Today, I began designing characters for a picture book. My thought process was that rounder and softer shapes would be more suitable for a picture book. I would greatly appreciate any advice about the character design, or how to make characters seem like they come from the same universe (which is quite specific indeed...). I hope that your days are as enjoyable as when you are drawing!
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?
Hey, great art by everyone, always so inspiring to see what others are up to.
I've been working on a project for Samaritan's Purse, and the tricky thing about it is that it involves reworking & making changes to existing artwork by the original artist. So basically I need to try my best to match the style of the original art, which is different to my own style. I'm enjoying it though, and I feel like I've learned things from talking to the original artist and collaborating
@VeronicaMui thank you for the comments!
I can definitely see how the right knee appears to face inwards; I think I originally thought it was a cool idea when I was drawing it, but now I have to agree, it looks more painful than cool!
One of my family members took a look at this work when I first finished it and pointed out the same issue with the forearm. I wanted it to be foreshortened, but It doesn't really give off that vibe with the way the body is positioned and all. It most certainly seems shrunk when I look at it now! (Maybe some extra line weight/bolding around the forearm would have helped to give off that effect?)
I intended the red laser blast to come from a person off screen at a higher level than the in-frame character (hence why this clone trooper character is pointing his blaster upwards); I wanted the laser to look like it was making an impact with the ground, but I can see how it actually looks as if the ground is shooting the laser! I do agree that the red laser should be raised at least some amount upwards from its current position.
Thanks again for your feedback and insight on my work! I appreciate it!
i think you should play more with the enviroment colors like the orange/yellow from the fairy and te blue which you established on the ice.
on the bottom is your original and on top a reworked suggestion
Thanks I have been looking at the gesture of the fairies arms and thinking I should re work them to make them look better. Give them a bend to look like she is actually supporting the weight of the ink jar. Maybe this slight change will make her look a little less static.
I'd like to know your thoughts on this finished 2020 Christmas/Holiday card for my customers, family & friends (retailers will get it in 2021 locally and/or 2022 depending on licensing). Especially what you think is done well (because I have been looking at what was done poorly, and making edits off and on since December 4, 2019) For example, are any elements working well? I'm not sure what's working. Like color, composition, texture, facial expression of birds, concept, rendering etc? Feel free to also share suggestions for improvement, because I can always learn and apply it to future designs! Thanks!
In case it's useful: I did tons of pencil on sketchbook thumbnails, then drew most of this on drafting film using colored pencils and pastels, except for the gingerbread and chocolate chip cookies which were done in copic marker with colored pencils on paper. I used GIMP to combine layers digitally.
Worked up more finished options. I'm wondering if it's stronger with Ellie shown holding the camera? Or if a simpler version viewed through the camera viewfinder would be more effective? Too close to it now to tell.