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 don't mind the light colors, it makes it feel lighthearted or more appropriate for a younger audience. If you wanted it to feel more serious or dangerous then yeah you could make it darker, but I don't think you have to just because of their poses/expressions.
Their poses and expressions are so great! It makes me wonder what they are protecting themselves against. If you wanted to push the storytelling you could try to add some indication of what they are afraid of or some text to go with this. Or maybe the danger is on the ground since they are looking at the sky. Like there is a snake and they are wondering what the rattling sound is. As a viewer that would really up the emotional impact!
I think it looks really nice though there are three elements that are about the same size and all are craving for attention making the eyes jump all over the place and not knowing where to focus on.
I'm guessing the blue mushroom on the front is your focal point so the character next to it could be a bit smaller (since it's about the same size) and/or less bright so it doesn't compete with the mushroom's light (something like the smaller blue character on the far right would work better on him). Or you could make the yellow character be the main focus so removing some of the brightness on the blue mushroom would make him stand out much more.
I would also try making the mushroom house much smaller so it looks farther away and also making it less bright as well, also could be positioned a bit more to the right so it kind of balances the scene a bit more.
The water looks really nice but I would also add some darker shading the farther it is from the main mushroom.
One trick you can use is to add a new layer in multiply mode on top and paint with a 15% dark blue on most parts as to add some ambience and reducing the lighting on most of the objects (minus the main focus one).
Hope something of this is helpfull to you .
@HeatherBouteneff @Richard-Matthews @K-Flagg thank you all so much for your kind words! I appreciate them very much! this piece really was a test to my commitment and every step was a new challenge for me. im super happy it turned out this way and I finished it.
@HeatherBouteneff if I can make that happen I will post it for sure! that would be awesome! Lets see, maybe I will make it available as a puzzle on Redbubble, if I can't find a real puzzle maker to license it. : )
@HeatherBouteneff this looks great! It's awesome to see the changes and the progress as well. One thing I have noticed is that the lines in the foreground and the background look very similar, I think if you made the foreground lines just a bit sharper it would add to the depth of the image. Great work!
I should have mentioned that these drawings are inspired by two children's books. 'Daddy's Roommate' and 'Heather has Two Mommies'.
The one with the two moms is actually a redraw of a scene in the actual book, but the one with the two dads is an original scene I thought up using licensed(?) characters.
@Casual-T Thanks a lot!` Appreciate the opinion!
@Jacy13 Thanks a lot Jacy!
@Kevin-Longueil Thanks Kevin!Oh I see! I ll check the post about the contest!
@Melissa-Bailey-0 Thanks a lot Melissa! Noted!!!
@Nyrryl-Cadiz Thanks! For now I have been working on the witch scene (and revising portfolio pieces) in order to let this one incubate, but I'll get back to it. My reason for leaning away from this one at the moment is that it's not quite the right moment in the story. But who knows? I do like that as a thumbnail and maybe I could eventually do more then one!
Here is a couple of variant dancer placements including audience. As I'm posting this, however, I realize an issue that has been bothering me. The dancer is not in the same perspective as the rest of the image making her disconnect from the rest of the scene
@xin-li adding more diversity is definitely something I’m trying to work on, I have a few pieces but they are mostly spots. It’s in the cards for this year to bring into full illustrations . Thanks for that input