Today I tried something a little different for me, after seeing a delightful book in my local library called "I am the Seed that Grew the Tree", illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. (Honestly, anyone with the last name Gannon... Ganon... has to be rad).
I was absolutely enthralled by her use of colour and texture, so had a bash at something myself on the iPad. The poem is also from that book... I hope this isn't considered plagiarism
But I rather like how it turned out anyway!
And I'm thinking to myself... is this use of texture and shape overdone in the world of illustration? Or should I continue to explore it? What do you think?
@Chip-Valecek that looks like a Ray Harryhausen style dog.
If you’re still after critical feedback I wondered what would happen if the blue of the saliva was toned back so it was less saturated. Would it make the flame on the tail look brighter? Would the saliva still look wet? Is this the effect you want?
Or is the saliva glowing and giving off its own light? If it is how would this bounce off the mouth and teeth.
Cool pick Chip. Love the concept and the cold blue flame and the glowing eyes. Now I have to try and sleep
Hi, everyone! I’ve been painting my latest and I came to a halt. Though I love the afternoon lighting, I again felt that it did not suit the scene well. I don’t feel like an afternoon setting would be best for this one just like my Itik-Itik piece. So I made a midday version and I love it more. Here they are below. Please let me know what you think.
Re-watching the Gina Jane videos decided I had a good Idea with this original image so I'm reworking the original to get rid of the a lot of the dark blacks and changing up the colors. Think I'll do a series of four different children and animals in this same background but changing up the flowers and the position of characters. Here's my first WIP going to redraw the dogs face ad the little boys body after I finish up the background. The lighter version is the rework the darker is the original
Thanks. I’m still working on the story. But maybe at the same time working on a few of the illustrations that I want to include. Thanks for the encouragement! I’ll post so progress here when there is some...
Looking good. I approve of your wife's addition. One more comment- I'd think about putting a few more flyers on the pole. Right now it has just one and I think it distracts from the impact of your intended message. It's great to set the ambiance of the scene, but my mind keeps wanting to connect the dots between what the lost flyer means in relation to the bunny. I think if you added a couple more, it would make them feel more like a setting element rather than a narrative element. Hope that makes sense!
@eroomba Oh! Yes I guess it could appear that way. I'd actually started with all the houses having different colors but I wanted the lemon chilli house to stand out so I did this. But I see what you mean. I'll see how I can make it blend in more. Thank you!
@Braden-Hallett - I really like the idea of the cardinal and Grandpa's clothing being the same color -- thank you for that! That had never occurred to me!
I cleaned things up a bit, shifted the girl down and to the left some, as suggested, and added the extra photo. I think I might add more clutter to the floor later. Then it's on to touching up the line art.
@Nyrryl-Cadiz Thanks I may add more clover over the next couple of weeks. Anything to really connect the clover to the lightning strike.
@chrisaakins Thanks I'll try some little bits of arcing lightning left over (but I think it may be a bit far )
Had some time to work on this, and here’s where I am with it. Not done yet. But I’m not pleased with the kids faces, but I’m not sure what’s wrong with them. I plan to add glass, and finish the windows and siding, maybe add a cloud or two in the sky.
Anyway, I appreciate any feedback or suggestions on the image - the kids or anything else. Thanks!
@Chip-Valecek & @hannahmccaffery thanks. I'm going to rethink the whole concept though.... after pondering Gary's point above, I haven't yet pinned an idea on the story I want to tell yet. I was just "drawing a character" as is my usual thing, being in the mindset that I am no good at story writing, so I avoid it.
Earlier I rewatched the Visual Storytelling Techniques video and will attempt to tackle it from the notes I made, to see if I can come up with something better.