They're both fantastic!
I think number two makes the dodging very clear. But the movement in number one is so great, and would also stand up better to a silhouette-test.
I think that I would choose number two, but if Wren had a more extreme pose, like in number one.
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RE: Which version reads better
They're both fantastic!
RE: Need some help with this composition please
@chip-valecek Oh, Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to do that! That is really helpful, and you're absolutely right. That works a lot better. I wanted to have it look like they're scattered about with a lot of air between them, and thought drawing them facing away from each other would help that. But seeing your suggestion has changed my mind. Seems like it didn't really make a difference.
@smceccarelli Thank you! Yeah, Chip really got it right.
I agree with it being bottom heavy. The landscape this is supposed to take place in is very flat, with a big sky. I really wanted to have that in here, but maybe I should change my mind. I think that vrsion with the sky cut out balances it out?
@C-Davies Hey, that's cool! I had no idea.
Thanks so much you guys! I made my colour tests today with Chip's version. Kept my sky, but might have to change my mind about that. Still a lot better than my first versions
Need some help with this composition please
Hey everyone! I'm struggling with this one. Can someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong?
I made these sketches, which I liked a lot. I really like the first one better, but I need to have six children in this picture, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to stretch it out a bit.
Thought it would work out, made a bigger sketch to try it out with a bit of colour and contrast. But now it looks completely wrong to me.
I figure that it is something about the angle and size of the kid furthest to the right, right?
Tried again, making the kid on the right bigger. Now I think that it looks even worse (even with all the messiness of this sketch aside).
I can't seem to figure this out on my own. Can someone else put their finger on what's going wrong here?
Can I save this composition somehow?
RE: Mushroom Village WIP
@stephanie-hider I like this! The shapes of the mushrooms makes it look really cozy.
I like the interior as well, nice round and friendly shapes. But it kinda looks like its too high up? Like if you were to open the door, you'd have to climb, because the floor level seems to be somewhere in the middle of it. I think this is because we're seeing the room from above, but the mushrooms from below. Maybe solve it by either moving the interior of the room downwards, or add a little staircase on the inside or outside?
I'm always really uncertain about my own advice, so maybe wait for someone else to chime in before you take my word for it. ^^
I'm looking forward to seeing this in colour!
RE: Freelance websites (success stories? thoughts?)
Well, yea. It's pretty much a minefield of terrible clients. But there's no denying that there are a few respectable ones as well.
There are a lot of bad things to say about those websites. I guess the biggest argument against them is that they take down the value of the whole market when people are willing to work for so little. But there's not much to do about it in the global economy. Someone from Thailand is able to make a living for way less than someone from the UK, no matter where they provide their services, so us rich westerners just have to make up for it with skills.
I'm on one of those websites, and even though I get most of my work elsewhere now, I do get a good client from there every once in a while. Those 20% they take seems unfair, but it's really similar to having an agent taking a percentage. Those 20% is what you pay for having someone else doing the marketing for you.
I joined it when I was a complete newbie, and I've been treating it as my education. Instead of paying for an education (that I can't afford), I get paid for it, even if it isn't much. I've dealt with the worst clients imaginable, and have made very few good contacts, but it has taught me a lot about the business and how to deal with clients. Now that I'm a bit more established, the clients I get seems like a dream,and I know that I'll probably get even better ones in the future.
So, for making a decent living (living in the west) I wouldn't recommend it. For some first hand experience on dealing with clients and finishing projects and all that, it could be a valuable source for getting into it. But don't sell out. There are a lot of cheap and terrible clients, but there are still a few good ones, and some in between.