19.09.16 by Jeff

Constructive Criticism: Share Your Work


After all the responses last time, thought it’d be nice to do this again! Every week I get lots of emails asking for feedback on work and it’s pretty overwhelming and impossible 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, one 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.

  • eriqueta
    • can you share an image of your work instead? ill check out your website

    • I would suggest a different splash page on your site – the preview image above looks a screenshot from an image bookmarking social network or something. I also wouldn’t start out by highlighting a job interview you failed – people will take the time to read an anecdote like that after they’ve seen some strong work. There are also too many different colours and sizes of fonts happening there – bold lower case black, blue bold links, small black bold – less is more here! simplify!

      • eriqueta

        thanks :)

  • Adam Cutts

    Abandoned website, 2 images, sorry, and thanks for thinking the way you think.

    • lots of interesting things in the wall piece, a lot more interesting to look at than the piece on the paper. lots of great stuff in the middle section where the lines move inside the tunnel shape. love to see more of that direction. get a website or Instagram – something, anything – otherwise no one can write about you and/or point anyone to your work!

      • Adam Cutts

        Thanks Jeff, I appreciate the feedback!

    • Nate Kogan

      This is great.

      Top Image: I really liked how you combined whole elements with broken down ones in a very elegant way. I think I would like to see a bit more definition on the break down in the middle as it seems a bit barren in contrast to the depth to the left and right of it.

      Bottom image: I feel as though the use of negative space here really adds to the colour blooms happening. I just wish there was a bit nuance in the piece. I feel as though the strokes add quite a bit and I can almost see the flow of your hand here. Good stuff!

      • Adam Cutts

        Thanks! Helpful comments

    • Manik Nakra

      this is pretty great and the scale is what makes it awesome. I dont think it would function well on a canvas or paper. Definately a success as a mural. As a large mural the viewer can get caught up in the unraveling

      • Adam Cutts

        Thank you!

  • Eric C. Deines
    • Nate Kogan

      I really like the simplicity of the line work contrasted to the robustness of the entire form. I feel as though there is a bit much negative space in the image, and it makes it a bit difficult for my eye to flow through the length of the image.

  • Nate Kogan

    Hello! Here is a bit of the illustration style I have been working on. I have always been intrigued by the colour burst in psychedelia, and the organic forms of nature; so I have been flirting with them together. The idea is to create a very rich version of flower bouquets.

    • nice things happening here Nate – I think a couple things to watch are the use of highlight (shine) and shadow. I find a lot of the big white “shiny” areas somewhat distracting, they’re perhaps taking away from the more considered elements you have here. Similarly a lot of the shadows are inconsistent with the shapes of the objects – the grey and yellow striped ball near the top of the top image for instance is casting a very flat shadow on the shapes behind it. I think really considering there the light source is coming from and having that be consistent across the entire image will help!

      • Nate Kogan

        Thank you!

      • cheers Nate thanks for all the great feedback you provided!

    • Leo Serpens

      My main thought while looking at these were the overall use of shape in the images as a whole. Because there is such an element of busy-ness in the work, I felt that the latter of the two allow my eyes opportunity to really take in what’s happening. The first (The Squared One) made my eyes a little tired and restricted. This being said, it all depends on what format you ultimately plan to present these in. In the smaller images presented here, I felt that more negative space allowed more breathing. This being said, it really depends on what you’re going for. Presented large would really change things. —slight rambling, but yeah. I dig them–the ariel view as seen in the first two (less in the third) is great. Would love to see this printed large and viewed from above.

      • Nate Kogan

        Thank you

    • Marcos Velez

      I really enjoy these images and how they float in space. The highlights you add are pretty rad as well. The only thing I would like to add is more contrast or darker colors. Let’s say you added more darker colors or contrast on the rim of the coloaged structers, letting the center be light n bright. This would define more depth to each structure making it pop out more. This is just a theory but maybe u can experiment with it, overall I like the direction your taking it in. Check out 50watts.com for more inspiration they have some historic psychedelia art u might enjoy. Cheers n PMA

      • Nate Kogan


  • Ben Roberts

    Time away …

    • Ignacio Barceló

      I really like the tension of the scene. The ducks watching the kid and also us. Also I think the color choerence between the ducks, the dress and water help to focus on the kid and and the ducks beak.

