Today I tried something a little different for me, after seeing a delightful book in my local library called "I am the Seed that Grew the Tree", illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. (Honestly, anyone with the last name Gannon... Ganon... has to be rad).
I was absolutely enthralled by her use of colour and texture, so had a bash at something myself on the iPad. The poem is also from that book... I hope this isn't considered plagiarism
But I rather like how it turned out anyway!
And I'm thinking to myself... is this use of texture and shape overdone in the world of illustration? Or should I continue to explore it? What do you think?
@Chip-Valecek that looks like a Ray Harryhausen style dog.
If you’re still after critical feedback I wondered what would happen if the blue of the saliva was toned back so it was less saturated. Would it make the flame on the tail look brighter? Would the saliva still look wet? Is this the effect you want?
Or is the saliva glowing and giving off its own light? If it is how would this bounce off the mouth and teeth.
Cool pick Chip. Love the concept and the cold blue flame and the glowing eyes. Now I have to try and sleep
It has been a little while since I worked on this illustration since I kept hesitating about the thumbs and I also was (am) following @Will-Terry 's Composition class.
So I started from scratch and created a new thumbnail sketch and after that, a value thumbnail for the composition. The shadow did not quite work for me, since I did not want to make the cover too scary for little children.
I would really like to start working on the final illustration and I'm very curious about your opinion and feedback for the new comp :).
I wanted the focus to be on little red riding hood, the wolf being visible at a second glance, fitting right into the space underneath the tree. I also wanted do create a contrast between the right and the left side of the illustration: the further Little Red reaches the forest, the darker the image becomes. The image feels heaver in the right side, but I wanted to even this out by adding the title text on the left. I hope this all comes across
My initial "napkin" sketch
Then the follow up sketch after I decided that napkin sketch was the idea I wanted.
First ink to try and see how my lines would look. Didn't like it, so I redrew it and did it again.
The ink redraw!
And my final Piece!
There are a couple small changes I plan on making, like mAllow instead of mEllow, and just going to move the text of Captain a little bit down off the border, and might thicken up some of the exterior lines, but otherwise I was quite pleased. This whole process took about 5 hours from through/design to finish. I have been wanting to practice more design and logo looks and originally wanted to do this in Illustrator but ended up doing it in Photoshop instead.
Lol @eroomba! I get what you’re saying...this is a concept I like but I can’t help but feel badly for bunny, especially every time I have to talk about it.
@TessaW i hear you about the pole too...I lost some of the height when I cropped the space and I was having trouble with the idea that people were going to put stickers and flyers down at ground level. Food for thought though.
Been playing with the idea of getting rid of the street corner altogether...not sure if it’s because I’m wimping out on that middle ground or if it makes it better to just toss bunn in an alley. Flyers, grunge and other alley-esque trash will be added eventually, but could this be a solution?
there were some smudgy lines along the angel's wings and along top line of his shoulder/shirt. also wanted to improve the edges along the pencil and shirt collar, and touch up the ear a bit. I did all that, still left a bit of smudge I think in the background! I may have smoothed things out a little too much.......... But it was good to practice re-working. too bad I had deleted my original photoshop file! Thanks for the feedback, really nice to hear
Thanks. I’m still working on the story. But maybe at the same time working on a few of the illustrations that I want to include. Thanks for the encouragement! I’ll post so progress here when there is some...
@eroomba Oh! Yes I guess it could appear that way. I'd actually started with all the houses having different colors but I wanted the lemon chilli house to stand out so I did this. But I see what you mean. I'll see how I can make it blend in more. Thank you!
@Braden-Hallett - I really like the idea of the cardinal and Grandpa's clothing being the same color -- thank you for that! That had never occurred to me!
I cleaned things up a bit, shifted the girl down and to the left some, as suggested, and added the extra photo. I think I might add more clutter to the floor later. Then it's on to touching up the line art.
@Nyrryl-Cadiz Thanks I may add more clover over the next couple of weeks. Anything to really connect the clover to the lightning strike.
@chrisaakins Thanks I'll try some little bits of arcing lightning left over (but I think it may be a bit far )