View Full Version : Looking for critique on my first character sketch

06 June 2006, 01:39 AM
I did a poorly planed out Samus sketch, other than the other images I've posted in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain thread, this is my first drawing.

My reference image:

06 June 2006, 12:14 AM
First, it would make it a lot easier to critique once you can get it into your actual post instead of just a link. I think there are instructions in a sticky at the top of this forum

As for Samus, well, you might want to plan out a better character composition and start over--you can never have too much practice!
1. The first thing I can say is that your pose and anatomy look really flat.
2. The far arm is too short and your feet and hands are a bit too small. Also I think the far leg may be a bit small

06 June 2006, 06:18 PM

Hi there, I didn't see your post til just now, so my apologies for the delayed response. :)

There are many ways to get better at drawing, and the best is to do Life Drawing. Do you have access to life drawing courses in your area? The other great way to improve one's drawings is by doing Master Copies. See this useful thread with links to Master Copy Resources:

Master Copy Resources (

Hope to see more of your work! I think the real way forward is to do hundreds of drawings, vs. just having one critiqued. :)



06 June 2006, 02:07 AM
I agree with Rebaccak. Tons of practice will help you to improve. Try drawing things that you aren't emotially connected with if that makes sense. Like for example a stapler. It will help you be more objective and for me it helps me be more observant. Hope I'm making sense here. So just draw whatever you see, draw your monitor or a pen or a book, but most of all have fun while you're doing it ;)

06 June 2006, 02:00 AM
This looks like a nice drawing, but all the previous replies are definately correct. There is one thing I would like to suggest though. By the look of your strokes, you are making small, short strokes throughout the whole drawing. When you are drawing characters it is best to start by mapping out the whole body with primary shapes, such as an oval for the head, boxes for the arms, chest, legs..or however you choose. You need to make these strokes with quickly, with confidence and energy. After you have completed the rough version, you can go back over it again more sharply, defining the definate edges, but still using long, less choppy strokes. You can finish it off with a pen or a fine point sharpie, and erase the previous marks. That's how i've been taught and seen most everybody approach character art. I hope this helps you a little bit!

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