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?
@laurel-aylesworth Yes It is a filter in photoshop called "cutout" - I set it to 5 and then convert to black and white - it is a trick Lee shared a while back - really shows if we are getting the values right - thanks for the compliment too - I always hesitate to post draw overs
@tessw Hi Tess - this is such a fun piece! It's really professional too. I did a minor paint over to show how I would color the rug. To me - it's stealing from your accent colors a little. I neutralized the colors a little on the rug. This isn't a right or wrong thing - just an opinion. Great work!
This is such a good piece. My suggestion would be that the white on the parents is a bit bright and the white on the bird leaving is a bit gray. I think if you switch that the baby bird will pop out even more and mom and dad will recede a bit, to emphasize the leaving. Love this one, captures a really good independent moment we can all relate to.
Hi there, I think you are asking the same question that we all have asked sometime to ourself.
In my humble opinion, your work is enough professional.
But, I think you should to take some art classes, I recomend you "Choosing Colors for Storytelling "... it´s really helpful.
I've changed a few of the things you suggested, except for moving the table and dad forward. I'm thinking the blank table is my text space. I also changed the baby to a more active independent role.
My next steps are going to be adding color and value.
Fantastic illustration - Love all the variations in texture and your color scheme really works well! Such a great idea for the independent theme!!
I'm agreeing with some of what @tombarrettillo has pointed out.
The helmet does seem a bit large, but perhaps that was intentional? It's hard to know without what your other work is like.
-The top foot placement also seems awkward to me. I feel like there should be some indication of a foot rest.
-The shadow feels a bit oppressive. I would think about lightening it up and introducing some subtle color into it, and adding some gradation to the background might make it feel a bit more polished.
This was an ambitious drawing to take on, so well done for seeing it through!