Octopus WIP (crits welcome)
Super rough ideas atm, but thought I would throw a bunch out there and see what you guys all think about which idea would be interesting to push forward.
1 - octopus painter who is stealing the paint off his fellow shark classmate.
2 - kid octopus trying to ride a seahorse whilst his parents/teacher stands below.
3 - mini octopus in a fish bowl destroying a toy ship.
4 - octopus taking a selfie whilst holding 2 ships (as the sailors row away in lifeboats)
5 - Old/Bald man wearing a baby octopus on his head as a wig that he just caught as the mother looms behind.
6 - Same as above but using a child and with more of a simple character illustration.
@gary-wilkinson I like your idea of the big octopus holding the ship and taking a selfie that's pretty funny. Also like your idea for #5. ?But maybe not with it on his head. Maybe it's like a fisherman's catch photo. Holding out the baby octopus as his prized catch (make it very obvious it's a baby octopus)
@gary-wilkinson I like #3, i love cute things.
I like 1, 2, and 4. 4 is funny and I feel like it's more of a stand alone illustration. 1 and 2 invite me to imagine them as part of a larger story. 1 has a great gesture, so I was initially drawn to it, but I wonder if the pay off of it stealing paint is satisfying enough? Though I do think of octopuses as clever and sneaky, so I think it captures it's spirit well.
Can't wait to see which you go for. They are all really fun.
I'm partial to 1 and 4. I like the idea of 5, too, but with more indication of the mother octopus such as a large arm or two. You have very creative ideas here!
Thanks for everyone's suggestions . I was tied between going with 4 or 5, but I felt that 5 wasn't super original (although I may work on it in the future). So I decided to go with 4 and added in a kid octopus to create a father/son bonding moment as they destroy a bunch of pirate ships (I want to add some lifeboats/ life rings at the lower part of the screen among the wreckage to be a bit more kid friendly).
I have tried to keep the perspective and proportions relatively realistic although I feel the arm with the camera would in fact be really big as it is, but I want it to be the foreground object to help frame the piece and add a bit of depth to it.
If anyone has any advice on things I should add, delete or adjust it would be appreciated :D
@gary-wilkinson I think my only suggestion would be to make the phone slimmer. Because most smart phones these days are pretty slime, so right now it doesn't immediately read phone, the thickness made me thing of a beard trimmer (of all random things).
@stringfellowart I'm guessing you meant to say slim instead of slime :D but you are exactly right, maybe I should add on a back camera as well and round the corners a touch. I'm also hoping to try to give it an nautical logo vibe, although keeping it similar to the apple logo. Perhaps a fish with a bite out of it...
@gary-wilkinson Um.... no.... slimey phone would work better with an octopus....
Ya, no, you got me. :) Though now that I think about it, he needs a waterproof case :p