@evilrobot Took your advice and added a foreground of sorts. The plan for the three picture frames in the back will be some other octopus themed pieces I did. I will put them in there. I just love tentacles!!
Thanks! Yes, your comments have been very helpful!
I was thinking the bird's head was in profile & about eye level, so you can see straight through the beak. That's a good point about seeing down onto the tongue or up into the palate. I will have to keep that in mind in the future.
Oh, I'm glad you thought the colors worked. I did want the rabbit to be bold and stand out. I just wasn't sure if I went too far with the contrast. The 80/20 concept makes sense.
I tried to add shadow before I added the tones. Maybe it's not enough? I wanted the light to come from the left side in a downward direction, but from a little lower angle for a soft morning light. I want to keep the image light--like a bright spring morning.
Here's what it looks like without the shadow layer:
There's just one thing that is a little confusing--the music stand in front of the doorway. It took me a minute to figure out what is was and where it is located. It could almost be some rugs hanging on the railing outside, and it's hard to tell how far away from the viewer it is (making it harder to tell what the object is). It is easier to see when I clicked on the image to see it larger in a new tab, but it's still kind of floating over there, since you can't see the stand portion holding it up (and there's already the instrument next to it, where you don't really see what is supporting it).
One more thing--the two main characters could be a little sharper / clearer. If this were a photo, it looks like a selective-focus image with the springer spaniel & the U-shaped tool on the plane with the sharpest focus, and everything else slightly out of focus. So if you want to work on this some more, I would suggest making those two characters crisper and more defined. I think having more detail in the rest of the characters would also help with the contrast between the whites and the other colors. The whites are drawing more attention, but sharper, more defined details would also draw the eye & help balance it out.
Both of those comments are down to the nit-picky / refining level. Comparing this one to the previous versions, it's very clear and uncluttered. It has a definite focus in the composition, while still being full of interesting objects.
@smceccarelli@Teju-Abiola - Finally making some progress on this piece again - much to do still (hands and drapery and textures)... but i think the pose and the wings are looking better? I'm feeling much happier with it - thanks again :)
All right, I did a lot of tweaking to the sketch and ended up just removing the bicycle guy because he's not important. I picked a color scheme and tried out some new brushes. I'm still learning how to make digital art, I'm worried I over-rendered it, but I'm happy with it. I had to call this "finished, not perfect" so I could open up my schedule for the book cover class.
Thanks again for your input! My idea evolved into something pretty cool with your help! It was a challenge for sure but worth it. Good perspective practice. Flipping the sketch helped a lot to check for weird spots.
@lee-white Thanks again for your responses! You sharing your knowledge and findings are much appreciated. After responding to your last post I went on You Tube and found a lot of videos on story boarding and also videos on portfolio submission and what they are looking for. I guess the last time I really looked into it I couldn't find anything that was really helping me. It is also hard when you don't know how many jobs are actually involved in the process, so thank you for pointing that out in your last response. I hope that this conversation also helps other people find some answers. I have watched some of the classes you taught and I appreciate what you know and how you share it.
Most of us just want to draw for a living and don't know the ins and outs of any part of the industry. With Google being so prevalent now, I don't know how anybody did it before. I'm not that young, I still remember writing papers using an encyclopedia and actually looking at books for resources in a library. I remember when I was a kid I just wanted to draw. I just wanted to make cartoons. I never actually did it until I started working professionally. I didn't finish a comic book until I was already a graphic designer. It's too late for me to go back to school to get a degree in animation because I already spent all the money I could getting a degree in graphic design. Now I have to focus on learning through other resources like SVS, You Tube, and Skillshare.
Basically I have the mind set that I'm not going to give up. I know it's easy to say that, but once I really put my time and energy into something I see results. When I was 19, I was a delivery driver at Domino's pizza. I worked my way up to store manager and then decided I didn't want to spend the rest of my life making pizza and running a restaurant. It wasn't until I decided I was going back to school that I was able to make a career change. After a year in school I got a job at a sign shop as a print tech. I then worked my way into the design department after 2 years, before I finished school. I know I can do it once I decide to. I really wish everybody that wanted to draw for a living would do that. I always have it in the back of my mind that I may not be the best artist, but I won't give up.
I am sorry for the rambling, I just wanted you to know some of my life experiences. Thanks again for responding to my post. I'm glad there are people like you that are willing to share what you know.
It's looking good! I really like the painting on the snail, and the changes to his face. The speckled patterns look really interesting & add to the character of the snail.
I'm feeling conflicted about the clothing on the rider. You have a hat that he could have just found on the ground, clothes that are either well-worn or rough-hewn, but have bright colors, and a satchel / saddlebag that looks well crafted. The shoes are less noticeable, but they look like they'd take knowledge and skill to make as well. The two characters are very whimsical and fairytale, but the shirt looks almost like a t-shirt. I think this discrepancy--along with the bright colors--draws attention to the clothes instead of the characters. I think even just changing one thing or the other--the style or the saturated color--would reduce the distraction.
Maybe you could think about the world this character comes from. Does he have to make his own clothes and items? Are there skilled workers? Does everyone dress the same, or does it depend on their job / lifestyle? You can have a mix of shoddier items and well-made things, but if you have a story / background behind it--that can help it be more cohesive in your view of the character, and that will come through in the drawing.
I've been absent for a while as life and work get farther away from art... So I thought I'd share that I completed Jake Parkers Design 100 somethings challenge. Now I finished 100 a while ago but challenged myself to go to 200. I finally finished! Hooray. If you'd like to see all the doodles then head to my website HERE.