@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 for the thoughts, guys, and sorry for not getting back sooner--the holidays, pregnancy fatigue, and life in general happened. :-)
@Jason-Bowen I think you're right--a more animated pose for the rabbit isn't a bad idea. On the other hand, I kind of like the more calm, sedate Victorian feel its got, which I think more animated poses and expressions would fight with. So it's a toss up.
And good thoughts as always, @smceccarelli. I think there is a balance to be found between doing whatever you feel like at the time stylistically, and sticking with a certain process/look until you can be really consistent at it. Consistency is important--as is experimenting and stretching as an artist.
I'm trying to learn how to paint snow so I did this scene (digital pastels, using Procreate on my iPad Pro.) I'd appreciate feedback and have a couple of specific questions -- the darks looked darker on my iPad than they do on my laptop monitor and I'm wondering if I need to pump up the dark values. I also left some of the texture of the digital paper showing through and was wondering if that makes it look too unfinished (though you may not be able to even see that at this size.)
@amphailin thanks! and thank you for the feedback, I am not sure if you're talking about just the links going over the center or a specific part of each link themselves. But I will make adjustments when I get back around to that page and see how it looks.
It would be helpful if you posted samples of images that have this "loose" stylet that you are taking about. "Loose" means something different to each person. Try to find exactly what you want to do and it will be much easier to get there.
I'm trying to create a series since last Sunday and I'm targeting to complete it at 1st of January. My main goal is to be creative and I'm trying to use only Black&White ( with Gray Tones ) and Red colors. I hope you like it and I'm happy to read your critics about this work. Happy Holidays!
@blessings They get taken down and then put back up... I can't look backwards - I must press forwards. I refuse to spend my mental energy or time on what probably wouldn't translate to money in my pocket anyway.
@gary-wilkinson I have to agree, I don’t think I ever felt so inadequate amongst a group of illustrators to feel I need to up my game, nor learnt so much from seeing feedbacks on people’s work, and the value of the video side of things. It’s like all the stuff I e read over the years suddenly making sense and becoming more intentional rather than lucky guess work. I am amazed now that people even published what I used to do. Svs rocks on every level, incredible community, interactive ‘Lecturers’, being able to mix it with the pros as well as encourage those coming through, and university level education about what matters without the pressure of passing and failing. And the cost is essentially zero. My only fear is we need to keep this quiet otherwise we will end up with even more quality competiton who have gone through svs.
@cory-shaw Thanks, Cory. Good point on the Father's point of view. I tend to do that when I write and create it's in a vacuum. In my brain, Its the sweetest nicest thing and I don't think "Oh if a Dad read it to his daughter he might not want his kid think she looks funny"
I really should look and ask before I post. Thanks for the input it will help me grow.
Hi, very fun idea!
I think you could decide on an emotional tone and convey it better in the poses and expression. Is the boy helping the dog to drink? Then he should look happy and look at the dog with a friendly expression. Is the dog taking advantage of him? Then he should look much more uncomfortable and annoyed. At the moment it’s a neutral setup, it could be either way. One of my teacher used to say that the moment you have two characters you have an emotional relationship to manage.
The poses feel a bit stiff and unnatural, especially the boy. To hold the weight of the dog he would probably stretch his arms, or put a knee on the pavement. The backside feel too stretched out. Try to avoid having both limbs (and dog legs on both sides) in exactly the same position and pose - it´sa sure recipe for a stiff pose
Maybe you could act it out with something of equal weight and take some pics as a reference ;-))
Hello! I Haven't taken advantage of the forum much other than the contests, but will be for 2018 ...a new years resolution!
So I've been really diving into Procreate on the Ipad and I've got to say it is fun! Lot's of great textured brushes etc. As a result, I haven't touched my desktop much for photoshop. Got that holiday bug and been trying to do #drawcember!
Procreate is convenient and offers a lot of power. For getting your work out there on social media, it is ideal. So here are a few holiday pieces I've been doing...
45min-1hr on each, with bicycle santa (my latest) coming in at about 4 hrs worth. I should mention I wrote quick little made up story lines for each of these on my Instagram @fauxtoddgraphy if you want to read them.
Thoughts/Crits welcome! My self critique? I've gotta work on angles, unique perspectives more.
Hope you like, Thanks and Happy Holidays to all!
There is some great progress here, but I thought I would throw out a through things that came to mind. I would push dark's especially in the sky a lot more to make the tree pop and dark the tree in the foreground to make the center focal point stand out even more. As was previously mentioned the way to make something brighter is to make everything else around it darker (there is more to it than that but its a good rule)
I would redesign the rabbits if possible as Lee White mentioned, they are too similar the to trees and they would look much better if the shapes were somewhat opposite or at least different to the trees. I feel like they get lost in the design when they are not meant to (I am designing a creature that looks similar to it's surrounds because of the theme, but the ears in yours seem to be an afterthought or somewhat obstructive to the piece)
As Lee said, if it's getting too stressful then switch to some other piece for a while and come back and look at it with fresh eyes. I have a few pieces that have been put on hold because of that, but you will learn from your other work and that will help you when you come back to the pieces you dreaded. Hope that's of some help :D
You are doing some great work though Eric and I you definitely have the power to push on to learn more!!
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