@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
@juliepeelart good thoughts on the bear. After reviewing, I think I got the perspective on the bear incorrect. It should look taller, the base should be wider and the head smaller. I will clean that up.
@Gary-Wilkinson I like where you are going with the the thumbnails. I did a few thumbs and picked this one (the value study is a thumbnail blown up.) I partially wanted the challenge of the perspective. I think that the perspective is correct for most of image though as @juliepeelart pointed out the bear is not adhering to the perspective and I would get a greater impact if it did. I am using some reference photos as well.
Thank you both for your feedback, I will update as I move on.
@Nyrryl-Cadiz @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen @sarahlawrence Thank you everyone for the awesome feedback. Feels like #3 and #1 are about 50/50. It's always interesting and educational sharing artwork. I'll do my best to return the favor!
Well originally I had come up with concepts that I wanted to execute and the nighttime sheep illustration happened as a spur of the moment thing, so I wanted to tie that piece to the rest of the work by maintaining a night/day theme. But I think you're right that it doesn't keep the series as consistent, so next time around I think I'll start a series with one character and have them present in the 4 illustrations. I'm thinking of going small and doing some tiny characters so we'll see what happens! Thanks Heather!
Hi @Branden-Brushett First of all I would advise you to try and thumbnail the concept and composition a bit more before you start adding the details to save on time and to see what works and what doesn't,
At the moment I feel that your piece is too bottom heavy as in that there is a lot of action going on the the bottom half of the image and not a lot in the top area creating an uncomfortable balance. The painting also lacks energy for such an energy focused concept, to correct this I would try avoid hard flat lines such as the horizon of the sea and the clouds and try add a bit more horizontals in.
The depth of the objects in the scene also could be improved upon by overlapping objects to show their comparison in space. Try to identify your background, middle ground and foreground a bit better to get a better sense of the objects size and position. The right lighting will also help this later on too.
I hope you don't mind but I have done a quick sketch to illustrate some of what I mean, it might not be your style of painting or how you want to illustrate your piece, but hopefully it gives you another look into how it could be done. I've adjusted the horizon to give the piece more movement and pushed the picnic basket to the front to add depth with the water bucket and other small objects from the basket flying off into the background. The beach is now quite far down down to create a nice background scene with the sky and sea.
I hope that all helps in some way.
@NessIllustration @MichaelaH @chrisaakins Hey Gang, thank you all for taking the time to give feedback on this piece, I really appreciate it! I'll play around with some of these ideas and see where it takes the illustration
My eyes go to the woman's face first and then drop to the bird where they like to stay. So I am drawn to the bird more than the woman, I would say. I am wondering if you could add just a bit of white or color to the woman's hair, not much, but enough to bring my eyes back again since she is the main object you want to emphasize? I like the bluer sky in the first one in contrast to the woman, I think the woman pops more.
Now, I just took another look and I think I am drawn back to the woman more than I thought so, I guess I don't really know what I'm talking about The yellow eyes are what draws mw back. I love the colors and it looks good!
@chrisaakins I love the addition of the plane, it really finishes it off! There is an out of place line and dot on the arms of the smallest boy, and the father collar bone lines seem a bit out of place too. Otherwise, I really like the feel of this piece.