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Okay, you know that meme that has all those 'Pros' and 'Cons' that commenters can fill out? I'd like to do it, but, no positives. Just list the negatives. Tear me a new one. Two if you like. Just tell me what you dislike about my art, what's wrong, etc.

(That is, if you want to/have time.)

I appriciate any crits and all. And sorry for being terribly inactive with comments etc.
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:icongutter-child:
gutter-child Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
All these comments hold very good points I agree with. c:

But what I want to see the most is more traditional. Mein Gott your tria stuff back in I think '06-'07 was beautiful and very, very interesting to look at with all those swirls and what not.
I don't mind seeing so much stylized stuff since your style is amazing, but I definitely want to see more humans. Big time. You're better at them than you think.

lol I know I suffer from the same things I'm telling you. I can't remember the last time I did a traditional piece and I haven't drawn a human in a few months...
BUT YOU ASKED FOR IT. :iconwthplz:

Now anything you want to stab back at me? You know you want to. >;D
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Yeah, that would be fun to do some traditional stuff with the tria markers. (If they're still alive... they don't last as long as the price-tag suggests.)
Thanks for the insight. And people. I'd better go and make some 'fantasy' people... They sound much mroe fun to draw than regular people.

And, urm... scenic/atmospheric backgrounds? This picture [link] is probably my favourite of yours. It feels so very nice. :D
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:icongutter-child:
gutter-child Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Yes! I look forward to seeing all this realized. 8D And I shall take my own damn advice. hah...

Oh yes, yes, I've been meaning to do more of those, actually. xD I was just thinking of some! SO, YES MASSAH, I do that right away!
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:iconamandamyers:
AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
I haven't had the chance to try this myself, but if you have a syringe and some rubbing alcohol I heard you can bring life back to your markers by injecting the alcohol into the marker cartridge.
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Well, I have nothing to lose. Thsnkd for the tip!
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:iconamandamyers:
AmandaMyers Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
I don't feel there's anything wrong with your art nor do I see anything I dislike. I wouldn't be watching you otherwise ;p.

You haven't done any traditional art in a while. I think I might like to see how you've improved in that field. Also, I think some character interaction illustrations would help improve your story telling (since you said you'd like to improve in that area). There seems to be an overabundance of single characters standing around with no company. Maybe do Ivoncraft and his human friend. You haven't really revealed much about her. You can kill two birds with one stone since some people have mentioned they'd like to see some more people in your portfolio.
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Ah, man. I should draw more of her. She's crazy and fun to draw.
Next time I feel like drawing/am inspired, I'll take a stab at them.
I also totally agree. I seem to be focussing on technique more than I am the actual artwork.
Thanks for the comments. :)
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:icon2tailed-fox:
2tailed-fox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pro--> I've always been pleased with your work. I like to try and guess what you will draw, how it might look, and most of all the thought process behind it. <--Pro
Con--> I feel that your recent art lacks the emotion behind it. I look at it and am amazed but the soul of the artwork isn't there anymore. <--Con

:confused: Well, who else feels like a complete a-hole by telling someone who's way-way better than you at art how they do it wrong? :paranoid:
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
No, no! Please don't. :) It's an extra set of eyes, and besides, I totally agree with you. I think because I used to enjoy drawing. Do it for fun. Now I just put too much pressure on myself and it's lost that... 'thing'.

Wow, just had an epiphany.
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:icon2tailed-fox:
2tailed-fox Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now you should have a sandwich, you can't epiphanize on an empty stomach! :chew:
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:iconblutastic:
blutastic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see a problem.
THERE'S NOT ENOUGH AYEM ART.
So go draw more, seriously.

Oh but one thing. I adore your stylized work, really do, but I wouldn't mind seeing you do something more realistic everything now and then. c: Experiment with different anatomy styles maybe? Could be fun for you to do and fun for us to see.
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Yeah, that would be. I often used to draw realistic things 'back in tthe day'. I'll see if I can do that.
And, haha. Poor Ayem is getting neglected. XD
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Laurapen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist
Your waning interest shows in your pictures. Maybe you should try a different angle on art. For example, most of your artwork relies heavily on colour and colour-composition, often without any outline at all. Have you ever attempted drawing solely black-and-white pictures, without pencil gradients or the like? It might be a trigger to begin finding drawing interesting, fun and challenging again.
This webcomic is a fantastic example of the possibilities: [link] - especially the first pages. Try and rediscover what it was that made you love drawing in the first place, get the spark back. Or just learn something new :-)
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
That's a really good idea! :D Thanks for the suggestion.
And, yeah. Colour is my crutch.
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:iconlaurapen:
Laurapen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist
Glad to be of help! And psst, you do the colour thing really well (as in stupendously amazingly)! =P
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Thanks!
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:iconringmaster-nynx:
Ringmaster-Nynx Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really a con, but I would like to see more of Ayem!

Also maybe more backgrounds, as I see you used to do that more in the past.

I understand that you've been feeling like you are in an art slump lately. We all get those, and I think trying to force yourself to draw more than you want to can only cause work to come out not as well as it would if you were truly inspired. Do you ever take breaks or do you force yourself to draw daily?
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
I did take a long break, it didn't really help. X) I have been drawing more lately, but I don't think I'm ready... like you said, I have to be inspired before things turn out cool.
Mmm, yeah, I'd like to draw Ayem again, too.
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:iconclairictures:
Clairictures Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I really like your style of art, but you always seem to draw in the same style over and over again. Switching it up and trying new things will only improve your own drawing style. But drawing the same things in the same way gets extremely boring. Also, seeing more people would be refreshing.
Keep up the good work!
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Mmm, yeah. I used to experiment with different styles all the time. I dunno what happened. XD I really should vary it more.
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khari-guardian Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Hmmm.... I don't know. I know I often just come over to some of your arts and blab off critiques (as though I could do any better x.x) but then when you say like... critique in general... man, I don't know what to say :/

If there's just one thing, though, I guess I'd say like maybe go back and take another look at the really older art from like 2006~2007. 'Cause it feels like... while your technical skills have been getting better and better, the art back then had more "spirit", I guess?

