@Chip-Valecek I'm definitely going to emphasize the water more.. the reflection of the dog is supposed to be different, it's meant to be an illusion. I'll see water adding more ripples does.. Thank you!
Looks like general consensus is 1 or 3. I'm personally feeling more daytime than evening, so guess we're going 3!
@Aaron_T Thanks for the reminder about the shadows on the canyon walls. Completely slipped my brain!
@burvantill Yeah, the silhouette feels really good. I will make sure it's very clear.
@bradyblack That's a good idea! I will add some purple deeper into the canyon.
@Mairin-Kareli Thanks for your feedback! I think the contrast is why 3 is a winner.
@theprairiefox Thanks for your feedback. I totally see what you mean. The feeling I am trying to achieve is "happy and energetic in isolation with one's family", but I was trying to experiment with nontraditional color choices. I'll do some research to see how other artists have made it work. It may just be that I need to tone down the intensity of the yellow, or work in a gradient. Also, going monotone, like you suggested could also help (i.e., making the sky a yellowish color as well). Thanks again for taking the time:)
@chrisaakins aw yeah totes i love the community here, just not as often as I have been. Maybe when they post the new classes ill join again. I have a schoolism subscription too and theres some fun classes on there too ive been lookin at.
I really like your rework of 3! All that space above his/her head recalls how far down divers go, and also it makes for an elegant composition.
I like 1 minimalist like it is, but that may be one of my flaws as an artist. I tend to really like minimalist compositions and for this reason some people have described my work is "decorative." Not sure that's a good thing!
I'm wondering if the image looks dark because our brains tell us that it's sunset and the gator is backlit, even though you managed to bring in a light source on this side of the trees. I don't think it's lacking in colorfulness, but maybe the ambiguous light source is suggesting "shadowy?" I personally like the spanish moss and swamp trees in the composition. Maybe if the--are those bees or firebugs? Maybe if it's sunset the firebugs could really light up the scene and make it look more like a party? And if it's sunrise... well, I guess if it was sunrise this gator would be waking everyone up with some horn playing would he?
@carolinebautista Haha thanks! I was actually worried about the fact I didn't include Lisa in the illustration, but in the end decided the "story" I was telling was more about the robot, and I didn't want to distract from that.
Thank you so much for your feedback, everybody! I really like most of them as ideas, though I have to admit that 12 doesn't really say isolation to me and 7 and 9 have some silhouette problems. Right now I'm drawing out 4, with 5 and 11 in my back pocket if I don't like how it comes out. Sometimes you just have to draw something out before knowing if it's going to work!
One thing that I learned through this process is that although "solitude" (time alone to concentrate) can be positive, "isolation" (lack of connection) has a negative connotation for me. Spending the last two months without seeing another face up close just hammered that in even more. So the "lone wolf" for me is really a character who is discovering his need for others, hopefully with a bit of humor. And 4 is the darkest of the thumbnails, so I really hope I can get the humor across in that one!
@Kevin-Longueil I don’t mind at all the draw over, I’m amazed you took the time to do that, thank you. The chair is indeed not following the perspective of the buildings because I wanted it to be tilted in comparison to the horizon line if that makes sense but you are right it looks weird now that you mentioned it, your version is much better. Thank you again, I will try to fix it.
@chachaarts So I know you've already explained your tone, but would you be able to tell me what you did right? I struggle with this. But if I want to improve I have to be able to somewhat answer this question. My mind remembers everything I did wrong, and forgets the work I did that worked or went well. This painting has a lovely feel to it. It might be that once you get more technically proficient, you'll lose this fresh quality, so I just want to point out that there are things to appreciate in each piece that we need to recognize alongside the bad to improve.
**I finally completed Aprils Project about Lisa's Robot.
Here are some learning milestones I hit during this time:**
I realized that I need to limit my materials in the starting stage so that I can focus on the drawing only. No paints, No other mediums, etc. This helped me get clear and focus on the drawing first.
I learned how to use gouche a little. I mostly used to acrylic, but I wanted to try something new.
I really loved mixing my materials.
If I'm going to draw my own text, next time I'll make some guides, and draw the text on a separate sheet of tracing paper instead of on my drawing.
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@Gary-Wilkinson These are all really good! But I'm a little confused about who is supposed to be drawing?
If it's for your portfolio, and you are the artist, then the 2nd and 3rd ones are on point! Lovely textures on those. The rendering of the boy could be toned down a little to match the stroke-y feel of everything else. The "imaginative" characteristic could be shown another way.
If you're doing it for a book where the main character (a kid) is doing the chalk drawings and taking into account the average skill level of a child, these are too beautifully rendered. Like what Elena said.