16.05.16 by Jeff

Constructive Criticism: Share Your Work

Constructive Criticism

Starting a little experiment here! Every week I get lots of emails asking for feedback on work and it’s often overwhelming and quite difficult to get through them all. The Monthly Reader Submissions posts exist for this very reason (so if you want to submit work please continue to share your work through these posts).

I wanted to try out a slightly different post here, dedicated to providing people with some constructive criticism and feedback on the things they’re making. If you’re brave enough to share an image and link of your work below I will try to provide you with some feedback but also, and more importantly (because there’s only one of me), I’d like to invite other readers to give some polite, helpful, insightful comments to those submitting as well! It’s really hard to step outside yourself and see your own work with fresh eyes, and having a bunch of different sets of eyes provide feedback may help you improve.

Ideally the feedback is honest and direct (but not mean), and people in this community can actually spur each other onto to create stronger work. I realise this is a delicate balance to strike especially on the Internet so we’ll see how it goes.

To submit work or provide feedback open up the full post (either by clicking on the post title, the image above or the link at the bottom) and scroll down to the comments section. Please read the guidelines below!



1. If you share your own work here, please also leave some feedback for others that have posted work. It helps the community!

2. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

3. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough. This is not about curation, it’s the way our commenting system is setup.

4. If you are providing feedback for someone please remember: Constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involving both positive and negative comments, in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one. The purpose of constructive criticism is to improve the outcome. (via)





Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • I’ll kick it off! bsparker.com

    • Don’t find anything about this image interesting to look at, and honestly really confused by your website. Maybe you can share some thoughts on what you’re making

  • Felipe Bonilla Ramirez
  • Jonathan Pruc

    I would like some constructive feedback for my relief paintings. They are carved images. Thank you. Love this idea and your site.

    Jonathan Pruc

    • really cool work jonathan – trying to understand what i’m looking at here. can you elaborate on your process a bit? i feel like the strongest ones on your site are the 4 portraits over black

      • Jonathan Pruc

        Yeah, thanks. I realize since they are more 3D they don’t photograph the best w/o detail shots.

        I build a deep frame and fill the shadow box with layers and layers of paint. Once dry and cured I carve out the image with wood carving gouges to reveal the color and the overall image. They are very topographic with lots of valleys. Thanks for the feedback.

      • really interesting approach – some of the patterns you’re choosing here remind me of the work of STEN LEX https://stenlex.net/category/artworks/ the right side of this image isnt working as well as the left – i feel like the other four are stronger because they stick to one pattern this one feels a little mashed together. i really like those other portraits and would love to see how you continue to explore the technique

      • Jonathan Pruc

        Thanks. I do know Sten & Lex. Their stuff is amazing. I’m still exploring in this process and am currently working on a reductive greyscale image where each level is a different shade in a monochromatic image. Think chuck close paper pulp prints. Hopefully I can keep you updated, if you have the time or continue to do these critiques. Thanks for your time and keep up the great work.

  • Lauren Crazybull

    Acrylic portraits exploring “Entropy”
    The rest of the series is here: http://www.laurencrazybull.com/entropy

    • Hi Lauren

      I think this is the start of something cool – the rendering of the faces in the series feel a bit stiff especially with the introduction of the smoke-like more abstract lines and colouring introduced – the glasses and hair feel a lot more considered than say the mouth or nose- I like the use of colour, the blue are on the ear isn’t working as well as the nose and eyebrow area. I think you could really explore that some more. i think really getting comfortable rendering faces first before distorting and obscuring them may help you

      • Lauren Crazybull

        Thanks Jeff!

  • Bahr

    Sure, I’m always down to hear what people think.


    • Hello Bahr, having looked at your site I’d suggest being aware of the little details in your work – the rendering of the earth/dirt is great however the shading on the grey figure seems a little haphazard and less considered. The darker colours don’t really describe the shape of the figure and make it a little more confusing. There isn’t a lot of work on your site so I think it’s just a matter of drawing more! Cheers

      • Bahr

        Thanks for the honest critique, though I am a bit curious as to what qualifies as “a lot of work” haha. I’m curious if you got a chance to flip through the Sketchbook section as the style is fairly different from the vector work.

  • This is a great idea Jeff! Ok fire away

    “Cheek to cheek”

    An interactive piece utilizing a bone conduction audio system, the participant places their cheekbone against a brass plate. Upon contact vibrations are transferred into the skull which in turn acts as a resonating chamber and allows the person to hear the song of the same title (Fred Astaire version) without any speaker present.