    • Technically fantastic – great composition and color/filtering! Struggling for constructive criticism; I never studied any sort of art – feeling rather fraudulent attempting critique. Is there a story to this photograph? I’d like to know the inspiration for it.

      • Ben Roberts

        Thank you so much. There is a story behind it which I plan to show as a serious of images with an accompanying story. Hopefully soon…

    • was the vignetting added in post? the image feels a bit overly processed but i like the moment captured here – i prefer images that feel as close to how our eyes naturally see but that’s just my own personal taste. tried to look at more on your website but it wouldn’t load

      • Ben Roberts

        Thanks so much Jeff. Sorry wrong URL: http://www.benroberts.nz. I hear on on the slightly over processed feel. Yes the vignetting was a post process. Looking back I agree; a little over the top. I think a lot of my work borders the edge of a little too much pushing in post.

    • E Smit

      I absolutely love this image but I feel you can do so much more with it, strip the processing and start from scratch, personally I would love to see vibrant blacks and emphasis on the dynamism of the water ripples. Also if you can pop those red and yellow noses it would look awesome.

      • Ben Roberts

        Thanks so much for the ideas and constructive input!

      • E Smit

        no problem xx

  • Leo Serpens


    Photo from a series titled “Goodnight Moonchild.”

    • assuming this is an arranged composition – there isn’t much that holds the viewers interest. the pencil line makes it feel haphazard and not very considered. also feel the framing could be a lot tighter as the empty space isn’t adding anything here

      • Leo Serpens

        Appreciate the comment.
        For clarity, the pencil line is actually a loose hair.

      • oh ok – maybe a closer crop would help?

    • i looked at your website, and i really like the full series together, but i’m not sure each individual emotion comes across clearly, especially in this particular piece (is it fishing line or a drawn line connecting the insects?). your concept is lovely overall, but i think it might need to be made more obvious for the viewer who isn’t as familiar with your experience.

      • Leo Serpens

        Thanks for commenting.
        You are the second to express confusion at the “line” pictured.
        It’s actually one of my loose hairs.


  • Manik Nakra
  • samamfaayeah

    photographic project on working class families in ireland

    • Leo Serpens

      First off: I loved the softness of the color palette. Many pastels and wonderful pinks. Many of the expressions were also beautiful in the way that they they convey a seriousness that give them an air of adulthood. As no adults are included in the series, one gets the impression that these kids are essentially lost in a sea a suburbia, left to their own devices. Which is interesting as a believe that some of the kids are your own?

      I think it would be positive to explore a greater diversity in gender.
      Also, some of the images are not sharp in their focus on the subject. Not sure if it was intentional or if it’s just the quality of the images uploaded/the site itself.

      Wonderful work.

      • thank you so much for this critique, i really liked it! the kids aren’t my own, but they are my nieces and nephews! i definitely agree with you about gender, trying to access more families at the moment. thanks again!

  • Manik Nakra
    • witchwand

      Am enjoying the quirkiness and colour Pallette of this image

  • Ignacio Barceló


    Serie of painted faces – all feedback appreciated

    • I really like it. There’s a sort of uneasiness to it that makes the character interesting and mysterious. Their eyes also appear very deep and ancient. Very cool.

