@smceccarelli very nice as usual. The only slight change is the background. He looks like he is on a frozen tundra. I'd have some subtle nature back there. Perhaps some trees in the distance, etc. Just enough to hint at where he is. Probably a neighborhood or local park?
I like the anchor. Maybe put a couple seagulls on the eye of the anchor to fill that space.
Will this be a coloring book for adults or children? I ask because there is quite a bit of small details that may be difficult for younger children to color. Could be a non-issue, but just my thinking. Maybe I should ask my teacher wife. : )
Glad you are liking this project!
I agree that the yellow is too saturated. Looking at photographs of my own art and Post-processing just in my phone makes a difference (I usually reduce the brightness of the phone screen and forget to adjust it for these things). I will also not deny that I was struggling a lot with the pastels. Many of the results were accidental, some turned out to be good accidents, others not. Thanks for pointing it! Gonna try to change it.
Thanks for suggesting Brian Froud! I am starting to be quite inspired by the art in Dark Crystal and similar, but only started scratching the surface. Gonna go deep on some studies of the artists.
As for expressions, yeah, I am still trying to improve on it. I think my focus is being a lot on character and creature concepts, and starting a bit on environments, so I am neglecting a bit on the character emotions, although I think that is very important because I want the stories to focus on their emotions and expressions, but I don't want to exaggerate them. In this sense, I am being inspired by the narrative style of Ghibli Studios.
If you are struggling to get darker values in watercolor, it just means you are using too much water.
Think of watercolor as having three consistencies.
water consistency: this is for light very light tones and glazes. you are mixing a lot more water than pigment for this type of wash
milk consistency: This is a much thicker mixture with a lot more pigment than the first one I listed. This one has about 40% water and 60% pigment. This is good for mid values and opaque washes. NOT GLAZES
Yogurt consistency: This is where you are adding very little water to the mix. Just enough for it to flow smoothly. With this mix, you can get very dark and saturated colors.
It seems like you are probably using mostly the first kind of mixture I mentioned if you are struggling to get true darks. Try going for more pigment and see how it works out. : )
I can tell he's tasting snowflakes but I'm not sure if that's because you said and it's stuck in my brain. I think I'd have him facing into frame rather than out as it's taking my eye out of frame. Nice work. Look forward to seeing it develop!
Amazing!! This is so helpful to me! I completely see it now and how the improvement works so much better. I can't wait to take this class ! The idea was to have her looking up at the mountains but if a viewer has to ask then I have not executed this correctly. I want my viewers to be able to see and feel what my character is doing. Thank you ,thank you ,thank you!