It isn't just the actual measurement of each, it is their visual weight. Visually the cowboy and the sign feel the same weight to me. Enlarging the font of the title and changing it's background color may change the visual weight. Also making the cowboy a bit smaller would help in multiple ways: it would move him away from the edge, give the author and illustrator text more room, and create size variance but still keep him in front of the sign.
I get what you are saying now--I'll play around with it!
Hi @nadyart, I don’t have any advice of my own, but perhaps you will find these words on self doubt - from author/illustrator Shaun Tan - comforting:
Your work is so lovely and to my eyes already at a very high standard! Maybe it is normal to feel in a creative rut now and then
@Adrian-K yes! the mermaid is bioluminescent...or, as I like to think of her...."magic"....and I like your idea of lighting their faces... but, argh, what a challenge! (I'll try...!)
Thank you for the suggestion...
As this relates to his image, I thought this might be of interest. One way I’ve been creating the stained backgrounds is with this image. A little bit ago I saw a whimsical picture where the character was on a parchment background, and I decided to make my own. Modern day parchment is typically just paper that’s been treated with dies to give an old or uneven appearance. I wanted to make something a little more. Originally parchment was made from sheep or goat skins that were prepared so that they could receive inks an pigments for illuminations and manuscripts. If you ever have the chance to see one you’ll notice that there is a grain to it, stretch marks and pores. These marking get more apparent as time passes.
So here’s one of several images I made using a watercolor brush on my iPad. I did my best to mimic the characteristics of real parchment. Made at a high DPI and deeper saturation; just playing with its hue, saturation, and brightness, I’ve found these backgrounds very useful in creating textures.
Hi... so after today's podcast I kinda rethought the illustration and finally, I feel it is starting to get somewhere. Here is just a messy sketch of it.
The rabbit is currently just in placeholder position, but I will definitely change it accordingly to the narrative text. (More like a try of it hehe)
anyways I would like to ask if the composition and the story are clear... and generaly I welcome any comment on this Thank you !
Worked on a graphic novel type page this month. Really trying hard to limit colours and vary viewpoints. Despairing of ever finding a ‘style’ even though I continue to do master studies of my fave artists. #thelongandwindingroad
I decided to go ahead and paint it to get practice and so I can have some closure with this thread here is the final painting, all done traditionally except for a little darkening of the corners in Procreate at the end.
This is great! The only thing that makes me really see that he’s added is his body under the table. I don’t know how to fix it but it just feels off where his leg goes behind the leg of the table. It took me a minute to notice, though, so it may be minor. I, too, thought he was a stuffed animal but I think it’s because I have no reference outside of this image to tell my mind that he would be a living character interacting with the other characters. It’s good to see Flanagan again!
@shinjifujioka @sketchbook ha! I didn’t even realize about the bum and the turtle shell. I’ll fix that with the color. I’ll make sure his bum is outside the line so it’s not one continuous line. That’s too funny!
Any idea what’s trending in kids clothing colors? But I’ll keep a black and white version and maybe a single color version available.
I really like how you’re developing this piece. Only two things stick out to me. First, how critical is that sucker? I can’t help but read it as a cigarette and I’m not totally getting the read on the lump it makes in her cheek. That’s a tricky one. The other is her forearm. The crease where her elbow bends goes all the way around her arm and makes it feel a bit cut off from the rest of the figure. Overall I really like how this image works. You’re really getting the light and feel of a summer day. Can’t wait to see the finished piece.
I really like this piece. I dig the atmosphere that gives it depth and I like the way you’ve pushed the mermaid design making her finny and fishey. I'm getting caught on her hair though. The first thing I noticed was the edge being very sharp next to her face. When I zoomed in for a closer look I saw the teeth ( which I like as an idea). I guess my feeling is that it’s in clear from first glance whether the hair is ‘hair’ or a ‘creature’. This lovely image could work either way, but right now it seems to be somewhere in the middle.