"I Think I Found Somplace Magical"
I wanted to do something that was not so unreal that it felt foreign, but felt like reality and something out of a book came together. The girl in this image is experiencing that feeling.
@lee-white Ooh, can't wait to see the painting video.
Alright, I signed up. Whew!
I'm right on the edge of signing up, I just need to be pushed over that edge.
The description says there will be one video a week and a homework assignment, that seems reasonable, but can you estimate how much time a student should expect to give this course each week? I feel lame asking, but I want to give it my all if I sign up.
I'm not sure about being a specialized generalist. It may work for some, but I suspect that if your attention is constantly pulled in multiple directions you are more likely to become okay at many things and good at nothing. I am an instructor (in a different field) and I've noticed that students who try to focus on multiple subjects at once do not do as well as those that spend a couple years focused on a single subject.
However, as far as school is concerned, I've heard similar advice. When I was in High School I had the opportunity to speak with Orson Scott Card about writing professionally. When I told him I wanted to be a writer and receive a degree in creative writing (like he did), he replied that I should instead receive a degree in something like comparative literature, history, or philosophy. He argued that a writer already writes all the time and likely writes well enough, but still needs knowledge in other areas to inform their art and develop a creative bank account. So that's what I did, and it turned out fine, but I think I could have gone into my career further and faster had I stuck with creative writing. I didn't develop the necessary contacts, I didn't receive diverse training, I didn't get constant feedback on my work--I think I needed those things.
It's a really nice idea. I imagine that projects such as this could only help bolster your brand and identity. The only problem with social media is that apps are designed for users to consume media in a particular way and they are not typically very kind to sequential art. On Instagram for example, followers will either read sequential art backwards on their feeds or backwards on your page depending on which one you favor. Also, Instagram users tend to consume a lot of material from many different users very quickly, which means that each post needs to stand on its own. I think a blog would work really well for this, perhaps even Facebook.
I like your art. I checked out your website as well; it is very interesting! The only thing I have to say about this piece in particular is that I would personally never tell my daughter she may not be the prettiest, even if she didn't believe it. I imagine most fathers believe their own daughter is the prettiest anyway.
Hmm, great story! I think you accomplish that with the boy in the background (he doesn't have the main focus, but he is still very clear.) Certainly the size of the monster brings some focus on the monster too. The only place I have trouble focusing is on the monster. I wish I knew all the correct terms better, but I think deemphasizing the tree on he right side, either by making it darker or less saturated would allow my focus to remain in the center where the monster and bug are. You could also add emphasis to the monster by giving it a warmer color or saturating the blue (add less water). I know you're done, but I'm telling this to myself as much as I am to you, because trying to analyze it will help me in the future as well. Anyway, I'm not necessarily correct either. It is very good!
Personally, I've not noticed a substantial increase in traffic since starting a website. However, when I am interested in another artist I like to search their name in google and find content quickly. Artists are often spread out among multiple platforms and I find it difficult sometimes, even when I search well-known artists, to find basic content like portfolios or products (I want to buy stuff but I cant figure out where to get it!!) A website can bring it all together and make it simpler for fans or agents to find what they are looking for.
Not information on drawing per se, but a lot of Instagram accounts exist dedicated solely to pictures of their children playing and doing different activities, some of them are very good for reference. I like @grimsteadslittlepoppets because the photographer takes a lot of pictures of children with animals, jumping, running, playing (the only downside is there are very few boys featured). @bethphilippidis is good too, especially if you are drawing old-world sorts of things. If you follow one or two of these photographers online you can find similar accounts that suit you better.
@Sarah-LuAnn Thanks! I was aware of the proportion issue during my sketch, but I couldn't figure out how to get his hands over his head without making him look too long. I wanted him to look young. Originally the arms were shorter, but they overlapped the face and that hurt the silhouette.
I think it looks good! I like the progress that you've made. I will make one observation that I hope is useful.
The object that draws my eye in the most is the lady bug. That's great, but the fore-tree on the right also catches my attention and seems to draw my eyes off page. I think it is because the colors are warm and saturated. The monster and the boy deserve more attention and if you saturated them more, they might stick out above everything else. I also think the tree on the right should look more like the one on the left, darker and cooler. Does that sound right?
@doha The forum seems sensitive to the browser you use when posting pictures. I discovered that I can post pictures using Google Chrome, but not Microsoft Edge. There could be more to it, like browser settings, but I'm not sure. What browser are you using on your phone?
I thought I would post this here and ask for feedback. The problem is often I finish something and I feel really good about it, but then the next day I hate it. I don't know why I don't like it, so I am asking for your help if you have any ideas. There is no specific purpose or goal behind this piece except to explore my coloring and digital sketching process.