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!
Thanks chip! It’s certianly crazy balancing all of it! Great gift for you wife. Dinosaurs are a great way to discribe kids. I usually call mine, turkeys, ducks, or cats (like herding cats). My husband calls them chick-a-Dee’s. So, we are mostly a bird family. Mostly turkeys! Or turd. But that wouldn’t make a cute picture. Wait, my son Cade is “Cada Cada, allagata.” There are more. I’ll stop. Carpool is moving
@RexWatkins Like Lee has already said, I think you're fine at the moment with the piece you posted as it's only sliiiighly similar to Will's style, but I bet when you start drawing more and more characters in your "inspired" style you'll find yourself changing parts of it with each illustration so by the end you'll have created a whole new style which is unique to you
When I first started I used to draw like Emily Gravett, and I mean exactly like her, as I loved her work so much, but my style just automatically changed without me realising and now my style is the total opposite of Emily Gravett. I still look at artists now and take parts of their style/method/finish and try it with my own, there's nothing wrong with doing that For example, I HATE illustrating trees, so recently I've been looking at how other illustrators have drawn trees in a stylized way and I've tried to copy that to work with my own illustration.
So if you're just starting off then don't worry about it so much at the moment, you need to find out what your personal style is and experiment, so just keep trying lots of new things and it will fall into place!
@JerrySketchyArt Excellent comments, and I ended up cooking another design based on this comment and some other feedback from other concept dudes that include some elements of those designs. I will be sure to post my progress, and hopefully have all the line-arts ready to paint by the end of this week. Thanks a lot for stopping by!
Thanks everyone for the feedback and compliments! Lots to think about.
@Laurasketches so far my process for setting up my portfolio has been asking others for feedback (I FINALLY got in contact with a local-ish illustrator group and they gave me some feedback) But if you ever wanna chat about it gimme a PM
@NessIllustration I'll definitely be going with something like that! The different font for the subtext really does read better. Thank you
@theprairiefox Said it in the other thread, but thanks for reminding me about those keywords It's amazing how thinking about them beforehand (BEFOREHAND, BRADEN! BEFOREHAND!) really does help.
@Laurasketches Haha, yes. I totally had that thought, although that would mean a complete redraw. I'm all for doing that, however, I'm just wondering if this particular piece can be saved. It may be that the answer is no. Still, I appreciate you posing the question.
Such an amazing design Cesar! Mecha enthusiast here.
For the critique:
I would make the line work thinner and add some texture to the armor (Brushed metal)
If you want to add reflection on PS do the following. Draw some white shapes on top of the glass cabin and set them to soft light mode. Then make the edges softer with the eraser.
Last but not least get a soft brush (White) and decide where your reflection will go.
You've inspired me to work harder on my mecha designs!
@BichonBistro I definitely found trees to be less trouble
I think these look really good, though! It's amazing how quickly everyone's silhouettes go from fairly basic to intricate between rows 2 and 4
Lookin' forward to seein' the trees!
@CukiArtist very cute artwork, I am especially impressed with the dog! I like what you are doing with the expressions. The thing that sticks out the most to me is that the alien and girl look very similar to each other in design (same length of hair, same eye shape, "wings"). What do you think about changing up some of the features to let them compliment each other. Maybe try the eyeshape on the girl to make her look a little less fairy-ish and see what you think.