      • Ignacio Barceló

        Thank you Justin! that ancient aspect is something I want to explore more. I appreciate your comment

      • You’re welcome :)

    • i like what you have going on here, i find it a lot more interesting to look at than some of the purely abstract work on your website. i like the colourful layering happening around the right eye/ear

      • Ignacio Barceló

        Thanks Jeff! I like to oscillate between abstract and figurative. I will try to play more with the layers on the next ones :)

    • Marcos Velez

      Hello ignacio! These are really rad and I enjoy this piece n the rest of em on your site. I find it hard to critique oil paintings since its already such a hard medium to conquer but my 2cents would be make the work around your faces lighter and add a Lil more contrast. That’s one thing my art teacher engrained in my brain that I stand by. Some contemporary artist can get away on very minimal palletes but…this is just my opinion..that depth adds a lot to a image, to get lost in a lil darkness to find the light of a overall image (face) adds a lot. Also to make the BG reflect a facial expression on your subject is a idea I like n enjoy and maybe others will enjoy as well, the more contemplative more blues greens n such, angrier, more reds n orange, happier, more yellows n pinks, curious or sad, blues n purples. A idea u might find intriguing. Other then that truly beautiful work.

      • Ignacio Barceló

        Hey Marcos! Thanks a lot for your insight, it makes total sense to me. In fact I am working in a new version of this painting with a clear background (light yellow). Let’s see what happens. In this painting I wanted to experiment with the fusion between bg and figure. I think I will try to play more with those aspects. Thanks again!

      • Marcos Velez

        No problemo! Excited to see how it turns out! Hmu on IG @fartcoast keep the PMA!

    • Toby

      Ooh. There’s something intriguing about this. Love the boldness of those blue shapes against the more muddy/messy/ambiguous nature of the rest.

      Can almost start to get a sense of different spaces within areas of abstraction. Could may work with this a little? Eg. Around the eyes and nose area I’m getting notions of reflections of light in a rain puddle on the road?
      It might be a bit outside what you’re interested pushing, but I think within the ambiguity of the abstract work, theres a potential to have multiple figurative elements suggested at once, and overlapping. A painted element might suggest part of a nose in one breath, and a rainy street in another.

      Not sure if that helps, might spark something for you.

      Like the work though!

  • Tom Shea


    Website is a work in progress.


    I truly appreciate any comments on my work. Thanks, much love

    • nice composition Tom – feels like the image was over exposed and the whites were blown out so the spotlight colour feels faked to cover for this. The brightness of the flashlight doesn’t match and feels harsh and digital – not sure what camera you are shooting with but its tricky to shoot low light and this setup is particularly tricky and the resulting image isn’t as sharp as it could be overall

      • Tom Shea

        Great, Thanks Jeff. Yeah, still working on low light. I appreciate the critique. Canon 7D mkII btw. I’ll keep working on it.

    • Marcos Velez

      Hello there Tom. I’m mainly a illustrator now a days but dabbled in photography a bit. Just as a amature but I wouldn’t mind putting my 2 cents in. My flickr account BTW flickr.com/amorevol

      I went to your site n looked at “distant” since the photo u posted is from that series and the few criticisms I will speak on is on this series. The first and third image I will say shouldn’t be included because they are close ups and eliminate the distant feel you are going for. Everything else is on point and relay that emotion very well. Additionally the 2nd 4th 7th and 8th images are amazing and add a lot to the “diastant” feel. So much that I think each of these images can be disected and added upon. Say the image you posted with the fog and balloon. You can incorporate those things more into all of the other work. say u went back to the phone booth image and added fog and let some one in the distance release ten or more balloons without being seen. Would make one hell of a image and the “distant” feeling would be there. I myself enjoy themed images and the more someone makes me think about one distinct thing the more I enjoy it. Not everyone will think the same but it makes u stare and re evaluate a certain feeling or object. The balloon idea is great, especially with the fog. Add stranger balloons or colors in odd distant images with fog and experiment with how far you can take a single subject, analize it and take it as far as it goes. Photography can be a very intense, emotional and unifying expirence executed the right way and I can tell u have a good eye. The image of the two people in the water are great and stand on its own as very provacative, the same with the chair in the abandon school. As long as the theme is present and provactive your in the now. I hope this helps and can’t wait to see you progress more. My Instagram is fartcoast. BTW…here are a few photographers I know who u might enjoy and use for inspiration.

