@Quackamos @gavpartridge thank you so much for your ideas and draw-overs, they are giving me a lot to think about! Here’s where I left the work yesterday. I’m going to shelf it for now and work on the next project but I’m going to keep layout and lighting in mind when i come back to it. I just started Will Terry’s painting Light & Shadow class and I think it will be very helpful. I think another takeaway from this piece is I need to spend a little more time thumbnailing to get the best composition planned before setting to work.
@Jeremy-Ross , @aprilshin , @Neha-Rawat I enjoyed making both of them in different ways, but I'm more confident in the first being more appropriate to the challenge than the second. The tone of the short story doesn't gel with the second image I drew. It may be more visually interesting, but the short story seems to hinge so much on Bongo's confident fearlessness and wit (bordering on arrogance) that I feel like the second image just doesn't apply... The second image has more of a Jungle Book-vibe that speaks to danger a bit more. I don't ever feel Bongo is in much actual danger in the short story prompt--in fact, it seems he knew what he was doing all along...
I agree with everything the others said so far. The only thing I would add is maybe try to give the baby slightly more cartonny proportions... Especially the head feels a little small compared to the rest of the body. But I really thing this could be a strong portfolio piece
I would agree with the others that the 3rd one looks more natural. . . however, if you are drawn more toward the purple, I'd say go for it but explore a little more with thumbnails, tweaking the purples. I think if you made the background a cooler or desaturated purple and kept the dragon a little more intense and warm it might help.
Really think it's an awesome drawing, btw!
This is a spread from a book dummy- where the treehouse is the final destination of the journey. My apologies for the watermark and the bits of text. Illustration by LAURA BELEVICA. www.laurabelevica.com. If you'd like to see the whole story- email me: email@example.com]( image url)Re: JUNE ILLUSTRATION CONTEST: TREEHOUSE