Requesting Public Critique
This is one of the best drawings I have done of a character I’ve adopted/bought on DeviantART, called Miyu. It is done in the style of the (absolutely horrendous) anime, Sonic WreX. I keep begging for critique, but nobody gives it to me and I feel my art is garbage and needs to be burnt. Is it truly as bad as I think it is?
No, this definitely isn’t garbage. If someone had submitted this, I probably wouldn’t have posted it. That’s not to say there’s nothing you can improve on, but you seem to have a good starting point. Most of what i have to say is small improvements that might seem a bit nitpicky.
The first thing I notice is that there doesn’t seem to be a defined light source. There are highlights on all the edges and she seems to be standing in an ambient glow. You should pick one direction that the light is coming from and base your shadows on that. On her face, her eye seems to be intruding into her ear, so you should make it a bit smaller or move the ear back a bit. Her snout sticks forward on top, but then there’s no other lines and it looks like it goes flat again, so I’m not sure if her mouth is supposed to be flat against her face like a human mouth or a more animalistic muzzle.
The hands could be fixed up - the one on the left has all fingers the same size, and the on the right you might want to define the shape of the fingers a bit.
Her stance looks a bit unstable. She’s standing pigeon-toed, and her thighs seem to be different lengths. The leg on the right is twisted at an odd angle - as if from the legs down she’s being drawn from the front, but above the waist she’s at an angle.
This is definitely a good starting point, though. The colouring on the gem on her shirt is really pretty. Good luck drawing and I hope this helped!
The hardest part about getting critiques on DeviantART is…everything actually. Generally you won’t get a word of advice unless you’re insanely popular, bad enough to get trolls and a small hatedom, or have a group of friends who praise everything you do. For various reasons, most people don’t look at something and feel compelled to leave so much as a comment. I’ve never used a DA critique group, but I’ve heard they’re full of people who want to get, but not give, critique. So no matter how good or bad the art, it’s not generally a reliable source of getting down about something.
The first thing I noticed is that this is definitely inspired by Sonic, without directly referencing a specific character. The colors are vibrant and clear, and the eyes are large and expressive. That’s defintely done well and it’s recognizable at a glance if you know the source.
Not-Lynx brought up pretty much everything, so I’m not going to repeat her. Something about the face that confused me is her cheeks. On her right, the cheek juts out, and her freckles are centered on it with her eye behind her cheek. But on her left, the freckles seem further from her nose, and are off to the side of her eye. I’ve found that for animals with short muzzles, it helps to add extra guidelines to keep track of what goes where. (It’s parts like this where I usually stress skeletons to see where the cheekbones jut out the most.)
Overall it’s kind of like those pictures that are nice in pieces, but stick the body parts together and it doesn’t match up. Unlike most of those, it’s nicer to look at and is going in a clear direction.