Hi everyone, my name is Natalie and this is my first time posting here! I’m really excited to become part of this community and work on improving my art skills.
I just finished a couple thumbnails for the May prompt and thought I’d share them here for some feedback.
A person trapped in a cage of trees, I might have animals or forest creatures looking in on him if I continue with this one.
A king in a throne room. He feels isolated by power/ I wanted the image to show him “higher up” than the rest of the people.
A girl falling asleep alone in a forest, snow is falling on top of her.
A forgotten statue of a king sitting in a snowy forest. I think I’m going to put castle ruins in the back of this one if I continue it.
Someone isolated by their own thoughts.
I would love any feedback/critiques on the concepts or composition of these, or which one you think I should keep working on for the final image.
It took me a few minutes to realize she had a kid in the barrel. I love all the machinery off in the corners, it gives a different vibe instead of the stand witch look. Absolutely what one of my nightmares as a kid would look like.
Thank you for the comments everyone they have given me some great ideas and i'm sure they will help the final spread. I really wish printers were more magical, as the limitations of CMYK really hold back those lovely purples
@aprilshin Thank you for searching for reference! I tried my best to replicate the ball, but I think you're right about pushing the darks more. I have to be careful not to make things too strong though as it may not work so well with the other spreads.
@EliaMurrayArt Great point about the dappled light and thank you for the reference video, ill give that a shot and see how it looks.
@TessaW You're right about the edges and the softness of the boy, he still needs a bit of work so hopefully he can fit in well by the end.
@carolinebautista The star definitely need to have more of a boost and using the dappled sounds sounds like a good plan.
Great thumbnails! I agree with @LauraA that the 1st thumbnail most addresses the "isolation" prompt. I really love the 2nd thumbnail, though, with that diagonal composition. You could probably use it for something else! Good luck!
@Kat - that is a great idea, i especially like the half eaten sandwich hahaha
@aprilshin thank you!! that is a good idea - I think I got nervous about adding things because I hadn't thought further through the story - but now that you are mentioning what room this even is it has me thinking "omg Elia, you didn't even think about those things!!" so now I will!!
I think I narrowed it down some more. Thank you @Coreyartus for the suggestion to think more about what I wanted to tell. Here are some more detailed thumbnails. Which do you prefer? I am pretty certain I know which I like best but it would be nice to have some statistical validation.
Please vote (I couldn’t put this in my old post because of poll rules).
Not really getting the isolation message. I think perhaps you need to look at the composition. The panther and man being together like that does not really say isolation. Maybe the panther should be peeking in from the edge? Arrange foliage to encircle and isolate the man? Also a good previous point on more differences in tone. If you want it to read flat that is cool, but need a little more contrast to really see what is going on.
I did this sketch today and it reminded me of the topic of this month´s contest(isolation). Do you think this would be good if I put more work into this, or should I go for something with more story into it?