      Nick Hopper on flickr
      Julie Tingley on flickr

      Cheers and forever forward!

      • Tom Shea

        Thank you so much for the wise words Marcos. It’s always great to get feedback from great talent. Love your work.

  • Marcos Velez


    These are works I’ve done in the past year or so..I’m working on new art that will incorporate more color but have the same style…just a few newer ideas n geometry n such. Thanks for any criticism, much needed.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e3d426a089b04a9473c3a130b4994453286f3818451ec8e7b8f76c568e69fda.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6fcbf8f57ea8aee9a6e9a7e8420d75d336fb2194907225986f2f75523bd449b6.jpg

    • sigmatheta

      There’s something really satisfying about the way you compose using shape and contrast, and your restrained use of red. The top one reminded me of the way Munch frames his lithograph Madonna, and the middle one is almost like an archaeological drawing. I was intrigued by the variety in this series. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1af59b965ffb5238b19885cfb8d972bcea7a19adcdbe2099c25314790bf563f9.jpg

      • Marcos Velez

        Thank you sigmatheta for your compliments and contrast to Munch. Never thought about that. But I appreciate it and thank you for such kind words.

  • no website, just a hobbyist. i do a lot of pencil drawings, not sure if there’s a best medium for adding color to pencil sketches? all feedback welcome; i don’t know the first thing about arting, but i want to learn.

    i think this one was called, “Some Boy Eating My Hair.”

    • I think it looks really awesome. Love the detail in the hair, and how alive the eyes look.

    • hi sarah – nice start here – something about the guy’s face feels distorted (very long) and the lack of any shading in his face and all the white space in the image make it feel unfinished as opposed to an intentional decision. it feels like photos were used as reference but perhaps not a photo of the hair actually in the mouth so that part feels the most awkward. one thing that may help you is to flip your image horizontally in Photoshop to see the mirror image and you’ll see how distorted some details of the faces are – this trick helps to see your work with fresh eyes and makes it easier to shift things to make them more balanced and then flip the canvas back

      • Awww yisss, this is why i submitted! Thanks Jeff, spot on critique! I’ll do the analog version of flipping… turning the source photo/laptop upside down. it’s a low tech operation i run. :-)

    • Marcos Velez

      Really dig this And what Jeff said is on point. I would like to see more shading on the guys face to balance it out since there’s a fair amount of shading on the girls face. Other wise great image, keep it up.

      • Thanks Marcos, that’s very encouraging! Looking at it on the computer, his face looks like he’s in overblown lighting, so I’ll fix that up. Oh yeah, getting better with the arts!

    • sigmatheta

      I’ll just add that the contrast in their expressions and the loopy subject engaged me.

      • It makes me very happy to hear that! Thank you!

    • Abby Elizabeth

      I love the expression on the girl. The guy seems out of place , maybe its his lack of expression. I ask myself, how did he get there? and what is looking at. Very nice drawing!

      • Thanks Abby, that’s very kind, and I think your feedback is helpful! I’ll focus more on the story being told, and perhaps that will help the guy’s expression become more lively and make the piece more cohesive.

  • Endeavor
    Mixed media 2016 by Justin Gedak
    (Digital painting, photography, and acrylic medium)

    • hey justin-

      this image feels uneven in terms of style – on the one hand we have a fairly photorealistic woman (either painted over a photo or using photo reference) and then other details like her weapon and tattoo lack the same level of realism. I feel like these details specifically and the way you’ve signed your name are actually detracting from the work

      • sigmatheta

        Gonna agree here too. Lots Of detail and hard edges at the top (like the woman’s profile and the crisply patterned detail of the hair, really quite wonderful) but for example the arm at the bottom is indistinct and shapeless, yet the ochre draws our eye to it. I’d love to see the crispness of face and hair carried all the way through.

