@Durrell-Odom I was looking that the mothership picture now that it is colored and I was wondering what she has in her hand? I am not quite reading it... I like it with color, is really working well. The color combinations of the shirts is providing good definition of each kid.
Love your caricatures BTW, very cool. I struggle with being hesitant to exaggerate features and you do it beautifully.
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.
@nyrrylcadiz Oooh, I love this latest sketch with the kids seconds before reaching the cake. It's so dynamic and the perspective is super fun. You can make this a "moment before" piece if you had the kids not in leap mode but crouching like little tigers on surfaces above the table (maybe on fridges and sacks of flour or sugar, or just shelves high up. And you can have the baker looking like she's unaware, maybe hunched over in the process of decorating the cake.
I like the texture you've added, it's really brought out the trees more and i like her little bobble hat, i'd make it a different colour to her top and shoes though, unless you wanted her to have the same coloured clothes. I'm not 100% sure on the blur you've put on it though, it draws your attention to the girl but I don't think you need it and i think the piece might be stronger without it.
I also think you could add a few little details to the foreground, like the edges of some leaves or bushes or something, that may help to frame the girl more if you lose the blur effect
ohhh what!? crazy good work! : I would go for a bit duller color range less vibrant! it's too much information to take, i would rather direct with a strong cast shadow on an actual character where would you like your viewer to look . : )
@nkdrawings I much prefer the last composition on the first page of roughs. It looks nice and busy and the perspective is slightly off giving the sense of stress or dread. The pans hanging in front might be a problem but I think you could give it a few more roughs and see where you go with it?
This is great! Love the comic feel of it and you can imagine what the wizard is saying or would love to say.....anyone with kids or pets could relate, I'm sure
I've been scrolling through your updates on these since you started them but never posted. I must say I'm blown away - the colours are amazing and you've got some lovely pattern styles going on here.
Your consistency and your dedication to this too has really inspired me.
Any tips for us users on motivating yourself during such a challenge?
Thank you to everyone that posted last month! It has been wonderful seeing all of your great images. If you are interested I posted the Q&A with the featured student for April today. Also, if you would like to share your work again for a chance to be considered for May you can go to this forum post. I understand that we are all busy so if you need to share the same images as last month there is nothing wrong with that, but if you can use this as a challenge to create something new then go for it (I know I need to do this)!
While awaiting Discord Group for CED -took a digital stab at the first workbook exercise. However Photoshop is tad bothering me and won't allow my hard brush to remain off on Transfer Pen Pressure, i.e reason for my black mark making is not solid.
Anyways looking SUPER forward to CED Group.
NR -No Reference
R-Reference (video super helpful -part way through it).
Thanks for the feedback @ShannonBiondi ! You actually reminded me that my initial intent was to try to shade with some sharper lines instead of all this softness. You can still see a few traces of it in rabbit no. 1 before I went back to the safety of over-blending. But I do think you're right, and that I'll have to try out the harder lines once again and see if I can do better with it.
@Braden-Hallett These are really good. I like the line of A and lots of the yellow texture and highlights on B. Maybe mix the two and see what you come up with. Like how your work is evolving! Cool work.
Hi Raymond, thanks so much for sharing your journey with the March contest. I totally empathize with your frustrations. Next time you're struggling with a concept, or on the fence about something, I would encourage you to share your WIPs. I've found that this has been a very supportive, safe and helpful community, and it's always good to get a fresh perspective.
Re: your thumbnails, the last one with the dead witch and her red shoes (only skirt, stockinged legs and shoes visible) would have been hilarious, bold and unexpected, and I bet you would have been able to render that faster than the concept that you had chosen initially (the characters traveling on the yellow brick road to Oz). Next time, I suggest you share your concepts at thumbnail stage and ask for help choosing. Even if you don't like any of your thumbnails, someone might say something inspired by your thumbs that sparks an even better idea or direction in your mind.
Lastly, congratulations on completing a cover illustration for the March contest! It's a bold, graphically simple solution and the falling, burning house silhouette is my favorite part. The overall feel is mysterious and dark. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
@Julia I spent my spring break doing this and it's fun if puzzles and sitting for hours like a mad person with paper strikes your fancy. I think it helps me stand out in Design, since most of my colleagues are really minimal and technical, Designer designers, if you know what I mean.
That portfolio is amazing! It's also cool to see that I have some idea of how the "paper mechanics" in that portfolio are working, lots of waterfall pull tabs. Definitely something to look up to for sure!
Beautiful. I think the pose and expression are very seeet. I would agree that nothing more is needed to the right. Anatomy wise, her shoulder looks a bit wide to me. Looking forward to seeing the progression of this piece very much.