@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.
@Braden-Hallett Yeah, I agree, with the solid line work then the flat shading works best in my head! I just free handed the shadows but that’s a good idea to add a feather if I was making a selection to colour it, thanks
@MichaelaH I hope so! Have fun there, I was at Bologna only once, in 2014, and it was an absolutely amazing experience. Back then, I worked in a publishing house as creative manager, so I looked at the whole thing with a different eye, but still, it was great and I hope to be there again.
Funny concept and I think your character is hilarious!
I agree that the perspective needs some work, I think the ground plane that your main character is standing on is a bit confusing. It feels like the tree is sitting on a small mound. Maybe you could extend the roots towards the bottom right corner of the image and that may help your perspective as well. I think something else that can help your piece is reducing the contrast of your background because it's competing with your foreground and i'm assuming that is your first read? You could try grouping your values more in the background or maybe adding some atmosphere to enhance the mood as well.
@davidrickert If you know your vanishing points you can use this method - my drawing is quick and a bit sloppy but hopefully it makes sense - you just need to divide the space between the two outside posts into equal sections and run a line to the vanishing point....
@hannahmccaffery It's a really cool book! Definitely worth a read. I couldn't really rework the pose because I was in too deep (pun totally intended ). I did have time to rough the water up a bit in the final though. Thanks.
@nyrrylcadiz Thanks for the feedback! The scene is more symbolic than a literal interpretation of any one scene. Chip said to capture the "feel of the story" so I went for a properly epic battle of the gods.
Here's the final I submitted:
Oh gosh - I’m so happy! - and thank you for the feedback - all I have is my boyfriend in the back saying “yes the color is good” or “add more detail to the nose” - so it’s nice to get a full look through from you, finally!!!
I used gouache - which was fun - but while I planned out values and color I did a lot of experimenting on the work itself, which was a long process and used up a lot of paint. Also recharging gouache with water to make it useful again is OMG not as easy as they’d make you believe in tutorials. Wow - gripe much Kaitlin? :p
Demetrius, thanks for your critique. I think these are all really great ideas, especially the uplighting and some kind of reflection on the glass. The cakes were a bit opaque, except for the chocolate one, which must be a kind of sacher. But that's not to say I can't change them.
Mostly, I was trying to decide about a style issue. I wanted a look almost like cut paper or printmaking, with as much rich, flat color as the situation would allow, and I was going for high contrast to draw attention to the boy, and mostly just the one cake. But now that I've finished this version, I can try others as well. In fact, I was already thinking of doing so. So I'll probably give this a try!