Mario Furmanczyk said:
Hey Swendly! I love your drawings. I think you are well on your way to becoming a productive artist in the animation industry. Are you planning on going to Calarts? If so, I would encourage you to explore different mediums. Sometimes trying different techniques and mediums will force you to focus even more than you usually do because you put yourself out of a comfort zone. That extra focus will continue to develop your observational skills and then feed back into your drawings. Also, you have a very stylized way of drawing which is awesome but could be limiting especially when it starts to look a lot like everything else out there. To take the next step in your drawing, begin to cultivate a style that is uniquely yours. Sometimes this happens naturally with artists and other times, an artist has to be more conscious of developing their own style because their influences and role models are showing up in their work so strongly. Having that signature style will take you to the highest level. Check out designer Heidi Smith, from Laika studios. I went to school with her. She always had such a distinct way of drawing that was so unique to her. She continued drawing nonstop over the years and now enjoys an awesome career at Laika as a designer. You can see her influences for sure, but at the same time she has a very unique spin. Thanks for sharing your work and I hope you find this site useful!
Thanks a lot for your feedback Mario!
To tell you a bit about me, I'm a professional artist specializing in character design. Besides that I'm also a gesture drawing teacher. I started working in games and publishing and now I'm branching out into animation. Animation has always been my major source of inspiration for drawing. Sadly I couldn't find many forums dedicated to this field around so that's why I decided to share some of my gesture drawing work here. It's been great so far! If you're interested in looking at my design work you can check it out here: http://www.swendly.com/services.html
Again, thanks for the tips and artist references. I'll check them out. There's always more to learn.