    An experiment in physical integration with sculpture.


    • Hard to offer feedback on this one as it’s definitely something to be experienced in person. Does the piece work as intended? Sounds like an interesting idea, I saw a kickstarter last year for a headphone-like invention that used vibrations

      • Yeah you’re right, definitely needs to be experienced in person. Bad choice for an online critique, my apologies. Anyway, yes it works as intended. The brass plate is isolated from the rest of the structure and when a person presses against it the bone conductor is turned on. It sounds just like you’re wearing headphones but no one around you can hear any audio. Thanks anyway for the response!

      • sounds cool maybe one day ill be able to see in person, thanks for sharing

  • Miles Partington

    ‘untitled’ mixed media


    • the drawings and paintings and the sculpture in your works feel disconnected like they’re two completely different things. the 3d works feels really kitschy with pun-like jokes whereas the clouds are nicely rendered and don’t have that same tone at all. i think your strongest piece on your site is the boat at the bottom of the swimming pool. not sure what market/direction you’re heading with your work but I found the works where the jokey gimmicky elements were absent to be the most interesting/successful

      • Miles Partington

        thank you for the feedback jeff

  • lovely work, love this rendering of the soup, will have to look up more of Shindo’s work – really like this cover and the hennie haworth one and the grace lee one. as you’re not the illustrator not sure what kinda feedback you’re looking for – maybe my only feedback would be i’m not exactly sure how to pronounce the name

    • David Robert

      The fact that you love some of the work presented here is a great feed back I think;)
      That means it’s working well and we should keep going…
      Thank you for your response and… your contribution to the design, illustration, creativity world.

      PS: THE TOKYO[AÏ]TER or something. We will work on that ;)

      • cheers David good luck

  • Malena De Luca

    Hi Jeff! Nice idea :) I want share my work and hear some feedback, thanks!

    • hi malena, i like this image and your x-files animation especially and i think its the strongest because the visual style stays the same throughout – some of the other work feels really all over the place and inconsistent – even in the image above the girl in the foreground feels way too loose to fit in with the rest of the drawing- also feels a bit like you havent settled on a style and are trying out of bunch of different things you see. i would try committing to one direction for a bit to really push in one direction rather than trying so many things at once. the style of this one above is nice

      • Malena De Luca

        thanks a lot for the feedback! I feel the same about my work, in the Xfiles work I had an art direction, so the style is more consistent. In my personal work I find it hard, Im trying to find my style but still I can not close it. Do you have any advice on that?

    • Philipp Boettcher

      I think this super simplicistic stuff is definetly the way to go, I get the idea thats your strength, like bold shapes and colours. I found the the more intricate stuff on your site less strong then the bold ones, nice style!

      • Malena De Luca

        thank you very much Philipp! I’ll remember this when I draw!
        grettings :)

    • you definitely have some great drawing skills – the main issue for me would be your choice of subject matter, a lot of it is extremely cliche imagery – unicorns and dreamcatchers and colourful scripty lettering. I don’t feel like I know you or your style at all, it feels generic, random, and ultimately impersonal. You will do well as an illustrator for hire – mimicing other work – but if you’re making work for yourself (for fun) you might want to focus on a subject you care about/are interested in without considering will a huge audience like this or want to buy this – even as a small series – it may help with developing a style/voice

      • Thank you very much, Jeff! You gave me a lot to think about in the way i’m doing my work. I’m only focusing in the marketing and selling my work, not really in having a message. I’ll have to work on some changes, for sure. Have a nice week, and thank you again for your amazing work.

  • Felipe Bonilla Ramirez

    hi Jeff, Hi guys

    I was tripping the last 2-almost 3 years around some places in my country, taking some distance of the recurrent ways of get closer to the art, getting inspiration of other sources and people, learning of the space through my body and the way i feel it.. so when i return back to home i upload some drawings of my notebooks, ocassionaly show them and make an stop motion too, is more like a log book of what i feel in the places and how i communicate and change with this spaces

    hope you like it guys.


