Loving it so far. It feels slightly unbalance because of the values to the left of the granny aren't quite balancing out the darkness of the tree and the visual weight of the cat and the mushrooms. I think it would be a fairly easy fix in the rendering stage, if you think it's a problem. But overall I think it's working well.
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I like first one as well, but I do like how the bird is looking more toward the lion in the second one.
As a side note- I think when you have a rock like that with a figure on it, people will forever think of the Lion King! I don't think you should change it because of this reason though.
I'm looking forward to the final on this one. I really like the comp.
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I personally thinks it's shaping up nicely. I do think your previous version was working nicely as well, because it felt harmonized and the color was circulated well throughout.
I think you've done a nice job separating your foreground from your background. I do think that at this point, you could bring back some of the awesome lighting elements back into the scene. Don't be afraid to keep some nice low glows to your water tank, light bulbs, and windows. That might confuse you since I told you to compress your values, but you've tamed the objects and other characters so well that I think you can get away with it and it will add a really cool bar atmosphere.
You're doing a great job with this piece, so I hope you don't feel to overwhelmed.
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@Miriam True true. You and Kathryn are totally right about that.
@W-Coats Thank you, that was a really beautiful description. You're good with words. #5 and #2 were my favorites, so it's nice to see people responded well to those 2.'
@TianLian Thank you!
@lmrush Thanks, I do plan to go back to one of the lazy ones, if I can.
@Eli Thank you. Yes, I'd like to paint one of the other ones!
@Chip-Valecek lol. The heat was supposed to be the thing that was making them loopy!!!
Ok, I played with some ideas and these are two that I liked the best. These are still very rough, so I haven't settled on the values, lighting, or worked through tangents yet, just trying to get down the basic composition, poses, and setting. A. is supposed to be a livingroom and B. is supposed to be a garage.
1.Which one do you prefer?
- If you like the drummer instead of the piano player, do you like how the drum set is breaking apart?, or should I keep it more like a traditional drumset, and just tweak the shapes to be more dynamic?
Any other thoughts welcome and appreciated.
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Thank you Heidi, another well done blog post. You are good at presenting enough information to be thorough, and yet it still feels easy and digestible to read. It's funny, because I was just thinking about how I needed a better work-life balance and a few minutes later, I saw this post!
RE: Music wip
Tangents typically mean when the contours or edges of two elements meet up in close proximity to eachother and it creates awkwardness or unintended focus in that area. So that lamp hanging in the background by his head, just gives a weird emphasis to that area. It's sitting right in the center of his head and is a bit distracting. If you had raised it, so we could see more of the lamp shade, it could also potentially create another "tangent" where is looks like the lamp shade is his hat. So I would just move that pendant light behind the center character to the left and possible make it so we could see the lamp shade. It's hard to see what will work without trying it.
When I say compress the values, (I'm not sure I'm using that term correctly btw) I'm saying not to use as wide of a range of values. Values can go from white to black. So instead of using the full range from lightest to darkest, you would just bracket out a portion of them to use. It could be from very light to mid tones. Or just mid tones. Or dark midtones to black. Or whatever. It's about contrast. More of a value range will be more contrasted, less of a value range will be less contrasted.
So for this particular piece, it looks like you are using a very similar value structure throughout the whole thing. You've thought about how color, texture, and size will let the different elements stand out, but the values are all very similar. It could be that it's certain style you're going for, so feel free to ignore this advice, but I think you could play with value a bit more to lead our eye through the piece. Right now everything seems to have equal visual weight and so my eye keeps jumping around between everything without visual rest. That's not necessarily a bad thing I guess, but if you did want some difference, one solution might to keep a wide range of values on the two characters in the foreground and the bar, and less value contrast in the background. You could go lighter, darker, or keep it midrange.
Hope that all made sense! :P
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Thank you everyone. I think that I'll go with number 5. @Jon-Anderson they are all supposed to be floating, kind of like they're in an anti-gravity situation. I'll explore that specific thumbnail with a few more iterations so I can play with poses and getting it to read clearly.
You guys are so awesome and really keep me on track. So grateful for your insights.