Welcome back to another instalment of my Studio 2 Development Blog series.
Today I want to talk more about giving and accepting feedback in a creative environment.
*Note for Studio 2 Facilitators – the following pertains to ANM220.LO16 and ANM220.LO19*
As we all know, an important aspect of the creative workflow is receiving and implementing feedback. Additionally giving feedback allows you to contribute to the creativity of others. I just want to take some time to reflect on some various occasions in which I have been on either the giving or receiving end of feedback.
First, I want to talk about some concept art I am working on and it’s evolution. This piece was originally intended to be part of a personal project over the course of Studio 2, however, as it turns out my personal project happens to fit in very nicely with my specialisation project for the semester.
So above is the rough’s I started with. Emphasis on rough. As part of our studio unit we had a tutorial on digital painting and with new information it evolved into this:
Not my usual style, but still a big step up from what it would have been before that class. A little later we had a tutorial on composition and lighting. Which took me straight back to the drawing board. There were elements of this design I wanted to keep but as a whole the image doesn’t convey the feeling and the story I wanted it to. With new information and some feedback I got in class the next iteration.
Moving forward from this point was a case of further cleaning up the image, working on hue and saturation (which I am not happy with at this current stage but I will refine it moving forward. But this is where it is currently at:
I still have to add in the cleaned up versions of the character to the foreground and then move on to adding in lighting and details that will help this to really capture the feel I am going for but as you can see it has come a long way since the idea’s conception. The progress made on this image is entirely due to the feedback I have received on the journey of making it.
Next I want to talk about an instance in which I have contributed to the creative process of someone working on the same project as me. It was a simple matter but the before and afters were impressive. Here are the images they were working on:
There’s a fair difference between the initial and final results of their work. They were concerned that they couldn’t get the feeling of the reference art they were working off of and it wasn’t meshing with their personal art style. Myself and another member of the group gave some suggestions in ways in which they could work that might be beneficial and it turned out quite well.
These are only a couple examples of how feedback has helped the creative process but the improvements due to it have been drastic. Being able to accept constructive criticism and feedback regarding your work and be willing to change your design for the better is an great asset.This is not to say that you go about changing every little thing that everyone says about your work but just that you take on-board their feedback and have a good think about what it is that they are saying and then you decide on what you want to do with it and how you want or do not want to change your work based on that.
Thank you and as always,
Till next time,
James Day – 1002467