    (this one of the photo is a piece of carbon of a mine that I bring form a trip and decided to intervented with watercolor)

    • hi Felipe, hard to tell whats been added here, is it a storm cloud and lightning? this could be cool if you did subtle paintings on rocks that were left in the environment for people to stumble across unexpectedly. the stop motion on your site is pretty cool

      • Felipe Bonilla Ramirez

        thanks Jeff, yes, it is a storm cloud and lighting, this one is too part of the impressions of my trips and is my first approach to another support that is not a sheet of paper(like the rest of the drawings in my project)…the subtlepainting on the rocks is a very cool idea! I will do it!!

  • Ulysses Yarber

    Hi I’m really new with art so I don’t feel as though I have the authority to really give criticism that is worthwhile but I wanted to put myself out there and see what the direction in taking seems like to others. I don’t have a website or anything and I don’t really know if I like this that much and the coloring is off but it’s one that I think encompasses the elements I’ve been working with. Thank you!

    • you’re in the same spot as a lot of people you just have to keep drawing – the more you make and the more work you look at the better – perhaps getting some other colour tools – aside from ballpoint pens and basic felt pens – this feels very limited to what you had access to, that red pen is going to obliterate everything thing else – draw draw draw

  • Toby

    Hey all!

    This is a (fairly rough) first step towards an exploration blending graphic design/photography/portraiture.
    In the future I’ll play with aspects of textile and set design too.

    Might not be enough to go on, but I’d love some feedback all the same. Will be keen to show some progress in the future once I’ve more thoroughly investigated it!

    PS. I’d love if these posts continued as a series – I’m not satisfied/confident enough in much of my work to submit to the reader submissions, but this feels like a place more suitable for work in development.

    Also a big thanks for all the work you’ve put into the website Jeff, been a favourite source of inspiration and delight for years! :)

    • hey toby glad you enjoy the site –

      this looks like an interesting start do you plan to introduce digital collage elements? i like the idea of using actual costume/set design and photography i guess the tricky part is how you integrate everything. a bit hard to tell where you’re headed from this but maybe you have some examples of the kind of work you’re interested in exploring

  • witchwand

    hello, i paint in oils and have recently decided to spend more time with this medium. this one ‘fiddle with it’ is 1m x 1m, oil on canvas. what do you think?

    • gorgeous work – do you have a link to see more? really lovely light captured here

      • witchwand

        thank you so much! thats very encouraging (and i might be puffing up a little bit with pride :)) i am yet to sort a site for my work – you can see my work in Pinterest though. i do tend to take forever with my work – i wish i could be more prolific. https://au.pinterest.com/wandacomrie/my-artwork/

      • i think the first image is your strongest, its the most consistent in terms of the rendering the plant and the shadow have their own style which is not exactly realistic and a nice sense of the human hand – there’s a lot of different directions on the pinterest page and can feel like school assignments or something – the goat’s suit feels more flat than the head (amazing texture there) like a reference photo of a goat’s head on a painting of a man’s suit. there is an illustrator named Ryan Berkley who is really well known for this exact style of animal portrait and many people copy them so it just feels like i’ve already seen it – just something to be aware of: https://www.google.ca/search?q=ryan+berkley+animal+portraits&oq=ryan+berkeley&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.3890j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

      • witchwand

        i appreciate your feedback. my pinterest page (that i’ve only just put up – so you could see my work – i’ll hide it now) shows artwork from 2005, and i agree it is disjointed- ‘fiddle with it’ is my latest though and i’m happy with the direction i’m going

      • cool ya i think its important to filter out work as you go so when someone comes across it they get a good idea what you’re currently doing/making – great work

      • witchwand
    • Josh

      I love this, keep it up!

      • witchwand

        thanks Josh :)

    • palette envy! wonderful understanding of light

      • witchwand

        thank you Britt :)

    • Rachel Boldt

      Love the dimension on the leaves and like everyone said the palette is great!

      • witchwand

        thanks Rachel, theres some really great work being posted – including yours! :)

    • Sarah Elise Abramson

      really awesome work

    • Tamara Cosendey

      whoever can transformate nature shapes in something different, even just innovating on colors, deserves my admiration! The highlight that you gives to the shadow is a special thing in this art. Just love it =]

  • Fanny Omes

    hello! i would love to have feedback on which of the works of my new website stand out more, especially in the photography / drawing section. any other feedback is welcome too!
    Thank you & great idea about the constructive criticism!

  • Hi Jeff! Really like your site and this generous initiative!

    I’m an illustrator from Sweden working a lot with editorials and storytelling, and this is an image from a personal project exploring the body as a theme.

    More work on http://sagabergebo.se

    All the best, and keep up the good work!

