@davidhohn Thank you David. Getting back into illustrating gas been difficult stop this challenge has made it feel a bit less daunting. I feel like I gained some knowledge for sure as well as getting a better grasp on using Procreate. I've just started using Procreate this year and I do have to say that drawing on the iPad/Procreate has felt more natural that drafting on my Cintiq. The game changer was buying the Paperlike screen protector though.
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?
Cool concept but I thought she was friends with him because it looks like her hand is resting on his lip. I also think there isn't enough contrast between her and the underside of his mouth so she's getting lost.
Great points @Melissa-Bailey-0! Another reason this forum is a gold mine! Sometimes others see what the artist does not.
One time, I drew a boy sitting at a table and incidentally drew the table leg directly under the boy. I completely missed it, but thankfully it was brought to my attention!
@Toony-Days really cute character, and you have a nice cartoony style. Really nice shapes, as that's giving your character "weight" -- it looks like a creature who has mass and that grounds it even without a shadow.
Some feedback to consider:
Are you doing any initial gesture drawings or "drawing through", as @Will-Terry recommends in several SVS classes? That might help some of your shapes look more natural -- for example, the raccoon tail, where the head and shoulders meet, and the background (the shrubs seem to stop at the raccoon).
Have you tried a few different color comps to see what color palette puts the focus on your main character and helps tell the story? Using similar grays in both the raccoon and trash can do create a giant focal point, but almost look like one character. Because the values are so similar with the pizza and background, and because it's mimicking the shape of the bushes, it gets a little lost.
What is the story you're telling in this piece? The raccoon looks guilty -- why? Who is he looking at? Is he supposed to share the pizza? Would expanding the composition to include another character help tell the story? Would changing the placement of elements in the composition improve the story?
Nice linework and for just a year in, you've got some impressive skills! Really looking forward to seeing more of your work!
Hey guys! I wanted to share some more of my MerMay artwork. Feel free to drop yours below in the comments below! Hope you guys like:)
I'd also be down for following some more artists so also feel free to leave your IG handles too!
Mine is @chrisconnorartist.
These were prompted from the list provided by the official website.
Here you have
Day 4: Star Wars
Day 6: Sunday
Day 7: Provocative
Day 11: Frustration
Done! This was really fun to make. If I were to make this into a print, I think I'd go in with a digital pencil and get some more of the darker lines in there. But for a purely hand-drawn piece, I'm really happy with it.
Here's a quick process of my oil painting. I did this piece a year ago when I was practiced different techniques. Oil is still my favourite, you can achieve beautiful effects with it.
I hope you like it!
@xin-li I totally understand, the better (and more expensive) the paper is the more intimidating it can be. I just allow myself to fail, for every piece I make right now I give myself a couple pieces of paper to figure it out (just in case). Usually I can get it on the first attempt but it helps to relieve some of the fear. When it takes me a couple tries I save the failed piece and sometimes I'll paint over them in acrylics or use them for testing color blends or ideas.
I love all of your work so much, and I'm always excited to see what you're doing