I just wanna see what you guys think of this one, this time I'm drawing Venom. I'm using mainly charcoal for this one if any of you were wondering. Feedback and criticisms on how I could improve is welcome! Suggestions for a background will also be taken into consideration
Most Helpful Girl
I agree with dangerDoge and just want to get more specific with some of his points.
Tonal values do need a bit of work as a whole, like he said, but specifically on the neck part. As it is right now, there is too much contrast on the side of his neck for just that bulge, giving the illusion that his neck ends where the white part ends - does that make sense? X) Anyway, it makes the neck look really thin and kinda disconnected from his head. It would help to make the very top of the light part just under his jaw as dark as the tones adjacent to it, so as to make the neck look thicker and more connected to the head, and then gradually lighten that to about halfway between your darkest and lightest tones to set that bulge back a bit. This is really hard to explain, but hopefully you get me. 😅
The eyes also look quite unfinished. :? Just be careful with the shading on those, because the way that the side of his left eye is shaded right now might make it look like his eyes are bored into his skull when it should be the opposite.
Also, his shoulders look a bit weird. It looks cut off from his chest, when it should be connected to it, particularly to his collar bone. You can easily fix that by just softening the edge of his chest though.
I think those are the only obvious ones. The "nose" just needs to be a bit darker on the bridge. X)
The gums could use a bit more color and also maybe the teeth a tiny bit of yellow. A deeper red on the tongue would tie nicer into the overall picture as well, as I imagine it'll look rather gloomy. It would also look reallyy cool if you added a bit of blue to the dark parts, since shadows are blue, and then a tinge of orange or yellow for the highlights to really give dimension to the drawing.
I don't really have a suggestion for the background, X) but I just wanna tell you to be careful with it. Strategically set it according to its tone, like say for example his forehead is dark but his right eye is light, the background behind the forehead should be light and behind his eye dark so that your subject don't get swallowed into the background and be emphasized instead by the contrast you created - well, if that's what you're aiming for, that is. You could always do the "crawling from the dark" thing where you can just partially see the subject. Or you could do a combination of the two! X)
All in all, I think you have a good start here. :D1
Most Helpful Guy
Couple criticisms (which you may or may not be addressing later on anyway):
1.) Given venom is an almost pitch black character, you may want to consider making the lights and overall values a little more dark. This will also help the eyes and spider pop on the chest pop out more, since there won't be any competing whites on it. It's difficult since it's black, but I think you generally just need to make things darker and then make the contrast very subtle.
When trying to determine how dark to make the values of certain parts, I first find the lightest part of my drawing and the darkest part. I then base everything off that. Stuff that is in the mid range shouldn't be as light as the lightest part (in this case, the eyes) or as dark as the darkest part.
Same goes with the reds for the tongue and gums. Comics tend to use very bold colors, and I think that this drawing would be aided by a bit bolder red on it.
2.) The blending could use a bit of work via texture. I like how you blended it on the whole-- the lights to dark are smooth. However, the texture of it is very colored pencil-ish pre being rubbed with blender or finger. Given it's charcoal, I wouldn't suggest using your finger to rub it (since the oils), but I do suggest getting a blender / cotton ball / piece of paper / paper towel / whatever and blending the values finely to get a smoother texture. This will really make the drawing pop a lot more and seem realistic.
As for the background, I imagine a sort of purple swirl like this.
Keep in mind this is all my personal criticism towards your piece. In the end, the decision is yours as an artist to determine whether or not to take heed to my advice :)4