  • Hello, I would like to share my work with you. Although I always knew that I want to work as an artist it was just last year that I decided to follow that path and stopped my ‘career’ in fashion and design to fully concentrate on my expression as an artist then trying to sell stuff. Being a conceptual artist it’s most important for me to share an idea / concept / thought where as the medium does not matter. Having worked with products before for such a long time it felt natural to use everyday object as the medium to express my thoughts, which are mainly about consumerism, the idea of value and the relationship of functionality and design. In the future I hope to be able to also work with other mediums, such as performance, paintings etc. My next piece for example will use the Internet as medium. I’m looking forward to your feedback guys. Thanks, Simon

    This piece is called: shopping bags, 2015


  • some really beautiful photos there! i love the Zaira photo – i think your portrait work is your strongest – some of the colours feel a bit all over the place, maybe you’re shooting some film and some digital? i guess it would be easier to critique a series because a random selection of tumblr images dont have to relate to one another at all – some nice stuff!

  • Terry Ashford

    Hi team, I’m Terry. I’m an artist living in New Zealand. this is a recent painting on 18ml plywood. approx 50cm x 60cm. would like some feedback. I use mostly acrylic paint, with photo transfer. Orbital sander playing a part in recent times. I like to have my process visible, and keep a kind of industrial roughness. rode my old motorbike down to Wellington a few days ago with this painting taped to my backpack. was a windy day and this was like a sail!

    • Nate Carlson

      Just went a little ways through your Tumblr, there’s a lot of interesting stuff happening there. What really grabs me are the pencil drawings you’ve posted. There’s a confidence and fluidity to the mark-making that keeps the eye moving and maintains energy throughout the composition. That same style drawing is what holds my attention in the above image. As it stands, that particular work feels a little incomplete; the photograph of the building and the drawing are interesting elements, but they feel separate as though the drawing is just floating on top of the photograph. In addition, the color choices and applications are actually taking away from the flow of the composition. That said, I think the merging of the digital and drawn images is an exciting direction to go, it’s just a matter of fluidly integrating the disparate elements. I would also consider creating some work that layers many of those pencil drawings on top of one another through the process of addition and deletion that you’re working with above. I like the work, keep pushing it!

      • Terry Ashford

        Great, thanks a lot Nate, that helps. Gotta get back to the studio and get real. I’m a bit colourblind so colour is not my strength. Still evolving. Feel like i’ve got a bit of a process to work through now, where in the past it feels like ive been reinventing the wheel every time i start a new work. Thanks, TErry

      • Nate Carlson

        I feel you, that reinventing the wheel bit is something I struggle with on a regular basis. If you’re interested in a point of reference on what I was talking about, try checking out Jenny Saville’s drawings and mixed media work or Cy Twombly’s early drawings and paintings. The latter can look like scribbles sometimes, but he was excellent at creating depth through layering and erasure.

  • not sure if you’re going for a hyperreal direction here – i notice the work was called sweat so if you’re trying to capture the moisture on the skin it feels like the focus is a bit soft and/or depth of field is a bit shallow. could be what you’re going for just find it a bit hard to tell what we’re meant to look at – feels like it falls in between trying to draw attention to the texture with sharp focus and intentionally trying to leave it abstract and out of focus

  • Terry Ashford

    Yeah, i’ve enjoyed your work before. nice stormy moody feel.

  • U N D E R D O G K I D 9 1

    been doing some experiments with creative coding. interactive 3d visuals. just started adding audio to the mix, lets see how it comes out. how do you like it?

    • Garrett Haas

      The background visuals floating seem a little distracting from the main action. They are also floating with no control from the user, if the primary purpose is interactive visuals, then they take up too much focus. Overall, the style is interesting. I’m not opposed to background motion, but maybe just more subtle.

      Overall, nice work.

      • i agree with this the background feels unnecessary and confusing i think this would be stronger with the main element isolated or a background that still lets the main element shine

      • U N D E R D O G K I D 9 1

        @garrett_haas:disqus @jeffhamada:disqus thanks for giving it a look guys :) i’m glad you like the overall idea. there’s actually interaction with the background, i had to cut that part because the gif was too heavy, but i made a new one so you can see.

        i’m still in an early stage with this experiments and learning on the go since i haven’t found a lot of info about how to design interactive audiovisuals. i’m finding out the interactions need to trigger exaggerated effects. if they are too subtle there’s no wow reaction from the player. that’s why i decided that the background could go that big in this one, but in new concepts i’m only using one main element and one interaction so the focus can be in one thing.

        i’d be really happy to keep you posted on the progress i make with this and getting your feedback. my email is underdogkidkid@gmail.com, ping me if you feel like it. i’m adding audio atm, and the mix is getting interesting ✌️

        have a wonderful day!

