@Lee-White I have the format vertical because of the extreme view angle and the "outer space" factor. Design wise I thought that would enhance those things. I will do more thumbnails this evening and play around with that. This is the second time I've tried to do a narrative flow. The first time I made a picture book dummy and it was way easier because I had so many pages to tell the story. Trying to tell a story that spans a lifetime plus a future event in 3 panels is DIFFICULT. lol. My thumbnails were getting way too busy (i thought) so I went the other extreme, too simple.
I picked a tough subject, but a good subject. If I can pull this off, I will be very happy.
Thank you for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated.
there were some smudgy lines along the angel's wings and along top line of his shoulder/shirt. also wanted to improve the edges along the pencil and shirt collar, and touch up the ear a bit. I did all that, still left a bit of smudge I think in the background! I may have smoothed things out a little too much.......... But it was good to practice re-working. too bad I had deleted my original photoshop file! Thanks for the feedback, really nice to hear
Thanks. I’m still working on the story. But maybe at the same time working on a few of the illustrations that I want to include. Thanks for the encouragement! I’ll post so progress here when there is some...
@Nyrryl-Cadiz Thanks I may add more clover over the next couple of weeks. Anything to really connect the clover to the lightning strike.
@chrisaakins Thanks I'll try some little bits of arcing lightning left over (but I think it may be a bit far )
Had some time to work on this, and here’s where I am with it. Not done yet. But I’m not pleased with the kids faces, but I’m not sure what’s wrong with them. I plan to add glass, and finish the windows and siding, maybe add a cloud or two in the sky.
Anyway, I appreciate any feedback or suggestions on the image - the kids or anything else. Thanks!
I made a simple illustration about a little witch changing the color of her cat (to black). Because, you may not know this, witches are supertitious about their cats! They need to be black. But, if a witch loves a cat that is not black, she can use her magic. However, as cats tend to go to their natural color as the magic fades, the witch has to cast the spell every day to make sure the cat stays black...
So, do you think this is strong enough for the contest? Input is very welcome!
@bathyscaph thanks for the suggestion. That combination of simple shapes, limited palette and contrast in texture is so nice!
@pagurcia I love Tom Booth! I've been following him for a while on Instagram and completely fell in love with his woodcutter story. I can't wait to see what he does with it. Thanks for the encouragement!
@TessaW It's a great start, regardless of the title. I love the composition. FYI, my wife grew up in Hawaii. When I asked her about Hawaiian superstitions, Night Marchers was the first thing she mentioned!
I like where you ended up with your version...the guy looks downtrodden That said, a TV that close to someone kind of reads like he's at home, with his TV on the table in front of him.
As breweries (and some bars) are one of my favorite places to people watch and draw, in my experience it's hard to beat the straight-on across the bar angle for these kinds of illustrations, even if its the most boring angle to start with. Unless I want the viewer to be part of the conversation, IE sitting on the same side near the character, I find I can really push the emotions further if I can get both sides of the characters face in the frame. Or, if I really want to make them seem really despondent, it's not hard to fold their arm up on the bar and rest their head on it, or even chin-down on the bar, staring down at betting stubs, or eyes drawn upward toward a TV. Fun concept!
Thanks for the comments.
@Perrij Yeah, I can see that. (I'm assuming you're talking about the girl on the left.) I'm trying to have her make a smiling "arrr" pirate face, and I'm not sure it's right yet. I'll have to experiment more with ways to show that expression but with just the right amount of linework.
@Nyrryl-Cadiz I'm wondering if it looks that way because it's just sketched and there is no color. I haven't added color to this one yet, but here's an example of what that would look like on a finished drawing. I suppose I could try removing the lines below the eyes. I've done it this way for so long that maybe I'm just used to it, but in fact it doesn't look quite right??? (I'm also very much a "line" person. Kind of a "comic" style I suppose.)