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.
@Heather-Boyd I have her reading and it is a picnic. The idea being that she goes and spends a long period of time there. I think all this will be a little cleared when I firm up the line drawing. Thanks for the feed back
@nyrrylcadiz Hey! Yes the clown is on a platform in a circus...it is a very rough sketch ...and the tooth is wandering off with an umbrella. Should I make the tooth bigger and not listen so much to the mind that says: Hey but that tooth isn't fitting in the clowns mouth...?
This is for the whole image, and not brushed. But when I want texture, I often just have desaturated texture layer above the image and set the layer blend mode to Overlay. I work with GIMP, but I think you can do the same thing in Photoshop. Not sure if they have the same formula for "Overlay" though. Here's an example of what it can look like.
For the actual texture layer, I either find some good texture images online (that I'm allowed to use) or create my own textures with render filters and the like.
@nyrrylcadiz yeah these are really good suggestions. I thought about these issues too. Sadly I already submitted the piece but next time I'll pull up these mental notes again. I was really happy with the result to realize i should look over it again and do the fine tuning.
After a little time mulling and seeing this printed and considering feedback I made a few more edits.
I'll probably tighten up the car now that I've loosened up the BG. I've discovered there is a hatching brush in clip studio for me. I feel like that texture works for the effect I intended better. And the contrast in refinement can help keep the focus on the fun parts.
It's too bad I didn't see and fix everything before the due date, but no reason to leave errors in a piece that I can readily improve.
Thanks! It was fun to (finally) get the cover to work. Using only four colors was a real design challenge, and the cover went through a really ugly stage before I worked it out but that’s art for you, right? If I could have one more color I think I would add a few clouds to the background so it would have a bit more texture/interest without drawing away from the main focal points.
I was both surprised and not surprised that several of the others had a similar composition with the castle on the front cover and the scarecrow on the back. The title of the book being what it is, putting Howl’s Moving Castle on the front makes sense. And what other story element could work in the composition to add interest to the back? Obviously the scarecrow. One could argue that it’s unoriginal, but at the same time the fact that many talented artists went for that solution means, to me, that it is a great representation of the book. ️
@Johanna-Kim As promised, I'm sharing my process this month. (Note: I'm constantly working to adjust and improve my process. This process is just what I feel most comfortable doing at the moment.) I hope to submit later this evening. As always, notes/feedback are greatly appreciated!