So recently, as some of you may know, I submitted a new deviation (Luminous the Devil's Angel). Believe me when I say this, it started out fantastic. But poor planning and execution made it pretty bad. It basically screams lack of practice and dedication. The legs were done with bad lighting; the shoes were nearly effortless; the reaper was placed just so I can avoid drawing a full background; the staff doesn't blend in with the drawing well; the background is nothing less than pitiful and a 5 minute paint job. I think this deviation taught me something. Although the proportions and coloring was a slight improvement compared to my previous drawing (Phantom Thief: Moonlit Accretion), the overall execution was far worse. The background was worse, the effects were horrible, and the picture literally says nothing. It's like he's posing in front of a camera with a widestance.
From this, I've decided on three things.
1) Starting now, I will, instead of throwing away the line art layer, incorporate it into my drawing. I am quite confident that the line art layer is very accurate and proportionate, but many things "morph" after a bit! A new coloring style, to make my picture more defined.
2) I will no longer make a sketch before coloring. I will come out with a fully perfected line art. It will take some practice drawing clean lines, but I can make it. I need to plan my drawing out better: Know how it will blend in with the background, and what it will incorporate. In fact, some may argue to draw the background first.
3) I will no longer try to rush my drawings. They are finish when they are finished, not when I get lazy.
I really hope I can fix my problems in the future. I will be straying from MMORPG fan art now, moving to original characters and other types of fan art.
Of course, I'm going to get started on my coloring tutorials for my own practice as well.
Thanks for listening.