      • Thanks, that’s a really good point with the way the color draws the eye down like that. Gonna keep that in mind for the next one. Slowly but surely getting better with each portrait hopefully lol.

      • Hey Jeff, thanks so much for the feedback. You brought up some points that have actually never crossed my mind before. Definitely some things for me to think on :)

    • E Smit

      Hi there, I feel the same as Jeff your signature distracts me from the image because it is abstract like her tattoos but stands out more.

      • Thanks, I’ve never really thought about the signature much before. It does look a little out of place now that people have been mentioning it. Gonna have to figure out a better way of sticking it in there.

      • E Smit

        What I usually do is pick a subdued colour in my work and do my signature in that colour, it blends better, test it, it might be as simple as that. However your signature is quite strong, I am sure you will find a work-around with a bit of playing.

    • Ignacio Barceló

      Hi Justin, I like the ochre highlight, I think it could help to tell somehing about the charecter’s story. I feel intrigued about her context. I like the background texture. I’m a little lost about the weapon on her back. Is it a sword?

      • Hi Ignacio, thanks very much for the feedback. Yup, it’s supposed to be a sword, but I’m starting to see now how it could use more realistic/lifelike detail to match the face and hair.

  • witchwand

    my most recent oil on board for a local competition… Thanks for the opportunity for feedback

    • the leaves and shadow look well painted (its hard to tell in this photo) – the hippo toy and its shadow seems out of place and take away from what is otherwise a nicely composed image

      • witchwand

        Thanks Jeff.

      • sigmatheta

        I agree about the hippo toy and its shadow. Your depictions of transparent objects and reflections are very accomplished as are the translucent leaves, and I love your palette with its purples and greens. Keep pursuing your fascination with light and color!

    • Toby

      Beautiful line work.

      The composition feels a little unfocused, though I’d expect this is partially on purpose because of the changing nature of conversations?

      I feel like the section colour near the top, 1/3 from the left competes a little with the more strongly defined rough centre point of the white line work.

      I like the general feel of it and the white lines work well against the colour, still I feel like there’s something to resolve in how the two elements interact with one another.

      I think one of the most successful areas is just left of the most notably orange patch, where the lines are more plentiful and lighter, and seem to blend more with the watercolour behind. It seems to create a kind of aluring satin-y effect which could maybe be focused on more?

      • agree with Toby’s feedback here – i think there’s some interesting things happening in each layer but not sure they are working together yet – the linework layer makes the image feel a little unbalanced

      • Jeff, thank you for this forum. It does take a good amount of bravery to post your art for critique, and I am glad to have had this chance.

      • Toby, thank you for your feedback…I really appreciate it.

  • E Smit

    Hi there,

    I am busy with a website and would appreciate any feedback very much. It is still in the making and I want to create bespoke pages for each of the resource pages. I am also not happy with some of the images on my resource pages (specifically fun stuff)… but I had to show it and just banged a few images in there to make it seem half decent. As I say any feedback would be very much appreciated.

    for now, the site is:

    Thank you in advance xx

    • Matthew McLaughlin

      Nice line work and use of the brown color to build some space, but I find the lines are drawing away from the focal area. This makes it hard for my to really delve into the details and I have to keep forcing my eye back instead of letting it move around the space more.

  • E Smit

    I am just about to update my personal website. I designed it in the old Muse and it was my first ever web design. I still feel incompetent when it comes to judging my own work and I keep missing things. I’ll be very grateful for feedback or suggestions. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5e506e1d84b3ba724ada6cd75dfcfeba34ad077774cd454fed9f37f7279cd39d.png

  • Toby

    Thanks for doing this again!

    I’ve been collaging a fair bit recently, this is one of my favourites.

    (watercolour, coloured and trace paper, pencil)

    (black border isn’t part of the collage)

    Appreciate any feedback.


