@kaitlinmakes I thought about the full face, but when I decided to challenge myself I thought it would be easier to do just the half and to use a brush I never used. I also try not to "color" but to actually make strokes and if I mess up I don't undo. I wanted to capture all the aspects of traditional but save tons of money on supplies and do it digital.
I do watch American Horror Story, actual Twisty the clown is on my list of characters to paint.
Feeling kind of ehhhhh about my illustrations lately. Pencil sketches are fun for me and relaxing most of the time. Illustration is hard. Trying to keep my chin up but getting really discouraged. I know it’s that artist brain. We probably all feel it. Anyway, here’s a recent sketch.
Really nice piece. Interesting elements throughout the space. Love how the music leads you through all the little creatures. Great styling of your subjects. Almost makes me not hate alligators and crocodiles, almost. They are terrifying. Great job!
I would have to agree with @nyrrylcadiz especially when it comes to your gesture. I like the style overall, but for some reason the linework is not quite hitting the mark for me, but that could just be a personal thing. I think it could use a bit more personality with weight or texture.
If you don't know the illustrator Brian Biggs, give him a look! He might be a good artist to study for your intended style. When I saw your use of color and pattern it reminded me of the Brownie and Pearl books- a series I loved reading to my daughter. I loved the illustrations in that series.
@bichonbistro Thanks for the nice compliments. I use a lot of texture, and I do not use many tools to paint faster. I treat it like a piece of paper, and limit myself to using basic brushes for painting, and for the details I use the basic pencil. I think the trick is that when I use texture I try my best to be spontaneous. One thing traditional has over digital are the accidents that come with it, such as not being able to control the water flow completely when doing watercolor painting, as well as exactly how each brush stroke will look when painting with oils. So when I drop in texture, I try my best to turn off my brain and just go with it. I start warping the scanned image without much thought, and when something clicks I stop, and I try to make sense of it.
I think this matches the styles you mentioned hoping to pull together quite well. :) I really enjoyed looking at all the details. It did stand out to me that the bunny with the green jacket looks like she's standing on the ears of the orange scarf bunny. Thank you for sharing this with everyone!
Unless her size/ age is for a story point I would make her younger and shorter and have her pulling on it like Eli said but if she is smaller you can use more of a pulling gesture to drive home the point
@gary-wilkinson This was really awesome to read. Seeing your first sketches and thoughts, then hearing what everyone had to say. Great suggestions from everyone. I feel like I learned something along the way as well. And to top it off you have an awesome piece for the contest.
@twiggyt Not sure! Maybe it doesn't even matter. You could always just take your own reference photos for hand and arm positioning. It personally looks a bit awkward to me, and when I try to put my arms and hands in the same position, it feels awkward as well. The left arm (his right) looks pinned against his torso, the right arm (his left) is jutting out at a high angle. This position feels a bit nonsensical for this situation, even if you are stylizing the gesture. I also think his ear still looks like it's growing out of his cheek. Perhaps it's only distracting to me. One last thought- maybe adding a hint of fingernails would polish off the piece?
Even if those things are distracting to me, it's still an appealing image overall. I like the format change and you did a great job tackling this lighting situation.
I recently have started leading a Cub Scout Den, and am investing some time reading over older historic writings on Scouting. I love that among many skills, boys were encouraged to be decent sketchers in order to create maps, study nature, and various other things along adventures. Some of Baden-Powell's (Scoutings founder) original drawings are quiet fantastic.
I was inspired, and wish to incorporate my love for drawing into our Den dealings, and any other areas of life where art may add richness and joy.
This is to accompany a note to the parents and kids for our next meeting.
Clearly...my lettering has great potential for improvement. HAHA!
Anyone else trying to incorporate illustration into everyday things, outside of professional work and development?
Here is my latest practice piece. I asked my students what they wanted me to draw. They said a dragon. So here is my dragon. I picture him being old and blind and is warning a young hero that his actions are reckless and will endanger the world.
Hello, I just finished sketching out a rough concept for the Fall contest. Please have a look and give me any thoughts you have in regards to color, composition, concept, etc. I'm a beginner so I am very open to suggestions. One question I do have the start is... how do I really emphasize the bright light coming in through the window and illuminating the leaves on taped to the window?