Hi, I think your drawings show great imagination and love for drawing, so it’s a good thing you found your motivation again! I love the style that shows through, you are on a very good track. And hands are difficult indeed I always have to check mine while drawing one
I decided to go with D, and I just launched into it. I'm hoping folks can tell me if things are pulling focus and interest. I"m worried there's too much texture in the tree, perhaps, and I need to do something a bit more substantial to the path he's standing on...
@aprilshin I decided to change the boy's facial expression a bit, and have him looking upward with a "sorta" grin... I think that was stronger than the "I'm lonely" vibe I think I was going for... Does that make things a bit clearer? Or at least less complicated?
@Matthew-Oberdier I agree with @Oana I think that the composition is nice, I love how dynamic the students are and how interesting the different components are. The mice are safe, so the teacher is relaxed, but i have a few questions understanding that this is a meeting about a mission to put a bell on the cat:
this is going to be a dangerous mission, what are the steps or at least how will he show the students the next step? and if it is a projector, how will that lighting affect the setting and the feel of the piece?
Why are the mice putting this plan together NOW at this moment in time? is it a new cat? a kitten they are worried about growing up to eat them in a few weeks? has the cat been around for a long time, and just recently been catching more mice than usual? did it have a bell before, but it came off? has the instructor or the students lost any family members to the cat? what qualifies these mice to be on this dangerous mission? what qualifies the teacher?
what size is the cat and how come we can see so much of it from so low? if it is far away, how will you show the distance?
sorry for all the questions, and surely all this information cant be contained in the image, but maybe it can be helpful for informing your development. I think your idea is really interesting and will keep getting cooler as you develop it.
some thoughts on the answers to the question:
--maybe the professor has a bunch of chewed on 2x4 cards that he has drawn on, with a little easel to put them on, the successive steps of the plan rest against the wall or are behind the current step on the easel
--if the cat has been around for a while, and this is a repeat bell installation, maybe the teacher was the last mouse to put the bell on successfully, but barely survived and is visibly scarred or injured? maybe he is holding the bell?
i'm sure there is a way to include some of the answers to these questions while still keeping the cartoon feel you have now, which is very nice-- keep up the good work!
Hey everyone! I've completed a couple of pieces in the last couple of months and just wanted to share them.
One piece is a master study of Lee White's beautiful composition of the boy and the moon. Creating the luminous glow with the white ink was so much fun.
Another painting I've done is 'Ada building a hut', which I did after watching Lee's 'Loosening up in watercolor' class.
With both of these pieces the main aim for me was trying to keep the painting loose, but not letting it get too messy/out of control. It's a tricky balancing act and I have a long way to go I think.
I have also painted 'girl playing with her dolls'. I was going through the creative composition class after I had already started this one, so I wish I had done small thumbnails before I began it. Nevertheless, I tried my best to focus on the values in this painting and provide enough contrast/focus/interest, whilst keeping the colour palette to a minimum. I know there's room for improvement, but I do like it overall
I welcome any feedback here, all about improving! My aim is to get to the point where I'm really happy with my watercolour paintings and then start learning digital illustration and how I can incorporate my watercolour. I also want to create enough quality pieces to go in my portfolio
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@Melissa-Bailey-0, you didn’t step on any toes at all. Your advice has been great and I’ll definitely heed it next time. Thank you!
Well, since you all helped me so much, I figured I should post here the final version. I still can change it if any of you have any suggestions, though.
Thank you everybody for all the comments, suggestions and, in a sense, lessons, I should say!
And two weeks later, I figured out my black-streaks shading problems! It was awkward revisiting fundamentals but I highly recommend it Here's the finished birthday card post-customer-feedback-incorporated:
I'm trying really hard to continue learning new elements and push out of my comfort-zone. This week I decided now is the time I should learn rocks! Silly as it may be they have always been a challenge for me and something I’ve convinced my self I just couldn’t draw so I just avoid putting them in my paintings at all costs which is very limiting. I knew I couldn't keep it up forever and feel that over the last year sense getting my iPad I have grown a lot so I might as well give it a shot. So here's to my first rock study
Let me know what you think
@lizardillo thanks! Let s hope I am inside the theme this month! Love your long furry critter. Also the bandana is very clever!
@miranda-hoover I really hope I knew about this creature before the initial design! It is awesome!
@K-Flagg thanks a lot my friend! Well it is something that I think interests me, designing illos for cards, so who knows?
@Jeremy-Ross thanks a lot Jeremy!
Getting there. I thought about doing this in traditional watercolor but I have a lot going on in my schedule and don’t think I’ll have time so I’ll probably have to stay digital. I switched to pencil instead of ink because it makes it look less cartoony.