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?
I didn't join until January so I only had my yeti house done this month, and it didn't seem fair to do that without the previous prompt of whose house it was so I did that too.
I was finishing it yesterday and realized the yeti's hair shape is my toddler's wild poof so I guess I was unknowingly inspired by her and our daily struggle to actually brush it lol
@Frost-Drive yep, there is no one art style.
For example, look at recent award winners. This year's Caldecott winner was We Are Water Protectors, which was illustrated by Michaela Goade in gorgeous flowing watercolors. (The honors went to Cat Man of Aleppo, Outside In, Me & Mama, and A Place Inside of Me -- all of which were in a different illustration style.) 2020's Caldecott winner was The Undefeated, rendered very realistically by Kadir Nelson. 2019's Caldecott winner was Hello Lighthouse in Sophie Blackall's whimsical style.
Those books could have been illustrated in a different style, but would those stories have been as impactful? Would they have been as successful? Maybe not.
Yes, there is a popular style that you find in a high percentage of books being published -- that's nothing new. But trends change over time. And today you'll also find a ton of other books published that have wildly different illustration styles. It's refreshing, and yes, it is a relief to know!
When I was just starting out illustrating children's books, I also thought that there was a specific "children's book style" that I had to conform to. I could mimic it but those illustrations were stiff or flat -- they weren't ME. So instead I just drew and let whatever came out of me flow onto the page. Turns out, I tend towards more realistic art, and that's okay. My style is not trendy, but I like to think that it's "classic". Nowadays, I focus on telling a story instead of style. That's not saying I've got everything figured out -- I'm still a work in progress! But maybe sharing my meager experience will be helpful.
Keep on drawing and being YOU! ️
And maybe others can offer insight into this, but worrying about a dozen or so different compositional tools seems a bit...complex? What if a piece is simple and minimalistic (not saying mine is, that wasn't my goal, again, just curious)...it seems like worrying about creating a complex composition would take away from that?
I'm realizing how many different directions I can take this work. This is very interesting.
@Ari-Sorokin that makes sense. It’s just a matter of “filling the creative bank account”, as Jake would say. And, its great that you are trying this stuff. I just did my first master study and it was not easy!
I did a little drawing on top of Tony’s piece to show you how I would try try to approach it. I hope it helps. The pink lines outline the negative space around his head. When you look at that instead of him, you can see more accurately how much of the space he’s taking up. The green lines are about relationships. His eyes are about 1/4 of the way down the page, the right shoulder goes off at about the halfway point. Also, the corner of his mouth should be in line with the right back thruster and where his collar meets his other shoulder should line up with the other thruster... I didn’t mark them all. You can also see that his hair part is just left of center at the top of the page...
Also, the purple lines are angles. I just hold a pencil up to these and then to my paper to see if they match. Usually when I focus on all three of these (negative space, relationships and angles) I can get things put in mostly the right place. And then you can apply what you know about anatomy, color and light and all that.
@KaraDaniel thanks for the words!!yes i am leaning towards the top one too!!
@Jeannelle-Pita yes!!thanks a lot!
@donnamakesart I don't actually have this figured out. It begun more of a style exploration..But since you asked, I would say mystery-adventure-confusing for the character scene.thanks for your comment!!
@Naters-Calderone you could maybe do just a little red flag sticking up out of a mound of snow or maybe like some dried flowers or something hanging from one of the canopies just some ideas good luck! It does look great though!
Hi carrieannbrown! Thanks for sharing your image. I like the direction of your illustration, trying to achieve a dynamic narrative. Respecting your request here are some elements worth looking. First is considering in looking at the anatomy of the legs. You made them considerablly thinner compared to the upper body and the arms which are more well toned. Legs from a design point of view have to have certain level of rubustness to support the rest of the weight of the upper body to attain stability abnd balance, and especially the feet you gave your character are very small, How will your character walk? I think that the neck and the position of the head. While I comprehend you want create the notion that the head is looking up but you made you made the neck very bendy, thin and long like a giraffe. Maybe that could be ressolved by bring the head closer to the body and the neck thicker. These are just suggestions from what I understand. I liike your colour palette. Hope that this helped. Best of luck.
@robgale Haha - yes it was tricky to figure out what should be modern and what shouldn't. Perhaps I could make the whiteboard look more prehistoric-looking (like the briefcase). Thank you for your thoughts and time.
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This is my Yeti Submission .
Being I just became a student of SVS last month I wanted to wait a month before I participated in the monthly contest. This is my first entry.
Nothing in the rules states that I cannot show the Yeti itself. And I really wanted to share my vision of the Yeti. My vision of the Yeti's home is very unique as you can see.
Entrance. (check. Matter of fact I have three of them)
Mail Box (Check)
Personal Effect (Check...Oh yeah Yeti definitely has a personal effect)
I have learned so much being a student of SVS and I have taken those skills to create this illustration.
It took me 24 hours to draw this. The original size is is 11 x 17.
Hope you all like it.