@smceccarelli keep us up to date on where you will be selling prints. I would like to own a few of yours. In fact, I was thinking about decorating my workspace with different SVS artists in the future.
@lidia-ull Thanks for the advice. I was thinking of doing little ones on watercolor paper but it would be smart to do it on cheaper paper first! I need to do more studies, always. I tend to jump ahead sometimes which is, as @Lee-White says, truly IS a recipe for disaster. You can't rush things.
I don't think it is an issue of the image being too small, it sounds more like the image is too big and the website is compressing the image which is causing blur. If I upload 2 files to a website, one 3000+ pixels and one reduced to around 1000 (using photoshop to resize) then the smaller one looks nice and crisp until you start zooming in and start seeing artifacts.
@Chip-Valecek seems to be the guy to ask about web related stuff so he might be able to give advice if smaller image sizes don't work
@marsha-kay-ottum-owen Model sheets are poses of a character from all angles, that you do before you start illustrating in order to figure out what your character will look like from the front, side, and back and then you use those as references in future drawings. Sometimes they also include side by side comparisons with other characters so that you keep the size relationship consistent. Animators use them and often will show draw through lines to break down the form and shapes used to build the characters so you can construct them the same each time.
@sarah-luann Thanks for the shout out! I've got twenty OZ pieces up on my portfolio site and i think i'm about done (maybe one more to go) will definitely share with everyone how the whole Kindle Direct Publishing thing works out (or fails to work out) when the project is complete - thanks again :)
I decided to play a little. No plan just doodling and painting freely. Happy Friday tomorrow. Can you tell I'm working through the How to Draw Everything class? Cubes, spheres, cylinders and pyramids...of course these are pretty quick and loose but....it was fun. I know the perspective is off, especially the back walls but.....I wasn't going for perfection. Just needed a little creativity break.
@alexsen I pre-ordered one of these in August and they keep delaying the shipping date. The latest word was that they are supposed to start shipping in April. If I ever get one, I'll let you know how well it works.
@alexsen Pretty much what everyone else has said. But, also, just think about how many illustrated versions of Cinderella or Red Riding hood there are. How many times has Pride and Prejudice or Romeo and Juliet been remade - both in literature and film. Your idea may come from a mix of imagination and experience and you may just click with other people and where their brain goes. You might find you like the same thing or think along the same lines, but no one will execute the concept exactly the same way. I think there is value in trying to get your unique perspective on paper and problem solving your way through your own vision. That's where the uniqueness comes from.
@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. : )
@mara-price Hello! For some reason, Gina saved those four files are jpegs, the rest are psd. The jpegs display a little differently than the psd files (as a link vs a download). But, I was still able to view the links.
What do you see when you try to download the four files?