@BichonBistro If you have clip studio it is under "tool property", there is a stabilization bar, there is only 5 settings.
In Photoshop CC (not sure about other versions) it is under "smoothing" which is to the right of opacity and flow in the top bar. This setting goes by a percentage slider, from 0 - 100% and has much more finite control.
If you have a wacom, (maybe some other tablets have this option too?) adjusting the tip sensitivity can help too. I shake, so if the tip is super sensitive, it will show every jiggle, and line thick ess will jump around. Firm up the tip, and you have more control/forgiveness. When I color, I usually soften the tip pressure. So I keep then wacom preference panel open.
Can't really stabilize with vector, but it's nice that nodes are editable, can adjust a line with the handles. I knew a guy that would just quickly and sloppily lay out lines, then just go back and adjust each node to what he wanted.
I have figured out the plates I will use to print. This will have 4 plates (tan, green, blue & black). I plan on starting to cut plates and print tomorrow.
Please give any feedback on if you see anything that could improve it. I used thumbnail #6 and added some elements of thumbnail #1 that some people here liked. I think it came out pretty clean.
I wanted this one to come out with less line work and more come through with the pure shapes of the plates. I think everything reads well. Especially note anything you are having trouble reading.
Your photoshop painting is really good!
I agree with you on the lacking of story, and I would say totally push that seahorse glow so that is the only light on her and work your story around that if your going to do a close up as you have done. If you had a swarm of glowing seahorses I was thinking of Happy Feet 2 swarm of cril. It could be about her discovering them -a new species or they are helping her find her way home, I like stories and wished my skills for rendering were at your level. I will get where I want to be soon enough and so will you.
I find the cropping a tad problematic -I know it was due to lack of time -with her tail squished in on the side.
Yeah I keep editing because as I type I can’t see your image, my iPad has serious issues, I may return tomorrow to add some more.
@Braden-Hallett You are killing it as usual, this looks awesome! I don’t think it is absolutely necessary for Godzilla to be in the composition as the focus is on the challenger, but I do think it works here if you want to include it. I think it works just as well without it though. Lol, that’s probably not helpful sorry.
@Braden-Hallett here is my final. After letting it set, I thought that it was too light. Did not have a night feel. So I added a gradient shading so the fire was bright be everything got darker the further away it is.
I have sent it off! My first SCBWI submittal! Thanks for posting this it encouraged me to do this one as well.
This is really solid (no pun intended hehe). Perhaps the only thing I could see is the bended right thigh seems to have the same length as the straight left thigh behind it. It's really not a big deal though. There's plenty of gesture and 3D-ness so I think it's going to look great!
@Maxi-Silva This is really nicely done. It's awesome that this is your first digital artwork!
While I don't know much about creating comics, I'd like to urge you to continue to explore the format in both the traditional and digital medium. I'm sure the SVSLearn courses would be of great help on your journey as well.
@Judy-Elizabeth-Wilson the finish on this is great. I love the style and think it works really well. But I have a couple questions for you.
What is the feeling you are trying to capture with this page? Reading the text I get a feeling of urgency but I am not getting that from the picture. I was thinking that maybe you were going for a feeling of 'oh, no' from the elves and 'calm' from Santa. If that is the case, I think you might want to lean into it more. Give the elves bigger expressions especially with their body language.
Is there a reason every elf is a different color? I find it a little distracting, but if it is part of the story don't mess with it.
I think the sizes are fine. Mr. & Mrs. Claus are clearly bigger than the elves and different.
Looking good, now I wonder about the rest of the story.
@12before34 Uhmmm okay, here's an example. Last year I made this illustration of a haunted library.
I started with a freehand quick sketch. I usually have an idea how I want it to look so I do this first, because it's very important to understand that you have to decide where you place your horizon and vanishing points depending on what angle YOU want. Not placing random points then being a slave to them to the end! That's why I use my freehand sketch to help me determine where to place my horizon and points to obtain the exact angle that I want.
From there, I placed my horizon line and vanishing points. I place my VP in my mind, but you can physically place yours. If you draw traditionally it will often involve taping some additional pieces of paper to your drawing to draw vanishing points outside he frame. From there, I suggest you use your vanishing points to draw some guides on your picture (then you can remove your vanishing points because you won't need them anymore with the guides to help you). The guides look like this when I'm done:
From there I draw my final sketch on top with the correct perspective. It's similar to my freehand because I'm good at eyeballing perspective, but sometimes there's a more drastic difference at this stage:
There you go, that's my complete process.
@ShannonBiondi , that’s very kind of you. But after watching the crits that Lee did on past contest entries, one thing really stuck with me. There has to be a clear story for it to really be an illustration. If the image has to be explained, or if you need to know what the topic is first to actually “get” the scene, it’s probably not a good illustration. Might be a good picture, but not an illustration that tells a story. My first sketch could be anything as the patient- an alligator, a monster, a guy with really bad teeth... So while I really appreciate your encouragement, I think I need to go a different route in order to try to illustrate the topic. Maybe at a later date, I will develop that first idea, just as a crazy dentist picture.
Heres another chance to get your work featured on the SVSLearn homepage! Like I said on the post for July submissions, I realized that only having the first ten days of each month is a little quick of a period to ask people to submit, so I am going to try posting the submission post around the 15th of the month before the deadline, so you have 20 or more days to post something to be considered. If you have any thoughts or suggestions about this monthly opportunity please feel free to share them as a comment or to send me a message!
This post is a place to share work if you want to get a chance to be featured in the Student Art Gallery on the SVSLearn.com homepage for August. To be considered share 1-2 of your best pieces (you can re-share an image you posted last month, but this is also a great opportunity to push yourself and add a new piece to your portfolio) on this forum post. Make sure to share your image by the 10th of July to be considered for August. Also, make sure your images are at least 800 pixels on the shortest side and do not exceed 1mb in size.
Work will be selected based off of how well the work uses the following:
Concept: how well does your illustration convey a clear concept/story. Is it a unique approach? Does it make me want to know more about what is happening in the illustration?
Technique: How is the composition working? Does it have good use of lighting, rendering, mark making, etc.? Does the technique compliment the concept?
If you are selected, we will be emailing you using the email indicated on your forum account. Besides your art being displayed on the homepage, you will also be sent some questions for a Q&A blog post that will be shared on the SVSLearn blog.
I can't wait to see what everyone posts this month!
Thanks @Justin-Moss . I tried that with the 4th and 5th pieces, creating a contrast between the "nice city" and the "sadder" one, on the other two (and basically the rest of the book) I was just trying to make the characters pop-up
@ShannonBiondi @Heather-Boyd @theprairiefox thank you I'm going to take C1 and mix some of the other bits in like the wand from D1 , I'm trying to work out how to make the conjured mouse look a bit more monsterous here's how that's going so far...