I don't know. XD;;
Never mind me XD;;;
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Nah, you do know. And I see it too. In fact, the further I go back, the more I like my art. It did have more spirit back then. Wish I could go back to whatever I had back then. Guh...
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Jusala Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
the only thing I can think of is... hhmm
You draw things really well and then later you're like; "Mleh meh leh! This is how its done! I'm too good for yooooooo!"
Yeah I dunno ^.^
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Hmmm? What do you mean?
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:iconjusala:
Jusala Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Its hard to explain..
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
I'd appriciate if you tried, as it sounds like you're saying I think I'm better than everyone else. Which is not true.
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:iconjusala:
Jusala Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just get that vibe! I'm sorry if my opinion bothers you.
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
It doesn't, I'd just like to know what I can do to stop being: "Mleh meh leh! This is how its done! I'm too good for yooooooo!"
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:iconjusala:
Jusala Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno...
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:iconkeaze:
Keaze Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Also, :iconmoarplz: backgrounds! "Taking Flight" is still one of my favorite pictures you made.
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Yes, man, I love doing backgrounds. :( I need to start doing them again. Thanks!
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:iconkeaze:
Keaze Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Sometimes the shading looks too sharp and makes the characters look like they're figurines instead of creatures of flesh and blood.
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Haha, yeah... I need to stop that.
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:iconaltairsky:
AltairSky Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I miss cutey Ayem and her species a bit
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
This is a good point. I haven't drawn her in ages. I shall try to draw her more.
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:iconloveleaf1:
Loveleaf1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010   Digital Artist
Same as =Azurice Maybe balance it out a little more with the people-animal ratio?
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
I agree with this wholeheartedy.
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:iconloveleaf1:
Loveleaf1 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010   Digital Artist
I'm glad. I thought you wouldn't for a sec, and I was a little scared.
I'm so timid. >^<
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Haha, of course not. XD People are the first thing employers will look at in portfolios, or so I've been told.
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:iconarisa-tan:
Arisa-tan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Fff I hope you get a lot of crits with this :heart:
Maybe I should do this too... I could use some crits and I never even get them... not even when I see a mistake screaming in my face XD blah...

Anyway... my thoughts
I look through your art a little, and even though I should listen to my own advice (I'm nowhere near your level), here's my crits.
I think you could use some work on your shadows a bit. It feels a bit as if your shading is there, because things just happen to have shades.
Also your shades seem very eh static and don't make it all come to live. Try using more depths in your shading, for example, a face will have shading on it's own from there being light, but if there's hair in front the shading there becomes a bit darker etc. Also I think you may want to do more with different colors. And not just pick a darker shade of your base.
I recently found out that using all kinds of shades instead of 1 base color can also make something look more interesting.
So instead of just cellshading and blending that (which is what I see most in your work), try making more variation in colors. I mean look at your own skin, it's not one solid color :D

I really think that trying that and experimenting with that could help you improve.
Also a thing you can take into consideration when shading is the background. If you make the shading color a bit like the background it can make the character look more blended with the background. Like it actually belongs there instead of being sticked on it.

I hope this helps you find some new ways to get better and improve :D
Now I'll just continue staring at your art and try to get on your level =P
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Thanks for the crits, but, I've never used the base colour as the shading colour before. I always use a colour from the background for my shading colour. That or a contrasting colour. Like, pale orange lights with purple shadows, and contrasting colour like that.

The cell shading look comes from a bad habit of me doing incredibly intense light sources. Out in the sun and stuff. If you go out in the sun, things really look very cell shaded, which is why I do that.

I hope I don't seem like I'm disregarding your advice, it's just I do everything that you suggested already. (Admitedly, I've become very lazy in the past few months.)
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Arisa-tan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I see... I just tried to be helpful, but I guess I wasn't :XD:
Or maybe we're not understanding each other? I dunno :noes:
It's just what I got from looking at your recent art... maybe that's the problem =P
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Ah, yeah. This year has not been a good year. Art block is limiting my ability to do refined artworks. See, my technique kind of involves cell shading at first, to work out where the light is, and then add bounced light/ambient light after. But I always give up after the cell-shading stage. Guh... it's terrible.
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:iconarisa-tan:
Arisa-tan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
haha oh yes I understand that kind of giving up ^^;
I do so all the time, but then in the sketching phase ^^;
I hope 2010 will be better for you :heart:
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francis-john Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm, not really a crit but I hope you draw again the way you drew in 2008 ;P
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Do you mean the content, or style? 'Caue I don't really feel my style has changed all that much. (Though I've gotten much lazier this year due to art block.)
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:iconfrancis-john:
francis-john Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not sure if it's style but 2008 arts looks like it was done with more effort and details, most of 2009 esp the latter part of the year looks like speed paints; hope you get over your art block ;)
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:iconayem:
Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Yep, that's what it is. I haven't been able to sit down and draw something for more than two hours. :( It makes me sad.
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:icon2tailed-fox:
2tailed-fox Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some say that you should just get up and walk away from it. Come back to it later, of course. I dunno tho, I've tried it with writing music and usually when I get up and take a break, the feeling is gone...other times I come up with something brilliant. Another thing I've heard some people try is that they flip the picture around (if the fox face left, now it face right) so they can look at there own work in a new perspective. When's the last time you stood on your head? I'm going to do a head stand right now :w00t:
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Ayem Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Half an hour ago, strangely enough... I was doing handstands in the pool. XD
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