This is super cool. I'm so excited for you and your journey, which sounds terrifying and exhilarating. There is this really amazing illustrator named Lisa Congdon (@lisacongdon) who didn't start drawing until " later in life" and has since made a wonderful and meaningful career for her self.
But most of all, she wrote and illustrated a book, A Glorious Freedom, highlighting several other women how followed their dreams later on in their lives. I believe there is even a woman who got her piloting license in her 70s (might be wrong about the age).
Either way. Do what makes you happy! Add more joy into your world, and when you are ready to share it, there is a community here waiting to support you. ♥
@david I too am a birder and just started posting photos to an Instagram account last summer at ljdemott I’m going to follow you and @lizardillo — you have some great shots and I love seeing the birds from a different part of the world. Mine are a lot of eastern bluebirds which I’m a bit fanatic about.
@katherine I think I enjoy the second one a little more. I think it communicated the golden hour theme best with the lighter, warmer trees in the middle ground best. I also like the cooler, blue trees towards the back as cooler colors tend to recede in our minds. The third is just a bit too cold and doesn't say "hope" to me much.
Love this piece, btw. Such an interesting composition. Made me keep looking all all the details in hopes of understanding the story more. Lovely!
I am realizing that all the details I added will be very very small to paint. The paper I am using is 8 inches wide so things are minuscule. I don’t have a bigger paper to use right now, so I will try it at that size. If not, maybe I will get a bigger sheet.
@carlianne This is great feed back and a wonderful tip on how to get the lines just right. I struggled with the same thing in my drawing but couldn't figure out how to correct it. Thanks for the clear explanation.
@ambria Awesome start on tackling perspective. Hope you kept at it over the last couples months (as I am now just getting into the forums).
Not sure if you're entering this piece for the competition, but I'll crtique it as though you were.
Because the artwork would be printed in small deminsions, one only really sees charizard's head, wing shape and moon.
It's too dark. Instead of black, perhaps use darker, blue-ish hues for the background elements. It'll help make the orange pop out.
The contest asks to see pokemon living its daily life routine. Because the charizard is asleep, the narrative becomes more about the resourceful basic pokemon. This is a problem if the aim is to create an artwork for a charizard card. If charizard were awake, it's more about it being generous towards others. Maybe the wing can be lifted up to act as a canopy?
While the contest rules didn't ban adding additional figures in the competition, it wasn't supportive of the idea. However, the winning piece from the last competition had both a pokemon and trainer in a piece. Would you be interested in swapping out the wild pokemon for a trainer?
I would reexamine the (gol)bats + moon in the background. The moon takes one eyes away from the scene.
Hope these suggestions are of help. Good luck with the contest.
@duh Thank You, I didn't realize my Instagram was set to private. That should be fixed now.
I think my goal is to just get better at this craft, and to have better backgrounds with better gags and props. I need to learn how to tell a story in my paintings (aka Illustrations). I am currently taking the Picture Writing Course, and in the process of writing a children's book for my grandsons. I plan on doing my own illustrations as well, and I want it to turn out the best that I can.
@cory-leick That's great Cory, I had a similar experience where I gave away the rights to my images for a decade. I've got the same dream, creating my own picture books! Let's go for it! Here's to the future. 🎊
@mymightypencil I really love this!! I think the additions you made to have him be a child tiger excited about his friends coming is poignant. It’s like the parents wouldn’t take them because he’s a predator. It can be likened to so many things where parents have issues with what the children (or other parents) are and the kids are so much more understanding - religion, race, etc - at least when they are younger.