@BichonBistro Oh no, I was really hoping for your sake that she was moving on. I’m not even sure what to say. Regardless of how you choose to approach this, deadlines and boundaries need to be communicated. The truth is, that this can get a whole lot worse and become even more time consuming than it has already. Of course it can go the other way as well - you may be able to finalize the design, convert to vector, and send it to print and embroidery with little issue. It just doesn’t seem realistic. Know your limits and communicate them as thoroughly as possible. I would suggest staying out of the printing and embroidery process if you get to that point - do not get roped into sending the files directly to print /embroidery companies or providing prepared files, because you will become the problem solver and point of contact. Honestly, if you have not told her that you would convert it to vector, than I would avoid that as well. Print and embroidery companies have prepress departments, let them convert it. She is lucky to be getting this much of your time for free.
Hey Gary, gotta say I missed seeing your fabulous work in the forums. Welcome back! I like all your ideas, but I vote for #2 for its original concept and exciting and dynamic composition. Looking forward to seeing what you choose to develop.
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.
I'm thinking this is almost done, I am going to take a break and come back to it tomorrow with fresh eyes for a final pass. I've mocked in some text but the trees behind it are rendered so I can turn it off If I want to present it without.
I really like your animal ones. And I like the works that give a bit more context and full body ones.
I’d like to know what the baby Dino is looking at off page.
I am happy you made the step to put to work what you have been learning and thank you for sharing!
@Squirrel-Size really excited to see this grow into a picture book.
I definitely agree you can remove the word “can” from most pages. You could also combine spreads 5 and 6 into one spread, leaving room for the baby girl goat to show some sadness on her own.
Here’s my thoughts on the text/ what I’d change it to:
1: My Garden is my happy place
2: I come here to escape
3: Especially when I’m tired or sad
4: Here I can help things grow
5: Here I can smell things
6: Here I can feel happiness growing
7: When I want to share my happiness...
9: I take it to someone who is sad
10:... like my mom
11: ( I don’t think you need any text here your image is pretty powerful) or something like “ she’s not here anymore “
12: So I remember her through my flowers
I love the emotions in this, also there definitely need to be more goats in children’s books, they’re super cute.
Hope this helps, just my two cents
@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