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?
@Toony-Days really cute character, and you have a nice cartoony style. Really nice shapes, as that's giving your character "weight" -- it looks like a creature who has mass and that grounds it even without a shadow.
Some feedback to consider:
Are you doing any initial gesture drawings or "drawing through", as @Will-Terry recommends in several SVS classes? That might help some of your shapes look more natural -- for example, the raccoon tail, where the head and shoulders meet, and the background (the shrubs seem to stop at the raccoon).
Have you tried a few different color comps to see what color palette puts the focus on your main character and helps tell the story? Using similar grays in both the raccoon and trash can do create a giant focal point, but almost look like one character. Because the values are so similar with the pizza and background, and because it's mimicking the shape of the bushes, it gets a little lost.
What is the story you're telling in this piece? The raccoon looks guilty -- why? Who is he looking at? Is he supposed to share the pizza? Would expanding the composition to include another character help tell the story? Would changing the placement of elements in the composition improve the story?
Nice linework and for just a year in, you've got some impressive skills! Really looking forward to seeing more of your work!
Hey guys! I wanted to share some more of my MerMay artwork. Feel free to drop yours below in the comments below! Hope you guys like:)
I'd also be down for following some more artists so also feel free to leave your IG handles too!
Mine is @chrisconnorartist.
These were prompted from the list provided by the official website.
Here you have
Day 4: Star Wars
Day 6: Sunday
Day 7: Provocative
Day 11: Frustration
Done! This was really fun to make. If I were to make this into a print, I think I'd go in with a digital pencil and get some more of the darker lines in there. But for a purely hand-drawn piece, I'm really happy with it.
Here's a quick process of my oil painting. I did this piece a year ago when I was practiced different techniques. Oil is still my favourite, you can achieve beautiful effects with it.
I hope you like it!
I agree with @Jonathan-Malski about the contrast on the left side of the image drawing attention first, but I absolutely love the gentle contrast of the ghost's top half with the soft lilac/pink/blue background. If anything, the contrast at the ghost's bottom half makes the figure feel too solid to me.
The ghost does seem static when placed in the center. I wonder if the ghost were placed further to the right, so that the viewer gets that great payout of seeing the ghost after one's eyes travel over the market.
It may run contrary to the story you are telling, but I also wonder if the ghost could be more actively turned towards the viewer. Silhouettes don't draw the viewer in as much as a turned head (which may be what you're going for, as it makes the ghost seem more isolated.).
Placing the ghost figure on the right, looking and facing out of the picture plane, might make the composition feel unbalanced. But if the figure is on the left side, it may seem the ghost is interacting with the market in an un-ghostly manner.
This is such a lovely piece and makes me think about the characters. Engaging.
@jdubz thanks for this. Some good ideas for the mane. I quite like the idea of lava streaming out of its head. Will have to come up with some sketches.
As for that lava stream, I totally noticed that too when I posted this and was planning on cutting that out.
The volcano could definitely be made smaller too. I think you're right. And with it being higher on the page kinda takes the focus and power away from the lion.