Ah! Cute. :) Well, except the experience of braces. My sister had them and hated them. But, teeth need to be straight right? heh. :)
That's Photoshop? I'm more and more amazed at how real-medium-like Photoshop is able to create in images. I thought it was something like Krita, or Sketchbook.
@eli Thank you for the feedback Eli and it is good to hear that you are not tired of this project yet! I'm really glad you are liking the direction this is going - i was actually wondering just today if you were approving of the new version!...i'm in that phase where i cannot really see objectively anymore and i keep making change after change....that arm is next on my list for sure ... i do think i may be hearing "finished not perfect" calling in the distance - better get as much done as i can before she shows up :)
@Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen Thank you for the feedback Marsha! Your critique is not confusing at all - very good to hear your thoughts too. I go back and forth with the transparency of the swirl - i'll have another look at it - I did go with the third head for the latest post - she is my favorite too (and i really like her impossible earrings :) - i have the house on it's own layer and keep messing with the size - you have actually mentioned most of my conflicts :) .....much appreciated - thanks again!
Finished, not by any means perfect. Learned a lot about Procreate during the process. Still need to work more on light and shadow and the puppy is a bit unclear. Anyhoo, I feel I made progress. Thanks again for all of your help!
I think I like the last composition, without the addition of the guard. I feel it conveys the concept more. You may be able to get the guard to work, but I find him too distracting as is. It might also be an interesting idea to have the people in the crowd in masks. Maybe it was a festival and so the assassin took the opportunity to hide within the sea of masked people.
Other than that, I'm finding the expressions of the women sad, but very serene. The man is still writhing in agony, but the women have neutral-sad expressions. Opening their mouths, and scrunching their eyes a bit more may help with their expressions.
Additionally the ground plane of the floor that the woman and the assassinated man are lying on is a bit unclear. Is he on her lap? Is he on the side of her legs? I feel more clarity in this area is needed.
I agree with the others in that I think you could keep the sketchy quality. Keep that hatching you had in your original image as you continue to render. You can probably get away with very little coloring if any if you keep rendering like that.
Great job so far. Can't wait to see the end result.
This is shaping up really beautifully! I do admit I miss the psychedelic quality of the first sketch where it looked like that door was high up a cliff, and gravity defying. But, your changes still make for a really strong illustration. It's really fun seeing this shape up.
I haven't actually thought of surface texture, but thanks, good to know. I haven't seen a rescue chopper or vehicle in real life, but I imagine they would be shiny. Yeah, go ahead, have at it!~ A draw over would be awesome. :D
@tessaw I really like the image without the dad. The scene is 100% about the kids without dad. I really feel for those poor kids getting in over their heads and I can imagine the scary/angry look on dad's face! Really nice updates and on this one. I like the window added and the dark wallpaper used to frame the scene.
@whitney-simms commissions seem to do really well at shows. I was apart of a two day con and was one of the only ones doing commissions the first day, and I was constantly busy. Then the next day everyone around me was doing the same thing :)
Congratulations on the event.
When we were children we knew things that we only remember now that we are older. We knew the feel of the grass. We knew the smell of dirt. We knew the bristly nuzzle of a dog's snout and the wetness of a dog's nose. We picked weeds and gave them as flowers, we caught grasshoppers and named them, and we drank from the garden hose.
I wanted to capture some of that in an illustration so, here it is. I called it, quite simply, "A Boy And His Dog."
Hi, Ian! I really love your first version. It had more humor and the over all scene was more interesting. It looked like something i’d buy from a rack rather than the latter. The second one still looks good though but it’s kinda generic (for me atleast). But if you do decide to follow through with the new design, you can draw it such that the ice cream character is the one holding the tiny man in the cone, licking his ice cream lips in the background. Perhaps blurr the ice cream character a little. That way the humor is still present.
@TessaW These are some valuable thoughts... [I had to laugh at the great tact taken with your, 'it would have so much more impact if the creature was looking at the woman' Yes, indeed. lol Thank you]
I love the addition of the tail and definitely see the improvement with a hint of a forest added. It adds some story and depth..wonderful..thank you so much for taking the time.
@gary-wilkinson Looks great!
I think the route is similar; however, given the simplicity of many board books, you may consider creating a series of books (that's something that has been on my mind to work on). Take a look at Jane Foster's board books (they're great! My 6-mo old son (and my wife & I ) loves her Animal Sounds one): https://www.janefoster.co.uk/books/
I like that you removed the text from the images. I don't think that the text needed to be added to the portfolio images displayed. Now, if you were to be showing a set of flashcards or pages from a book, then I'd include the text, but showing these as spot illustrations, I don't think the text is all that necessary.
For licensing, you'll probably end up developing a paper/textile series of offerings to present at Surtex or the Licensing Show (or at similar expos) or to get a licensing agency to represent you. either way, there will need to be a catalog of imagery ready to be licensed. I'm assuming a paper/textile pattern series catalog since you are not licensing a character brand (e.g. Hello Kitty) or a story brand (e.g. Spongebob) as far as I can tell.
Great work! Fun to see!