    • chokdidesign

      well i don’t know if i’ll go for a lot of critics, because i dig it.
      maybe i will think that the grey shape on bottom left corner lack finesse compared to rest…

      • Toby

        Thanks for the feedback!

        Do you mean the larger more organic shape? If so – thats probably my favourite element, but it does sit apart a little from some of the other paper cut elements.

        It was added a little later than most other elements, so perhaps in future collages I’ll be able to consider those kinds of forms earlier and make a more cohesive whole.

        Glad you dig it! :)

    • the things that stand out to me are the circle shape and the use of pencil – these elements catch my eye as they feel the most different from everything else. it doesn’t mean you have to get rid of them but just realise that the circle is in a spot that is going to draw people’s focus and it feels a lot less organic than most everything else. pencil can often feel unfinished to me when its amonst paint and other collaged elements, not sure if the pencil patterning and the outline of the box shape are working but i like the more painterly lines/shapes and how they transition into the cut paper stuff

      • Toby

        Thanks for the feedback!

        Agree re: pencil work. I was keen on the lines themselves, but would have liked to manage to get them looking less sketchy without resorting to something as bold a standard ink pen.

        Maybe a light grey pen would have have worked better.

        Glad you like transition between painterly and paper cut!

        Thanks again.

    • the linework overall is very interesting to me, also the light colours attract my attention to the detail. though I like the pencil work, it’s standing out a bit too much I’d say. maybe it works better if it’s integrated in the paint layer / overpainted?
      and, do you have a website?

      • Toby

        Mmm thanks, I appreciate the feedback. Yeah, integration back into the watercolour layer might have helped. I was wanting a little more precision, but brushed on washed out ink might have had a texture more in line with the watercolour. Hm hm hmm. Been good to muse on it all.

        No real website, though I attempted to start a tumblr earlier in the year.
        Just has the initial handful of images I uploaded, and they’re a bit removed from this collage, but if you’re curious:


        Thanks again :)

    • Dean Liebau

      I love the cropping of the elements, it makes my mind wonder around the piece, I also like the use of all different materials and the soft color palette. For the sake of critique, I would suggest maybe a more dramatic range of colors, it may add more depth to this particular piece. Keep it up!

      • Toby

        Thank you :) appreciate the feedback.

        I think this one’s probably unusually subtle in colour range compared to other stuff I do, could be interesting to push it in both directions – try some as dramatic as possible and others as subtle as possible.

        Really encouraging to hear, will definitely keep it up!

  • Matthew McLaughlin

    “Otherside (Stripped)”
    Reduction Woodcut


  • Richard Hellis

    Hello team

    I’ve been working out my illustration style for 10 years or so. its embarrassing to look at the early stuff but my style remains the same. I often try to change or follow something more exciting but end in back where i started. where is the progression in this stage hobby i have to ask.

    comments appreciated and more ideas about my work here – https://www.instagram.com/rbirdseed/


    • Toby

      Have you considered using cut/torn paper to compose the images? just the 1st and especially the 3rd remind me of torn paper, could imbue the work with a nice sense of tactility?

      (probably thinking of it partially because I’m super into collaging lately haha, but might be a good thought)

      • Richard Hellis

        Great idea and I’m sure would result in a lot of happy accidents. On the collage note – mr friends from Manchester DR.ME just produced this awesome book – http://www.thamesandhudson.com/Cut_That_Out/9780500292242

        Will let you know how it goes! Thanks!


      • Toby

        ooh cool, thanks for the link

    • a little George Condo vibe here- ya maybe trying other mediums – would be great to see more painting as a switch from the drawing, may result in some happy accidents

      • Richard Hellis

        I’m a fan of George Condo, great paintings. Thanks Jeff – for the opportunity and input, will keep you updated!

  • Claudio Yurdadon


    Hey Jeff,

    any and all comments are very much appreciated, this is part of my muse series

    • J. Lyman Ballif

      After reviewing the Muse series on your website, I thought some of the photographs were strong, but you had far too many. Maybe be more selective? I felt several of the photographs were repetitive.

