@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!
My story behind the character was that she's a forgotten symbol of autumn so she kind of does this long tedious job of changing all the colors of the trees and no one acknowledges her hard work. Sorta kinda maybe? I'm not so great at character backstories but I thought it would be a fun idea.
@justinmoss Thanks! I like hearing how you are seeing a different "story" in each one. I'll have to think about that a bit more, what the story is I am more interested in telling here.
I agree about what you're saying about his face popping out in the first one. I wasn't sure if it felt weirdly like it was floating in this sea of darkness. Of course there are ways of fixing that with lighting and what not. And I do like the stronger line of action in the second one. Again, I guess it comes back to what story I want to try to tell with this.
Thanks again for your thoughts! I really appreciate you taking the time to have a look and let me know.
@Art-of-B Thanks for the feedback! It's always cool to see how different people react.
@Zombie-Rhythm Thanks for your thoughts. I totally see what you mean about the perspective. I will have to go in and really try and work that out. I definitely appreciate the technical details and your photographer's eye on this! And you just may see some spaghetti western work coming up as well. I'm such a sucker for that stuff. Thanks again!
I think I’m going with the football player. I really liked this reference shot I got. Football is something we never pushed on my son, but he loves it. Flag football is something he can’t get enough of. Last night it was really entertaining just watching him watch the game. And it’s his turn for mom to draw him.
I did get a great shot of the cheerleader that I still may paint that one. It would be fun with all the glitz and color! And the runner, well, that may get done as well. To many of “mom reliving races through her daughter” moments. Now what do I paint the little guy doing?
I really want to do a piece for the Fall comp - but not sure which thumbnail to go for! I badly need more portfolio pieces with backgrounds and stronger compositions.. are there any that stand out? I’ve been looking at them too long, I can’t decide ... help!
@yego Hi! Looks awesome to me. I would add a little blur to the Plants in the background and take the saturation down a little on that plants too.
Though the colors are complementary and great, the two subjects can be integrated better on the scene if you add some color grading to them. For example:
-Make a stamp visible from the background without the subjects
-Filter, Blur, Average (now you have a layer filled with the average background color)
-Set this layer to color blending mode and take down the opacity as much as you feel. If you don't want the color to touch your highlights open the Layer Style panel and take down a little the white "blend if" slider.
That is an easy way to integrate the subjects in the scene.
those are the things I would do. but is a great piece the way is now anyway. Congratulations!!! You have an interesting way of using light, are you a photographer?
Love the process here, tree to the right looks much better, only a few small things for me. The trees in the background seem really full for fall compared to the tree the kid is swinging on. The leaf piles almost look like Hay piles or a bush, maybe the shapes within the piles could be a little more varied. I'm really digging this illustration great job!
The first area I plan to redouble my efforts on, is my early sketches / exploration / and composition. I really get impatient to get on with inking and other aspects, and I know I could come up with stronger compositions, visual "story", etc...
Thank you for the feedback and encouragement - i had September 24th as my deadline for having this submitted to Amazon...but i keep finding things i have to redo so i do not think i will quite make it - there are a couple more pieces i need to tweak before i submit (i really need to work on the witch's hands too) - thanks again!
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BTW, we are teaming up with Proko and just launched a new gesture class for our subscribers. Watch it! Stan studied with Jeff Watts who was mentioned earlier (I also studied under him as well for a short time).
Hey everybody I got a new job and haven’t been on line as much lately playing catch-up this weekend but here’s the process I did for my Music submission-first thing I did was ask my musician friend about his favorite instruments. After I did the research we talked about why he likes them. So thank you Lee for generating a wonderful conversation with your monthly drawing assignment. Second was a line drawing and the composition I used (grid pattern) second was a color study used with watercolor markers