@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!
This is a great piece and I love your rendering, as always. I don't know if you are finished with the girl but right now, I had to look at her twice to realize that the harp strings weren't her hair. Will her left arm be behind the harp holding it? That might clarify it. Other than that, amazing work.
I don't know what I'm talking about, I'm not a professional or even a great artist but there are certain things that show hints of Photoshop. The most obvious one is when you can see individual brushstrokes and you recognize the basic round brush.. Maybe the settings have been fiddled with, some texture added, opacity lowered.. But it still doesnt hide that the mark was made by a basic round brush.. Especially when there are 3 parallel strokes like I this detail:
To take it to the next level maybe try experimenting with different brush shapes, or work in more detail with a smaller brush to get rid of the round brush shapes.
Again, take all this with a grain of salt because I probably have no idea what I'm talking about.
@TessaW I agree with the mushiness and I think I am okay with it. In the immortal words of @Jake-Parker I just need to finish it. I will not make it perfect. That being said, I am very pleased with the seated arrangement I put in the finished work. I am posting it tonight. Feel free to go and take a look.
Thanks to all who gave me input! I really learned a ton going through this process. You made this more of a team effort and I am encouraged to keep on going. Maybe actually finish writing the second book and maybe even make it a graphic novel.
I am in love with the designs of your mushroom people - I think the idea of putting their face at the very base of the shroom with these big floppy heads/foreheads is adorable and funny and something I haven't seen before.
My critique is in a place where I'm just starting to learn from - but it looks like with your comp that you could benefit from finding the big shapes forms and doing value on those. Your woman has a lot of different values in her which makes it hard for her to stand out - but maybe if her value and the cat and the mushroom people can all be of a lighter value, where the whole middle ground is the darkness of that grass. This would allow her to pop out more and be the true focus.
I think it does! And I love his other arm - it really makes his pose dynamic!
He does look like he might topple over a bit - his right leg (the leg in the left) just needs to come out more so that his center weight is more stable. I hope that's helpful - I don't have the ability to do a draw over right now.
But he looks pumped about his new pencil!
This is the start of my music piece - I doubt it will be done in time, but I'm excited about the piece in general and I was hoping to get some input from you amazing people! The idea is of a lion that sings to the moon and stirs his neighbors. I'm still trying to nail down composition and perspective and have started to play with value comps. (I'm 100% struggling with the rock formation, but I can't figure out what's going wrong.)
I definitely value any feedback you have!
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Wonderful work, @eric-castleman It reminds me of certain movie scenes where the background is subdued with the main action/character in color, etc. There's one image online of Wonder Woman charging through muted devastation in the background. About the only thing that slightly bothers me is what seems to be a lack of eyes on the baby and on the adult at left -- or maybe I just can't see if on my screen. Amazing, as always.
Cute, and nicely drawn. "When pigs fly," indeed!
The only part I was unsure of is what's going on where the character is sitting on the cup. If you're intended to show that he is dissolving into the coffee, then it is successful. I keep thinking that portion looks like a chocolate covered cherry or some similar dessert item. :)
This is beautiful. I love the rendering style. I feel that the length of his thighs makes his body look child like, but his face looks manly. But perhaps he's a hobbit-like creature? I also think that you could balance the composition a bit by adding a foreground element on the left edge. Maybe the edge of an outbuilding wall and roof or something. I also think the patch of light on his shirt could be broken up a bit. It's stealing a lot of attention from his face.
Thanks for sharing, I love seeing your work on the forums.
Wow! You've both come a long way! It's amazing how much progress (and massive style changes) can be made over the years.
As for mine...
Black pen on sketchbook. 'Round 2011-2012
And since I have a visual record of the past four years or so at a page or two a week here's old pages of me webcomic! Much embarrassment!
Early attempts at colour:
Aaaaaaaand newest page:
What a promising start! I think you've got a great sense of composition, anatomy, and color. You have lots of lively scenes and engaging scenarios. Your chosen medium, watercolors, can be very challenging to take into full darks and lights and get the contrast you want out of them. I would also take note and avoid compositions where the main character's face is diced up in an awkward way (like in the first image). I would also work on getting comfortable rendering hands so they have the same lighthearted feel as the rest of the work. Love your holiday elf! Keep going. :)