  • Megan Leary Kissinger

    Here’s one for submission. Original Acrylic
    Diptych on reclaimed museum exhibit panels. it’s very large: 5′ x 5′ I love painting watery scenes. If you like it enough, you can like me on FB at “Artist Megan Kissinger.” Thanks for your comments!

    • Hi Megan, the image looks well painted, I’d suggest not presenting the title and text below this way it really cheapens the work and makes it feel like work from a gift shop – as it doesn’t elevate the work i would lose it

      • Megan Leary Kissinger

        Thanks Jeff, I just put the info on it for online. It helps deter people from using it without my permission. Not a perfect fix but it does help. I probably should have omitted it here.

  • Matthew Mikulice

    I am a draftsman, making drawings. All my work is pencil on paper. I think the strength of my work is in it’s austerity, precision, and concern with process. I often give myself rules, shown below are 500 half inch lines, not touching. Please critique.

    • Gabriella Anderson

      Hi Matthew. I find your work stunning, simple, simply beautiful. Keep at it.

    • Emily deLarios

      I like how process-driven this is… very cool

    • Taylor Cox

      I like the process and your work flows very nicely together. I appreciate the simplicity.

  • Bayla

    I work in watercolors and recently began using a bit of gold leaf for accents. More of what I do can be found at http://www.BaylaArt.com
    Thank you!

    • hey Bayla thanks for sharing your work – i really like the work, the figures are nicely described, the skin tones feel a bit less considered than the rest of the details, possibly the white on their faces feels a little bright compared to the rest of the image. the face is always gonna be something people notice first.

      i would also be careful using the triangles – i feel like they’re a trendy shape that are often added in arbitrarily and for me they don’t add anything here. nice work!

      • Bayla

        Thanks Jeff, great points, I definitely agree about the skin tones and will work on that. I also agree that the triangles are trendy, but trendy is what sells most of the time, its a difficult balance. I really appreciate the constructive criticism. Bayla

  • David Bowman

    hey! I’m getting outdoors/exploration vibes. The image you posted here is the most interesting to me though. The other images seem to be asking literally “where are we going?” like where are we hiking to? this one is a little more unexpected and seems to pose the question in a more open-ended way. I’d definitely like to see more unexpected subjects like this. feet sticking out of the water is more interesting to me than people hiking. I think surprises and confusion draw a viewer in and make them chew on the image longer than if it’s something familiar, at least in the context of art and not commercial photography.

  • Anthony Hall

    Hello everyone. I think this is a really great idea. I hope to go through all the work here and have open critical dialogue.

    • While scrolling through a handful of images your painting really grabbed my attention. Keep up the great work!

      • Hey Nate – I appreciate you taking the time to check out my piece. I just scanned through your personal site and the textures and patterns you have present throughout your work are very unique. As I scrolled down it got progressively intense and the use of materials is great. Really inspirational and thought-provoking stuff. Will definitely check back to see your progress!

  • David Bowman

    i’m definitely drawn to your more obscure/abstract images. watch out for over processing, Some of them are feeling too saturated and contrasty—losing too much detail in shadows, colors starting to feel unnaturally bright. Interesting images though, keep shooting!

    • good feedback i’d agree with these comments as well

  • Dan

    At first, I thought the image was cut off/cropped. I’d want to see more of the peak, especially since there are no clouds in the sky.

    • i had the same reaction because the cropping doesn’t suggest that the mountain is the focus – for each photo maybe consider what you’re trying to direct people to look at

  • Martin Sz.

    I’m Marcin. I’m interested in photography, I’ve been taking photos since 2014. I’m not a professional photographer but I want to invest with it. I would to share my work with you, I’m waiting for feedback and constructive criticism.;-)
    My work: https://www.behance.net/marcinszczygiel

    • feels like there could be some more consideration for framing – in many of the images hard to tell where you intend the viewer to look – some of the images feel a tad dark/underexposed – maybe its a style thing but especially if most of it is reportage as your site states it’s important to still clearly convey what is going on

      • Martin Sz.

