@Lee-White I have the format vertical because of the extreme view angle and the "outer space" factor. Design wise I thought that would enhance those things. I will do more thumbnails this evening and play around with that. This is the second time I've tried to do a narrative flow. The first time I made a picture book dummy and it was way easier because I had so many pages to tell the story. Trying to tell a story that spans a lifetime plus a future event in 3 panels is DIFFICULT. lol. My thumbnails were getting way too busy (i thought) so I went the other extreme, too simple.
I picked a tough subject, but a good subject. If I can pull this off, I will be very happy.
Thank you for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated.
@noah-albrecht I like the simpler version. It's fun and she is so happy with herself. However one of the things that our fearless leaders keep bringing up in their critiques is how it tells a story. A pose might not tell us it is a school or that others are shocked.
@Shara-Mills ah, wow, thanks
for the expressions, I initally had them looking frightened but it seemed a bit too scary, so I made them happy, I'll work for something in between!
I'm actually considering starting over another new one lol! Will see what happens, I had another idea. But maybe I'll end up doing both (submitting only one of course lol).
I agree with Tessa that the jealous and pleased expressions are clear, but for the competition prompt where everyone was “shocked” might call for some classmates or other characters to convey the shock called for.
Cute concept and kid versions of Galinda and Elphaba.
I'm picking away at the children's illustration course part 1 and some of the homework was creating dramatic gestures in your characters. I started doing a santa a day, they've gotten so much better! I have them numbered in order, started top right and looping counter clockwise. This practice stuff really works I might use some of these in inktober as my inktober sketches were getting too complicated!
@TwiggyT My daughter had lice. Ugh! I cut her hair really short and she started dressing like a boy. All the kids called her Bob for a few years. She is now a Mom with a five year old son. She is a girl again
@MichaelaH and @KajsaH Thank /you/ for stopping in to check out the work. Since you guys are watching my process, I'll try to explain a little more about the decisions I'm making
Benny's (the boy) arm was proportionately wrong, I shortened his limbs a little more because these characters aren't exactly..normal human proportions, and his arms ARE short, but his legs were crazy long compared to his arms so...I'm still working on him honestly.
Simplified the wave because I didn't like how distracting all the white foam was. And because we're seeing it at a distance, better to make it simple and clear as possible.
Still working on Mr. Pirate in the background. Taking colors from the cave walls and putting them into the characters so that the characters blend in.
Darkened the value where the sand meets the cave walls because I felt the contrast of the light sand/dark rocks created too much contrast and drew your eye to an unimportant spot in the image. Hoping to get a lot more work done on this tonight.
@Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen Thanks, and you're welcome! With this project, I decided to just share the whole process from start to finish. It's going to be a good ride I hope!
@Nyrryl-Cadiz I know right? I was like, "it's a fairy tale, love this story and know it by heart, I need a smaller project after that oracle deck (just completed a 44-card oracle deck for Blue Angel Publishing.)" But, once I really dove in, realized what a grand story it really can be, and I had a vision from the beginning of what I wanted the reader to experience, so am just going to go for it. Some of these are quite complicated too, but I'm going to learn a lot (already am), and I think come out with something pretty special. <fingers crossed>
@demotlj Thank you! It makes it even more fun knowing the structure of the whole thing from the beginning. There were a lot of points, I was tempted to start getting to the art before the whole thing was laid out, but I stuck through it, and am glad I did.
It made me a little sad to read that you were demotivated because of lack of appreciation on social media-the art you have made here is really really hard to do, and most people perhaps don't realize this. Do not let others demotivate you, make art that makes you happy. You should be happy and proud about this piece you have made. I know you did it for lighting but I also wanted to share a tip I once learned in an art class about portraits; I was taught to make a grid over the original, then on your paper draw the grid and then draw/fill in, it works to help keep proportions on point. Happy creating!
@chrisaakins thanks for the idea. I bought a gold pen the other day, will play around with that. I think it's a gel pen (pen and ink is new to me). I guess a paint pen is probably different, I'll look it up, not a lot of art supplies where I live so I have to order stuff in! although we have Staples here, maybe there would be something there if gold pen doesn't' work. I am planning on coloring the illustration in photoshop later anyhow.....so much to expiriment with
Am already kind of having a lot of fun with this. I've heard that an octopus is as intelligent as a kitten, so why not have an octopus pet? Once I started sketching, I was thinking how useful it would be to have a friendly pet octopus, I mean they got all those arms to hold your pencils and books, and whatnot! Plus, so many hugs! I bet they could draw pretty well too if they put their octo brain to it.
I think I’m about done with all the projects from this collection. Here are the notecards! Super excited to get them out there for sell. Lots of great feedback from my clients. They are ready to give me some money. Well, a little money. Ha!