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Gift: Crystal The Hedgehog by Project--Xeta Gift: Crystal The Hedgehog by Project--Xeta
Muwahaha, well I finished her off when I came back from my journey. <3

I absolutely loved Crysal's design(s), I hope I got the character right - I did have some trouble thinking of a pose to suit her personality (a pretty tom boy) so I tried to do something that hopefully isn't too out of character for her! I hope I got the colours right too. :w00t:

=CrystalHedgehog had been so nice I decided to do this gift for her. :heart:

I felt so guilty for not finishing this off sooner that I tried to shade it... I'd love feedback and tips/tricks to improving at shading as I don't really like my shading style. :')

Of course, if Crystal wishes to have the non-shaded version and/or the line art she is more than welcome to note me and I can give those versions to her if she would like. :D

I hope you like it, =CrystalHedgehog. <3

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:bulletred: I'd love for you to submit one, but please note that I am not looking for a critique of the actual CHARACTER (i.e. colour scheme, attire, character's design in general); those will be rated as 'not fair' as I don't own the character. I want critique based on my shading technique, line art, pose, facial expression, clothing movement, with possible ideas for how to improve and/or suggestions. I would greatly appreciate anyone who does one as I really want to improve. <3 I will take this feature down if Crystal wishes me to as well. :D

:bulletpink: Crystal The Hedgehog ~~ =CrystalHedgehog
:bulletpurple: Sketch/Line Art/Colouring/Rolfmao shading ugh~~ *Project--Xeta

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Hey there! Came across your page from Crystal's contest, and saw you wanted some critique on this. I'll do my best! :">

Overall, this is quite an appealing pose. While it's pretty static, there's still a shift in weight that makes it nice to look at.
Your lineart is another strength; the variation between thick and thin makes it pop out in the right places.

However, there are a few issues in the pose mechanics that I'll point out. I'll make a numbered list so that it'll be easier to follow instead of just word vomiting everywhere. XD

1. A lifted foot is a good idea, but in this instance, it looks a little awkward. I can't entirely put my finger on it, but it may have to do with the combination of the heel not resting anywhere and an absence of a bend in the boot.
2. The hand closest to the viewer looks quite distorted and broken because neither the arm nor the hand has any foreshortening applied to it and it's hard to tell what's going on with it. If the fingers are bending towards us, the pinky should be covering part of the ring finger, not vice versa.
3. The hand on the hip grows straight out of her elbow. Now, I'll cut you some slack because this is a pose that is REALLY hard to achieve on Sonic characters because of their massive hands. Also, her fingers should be slightly less curled--as is, they look like they have only 1 knuckle. Also, if you try the pose, it feels unnatural to have a tight fist.
4. It's more of an aesthetic thing, but I think her boots should be a tad thicker. Her socks are really wide in comparison and make it looks like they're just floating instead of being tucked inside.

Now...I wouldn't just go rattling off without offering some fixes, so I've done a (very quick and messy) redline/redraw! i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii… By NO means is this meant to be proportionally or anatomically correct (even I had problems with that leg and foot), but it serves to give you a visualisation of what I'm referring to.

I'm not very good at critiquing shading, but I'll give it a shot! First thing that comes to mind is that I can't really locate your light source. Because of the ears, it looks backlit; the bangs and and most other parts make it look lit from the top, the boots from the right, etc. I suggest doodling a basic 3D "stage light" with an arrow for the light source, and consciously mark areas where the light hits and where the shadow is cast. Your shading isn't too flat and I can tell you're generally thinking 3D, but since hard cel-shade naturally will lean towards looking flat, make sure you're consciously using the shadows to describe the planes of all the shapes. I very much recommend studying life drawing books to get used to thinking this way in all your drawings! Finally, don't be afraid to shade using different colours instead of darker greyed base colours. It'll add more atmosphere!

That's all that really stands out to me--I know it seems like a lot, but I just went into nitpicky detail is all. ^^; (Don't pay much attention to the star ratings, it's hard to rate Sonic styled works with those 4 criteria)
Overall this is quite a strong drawing that you should be proud of! If you want any more tips or clarifications from me, please ask, I love to help if I can!


oh, and one last thing...despite the image file being large, the drawing looks a tad fuzzy in full view. It's not really important, but seems slightly strange and I have no idea why that's happening, haha!
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This is a very Styled Posing. I'm By Just Looking A it it clearly looks like she's winking at you. You know sort of like a 3D Model. Except That It's Drawn By Hand. The Outfit And Colors Match Very Well. With The Pose And the aspiration On Her. To me it kinda looks like she's a joyful and generous person/Hedgehog. And everything about this picture goes with her.


This Is Very Awesome BTW.

This is my first Critique Sorry

I Love Your Art It's Fascinating Just By Looking At It. This Is Like An A++++ On Your Test. I Give It A Llama Thumbs Up^^
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InvisibleElvis Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
dat pose tho
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Koopakrusher Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Wow! She has a very unique outfit. Very interesting indeed. Her boots are probably what stands out the most to me, but it could just be me. :XD: You did a wonderful job drawing this gift. I love her pose and facial expression, her hair is nice too and so is her shiny eyes. Keep up the awesome work!
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Project--Xeta Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eeee~ thank you! <3

Crystal's not actually of my designing though; she belongs to =CrystalHedgehog! I agree with your points, I just loved drawing her due to her uniqueness and beauty! :heart:

Thank you so much, I'm glad you think so haha! It means a lot. :D
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Koopakrusher Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
YOU'RE WELCOME~! XD :heart:

Yeah, I know she is. But you still did a wonderful job. :nod:

Anytime. ^^ Glad you appreciate my opinion. ^^
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Pur3V4nity Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
OMGGGGGGG I absolutely love this so much hun..it looks incredible! :heart: you nailed her personality too :) I'm so impressed by this kghsghfhgfaf it's perfect. Thank you so much for the amazing gift :hug:
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Project--Xeta Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eeeee~, I'm so glad you love it! <3

You're more than welcome, Crystal was lovely to draw! :hug:
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Pur3V4nity Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
:heart: :heart: 
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Ribbzey Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You drew her beautifully <3 Wonderful job!
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Project--Xeta Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you I'm glad you think I did a wonderful job haha! 

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crowfeather72 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So pretty
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