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.
@twiggyt I am super impressed with your commitment to a drawing of this magnitude per day! 5 (nugget), 10 (windy), and 11 (remembrance) are my favorites. What they share in common to my eye is a greater depth of character. I can imagine and perhaps even more importantly I have more curiosity about their story. I’m looking forward to seeing more.
@lauraa I like it! I think it'd be cool to see more drawings in this style to see how it translates to different scenarios, pictures, characters etc. It seems like it'd be good for comics or some sort of visual narrative, It's bold, simple, clean, but it has some texture to it.
@davidhohn That sounds very reasonable and definitely something I'm going to look into, I'm from a small town in Wales, UK so hopefully there will be a print service bureau close by, but I can definitely get in touch with some colleges/schools/photographers to pick their brains. I've heard of the Spyder Pro so that's another option I suppose.
Thank you so much for your help
@lenwen thank you trying to balance achieving an almost traditional feel for my work whilst remaining digital, I'm glad you like them.
@xin-li Great to hear there will be another 100 kids challenger. Let me know when you start and I will add your website or however you display your work as a link on my blog if you'd like.
Hey @mikecañas I think you did a great job of getting a sense of personality in the characters and each of them really comes through. Nice work!
I would agree with @Kristin-Wauson about values. I think it might help to spend some time messing around with big value shapes. What I mean by that is are there ways you can group things into bigger value clumps?
I feel like what's happening right now is that you have a really great sense of detail and the small things like the character's expressions and conveying their personality through their pose, props, etc. working, but the big picture is kind of falling apart because the big shapes aren't leading the eye.
I don't know if that totally makes sense, it's hard to convey just writing, but to me that's where you would get the biggest gains in making this a stronger picture.
Nice work so far. Love the concept and the sketch is nice. I would try to introduce more angles. Right now you have the horizontal and vertical edges of everything lining up with the image frame and it gives the room a little bit of a stiff feeling.
Thanks everybody for your comments!
I actually started with a asymmetrical design but I felt it was not cryptic enough.
I was struggling with having them be less happenstance and more ritualistic and more intentional/purposeful in nature. I have included my original sketch so you can see.
The asymmetry made it feel too unstructured to me, I think it might be because the variation made the design less symbolic and unintentional. I realized that I needed more order in the picture.
If your wondering where I came up with the idea I am basing my ideas upon gestalt theory and qualities such as unity, order, closure - consistency and repetition of elements creates more order and structure, but in doing so, I think it loses spontaneity and dynamism.
But I understand what you are saying, I think that is why I am happy with the top of the image, it has one knife/torch up and one down it is slightly asymmetric but still balanced
Recently while doing some research I found this symbol which is the mathematical symbol for congruence - meaning something that is the same but different - which is what I was thinking of when I did the initial rough. I think this is what I want to express achieve.
I am putting some symbols in to the design but not sure if it loses something when I add it.
Is the omega symbol, yinyang, or congruence symbols making the piece too tacky?
Does anyone have any ideas about this?
Thanks very much
I haven't found too many other resources on composition. The SVS class is pretty comprehensive. Use that checklist that's int he downloads and make sure (MAKE SURE) to friggin' thumbnail.
@demotlj Nice work! I don't have any specific critiques, but one idea would be to try doing the same painting again, and see what you might do differently, since it's watercolor and you can't change anything on THIS painting, you could do a second version and compare the two. Anyway, nice work, and I just thought I'd share that idea for a take on "Slowvember".
@amelia-bothe Yeah! This looks really cool. Just to echo what some others said, it might be interesting to think about how this creature lives and moves in the world. Does the tail have a purpose? What's a cougar's tail for vs. an Owl's tail? I know that takes it to a more abstract layer, but it might help give you ideas about how to design the creature so that things make more sense.
It looks awesome so far though!
@mountainbeehive oh giving all your illustrations mustaches would be fun too! Thanks for the compliment! I’m having a lot of fun with this idea, I was inspired after my first participation this year in Inktober. I want to take these into photoshop and color them too