  • Nico Glaude

    I’ve been finding solace of late creating these quirky installations that act as personal
    journals disguised as pop culture references.


    • Marion Gibert

      Hi Nico,
      the contrast between your “friends” reference text and the framing is very strong. But beyong your work of framing, the colors of the title and the back match very well. The shift is subtly worked. The most interessant is that this shift doesn’t show off at first, but in the second time. Maybe be careful with the cut with the Z and O. The integration have to be perfect for more powerness.

    • not sure the image is working with the text – realise the joke is obviously a play on the television show and the phrase but the text would perhaps be stronger without the image behind it or if the phrase was written in a simple font/text without the addition of the tv show reference

  • U N D E R D O G K I D 9 1
    • Wow, that gif was made with three.js? Impressive. I wish there was a way to express that this was a real-time animation rather than a render. The gif doesn’t do it justice.

      • U N D E R D O G K I D 9 1

        thanks :) i know the technical side is cool. although i’ve always wanted my art to stand out by the final result and not the tools i used. will keep working hard!!

  • nate barton


    • Abby Elizabeth

      Overall, I am attracted to this image however, the red conical shapes seem to dominate the layout. I have to make a conscious effort to look at the other objects. I think id like to see more red in other areas, or less red in the base of the headdress. I do like the image and the subject matter. Its intriguing and I want to see more.

    • Christopher Ponzi

      I agree with Abby’s assessment on this; very cool image, less red, and personally I think a little more nuance at the end of the headress before the objects on top could be cool

    • great technique here – if i had one critique it would be the randomness of your subject matter in general (a dinorsaur, a rooster, a zebra, a horse) – it’s making it feel more like art school assignments or something. maybe try a series and focus on one theme. but yea love the style

  • nilskoepfer.de

  • Luis Rodriguez
    • Coco Spadoni

      I love the line work and texture with the hair. I’d think about how you can incorporate the style with the background, it might create more of a narrative or cohesive piece

    • E Smit

      I really like the top one, it is intriguing. I feel the bottom one should be full figure and not cut off and the foot as it goes out of the screen disturbs me because it looks like a normal foot with skin, it is also a very elegant exit out of the screen, I would perhaps make is a bit less perfect, if that makes sense? But of course my personal opinion xx

    • Christopher Ponzi

      yea in general I think the top one is more hypnotic

  • Danny

    For the first time, I tried my hand at drawing figures and animating a 1min video. It’s for a grant to understand “How community spaces can welcome and support new participants.” Watch my attempt at a video (and voiceover and sound effects..!) at http://bit.ly/explainer_video_1st_try

  • J. Lyman Ballif

    Designer / Photographer
    San Diego / Kyiv

    • i like your series DeQuorum – some nicely observed portraits in there – no real critique – keep shooting

  • Abby Elizabeth
  • Christopher Ponzi

    Hello All,

    So I’m a poet that does a lot of multi-media work with poetry as well as collaboration with other artists (films, dance, visual art, etc). I begin this photo/cinemegraph series called “Love and Naked Poetry” that is about the divine nature of our bodies and spirits. This photo/gif is the first one of the growing series. I show them in just their photo format as well as these cinemegraphs with my audio of poem/sounds that I can’t upload here but you could check out on the instagram along with others:


    It would be awesome to get some feedback just visually first and then, if you have time, check out the full versions with audio, and just get thoughts on the series. I wasn’t sure if nudity was cool on the site, but I guess I’ll find out if it’s not approved. I have blurry versions but I feel the artistic community understands its about elevating the naked body not being ashamed of it.

