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.
@rotub i would exaggerate the cake a bit more, if they gonna feast on a cake, give them a cake! Embeleish it! I’d also add some things around the restaurant maybe some valentines day things like hearts and stuff, perhaps a couple in the back being escorted to their table by a waiter and they’re staring at the cake to fill that empty space? The only thing that told me the other diners are on a date were the romantic candles. Theres a lot of negative space up above the scene too.
Thanks for the paint over. very interesting. I made one firefly overlapping with the girl, precisely for adding some depth. But I agree that it made the girl less readable. The way you use the size of fireflies definitely added depth. I will definitely try a bit more of the placement of the fireflies.
@NessIllustration Totally understand where you're coming from on that one. I think my scan is doing me some disservice here, as now that I'm looking at it again it does look at lot more saturated than it actually is IRL. That's my fault on the color correction, though lol. BUT, you're still right. I need to get wetter. There was a lot of lifting and spray bottle work done on that one, as well as a wet canvas wash to start (which was REALLY fun lol) but a lot of the later work was heavy paint, light water. I've got a massive set of paints from Windsor Newton in the cubes, but I really wanted to work with my tube paints... maybe my next piece I'll use the cubes and see if that doesn't help Thank you for your feedback as always! It's always super insightful and helpful!
@burvantill True story. I was working on a smaller canvas and didn't quite get the fade that I wanted in my wash. I'll have to work on that next time Thank you for the feedback!
@juliepeelart Thanks so much! I probably need to work on making my clues a bit clearer in the future if I ever use anything close to this concept again--one shouldn't need cliff notes to understand what's happening! LOL! I am definitely going to be working on that!
@Heather-Boyd Thank you for the feed back. My tug boat lost at sea.. I like the idea of real life/fusion with drawn images. I will work on the background/lighting.. !! Composition needs a more work I do agree on that.. The smoke is flat. I kinda wanted let the audience know that cartoon elements can exist in the world as well.. The Cat photo.. Once more I more spacing for the charters.. IE the cat's tail.. As far as a fist look to the audience. I like people to look and look more and more.. To notice all things they didn't see the first time. I wanted to keep it busy.. I usually like the views to see what they like out of my pieces.. Thanks for the help ..