My final version, my computer lags a whole lot when I try to start doing the cool stuff like the glowing and lighting.. I can't wait for my new parts to get here so I don't have to get frustrated when I create.
@will-terry Will - Thanks soooo much for the feedback! Really appreciate you taking the time to do the draw over and share your critique - it is very generous of you. I see what you mean about the moose antlers - it does read more directly as 'moose' while my version could be a reindeer.
I have been struggling with poses in general so will try the stick figure thing. Thanks again - this has been a great help!
For my Slowvember project, I decided to expand on one of my Inktober drawings and create a character. I chose my sketch for the Inktober prompt "juicy" which is a horse eating way too many apples under a tree. I added a little story:
"Ginger Gold had been told not to eat the black apples of Ghostberry Hill, but what was the harm in eating one or nine? They were so juicy and delicious!"
I started asking myself questions. What's Ginger Gold's personality? What happens when she eats the apples? Why did she come to this place and ignore the warnings? What the heck are ghostberries? So while building my character's persona, I started weaving an entire story around this blurb I wrote on a whim. I probably went a little too far down the rabbit hole for a one-month project, but that's okay. I'd like to keep working on this and expand it into a middle-grade graphic novel!
So most of my Slowvember work turned out to be writing - world-building, plots and character development. It's been kinda fun knowing the end of the story and planning how the journey will go. I should've made a goal to paint the book cover or something, but now there aren't enough days left.
So here are a few of my sketches as I tried to hammer out Ginger Gold's look. And some of the answers I came up with:
1. What is the story about?
An amputee gets her groove back
2. What makes the story interesting?
Main character is a horse who gains elemental magic.
3. What are the important details?
Ginger Gold is learning to walk on her new mechanical leg. When she eats all the black apples on Ghostberry Hill, the tree reverts to its original form, a black unicorn. Astrolomina Plum's memories and magic have been eaten by Ginger Gold, so she does not remember why she was a tree. They try to solve the mystery of Mina's past while Ginger Gold learns how to use her new, untamed magic. While they play detective, something sinister is slowly waking up.
Trying again: I have resized the pictures and we'll see if it works this time.
I went to Colonial Williamsburg at the beginning of November so decided to try doing something set in that time period. I usually do more cartoony stuff so this is a new style for me. I'm doing pastels on my iPad Pro with Procreate and trying to employ a lot of the process I've learned from the SVS videos.
First, I took a ton of pictures while I was there for reference photos and also used a book on Colonial Williamsburg houses as reference. Here's a sample of one of the pictures I used:
I did a number of sketches choosing the style of houses I wanted to include and deciding on perspective. Here's one of the sketches.
I did some value studies and as a result moved the characters.
I cleaned up the sketch and added a church at the end of the road to balance the drawing
I put the drawing on a gray layer, created a limited palette using colonial colors and did some color tests based on the value sketch. (The gray is under the part that will be the final cropped painting.)
I changed some of the characters colors to help with the focal point and did the final painting and detail work. Here's my end result.
I still have three days before the end of November. Any suggestions?
oh i forgot to send the updated version of that, i totally have the belly button in the wrong spot, it really makes it look off......oh as for they thing, they are suposed to look kinda high and dumb....its kinda of adult humor bar top, but i do love the tips, thanks for the help!
@aska The likes are nice, but critiques are better. ☺️ I need critiques to improve. Which is why I posted it in the forums and not just on Instagram. I was actually wondering if we were supposed to tag finished assignments with anything specific so we could get feedback... @Will-Terry is there a specific place or tag we are supposed to use on school assignments?
I'm venturing into new territory: printables! I grew up homeschooled, and I'm around a lot of homeschoolers where I live. It's a largely Christian group, and lots of people have told me how hard it is to find high-quality coloring pages (of religious-specific stuff) to print. I've hesitated getting into it myself because spending a few hours on nice linework, only to sell it for a buck or two sounds like a bad idea.
But I've been doing more research into people who sell printables on Etsy, and it looks like it's "a thing." Not like a "quit your day job" thing (because art), but a decent market. While I could only sell my images for like $3, I would only do the work once. No printing, no shipping, no stocking. If I could sell a $3 drawing of a cute angel 15 times in a month, I'd be pretty pleased, to be honest.
In addition to the printables, I want my store to carry the original ink line art (significantly more expensive) as well as watercolor paintings based on the image. It's a weird new direction for me, but I'm pretty pumped about the support and interest I've received from various Christian/homeschool groups. Fingers crossed!
This is a sample of what I'll be selling. After I draw the lineart, I clean it up in Photoshop, and then livetrace it in Adobe Illustrator, so I have a resizable vector file.
To be honest, this looks like the first page of a 'guardian angel' comic, which I kinda want to do now XD Still some tweaking to do, but overall, this is what I'm going for. Does my study of vintage book illustration show?
Hey everyone, I've done a few more little tweaks to the ghost image and think I'm going to call it done on that one resists strong urge to go back and keep editing it till the end of time. I've also been rendering another few of pages from the book- On the "wheeze" page, looking at it now, I think it would have been better to have him looking like he's actually trying to roar rather than just shivering so I might go back and edit that little bit.
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