@alfredbaudisch My sister married a Brazilian! hope you have fun here this is the most friendly comm. for art Ive found so far.
People always willing to help. Thanks for the great compliment. I am working on that book right now. It is a Christmas tale from Tolstoy. Have a Happy Drawing day!
@Laurie Thanks! It does get a little daunting :-) But, I guess that's why it's called a challenge :-) I'm going to be copying other artists for the rest of the challenge. First in grayscale and then in color as Lee White suggested to me. We'll see hwo those turn out :-)
@felipeonodera I think that's a healthy attitude. Keep your passion for comics, but follow opportunity where it takes you. Following passion can be dangerous if there's no opportunity there. The most successful people I know are people who followed really good opportunities that overlapped their passion at some point.
I have a friend who loves film, loves watching films, loves making films. He went to film school, graduated, but he never had much success in filmmaking. After years of being stuck he decided to go to business school, learn marketing, and get a job in the film industry marketing films. He's so much happier now. He found more opportunity for his own strengths on the marketing side of film and he gets to be in an industry he loves.
I think there's room in publishing, film, comics, animation, and video games for all kinds of different creative people You should look into it some more.
Welcome to the forums- I can relate. I used to do website coding as well (HTML, CSS and WordPress PHP stuff) but it turned into really boring web maintenance and coding rather than focus on design when I did it for local clients and I developed depression over the years doing it and got health problems. Much happier now doing what I want to do for a change.
@Sarah-LuAnn Thank you Sarah LuAnn! I'm hoping i can have some degree of success when i get to painting it :) @smceccarelli Thank you Simona! I will look at Frazetta as you suggest - - in my posted reply to Chip i mention the books that i used to collect...they were nearly all Frazetta covers. Have not looked at him in years though (maybe he can help me break away from my blue/orange color scheme i seem to go to) The fish are really place holders at the moment but you and Olivia both mention them as distracting so i did a quick edit until i can sort them out - they are still just place holders but maybe less distractingly wrong :) Thanks again for the feedback! @WhiteboardJim Thank you Jim! I thought the flipper legs might be off putting - my idea is that he was human once - there is another mermaid piece on my portfolio site ....i am wondering if this merman may once have been the diver in that scene. Not sure - i really appreciate your honest feedback and thoughtful perspective!
I like the change in tools, I will very hesitantly say it looks a bike lock right now. I think this image has a lot of potential and I don't want to be a downer type of influence. I might suggest a more profile look at a traditional or old fashion hacksaw that has some magical powers. The view right now is more of a forced perspective, dynamic view while it might be easier for the viewer to understand what it is if the girl is in a pose that would mimic bucking a log with an old wood saw but she's holding a clear side view hacksaw. The pose wouldn't have to change much, just the arms but I think it was a wise choice to change the tool.
@Charlie-Eve-Ryan I was so sorry to hear about your troubles - So glad your surgery was successful and you are on the mend and back to drawing! Please continue to keep us updated and hopefully your recovery will be speedy!