Hi, I'd like some help with a personal illustration!
So aside from the fact that I want the background to be a dark room, I don't have much else planned. Should the background be simple or busy? And should it be structured or more organic? I'd be so grateful if you gave me your opinions on my piece. Thanks so much.
Oh, and I'd love to get some advice about colour, contrast, and depth! I've been struggling with those.
Hi, I like the drawing in the sense that you have nice line work and shapes but from a composition standpoint I'm not sure what the story is because the girl seems to just be standing there looking into the sky. Is the monster dangerous? If yes then the sheep would be very noisy and active and that would make the girl take notice. Right now it looks like they are waiting for something to happen but I would consider drawing the moment when something is happening
I'm venturing into new territory: printables! I grew up homeschooled, and I'm around a lot of homeschoolers where I live. It's a largely Christian group, and lots of people have told me how hard it is to find high-quality coloring pages (of religious-specific stuff) to print. I've hesitated getting into it myself because spending a few hours on nice linework, only to sell it for a buck or two sounds like a bad idea.
But I've been doing more research into people who sell printables on Etsy, and it looks like it's "a thing." Not like a "quit your day job" thing (because art), but a decent market. While I could only sell my images for like $3, I would only do the work once. No printing, no shipping, no stocking. If I could sell a $3 drawing of a cute angel 15 times in a month, I'd be pretty pleased, to be honest.
In addition to the printables, I want my store to carry the original ink line art (significantly more expensive) as well as watercolor paintings based on the image. It's a weird new direction for me, but I'm pretty pumped about the support and interest I've received from various Christian/homeschool groups. Fingers crossed!
This is a sample of what I'll be selling. After I draw the lineart, I clean it up in Photoshop, and then livetrace it in Adobe Illustrator, so I have a resizable vector file.
To be honest, this looks like the first page of a 'guardian angel' comic, which I kinda want to do now XD Still some tweaking to do, but overall, this is what I'm going for. Does my study of vintage book illustration show?
I think it's a really cool drawing and I like the idea of an elephant...I'm not getting that she's bringing it to show and tell though...To me I think there is just something really funny about bringing the elephant into the class room. You could even give the elephant some character like perhaps the elephant is scared to be in front of crowds...what would an elephant afraid of crowds look like standing in front of a crowd of children? How does the teacher react to the elephant in the room is he or she amazed, horrified, or just trying to protect their peanut butter sandwich from the hungry elephant's trunk. Again I think it's a wonderful idea but you're missing some amazing story telling opportunities.
A Gradient pass on Screen of a bright orange from bottom to half way. This is to simulate the light coming from the bottom and fading out above him.
A Gradient pass on Multiply in a dark blue from top to half way.
I erased the edges from the outer oval where it had become blue to match the warm bottom of the oval background
I did some bright circular gradients in a light blue on the bluebird.
And finally I selected the inner back ground and turned the contrast down to match the top darkness to give the illusion of going back.
I think the last part was the most effective. You could do this with a dark glaze in your painting. I would test it on some canvas paper first though. I could make the foliage under his arm more green, but you get the gist...