        Thank you for you answer. :)
        I’ll try to focus on aspects which you listed.

  • Lee Furlong

    Hi all. The bulk of my work has been with long exposures. Most of these have received postive feedback on the whole. However, I’ve recently been drawn to night landscapes illuminated by flash or by torch light. And the feedback from these has been lukewarm to say the least. All comments welcomed.
    The night landscapes are under the ‘Illumination’ gallery on my site http://www.leefurlongart.com

    • I really love this. It’s creepy and beautiful.

    • robby massey

      Very surreal.

    • Rachel Webb

      I really like your Illumination gallery. This is a really atmospheric picture. The waves are great too.

    • beautiful image – i find this and the illumination series much more interesting than the long exposure direction

    • David Bowman

      I totally agree with others. The illumination series is very cool. those wave pictures have a great raw energy that a lot of the other abstract stuff seems to lack. The long exposure photos seem to be more about camera techniques than anything. these illumination images are much more intriguing. the technique doesn’t get in the way of me engaging with the image.

    • Lee Furlong

      Thanks for all the feedback guys. It was long exposure photography images that initially got me into photography in the first place, but I do think I need to expand my horizons, and explore other areas. Thanks again

  • hi nate – really great work, consistent style across the work i can see on your site, feels like an honest voice/style. i think the works without the human figure work best and really like the paintings especially Tornado Season 1

    • Nate Carlson

      Thanks for the feedback! It’s really appreciated. The paintings (especially the house paintings) are definitely the direction I see myself continuing in for the time being, the figure’s kind of lost it’s appeal over the last year or two. If at any point you’re looking for some paintings to post on your feed, it would be a huge privilege to be considered. I’m really digging this constructive criticism idea, I hope it’s something you keep up!

  • nice image kyle –

    this image stands out from the rest in the series, not sure it fits with the images in the top row which have a consistent feel. the really dark blacks do make them feel very digital, not sure if this is intentional, the first image with the sunlight is my favourite – framing, colour tones, focus, everything is working

  • some really lovely work on your page David – you have a great eye and obviously good technical knowledge. for whatever reason i dont find this particular image as interesting as a lot of your other images but it all feels consistent and observed with an intention – i love this image especially http://dvdbwmn.tumblr.com/image/67436888659

    • David Bowman

      thank you so much! That means a lot. I’m really glad you enjoyed my work. I’ll keep posting new work as it comes. This is a really great forum for connecting with other artists. Thanks for setting all this up for us!

      • cheers david – shouted you out on twitter actually, appreciate all the great feedback you left for others

  • Hi Lucas thanks for posting, nice to connect with you

    Some interesting work on your site, my one comment would be that a lot of the figures feel very stiff and feel like they’re traced directly from photos. I feel like a great way to breathe some energy into your work is to freehand more and draw without reference from memory, the “mistakes” and inaccuracies will make the images feel more alive and unique

    • Lucas Eme A

      Jeff, thank u so much.

  • a lot of your post production on the photos – filtering etc – takes away from the images. the sharpness and details that are being added to some of the images make them feel very digital and processed. the may be your personal taste it just makes it harder appreciate the actual imagery

    • mfbj1


  • Hi Cunga – some nice images on your site. it feels like some of them are unintentionally underexposed – maybe trying to figure out the technical aspects of either your camera or properly exposing an image in general may help. some cameras has light meters or you can get a seperate light meter, it will help – this also might be the result of shooting with a point and shoot versus a camera where you can control things like shutter speed and aperture. with some more practice you’ll get more images out of each roll properly exposed

  • is there a link to the video? hard to make a comment about a video installation from the image above!

  • love the mark making in the face!

    • yea i feel like the part taking me out of it is the shirt – the marks on the face are so expressive

    • River Coelho

      Thank you! ; )

  • ya there’s a lot going on – i think it would benefit from removing a lot of work. these postit note collages are the strongest by far. i think they’re more effective than the type based work especially – keep going with it

  • https://www.instagram.com/p/8Yn1fBxJV4/?taken-by=helmayart this drawing looks amazing so far – keep going

    • Rachel Boldt

      Thanks! I tend to leave things unfinished or ditch them easily. It’s really nice to know if something is worth it or actually turning out! Thanks again for creating this thread!

      • i think in the Disqus theres a way for it to notify you about further comments yea!

  • robby massey

    These are all good, but I think you could work on framing a bit. There isn’t much variation photo-to-photo as such. I really love “Are We Still Dreaming.”

