@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
@hoppershaun Big changes! That is admirable. I know from first hand experience how hard it can be to move away from an initial sketch that you really like. But there's no question that this second image more effectively communicates your intention for this piece!
Both characters are great and I agree with the comments about the fur rendering but there is another difference and that is that the cat is more stylized with very distinct, sharp angles and geometry while the forms of the dog are all soft and flowing and not geometric at all except for the stylized nose.
Compare the tails of the cat and dog as just one example. Not only is the cat tail very stylized in shape but the striping just adds to that designed look. The dog tail has much less precision. The two heads also contrast in the same way with the cat head being mostly sharp triangles and again very strong color patterns. The shape of the dog's head is soft everywhere and is rendered in a single color. The bodies show the same contrast in approach as well.
I suspect that this is what you are seeing when you say that they don't live in the same universe. It might pay off to try bringing some sharper angles into the dog and to play with some geometric patterns in the coat.
I think having another goose in the bottom left corner or readjusting those currently in the frame might help the comp a bit better. At the moment the geese are cutting the frame in half from the bottom right to top left which is separating the painting into an almost 50/50 split.
Also the ground that the dog is one is pretty horizontal and I think you could emphasis the action in the scene by adjusting it's angle and shape.
I hope you don't mind, but I did a quick paint over to show how I would tackle such a scene, which would hopefully guide the viewer through the painting and help highlight the dog a bit more.
@Nyrryl-Cadiz @Braden-Hallett thank you. I posted the final in the July contest thread. The color got a bit muddy. Might need to sit in this piece for some time before I can tweak the color to get it right.
This was fun. Now I think I need some SVS videos about how to use sophisticated color without getting muddy.
Trying to get all these finished before the end of the week when I go on vacation and can't take my Cintiq with me. This is the third of four interior illustrations for Les Misérables from the book covers class. It's the one I've probably worked over the most and done in a dozen variations, even though it's just a spot illustration! I hope this means I'm learning something from the process.
The idea is that Gavroche is taking care of two small boys and brings them to his home, which is inside a large elephant statue. They sleep in a mesh cage because the statue is swarming with rats, and the smaller boys are frightened. Gavroche is playing tough to help them calm down, though he's really tender-hearted.
Anyway, critique away! I think, for example, the the rats could still use improvement, and I wonder if Gavroche (the oldest boy)'s face it a little too detailed, but he keeps coming out that way! But what I'm really wondering most of all is how much punch the overall piece has and how can I improve it, given that it's going to be a small illustration. Thank you!
I'll post the last one, another small illustration, soon.
Great idea about having the kids draw a monster first, it would be a cool project.
Here are a couple more 10 Minute sketches, a hungry monster and an unfortunate surfer (had to do the surfer in 2 parts as I was stuck on a concept to draw)