Hi SVS :)
My name is Katie and I’m based in Alberta, Canada. I’ve been lurking for quite some time now and decided that I should finally get up the courage to introduce myself and start posting in the forums as I sent in an entry for this month’s 3rd Thursday.
This community seems so nice and inclusive and I’ve really enjoyed watching everyone’s progress.
Looking forward to interacting with you all!
P.S. here is my entry for this month's challenge...
Lisa M Griffin
Hi and welcome! I hope to stay awake for 3rd Thursday tomorrow night -there have been so many creative submissions being posted that it would be wonderful to hear the critiques live.
Your monkey character is cute and part of a very playful collection of characters.
Very nice style, love your piece!
Welcome to the forums.
Welcome to SVS @Katie-W! It is a great place to be, hope you like it here :-) Love your concept for 3rd Thurs, the circus idea is great and very nicely finished!
OMG your characters are adorbs! I love the monkey in particular, I just want to give him a hug. And never let go.
One critique I'd say is that the lion looks more bored/skeptical than he does scared. I would work on his expression a bit more. He also doesn't look quite grounded on that base - more like he was cut out and pasted on it. Same with the shadows - they look more like they're floating above rather than being grounded.
I LOVE Dorothy's little jacket with the back flap bits (totally mental blanking at the moment what those are called) curling up.
One critique I'd say is that the lion looks more bored/skeptical than he does scared.
I figured that was the look she was going for. Like: "jump through that? Pu-leeze."
Welcome Katie! And your art is great, I really like the concept here and I think it works really well for the characters!
@Kekkerz86 Welcome to the forums! You have a lovely style, very appealing, good color choices with a nice level of polish to it!
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!
@DanetteDraws Thanks for the critiques, I agree with you about the shadows and lion needing more weight on his platform. I seem to have a hard time placing characters concretely in space. Something to work on I guess! As for his expression, since it was a redesign I intentionally tried to make him look more unwilling rather than scared to create a moment between him and Dorothy (I didn't think he would be afraid of her since they're friends!). I can see how making him look scared would make him more recognizable though, thanks again for your comments.
@Katie-W you're welcome! I like that you've changed up his expression to be more unwilling and you've definitely nailed it - the one thing then I'd say would be a small easy fix is just move his eyes to be looking downwards at Dorothy/the hoop. Right now he's looking across at Glenda. Then the apprehension about "doing tricks" would really be apparent.
@DanetteDraws Thanks again for the great suggestion. I changed up his eyes to make his gaze more obviously directed at Dorothy and I think it looks way better... I also removed the shadows completely as I was told in the critique :)
Really charming characters. The little monkey is adorable, and the coat tails on Dorothy are an awesome way to create some depth. Great work!
@Katie-W love love love! It's looking so great now :)