Cool image! I like the character. I would only say that the skeleton has a lot of suggested dimension to it, but the character does not. He is rather flat. With ears that large shouldn't there be some indication of the other ear? Also might be nice to get some separation between the fingers by giving the hand had a more expressive pose like it was really exploring the surfaces of the skull.
@Art-of-B These look great!!! Thank you for sharing your work with us. It makes me excited to explore this class. I really like your purple egg/dino/monster piece. Love the color vibrancy and curious eye poking out! So fun.
This is my painting for the onelayerday challenge, i use only one layer and the theme was "paranormal" it's so fun to use only one layer, very good exercise. This is a child, wake up and see this favorite teddy bear fly :)
@gary-wilkinson As far as the message I wanted to leave it a bit open on this one and let the viewer make up their mind as to the story. Mainly I just wanted to have the juxtaposition of old bones and youth. Also I did another sample to see what it would look like if I added some texture to the line work and did a digital watercolor type treatment. What do you think? I was going to do a similar color style over the cross hatched version. But do you think it looks better without the hatching?
@adameverafter you aren't too out spoken and it's ok to be invested in a piece of art! Hopefully we are all invested in our art.
Overall I really like this image. I just had trouble figuring out what was going on. The concept didn't come through. This is what is tricky about artwork. We can sit with something a long time and it makes more and more sense to us as we add things. Then show it to someone else and they don't have that same understanding that we think they will. In terms of concept, I'd draw it out quick before making the sculpture or painting and ask a few people to tell you what is happening in the piece. If they have trouble with it, you know you need to clarify some things.
In terms of technique, I really like quite a bit that is happening here. The blue and orange work nicely off each other. Although the orange in the waves is starting to confuse the form and makes it tricky to read what is octopus and what is water. I'd have stayed with different blues and greens for the water and keep the orange just on the octopus. Composition could probably be improved with some better staging and moving the focal point out of the center. Possibly dutch the camera (which just means tilt the horizon line).
Overall a good looking piece and I look forward to seeing a lot more from you. : )
@jason-bowen thanks man, that does help. Much appreciated! I’ll watch it indeed.
@Gary-Wilkinson for sure, the chair should tilt a bit. Oh I love unique angles and perspectives, and I’m not holding true to that, with this sketch.
But the more I look at it, I may go back to the drawing board with a total new idea.
To echo what @stringfellowart said, you're values are all very similar in the mid-light to light range. If you are working in Photoshop you can make a new layer on top set to color and fill it with black. This will make everything look grayscale so you can check the values then just hide the layer to see your colors. You can then adjust the saturation and darkness (ctrl-u on windows) of your other layers or a selection while the grayscale layer is on for a scary yet thrilling experience. You may not like the new color but it gives you and idea once you settle on a value. I learned that tIP here in the forum sometime last monthand it's been helpful for me.
Edit: Just noticed you didn't use photoshop. Sorry. I'm not familiar with the program you used but if you can make different types of layers there may be a way to still do this digital trick.
@gary-wilkinson I also had trouble with the spectacles, but I don't think it is a size or shape issue. They look opaque and I think that is what makes them hard to grasp. I love the colors of this piece, and the flow of curved lines. Maybe a hint of the fox's eyes, or you can make his eyes look a bit more inquisitive - he looks a bit like he's thinking of eating the lady. And I love the translucency of the deer's ears, nice touch. Your lighting is beautiful.
@eric-castleman I think adding more illumination from it helps it a bit, but it's more because of the angle and shape of it which is an issue to me. I usually imagine a hand lantern to be more cylindrical, although there are box shape ones which is fine. However, with most lanterns though the light does not come from the base and the lack of seeing him holding the handle could be where I see an issue.