First off, let me say how incredible your artistic improvement has been in such a short amount of time. I have to tell you, looking at this picture is almost inspiring! I know you've had trouble with confidence in your art, but let me tell you that there is no need. This, this right here, this is an amazing amount of improvement in an amazingly short time span. It's almost as if you took art classes and lessons all in a crunch! <3
Before, you had a lot of problem with depth. Any picture looked 2D and paper thin. Your subjects looked pressed into the picture, and almost always were positioned in a weird angle or degree. I know you struggled with that too, but let me say how well you dismissed your bad habit in this picture. It really is remarkable, truly. I'm just so impressed, really. I can't get over it. Nack's torso is so wonderfully full, and his hands, and his face! It's all so beautiful and full! *hands you a gold star* Well done mi amiga, well done.
You should be so proud of yourself. This picture is amazing, and shows just how talented you are as an artist. Any artist can make a picture. It takes a great artist to see their mistakes and to power through them for the good of their technique and art status! <3
Nack's eyes are colored beautifully. It's just stunning. I'm running out of ways to say 'fucking awesome'. I am seriously head over heels in love with those eyes. So gorgeous! You have a great ability when it comes to coloring that is genuine and hard to match. From his eyes to his boots to that gorgeous belt buckle. 5/5
Everytime I've tried to draw Nack, I cannot do it! Because of his nose! But you make it look so easy and it just LOOOKS GOOD. Natural, just like the pose! I am so terrible at perspective, especially when it comes to arms and hands (ohgod, the hands...) but you pull it off as if it's the easiest thing in the world. Fantastic!
The only thing I really have to say on this is Nack's tail. It's meant to be more of a crooked personality showing sort of tail. Not that it distracts from the picture. I love it. It's just that I love detail, and I feel Nack's tail expresses a bit of who he is. (I happen to love it when people shape Nack's tail more like Knuckles's tail. But that's totally just my personal preferences.)
The lack of a background isn't too distracting. But even a transparent background would be better for the picture that a pure white background. <3
That's all I have to say! Again, just inspired by your progress!
I agree so much on his tail, and for as long as I've been drawing him, it's certainly the hardest part to draw about him -- see, from what little canon sources he has, it hasn't really been shown if he can move his tail out of it's "V" like positioning. What we do know for sure is that he can use it to bounce/spring himself in the air, or hold himself up like a 'roo and kick. It's every bit a part of his essential design as Tails' twin tails are to Tails. XD So, when drawing him, one has to keep in mind that it should always be long enough so that he can stand on it/spring from it, and thick enough so that it should be able to support his weight. With that being said, the harsh bend in his tail that makes that "v" shape is something that is a part of his overall design, but it's never been clear just how flexible it is.
^ Not nitpicking, but I thought it was an interesting thing to note on. /fangirl/
In regards to what you said, I went with a "softer" look for his tail for two reasons:
-The main being that given the size of the bag he's lugging behind him, theres simple no way that his tail could have held its natural position without being squashed up against his back or stretched out so that the bag would be resting atop the bend, which I'd imagine would be uncomfortable, especially if he's trying to make a gettaway. Since his tail is nearly the same size of himself, it's situations like these that call for compromize, so I had him move his tail to the side, and I'd imagine it's slightly pushing against the bag rather than being pressed against his legs, as, again, this would make running/walking difficult.
-The other reason is that I like my style to maintain a fairly soft look. X) And, in my style, I tend to portray Nack as having a bit of a tummy to him. Not exactly fat, but just the slightest hint of chub ever XD It's just how I've always seen him (though this doesn't mean I don't support other artists interpretations! I've seen him scruffy, or a bit more on the well-built side).
About the nose...omg, that's so funny because I believe just about EVERYONE who draws him has that problem. I was actually a wee bit disappointed at how small I drew his nose, to be honest, but I let it slide this one time.
I actually find my bff's way of desribing the weasel to be most helpful when I draw him -- "He's got a rocket-nose." It's not immediately clear due to how small his nose is in this picture, but look at Nack's official references, and focus on his nose and snout, forgetting those two white fringes at the ends, and you'll see it's quite true! XD
I can honestly say Nack's one of the most difficult characters to draw because while he's so simple, he's just so different from everyone else in the Sonic cast, and because of it, he's a bit intimidating to draw.
And...fnsjhj You like the way I draw hands? ;0; Really? I'm super flattered (though I must admit, I completely failed at his left[our right] hand; in width, it's nearly the same as his other, but in lenth, it's much shorter and thus looks a lot smaller. I never was good at drawing evenly XD)
And I cannot stress how grateful I am that you pointed out my problem with depth in the first place! Had you not pointed it out, I would have never, ever figured it out and would've still been in the same place I was before! I still need a lot of practice with it, I admit, but still. Thank you a million times!
Ah, the white background. D: I know, and honestly, it serves of a reminder of how I need to be more patient with things. As I sketched, I imagined a city or bank, but as I neared the end of my colouring, I had just grown so tired of the picture. I would've given it a geometric/pattern bg, but since my last full coloured picture had something of the sort, I avoided it like the plague. D: In my haste, I didn't think to make the bg transparent. /lesson learned/
Thank you SO much for this wonderful critique, hon. <3 I feel all warm and fuzzy inside!