    • agree with these comments – maybe try shooting something other than water with a similar horizon line just to get some practice with other subject – some really great photos just felt like i’d seen them all by the time i got to the 8th photo of a similar body of water

      • Dan

        Thanks for the feedback. I’ve always felt that I need to be pumping out quantity, and the quality of some of my photos definitely takes a hit because of that. I kind of just shrugged it off, but this feedback solidifies to me that I need to focus more on quality, being a little more diverse on what I shoot, etc. Thanks again for the feedback.

  • Rachel Webb

    I so enjoy your pictures. Starkly beautiful. I especially love the washed out pastel colours in some. I think it would be helpful to give them some kind of title, just to differentiate them.

    • David Bowman

      thank you so much! I’m glad you like it. You’re right I do need to think of some titles! I tend to hide behind the non-commitment of leaving everything untitled.

      • Rachel Webb

        If you don’t like the commitment of titles, or don’t want to lead people’s response by using a title, you could just use a number and letter system. Then I could write how much I like 14LV (or whatever) instead of trying to describe the one I mean!

  • Evan Langhorst

    so I have this linoprint I made of the earth and I am wondering what to do with it? I had a thought of incorporating a turtle or turtle shell somehow because it reminds me of the world turtle myth and Terry Pratchett. Should I leave the print by itself or come up with a way to add the turtle to the mix?

    • i dont think it makes sense to add the shell as much as it reminds you of it but then again i am not familiar with the world turtle myth was more of a purely aesthetic thing the original image is quite nice on its own

  • thanks for sharing emily – its really hard to get that concept from the work – maybe isolating one thing rather than doing both colouring on the form and a wild background? i think this image where the bones are left and just the background is a pattern is perhaps stronger: http://www.emilydelarios.com/uploads/5/0/7/4/50747979/4600617.jpg?1429290006

    • thanks jeff! I think the dodo skull is stronger too – and those flowers were brutal. i’m still playing with the whole concept. I’m also thinking of adding shadows instead of floating them in space. maybe that will root the subject more?

      there is something that keeps nagging me about this idea, i just have to keep messing around with it.

    • Sarah Elise Abramson

      dig this. Love the background and the subject matter. It’s weird and the colors are on point. :)

  • i think it might be interesting to see them photographed in their natural surrounds rather than all on a coloured backdrop – like ones you come across on the street. just not sure about the presentation. i could see them on a backdrop framed and cropped to remove everything else just seems a little haphazard to have the paper roll showing and everything else behind it as well especially when the paper is not perfectly flat in many of the shots its distracting

  • hi juanma, i haven’t seen any to be honest – how do you encorporate it?

    • Juanma Moreno

      I know code programming, but this knowledge is not 100% required for a very basic project (like just display basic stuff on top). The apps are done using Unity3D, a video-game development environment, plus Vuforia, an addon for Unity that allow the augmented reality functionality. Then you can export it for Android, IOs, web browser,…etc

  • really like that skater gif on your site – still feels like you’re finding an authentic voice, some of the work seems very similar to well-known illustrators like Tim Lahan for one – keep going

  • some really great stuff on your page – almost a marcel dzama vibe to some of it – the painting of the dog that shows up a couple times on saatchi really feels out of place somehow, some of the work feels less consistent/related to the rest but i like the overall tone of the work – keep exploring this style i think it’s headed in a great direction

    • nickdouillard

      Thanks, Jeff! It’s really nice to get criticism from an outside perspective.

  • Sophie Gerritsen


  • David Bowman

    wow, beautiful work. really thought provoking stuff. You’ve created some great dialog between the man made it’s environment. I especially love the cars buried in the gravel piles. love the relationship between the gravel and the mountains in the distance. really great control of light throughout as well.

  • Gabriella Anderson

    Thanks all so much for the feedback; greatly appreciated. Lots to consider.

  • David Bowman

    Love your patterns! they’re really beautiful. I’m not really getting the connection either, though I love the idea. I’ve seen similar things done successfully with flowers (cant find the artist now) photographing flowers on floral patterned fabric etc. the tension between the real thing and the imitation is very interesting. maybe your animal forms just need to relate more visually to the patterns. that might help viewers make the jump with you. I’d love to see the idea explored in different ways too. evolved vs. crafted decoration is a really interesting idea.

