So its been a long time since I posted in this thread, but I am happy to say I finally completed this one. I am really struggling to find my "style" but for some reason I keep going back to this. As much as I try different styles and or techniques this is the one I keep coming back to. It feels most natural to me. Anyway, here is it. How many cartoon/movie references can you find?
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.
@lisanganart Good start. I like the characters and concept you are going for. Here are a few points.
Having the pig hold 2 marshmallows is very distracting. I keep looking for a third person.
I would agree with @KathrynAdebayo that the first focal point is the fire. I would say the scarf is a ways down the focal point list. If you hadn't pointed it out I might not have even noticed it.
I agree also that adding shadows would do a lot for it as well.
Just my 2 cents... take it for what is worth.
@cbrocke definitely improving with the removal of the big heart. Love the characters and the interaction. But I kind of miss the small floating hearts. They added some whimsy to the piece.
I don't feel like you have a problem with the characters not feeling on the same plane. I am reading the right character as a mother and the left as a son (not sure if that is what you wanted). But the Mother character seems to be be further back and if that is not what you intended then you may want to adjust.
It might be interesting to add a tear or something to the son. Like she is fixing an 'owie' for the boy. Just a thought and this doesn't make sense if that is not what you were going for.
@Whitney-Simms I like the background color. To me it shows that the pattern can be placed on something with color. For example some Kleenex boxes that have floral patterns also have a faint color on the box. Or gift bags may be toned with a pattern on top. Great work!
@Ben-Migliore I am glad a few other people also responded to your critique because I too, felt that it was more of an attack on the artist than a critique on the art. One thing I have enjoyed about this forum is how willing people are to accept styles that may not be their own, and how they direct their critiques as suggestions rather than universal statements of right and wrong . You may not have intended your comment to feel dismissive, but that is certainly how it came off. In the future, instead of saying something like, "The background is lazily executed" which makes a negative statement about the artist's character you should say something like, "I would like more detail in the background." I would suggest that in future comments you try to focus on the art not the artist, avoid assuming that you know the artist's process, and recognize that your tastes are not universal. Learning how to give a helpful critique is an important skill to develop.
Oh man - this is beautiful - and I just love how you handled the gestures - there's actual movement in the piece - I can feel the arguments/discussions.
I really quite like having a chalkboard in the back because it hints at nostalgia and is a technology/tool that connects them all - plus you can play with "erasing" ideas throughout their discussion, where there's still a hint of what was written.
As of right now though King Jr. stands out the most because of his contrast with the back wall - but he's also the most rendered at this point. I'm curious how each figure reads as a group once they're all rendered.
I feel like, based on what you've laid down already, that you're just going to nail it and that each figure will read beautifully - but since it is a discussion among equals, if King still takes the center stage you could always throw a whiteboard in the back to pop all the figures out.
I really look forward to seeing how this grows
@robgale This particular black and white sketch based on Ian McQue is excellent. Keep going everyday!!
Also love your portraits. Maybe challenge yourself to get those characters in more enviroments and remember to continuously practice from observation and reference! Keep going!
@lovetherobot I have been trying to sink the reindeer into the snow with deeper visible footprints and just now thought to add some weight by possibly adding snow on the bottom ends of the reindeer. The sled is on more of a slope now so thanks @djly and @lovetherobot
I haven't got a rendering style but I am playing with pastel and charcoal brushes right now.
@SCBenedict Definitely has a lot of power (whoosh!) behind it. I keep looking at it and continue to feel highly motivated to pursue my work. Creating action through storytelling is world changing Thanks!