Feeling kind of ehhhhh about my illustrations lately. Pencil sketches are fun for me and relaxing most of the time. Illustration is hard. Trying to keep my chin up but getting really discouraged. I know it’s that artist brain. We probably all feel it. Anyway, here’s a recent sketch.
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.
I really like the second one! But I think that's because I like looser watercolor, sketchier, where the spontaneity of the medium really shines So to me, the first one looks overworked but I know that's just my personal preference! I've seen both saturated and muted colors in children's book so I don't thinks that's a problem. I have to admit though, I don't think realistic watercolors are very common in children's book nowadays, it's certainly more vintage feeling! In fact, right now I'm doing tests for a editor who's having me try to revamp one of their long-running series with my style to give it a more modern look, and their original look is in fact in watercolors..
@smceccarelli Yeah makes sense. I bet it will be interesting for you to see what they've done with the finals! If it's just a few, then it shouldn't be too much of an issue, particularly if you work in and keep key elements as layers, but even if not, you can probably copy/mask/paint to get things where you need them to be.
btw, congratulations on all this work!
@whitney-simms hmm not really sure on that. I know if I am going to print a piece I always make sure its CMYK. But I don't think that would matter on the quality of the print. More for the colors.
I don't know if its the forums compressing this image but when I bring it into photoshop it says its 72dpi with a print size of 35in by 45in. Are you trying to print a 8x11 sheet?
@feleri Oh Gosh! Sorry, I think I misread something earlier on, for some reason I got the impression that you were deciding between these two, the bear and the turtle. Haha, now it makes more sense, because that one does seem like it's in so much more of a finished state. It's still fun seeing this one come along!
@craig-imrie Same. I spent so much time drawing in ballpoint and never bothering to color my stuff, that color and values are my weakness. I've already come a long way just from taking some of these SVS courses.
Agreed with a lot of the comments so far. It's a solid drawing and the style is really nice. I do feel like the little girl is going to fall over to the right. I would lean her forward more. Also maybe to add more personality/character/storytelling and a lot of this depends on how young she is, but adjusting the posture to make it feel like she's working hard and hyper-focused. You could also maybe rethink the expression on her face, like shes tightening her lips because shes really concentrated on tieing her shoelaces or something. You could go as far as maybe the bunny has its one or both feet on the girls other leg to show how interested or invested the bunny is in the girl's task or as if the bunny is trying to help her friend out. Just trying to push the storytelling further.
I am not the best with words so I also attached a sketch showing the things I did.
I made her lean forward
lifted her right shoulder
made the head slightly smaller
suggested a change in expression
re-positioned her legs a bit
bent the bunnies left ear down a bit so it points to the girls face and the rest of the parts point to her shoe (keeping the viewer's eye circling around)
@missmushy No, it's just a normal digital pencil held by a patient hand
I like to work in digital as I would work traditionally - only with super-powers. I find too many shortcuts make the art look "plastic".
@jcantwellart looking through all the comments, you nailed it with this version. Looks great. Only thing I would suggest is to remove the snow flakes on the people in the circle. There seems to be a lot falling outside the circle but only a few inside because of it being white.
A truly sweet drawing that fits right into the winter-holiday theme! There's nothing that I could add or take away!
It faintly reminded me of a Soviet cartoon about a little bear and a little Chukcha boy's friendship always makes me cry for some reason
@burvantill Yeah! I am learning so much, would love to hear if you start using any of his techniques in your process. I love how his point of view is just, do whatever it takes to make a great picture. Anything goes sort of thing
@TwiggyT@Feleri Thank you so much! I've been looking at it so long already, it's sometimes hard to still see it clearly, you know? It's nice to hear that it still reads and has some sort of impact.