@Lee-White I have the format vertical because of the extreme view angle and the "outer space" factor. Design wise I thought that would enhance those things. I will do more thumbnails this evening and play around with that. This is the second time I've tried to do a narrative flow. The first time I made a picture book dummy and it was way easier because I had so many pages to tell the story. Trying to tell a story that spans a lifetime plus a future event in 3 panels is DIFFICULT. lol. My thumbnails were getting way too busy (i thought) so I went the other extreme, too simple.
I picked a tough subject, but a good subject. If I can pull this off, I will be very happy.
Thank you for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated.
Thanks everyone (I meant to do a smiley face but I'm keeping whatever the hell that thing is)
I'm surprised it's the middle one! But that's probably because I identify with #3 more as an ex substitute teacher
Middle one it is! I may do a spread to extend the train of weird stuff
@Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen Thanks, and you're welcome! With this project, I decided to just share the whole process from start to finish. It's going to be a good ride I hope!
@Nyrryl-Cadiz I know right? I was like, "it's a fairy tale, love this story and know it by heart, I need a smaller project after that oracle deck (just completed a 44-card oracle deck for Blue Angel Publishing.)" But, once I really dove in, realized what a grand story it really can be, and I had a vision from the beginning of what I wanted the reader to experience, so am just going to go for it. Some of these are quite complicated too, but I'm going to learn a lot (already am), and I think come out with something pretty special. <fingers crossed>
@demotlj Thank you! It makes it even more fun knowing the structure of the whole thing from the beginning. There were a lot of points, I was tempted to start getting to the art before the whole thing was laid out, but I stuck through it, and am glad I did.
It made me a little sad to read that you were demotivated because of lack of appreciation on social media-the art you have made here is really really hard to do, and most people perhaps don't realize this. Do not let others demotivate you, make art that makes you happy. You should be happy and proud about this piece you have made. I know you did it for lighting but I also wanted to share a tip I once learned in an art class about portraits; I was taught to make a grid over the original, then on your paper draw the grid and then draw/fill in, it works to help keep proportions on point. Happy creating!
@chrisaakins thanks for the idea. I bought a gold pen the other day, will play around with that. I think it's a gel pen (pen and ink is new to me). I guess a paint pen is probably different, I'll look it up, not a lot of art supplies where I live so I have to order stuff in! although we have Staples here, maybe there would be something there if gold pen doesn't' work. I am planning on coloring the illustration in photoshop later anyhow.....so much to expiriment with
Another late nighter last night, but I got the cover to a good dummy-book stage and my last minuet page finished! At lunch today I'm going to print my book out! I did some trouble shooting yesterday, so printing should be a breeze. I also printed my very first post cards too! Boom! They turned out quite nice if I must say so
last minuet added page:
To do list for today (my last day)!
Print dummy-book out.
print out portfolio pieces
finish portfolio sketches and print
book bind dummy book
cut paper for portfolio background and put portfolio together
Tonight will prob be another late nighter, but so far going strong!
Now, where's my coffee. . .
Am already kind of having a lot of fun with this. I've heard that an octopus is as intelligent as a kitten, so why not have an octopus pet? Once I started sketching, I was thinking how useful it would be to have a friendly pet octopus, I mean they got all those arms to hold your pencils and books, and whatnot! Plus, so many hugs! I bet they could draw pretty well too if they put their octo brain to it.
I think I’m about done with all the projects from this collection. Here are the notecards! Super excited to get them out there for sell. Lots of great feedback from my clients. They are ready to give me some money. Well, a little money. Ha!
This is so cute. I love the scene on the beach and the next one in the water. I understand the confusion but agree - adding more details and color will help. Maybe you could try a few transformation vignettes between these two images?
@TwiggyT Oh brilliant, thank you so much! I can definitely tell the difference with the rump and I completely forgot about that strap thingy - just shows I know nothing about horses haha!
Thank you for taking the time to do that draw over
@NessIllustration Gotcha! I'll apply those changes now, you're definitely right! Thank you
@xin-li That's how I show my process, I do it in a blog and then have a link from the polished work to the process, that way people who want to see it can find it easily but the people who would be put off by rough sketches or a screenshot where I still need to fix a bunch of things aren't distracted by it.