September 3rd Thursday
Decided to take the plunge and have some fun with this month's 3rd Thursday Topic.
Here's a super rough sketch, which would technically be the second step of my process, all of my original thumbnails were done in pencil. In this sketch I wanted to capture the overall composition, as well as give myself some notes for possible lighting schemes.
Cleaned up the lines a little bit...
I love the styles and the characters look very well designed, but I am not sure I am understanding the story.... Is Thomas trying to reach the skateboard? What will happen before he reaches it? And where are the creatures living? I assume it is a kind of underground environment, maybe under a street? Adding some cues as to the whereabouts of the environment may help with the narrative.
The style is however really unique and very interesting! Are you going to color it?
@smceccarelli thanks for the feedback!
Yeah, it'll be fully painted once it's done - and hopefully when I put the background details in you'll be able to see he's reaching into a storm drain for his skateboard. The blank space above the characters will have some indications of a suburban street, houses, trees, etc.
The idea is that Thomas could almost reach it when, he realizes there's something else down in the sewers below.
Next little update, I've gone ahead and blocked in some flat, local colors and began throwing some shapes around for the top 10% of the frame.
@Rian-Trost I really like your concept and creatures. Perhaps trying some different compositions? Looking forward to seeing how you progress. :)
@Suzy-Heitz thanks for the feedback! I don't have a lot of practice with full illustrations, I've mainly focused my studies/development on Character Design - so I think there is a lot I have to learn about being more obvious and direct with my compositions. I think I'm going to power through this one so I at least have a finished piece, but if I have time I'll try a more dynamic composition for my next one.
Here's another step forward in my process. I've added the first few passes of lighting. Lots of cleanup and refinement left, but I think it's slowly starting to have the intended mood.
@Rian-Trost I love this! Your colour choice is great and your characters are very endearing.
I have a suggestion for the type - it would be so great if you drew/rendered the letters as buried bones! I think it would really tie the concept together nicely. Also the 'buried' stuff in that area now look like they're floating a bit, I suggest working on that a bit more to make them look like they're 'stuck' in the dirt.
One final thought: the white balloons on the right draw my eye a bit too much (since they're so high contrast). I don't think they're as important as an element as the clown creatures faces so I'd take that contrast down a bunch.
Can't wait to see the final :)