    In case you want to see any of the films they are here: http://www.ponzidream.co

    Much Love-Ponzi


    • the work seems more about the naked body more than the text (may be your intention) – as it is now, the text is difficult to read. if it’s meant to be a balance maybe could explore the cropping and do more with the compositions to encourage the viewer to actually consider the poetry. the way the model is cut out and superimposed on the background is taking away from the image and makes it feel a little adolescent

  • Alicia Reyes McNamara
    • really like the painting, looked at it nice and big on your site – be interested to know where your inspiration is coming from

      • Alicia Reyes McNamara

        Thanks for commenting, Jeff! I really appreciate the feed back. My work deals with issues of displacement, especially of that within a double diaspora. I desire to challenge incomplete identities constructed by two-dimensional ideas of Latino culture, while acknowledging the absurdity and at times vulgarity in the projected images found within media’s exaggerated caricatures and telenovela kitsch.

        Through my time in the UK, I have used my work to translate the Mexican-American or Chicana identity through a British lens, where preconceptions are much different from that in the United States. As a Mexican American, multiplicity within identity is essential to my practice and general philosophy. Because I have become further ambiguous by moving to my new home in the UK, my life has become further hyphenated. This has allowed me to own my ambivalence with the knowledge that there are not just affirmative identities, but variation, those that live in the gaps and are uneasy. I have adopted a cartoon-like aesthetic for its approachability, which enables me to convey difficult issues within a sense of lightness.

  • Dean Liebau

    I am relatively new to painting but I’m finding it somewhat therapeutic after my hectic desk job as an in-house graphic designer. I am interested in creating paintings that abstractly represent characters while carrying the bold graphic qualities I have used in the design software I use ever day (namely in adobe Illustrator) While I tend to design with bolder, cleaner lines, painting allows me to be messy and not so perfect. I am also interested in incorporating hand-done typography into my future pieces.


  • Ally White
  • jacob burge
    • Toby

      I really love the border in this. Makes the flat sky come across a lot more graphic than it otherwise would.

      I like the photo, the simplicity of the shot really pulls focus to the action of the man.

      Looking through others in the series, a couple of comments:

      The soft contrast in most of your photos tend to work well in juxtaposition with the starkly contrasted surrounds. A couple of the photos that have more highly contrasted forms seem to blend with the graphics a little too smoothly, while on the other side of the spectrum, some of the more complex and subtle photos come across as a little … muddy? (for lack of a better word).
      I think finding the right balance in contrast is really important.

      Secondly, I like the rectangular photos cutting off the shapes of the graphic surrounds for the most part, but I think having a single shape or line just breaching photo every few images in the series might break it up a little?
      Just after a few images, as varied as the photos and backgrounds are, they started to feel slightly formulaic? That’s partially down to my attention span after a full day, but I can imagine the occasional shape or line subtly interrupting the flow might make the series more dynamic and engaging.
      Having written all this, maybe ignore me – I reread the conceptual statement that sits within the series, which makes this unbroken border read as quite important to the concept driving the work. I still think visually it would be strong to breach the edge of the photo occasionally, but can infer why you wouldn’t.

      • jacob burge

        Toby, a big thank you for taking time to review the work, really appreciate it! Im going to go back over that work and sort out the contrast issue, I see what you mean. Thinking to add a few more photos to the series so will keep in mind what you suggested. As for the frame breaching the photo, iv used all my will power not to do it, just so it kept with the theme, but I may give it a go today:)
        Thanks again Toby

  • Emil
  • Coco Spadoni
  • Bora Gökalp
  • andy etienne
  • Nathan
  • Latest sculptural works. Painted wood and copper.

    Working around the concept of producing physical representations of “things” that normally have no physicality.



  • Danny

    I tried my hand at drawing figures and animating a 1min video. It’s for a grant to understand “How community spaces can welcome and support new participants.”

    What do you think about my final product? http://bit.ly/teemstory


  • Hi I am working on a new apparel project where people can express themselves in real-time by writing & styling their own animated txt & emojis on their tee with the AR app I made – http://www.drawsta.com/coming-soon What do you think? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/acb0cbd12b8e9b1e25aa99504b5a61112691197e9639921c49ae084d9e4d396f.gif

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