I sketched this out a few days ago and after the March prompt of old and new I thought I'd tweak it and see it through. I really appreciate being able to easily rework and manipulate so much of an image in Photoshop. I'm in need of portfolio pieces and any suggestions to help this one reach that end are welcome.
@jon-anderson the updated version feels a lot more balanced and I like the new pose of the little the frog, but his legs seem a little off to me. Is there a story behind this idea or a message to convey? i like that the little frog is sharing his excitement of technology with his dad (?) but the headphones create a kind of a divide between thier interaction.
It would quite nice to see a little more
going on with the dad in the new version (his pose and expression work in the old one, but seems a little disconnected with the new)
It's a complete change of story, but one thing that popped into mind when looking at this is what if you reversed their props and gave the book to the little one and a tablet to the older one.
Your lines are so strong and it is such a lovely image. What about a different camera angle? Like maybe up over Old frogs shoulder looking down so we can see what is on little frogs page. Yours is great this is just something to consider.
@gary-wilkinson Thank you for the suggestions. I actually like the idea of swapping the book and tablet as a take on the younger generation sort of rediscovering things of old. I see the other things you pointed out about the legs, headphones and pose. I'll tweak those a bit more so that, as you mentioned, there's a bit more connectivity between the dad and son. I don't have a settled story at this point other than "family" though with switching stereotypes certainly sets up one. Thank you for that idea!
@lmrush I thought an over the shoulder scene would be really cool, maybe even from a birds eye view through the trees but decided to save that for another picture intending to do a few scenes revolving around the elder frog and the bench. Something about the dangers and monotony of the straight on angle enticed me to take on the challenge. Thank you for your kind words and suggestion!
Tweaked some of the things that were mentioned. How does this fare? Thanks for all the help! (Something happened to my layers so I apologize for the ghosting)
@jon-anderson wow this last image is so much better! The dad's gesture is so much more dynamic and makes him connecting to the kid!
Love it. Great job.
I like this a lot..I love the great interest and feeling between the two. Lots of love here..
@jon-anderson Oooh, I'm liking how this illo is developing. The way you've used body language to have all the characters engaging with each other is making this a very strong piece already.
I wanted to post a progress update. I had a time working out my values and I anticipate working it out more as far as the bench is concerned but I've been bouncing around not trying to spend to much time in one area and bring the piece along as a whole. I still have many of the details to work out but I figure I'm at the stage where if something is screaming "fix me!" I better get to it now than later. I know the cap on the little frog, who I've taken to calling Hopper Jones, needs the twist downward to match the perspective. My biggest struggle is with color. So, if you notice something that isn't working or needs tweaking I'm open to suggestions.
@jon-anderson Looks great. I really like the idea. I am struggling with color usually so please consider this. The only thing I see is a bit distracting is the yellow vest on papa frog. Otherwise great