    • Thank you! I’m trying to figure out if the idea is worth communicating, or if the work can stand on it’s own. I like your suggestion of playing with the patterns more. I’ve thought of moving towards still life with bones/bugs and decorative objects and patterning…

      I feel like I have this idea in my head but I’m just shaking it up and seeing what comes out. Frustrating sometimes, but feedback really helps!

  • I see the blackness as someone having a breakdown but also a dancer spreading her wings. Idk, not really criticism but I see myself in this. I don’t know much about art honestly but I found it really touching.

    • Nate Carlson

      Thank you, that really means a lot! You really touched on my main goal in painting, I’m glad that you were able to find something of yourself in it.

  • Taylor Cox

    Just started this series. I’m trying to keep it simple. Thoughts?

    • I love the simplicity of the image . . . but it hides or masks something more complex underneath.

  • Lostboy Finn

    I’m working on pieces for my solo show in August in LA. Currently want to create more visceral landscapes using abstract lines. I would love to hear back if there’s other elements I can add to enhance the image. Thanks!

    Instagram: @lostboyillustrations

    • this is great can we see more from the series!

      • Lostboy Finn

        thanks Jeff. here’s some more.

      • just a small note i find it a bit distracting whenever an artist hides their name in the work or includes the word illustration in the piece – more of a personal thing i just find it cheapens the work a bit. the first image you posted is much stronger i like the thicker more confident lines in it – feels less like a doodle you make while talking on the phone and like it has more purpose

    • Tamara Cosendey

      I just love your work. Following you on instagram since long time.

  • Sarah Elise Abramson

    this is super interesting. I love the crop and the composition very much.

  • Sarah Elise Abramson

    Rad work, David. I dig this one a lot. I also really like the one of the floor (or wall?) with the circles. That image is so beautiful!

  • Really useful, thanks for setting this up. Happy to share some feedback.

  • some really interesting production -cool stuff Faruk – definitely warrants multiple listens. you should send it to Pigeons & Planes they have a real soft spot for experimental hip hop and do a weekly feature diggin up unknown people on soundcloud

    • frknasir

      thank you so much for the feedback.

  • love the warm light in your work – some really great images on your site, interested to know what you think your strongest work is

    • Jonathan Deltour

      Thank you Jeff !
      I thing that the light and meeting strangers in the street are very important for me. I’m working on my first website because Tumblr is not appropriate for a series with a start point and the end of the story. But I have two complete series : “TO BE 16” and “Fellow men” that I’d like to show.

  • i dont find this shot particularly interesting – still life is tough especially when you eliminate a background you really draw extra attention to form/composition but it doesn’t feel very considered here – the still life double exposures on your site are quite striking

  • some really great work here Nate – i really like the ones where the blocks break up a drawing or another image – interested to know how you will be continuing to explore this work

    • Thanks so much for your response Jeff. Greatly appreciated!
      Stoked on these publicly open threads on booooooom. Keep up the awesome work!

  • the “unfinished” parts of the image don’t seem to fit with the way you’re painting the background and foreground – her arm especially feels awkward, the fingers feel as though they’re painted on top of the skin rather than feeling like you’re seeing what’s behind. really odd framing choice to have the colourful tattoo (the focus) traveling off the bottom – as it stands right now it feels like an unfinished portait over top of an unrelated background because the styles are so different – if the effect is meant to feel transparent it’s not quite there. the figure feels a bit stiff/lifeless but great rendering of the skin.

  • The contrast of the expressive marks on the face and soft Matisse-like patterns on the shirt is very intense but I wonder if you could take it further? Doesn’t seem complete at this stage . . .

    • River Coelho

      Thanks for your thoughts. Actually it’s just a skectch on a paper. But you can see more works with this concept on my Instagram. ; )

  • Tamara Cosendey

    Hey! My recent work is about femininity, shame and sexuality. Wanna know some feedbacks here!

  • Tamara Cosendey

    Love the realism of your art. But I have doubts about the background of this one and I don’t know if it’s because of the colors.

  • David Bowman

    beautiful work! i love the variety of textures and compositions. Really wonderful observations and ideas. Love the picture of the architectural rendering, love all the use of typography and pictures of pictures and packaging and ephemera. Gives you a really intersting picture of California as somewhere that’s constantly being disposed of and reinvented. Kind of aspirational and declining at the same time.

    • Thanks for your kind words and comments David. I appreciate you taking the time to look at the work. I really enjoy your comments about disposal and reinvention!

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