there so it looks kind of flat compared to the body. The eyes/ears are a bit lopsided. The eyes wouldn’t have that much of a difference in size from this perspective. If you add a bit of a highlight to the eyes, also, it would make them pop a bit more and give it more life. I think the main problem I see is with the background. It doesn’t seem to connect with the image. Maybe if you made it less busy, or used more subdued colours? The background is distracting me from the subject, which is the opposite of what backgrounds should do. I think the background should be a darker colour and not cross in front of the Persian the way the green does now. That’s just a suggestion, though - try out other variations and see if you find something better.
Persian itself has a pretty knobby body, but it’s still recognizable drawn this simply. I’ve really been attached to sketchy blobby lineless coloring in Pokemon lately, so this starts out with a plus from me. Even with the simple colors I can tell where each limb is attached to the body. The ears kept dragging my attention and I couldn’t figure out why it was bugging me, but then I realized it’s because Persian has round ears; that’s not a bad thing so much as something that wouldn’t stop nagging at my mind until I figured it out.
The tail, face, and body seem to have different light sources. On the body, the front is shadowed, the tail mostly follows the body, but the face is bright except for the bridge of its nose.
Not-Lynx brought up the background, so I’m not going to repeat everything she said. With the background drawing my attention, I noticed the spotty textured brush too much, and lines it follows are too obvious, at least personally. I think it takes away from the lines in the picture if there’s that much definition in the foreground…lines, I’m not sure what I’d call them.
Overall it’s still nice, but just a couple of things keep distracting attention from Persian.