Today, I began designing characters for a picture book. My thought process was that rounder and softer shapes would be more suitable for a picture book. I would greatly appreciate any advice about the character design, or how to make characters seem like they come from the same universe (which is quite specific indeed...). I hope that your days are as enjoyable as when you are drawing!
I decided to go with D, and I just launched into it. I'm hoping folks can tell me if things are pulling focus and interest. I"m worried there's too much texture in the tree, perhaps, and I need to do something a bit more substantial to the path he's standing on...
@aprilshin I decided to change the boy's facial expression a bit, and have him looking upward with a "sorta" grin... I think that was stronger than the "I'm lonely" vibe I think I was going for... Does that make things a bit clearer? Or at least less complicated?
I had a really hard time figuring which artwork I wanted to showcase..
So I chose the one that I feel something is off, but can't really find what. Day 23,Rip!
I still like how it came out though.
Thanks for the opportunity!!
I was given the opportunity to display my art in a coffee shop (cups of joy). No fees or anything. So I wanted to make a framed print to give to them. My next step is to pick your brain so I can make some adjustments.
Thank you in advanced!
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@djlambson said in October contest WIP:
@Braden-Hallett I really like your way of putting things together.. Background done first then line art. I might try this next time!
It's workin' out pretty well! certainly works for me
Day 17: Storm
I definitely haven't been able to keep up with Inktober, but I'm enjoying my own slow pace!
I'd love any tips/feedback. I'm learning so please be gentle but honest!
I did notice that my perspective on the pumpkin is too low.
@Gary-Wilkinson Hmmm... interesting dilemma. I do like the feel of the yellow one more (personal pref because I love yellow and limited color schemes), BUT the green background does help the kid pop more (I also like the lighting). I think my problem with the green one is the red box; because of the contrast with the green, I feel like it's trying to compete for the viewer's attention.
Unless the box has to be red for any reason, I personally would go with the green background but make the box a cool or more desaturated color, so the warm colors are primarily on the kid's face/skin.
Regardless of choice, adorable picture!
The drawings are really great. I can't even believe that people who have not graduated from some special art schools can draw like that. By the way, if you are an artist and at the same time a student and it is difficult for you to combine study with your hobby, then when you have a lot of homework, which is to write research papers, then you can use the site, which helps students in writing papers for which students pay rather big money because the quality of the written papers is really decent.
@Jonathan-Malski Thanks so much for taking the time to analyze this for me. I will definitely implement those suggestions.
As far as the text goes, I honestly didn’t give it a second thought. I just figured they would know it was a place holder. I feel like the text needs to be there because sometimes during the critique they say, “I wonder what text goes with this?” even when the illustrator puts a quote in the forum. They don’t seem to see the comments that go along with the illustration. In any case I’m hoping the illustration speaks for itself.
I really appreciate you bringing up the font. I’m gonna try to fix it.