I redrew this illustration off of an old pencil sketch, redrew it with a digital pencil, and finally painted it. I loved it in its black and white form so much that I didn't want to paint it, but I'm happy with how it turned out.
Thanks everyone! B seems to be the clear winner. I suppose the white outline worked well with my inktobers because it was just the character and not a full illustration. @TessaW and @Adrian-K here is a version with just the splatters.
Wow! I can see you're already getting better and more efficient. You are so going to get this!! I am on the verge of trying 100 kids.
Do you know about the free app Handy? I find it a little limiting because I don't think hands really look like the models in the app, but it can be a good starting point. And since it's free, why not?
I also think there should be a feather on the ground next to/held by the person/dog ^_^
Also, i don't know if its just me, but the Mountains look too smooth to be mountains(?)
The Orange/blue wip is beautiful and very eye catching! And when i see the silhouette i think of a Phoenix!
The other wip is (again very beautiful) calm and serene, i think i prefer this one.
Thanks for the comments!
So what I'm going to plan next is to do some digital coloured work with each different character in a statement prior to the plot, starting with our hero 'Boilerhead'.
Here, I've done some quick thumbnails of him going on his daily duty rescuing a young victim from the ashes of the burnt buildings.
Stay tuned for the finished result!
@whitney-simms the spaced out kiwi pattern is ace. Such a lovely flowy green. And Living Coral Pink is the pantone colour of 2019! Check out FEATHR. They set up in an arts led village in Scandinavia making wallpapers, fabrics and cushions from artists work. Might be worth asking them a few questions about getting involved in fabric printing. They're a lovely bunch.
Meditating about my goals for the year ahead, and finishing has become a theme. So, I ended up making this to remind and inspire me. Finish folding the laundry. Finish reading those books. Finish the thank you notes. Finish some visual stories.
(It's amusing to me that the words are like a quarter inch or so too low)
In my opinion B looks amazing. There are so many added storytelling elements that work so well... the small shoes, the sagging bed...
in case it's helpful, at the moment, it looks to me like the family might be entering the room from outside because of the way the ceiling popped off so cleanly (like it's the edge of the building).
I'm excited to see your piece when it's done, whichever direction you take with it. I really like the idea behind this.
@juliemillardart This is a really cute piece, and I really like the painting style. The lighting toward the top seems great, but seems like something weird is happening at the bottom. Maybe if the light formed a cleaner edge at the bottom it would help - a soft circle from a spot light, or gentle fade to dark? I agree with @KathrynAdebayo about the mice, I didn't see them immediately either and I think they could benefit from stronger contrast or edges. What if you used darker linework like you did for the elephants?
@aleksey I like the character's expression and positioning. This is not a straight-on perspective, there is a slight side perspective here so I would not worry. It's very cute and looks like it would make a great spot illustration!
@heather-boyd Thanks Heather. I'm glad the 'feelings' of the piece and the girls hesitant by firm posture have come across the way they have. I agree with some of the scaling with the girl. I'm glad you have enjoyed the play with light and shadows. It's been a fun process.