@peteolczyk for the most recent image you posted, I love the overall atmosphere and everything about how you've tackled the trees. I agree with some other comments that the footprints seem a little small and far away from the characters that are looking at them. Also from us. I wonder if they could curve around closer to the characters and then come towards the viewer so we have some bigger ones in the space at the bottom of the image. I also think you could maybe make the bear darker - just now you have a white snowman body on top of a white bear on top of a pale background. I think adding the creator of the footprints more prominently in this version was a good move because from the first sketch I thought maybe the things growing were acorns planted by the squirrels in the front right tree.
More generally, I love your drawing style and really like the initial sketch where there is a lot going on. When looking at the contest entries I tend to think of them as a spread part-way through a picture book so I'm not expecting to have complete information about who all the characters are and their backstory, etc. As long as the central message of the prompt clearly comes across and the other stuff is more of a second read then I think the extra bits make the image more engaging and memorable. Like the super cute little penguins messing about with the snow. I didn't notice them at first because they didn't detract from the main focus but then I saw them and it kept me looking at the image longer, wondering about the relationship between all the characters and what they were doing before they spotted these footprints.
@xin-li Yes that would be lovely! I'll be there for the first 2 and a half days
@Carrie-Anne-Brown Thank you! Yes I like the idea of adding more chaos and things falling from her hands!
@IanS Thanks! Haha yes she does look like she has one arm, I never noticed I will have a play around tonight. I love that Quentin Blake illustration, the children's expressions are perfect hahaha
@Kevin-Longueil I think you could do it either with more branches on the tree separating them, or with lighting. But I rather like this piece without much lighting (the style seems so nice and textured, almost like a woodcut), so I tend to prefer the tree idea.
I also agree with @demotlj!
Thank you again for your valuable tips and input. I have finished the piece and actually put quite another number of hours in it! I will leave it as is now and probably revisit it once I have learned some new skills again :). Overall I'm content about it!
Hi! I do think it has gotten a lot better, especially the boy's face! And the sparkly texture on the snowflake is very nice, too.
I think maybe I'm partly describing what @chrisaakins called airbrushiness. Airbrushiness is usually not caused only by the brush used but also by not being sure where the shadow delineations should fall. Like you said, good reference or a model would probably help a lot. I know it's getting late in the month to start over (I have a cold now and am staring at my own piece ineffectively), but it's all a learning process. And I still think the piece has such a nice theme and atmosphere!
Didn’t like the direction the previous illustration was headed, so I started over. In this version I do like the black and white line work, but still not sold on the colorized option. Still, this color is better than the first one.
@Whitney-Simms I just said to my wife I should do pet portraits. Its no where near my style but I am working on doing my two dogs first to see how long it would take and if it would be worth it for the person paying. I may hit you up later on your pricing. FYI I loved all the ones you did for xmas.
I love the idea. It's really sweet! I agree with @xin-li about the centre line created by the light and dark. I would also suggest having a chair or small table in front of the painting so she has something to climb onto to get back into the painting rather than having foot prints on the wall. I know this is a prompt but if you wanted to make the footprints paint footprints (As she's a painting) I think that would cool. This is a great piece!
I remixed my palette, so the orange, though less saturated, is a bit further away from my red now
Thanks everyone for the input! The poll showed overwhelmingly #3 though I kept a spot of the blue.
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@Heather-Boyd the tongue would have been fun! Oh well, next time...
I understand the intersecting of the windows. I also needed to pay attention to the snow not filling the whole depth as it would only be on the outside of the pane of glass. I hope that made sense as well...
Color test in Procreate. This may never make it into the contest because I’m going to try to paint it traditionally in watercolor and I never know how that’s going to go but then, “never give up, never surrender!’ We’ll see.