I agree that #2 clearly shows Wren's swift escape. I like how the poses are based on the animals.
Hello! I've always enjoyed being creative and have experimented a little with several different art forms including photography, graphic design, clay sculpture, ceramic plates, jewelry design, drawing, soft toys, paper crafts, & wire sculpture.
I feel like I have tried a little bit of a lot of things, and have some good art skills for an average person, but I'd like to develop my talents and work on "mastering my craft". It's been hard to decide where to focus learning.
I have a chronic illness called Lupus (as well as a couple other auto-immune illnesses and complications), and my health has declined to the point where I had to quit my job in 2015. Since I'm unable to work at all right now, and am limited on what I can do, I decided to work on drawing and illustration. I might not ever have the physical capacity to be a professional illustrator, but I would still like to progress toward that level of quality in my artwork for my own enjoyment and to share with my family and others.
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RE: I need to finish this piece.
@tessaw I like A & D the best (B seems like it could be read as angry instead of exasperated). All the additions look good! I also like the simplicity of the first one at the start of this thread. Whatever you decide to go with, this piece makes a fun little story!
RE: Mushroom Village WIP
@carriecopa Straight lines draw attention, so maybe you could try an arched bridge to soften it up a little? It could either be a structured bridge arching up, or a simpler bridge (like a rope bridge) that hangs down more in the middle.
I'm not good with perspective, but I think the fox is tilted a little more towards the viewer than the rest of the image. See how you can see more of the side of the vehicles in these photos?
I like your sketches & the fun whimsical feel.
I'm happy you decided to post. It's fun to see everyone's work, no matter what level it is--plus, it's great to see people improve! I don't think you need to worry about that anyway, since your sketch is just as good as many of the others posted here. I'm a beginner, too, and have seen my work improve from help here on the forums. I hope you are able to work on this some more. I'm interested to see more of it!
RE: WIP Mushroom Village prompt
@TessaW Good point on exploring a concept with different thumbnails. I know I need to work on this, too!
@artbytra I agree with the other comments.
I was wondering why the traveler stopped there and why the bag is on the ground. I think having it slipping out of the hand or sliding off of the arm would convey the idea of it being dropped better. Also, it looks like they stopped at the mushroom, rather than being overwhelmed by the village. I think a crouching position would be confusing.
I'm not really getting the breaking down element--for example, there's a door built into the mushroom top on the right--so it looks like the mushroom was in that position when they decided to build a house in it. If the village is broken down, the structural elements should be breaking down along with the mushrooms. Another way to show that it's old could be to have faded colors and cracking / crumbling edges. I believe this happens to some real mushrooms as they age.
Another little thing--the steps aren't cut to the same scale as the ladders and doors of the village.
Tree on the right feels awkward to me--like someone chopped the top off. It could be nice to have branches hanging down, but it isn't balanced with the rest of the tree.
Here are some photos that can give you some ideas:
It's a nice concept, and I'm looking forward to seeing you work on it!
RE: Mushrooms with Thumbelina--please vote
@holleywilliamson I'm really liking #2 as well, especially the mother frog & Thumbelina. I think the tree feels super thin & tall, and is taking up more attention than it deserves -- maybe because it's the only straight lines, and it comes down forcefully through the middle. It might not have as much effect once it's rendered if it has rougher texture to soften the straight lines and if it blends with the background.
I love S curves, too! If you do want to change it up, you could try moving the mother frog & Thumbelina into the lower left corner & have the frog son in the upper right--creating a simple curve instead of the S-shape.
I also like #4. Maybe you could add to the excitement by giving some movement to her hair and dress.
These are a great start! I'll be watching to see which one you choose!