@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
@Braden-Hallett I needed to hear that, thank you. I fell into that trap, or rather expectation of linear progress. It’s incredibly unhelpful because it makes me feel like I am digressing instead of learning. Each time I focus on a new skill, it seems like my other skills (which are still developing) get worse. Waiting for that ‘click’ when my skills begin to play nicely with one another
Absolutely stunning book. All your illustrations are so moving... can't wait to see the final product. Regarding the cover page, 2 and 3 are my favorites. I love them equally. Perhaps you can choose your favorite for the cover and use the other as a vignette to close the book.
@karolifo Your ideas look like they are coming together. I like the little details you are thinking of to clarify/enhance the story. I would warn against making your compositions to cluttered with detail. For example, showing the girl in B being both afraid of being the 13th guest at dinner and a afraid of the black cat may muddle the clarity rather than help. But the subtle details like the matching color of the girl and the chair and the luck charmes in A sound like great ideas. Can't wait to see were these go!
@RJWoodworth Thanks! I think what inspired it was a mix between liking the creature design itself (Murloc from World of Warcraft) and just thinking of cereal. Mrrgl is kind of like some of the sounds they make, and I was just sitting at work thinking about a Murloc cereal, in my head Mrrgl-O's sounded really cool. I think just kind of telling myself I wanted to come up with some logo designs for practice helped push my mind towards this.
@IgorWoznicki Ahhhh now I see what you are going for. With this in mind I think you did a great job accomplishing what you set out to do! I know the feeling of seeing your own piece next to one you idolize, it’s tough. Your piece has such a nice feel though, I would be proud of it if it were mine.
No worries about not taking the advice, it’s not personal at all, I just didn’t see your vision initially. Now that I see it, I can see why my advice did not apply.
As for The Dam Keeper, I didn’t even know it was a graphic novel! I thought it was animation only. I’m going to look for it now, thank you!
Thank you everyone. I thought about this piece over and over again and since I don't like scary stuff, I'm not liking this piece too much. The ghosts are a little scarier to my liking. I think I need to find a balance between my first and second versions
@jakecrowe I love your idea of making some of the animals look back! I think that'll help emphasise the overall mood. Thank you for the suggestion!
I understand what you mean by sizing the animals to make it more dynamic. But I'm really struggling with how to do that without it eating up on the "quietness" of the empty night sky.
@MichaelaH Thank you for your suggestion. Yes a cool blue glow from the moon would work just right!
@DOTTYP thank you! (psst... yes they managed to escape :))
@TwiggyT Looks good. I am not great at line art but it depends on how you are going to paint it. I think we are seeing to much of her pupil. It is making it look like her eye is on the side of her face. I think if you move it so you only see a 1/4 of the pupil it might read better.