There's such a thing as 'constructive criticism' though.
Whether her art is bad or not just saying " the drawing is bad " isn't going to help her improve.
And you don't have to like a piece to give constructive criticism either, you can hate it but you can still give constructive criticism.
No, it's not the best piece of artwork in the world, but she said it was her first time and for her to improve for her second time you tell her what she can improve on so she knows.
Telling her it's just bad helps no one.
For a first time, it's okay. Using references is always helpful and having pictures of the characters infront of you are helpful as well! Looking up anatomy on deviant art give some good tutorials that may help!
Korra's eyes are a bit off, they look like one is looking one way and the other in another way. Using colored pencils can be difficult sometimes, and you shaded a bit harder with them in some areas than others ( Korra's face for example )
Anyway, I wish you luck if/when you draw again, and I hope you aren't discouraged! Practice makes perfect after all. c:
Ah, before I bought my tablet I used to use colour pencils a lot as well, cheapo ones from the dollar store to boot, and I know how much of a pain they can be for colouring. My advice is to try to lay it on with a lighter touch in small circular motions and work from shade to light. Along with it making the colours look more smooth and blended overall, it forces you to think about the light source ahead of time when you're colouring.
Here are twopretty okay color pencil tutorials to show you what I mean. And of course if you'd like to improve you mustn't forget to work on your foundation for art: drawing from life. There's actually one great thread on Gaia that has a number of resources for just that purpose, from tutorials on anatomy to colour to composition and I highly recommend checking it out! This will help your art look better overall, so I'd definitely suggest starting early on learning more about these since it's very hard to unlearn any bad habits later on. Anyway, good luck! o/
Chill, People, Chill. When Art Is discussed things get well, hyped up, and saying that someone is bad is not very nice. When a person starts out drawing they're not gonna be amazing. It's natural. And if people are gonna criticize someone's art it should be to help them, not to put them down. Mimi only started drawing anime, cartoons etc. right? Well, She'll get better. Everyone does. It's the matter if you want to keep on drawing or not. And Mimi, If you want to keep on drawing, go ahead and do it. smile
Yeah, and some people are saying this art is good too. What's your point? Just because two or three people are trying to be nice and saying your art is decent means it's automatically fantastic? lolol. Try harder. I never said her art is better than yours, I'm just saying yours isn't good either /shrug. She isn't getting mad about it, why does it bother you if I think your art is total crap? cool