My small laptop screen cropped it to this:
I don't think it needs the rest of the image because i really like it like this. The focus is on the swirls in the snow. You might consider changing the color of the dog to a tan or brown, something warm (this would also highlight the pink cheeks and get rid of the only distinct line), and changing the house to have less contrast and a cooler color. The house should blend into the background more.
Interesting work! I love your color palette and the concept of this illustration. The first thing that strikes me is the background right behind the girl's head. The values are quite similar so that her head does not stand out immediately. Making the background just a little bit lighter may help.
The foreground at the right bottom corner is a bit confusing too. Maybe switching layers of pink flower and dark flowers?
I did a bunch of thumbnails last night and liked this one the best. The idea is that Will is out birdwatching and sees what he thinks are bird tracks in the snow. He's oblivious to the fact that he's being human-watched by a dragon in a tree. I think I'm making the dragon friendly and curious. Planning a pair of binoculars hanging from it's neck or hands ( right now I sketched them in both those places). A book in the tree saying human watching or something like that. Will will have a bird book in his hand and binoculars around his neck.
Wondered how it reads?
Also I made the dragon's tail shaped like bird foot as it was what actually made the tracks to lure the human in closer. Is that apparent or not?
Thanks for any feedback or ideas in advance.
Thank you @NelsonYiap and @akterrey ! I'll definitely bringing down the contrast of chair and bookshelf and revising the action line.
And thank you @NicholeMarie , your way of thinking in hierarchy definitely helps! This is what I really need to work on. I often rely on intuition too much or focus too much on tiny things and thus not being able to get the big picture right.
@eriberart You are right! I'm thinking, "I could put lanterns in number 2 as well! Or 6!" I really want to draw those elegant foxes!
@sisimite-azul I looked for yours but didn't see it! Maybe you haven't posted it yet. I was thinking maybe I could give you a fresh read.
@sisimite-azul As a comparison the recent top image took me five days I guess, doing an hour or so a day (so still quite a long time) and the one done in Photoshop took closer to two months and probably...twenty hours. I think the Photoshop one is better in some ways actually so being prompted to relook at another old piece has been really useful!
Gee, the sketch is so awfully cute that I want to save it! I love your roly-poly fennec and bear designs! But I admit I am having a hard time following the story without extra cues, so maybe it needs tweaking a bit.
If you go with a fennec, maybe make it comically obvious that he's just arrived from warmer climes? Maybe he's dressed for summer and has a suitcase?
Also, @carolinedrawing has a good point: A desert fox's tracks in the sand wouldn't be so completely different from snow tracks as to be shocking. But some other animal's might be.
I think you've got a good start here, but it just needs some more thought. Sorry, I know that means hard work for you. For me, digging for a concept that works with the prompt is the hardest part! But your idea is a good one, and your sketch looks very promising, so it will be worth it!
I keep hearing of how lovely the community here is and I can really use some fresh eyes on my piece below. What I think it could benefit from is depth and possibly adding some greys as it seems a bit too saturated perhaps?
A little backstory - I started the year with a resolution to illustrate my own Tarot deck. This one is the Devil. I follow the symbology of the traditional cards but also changed up some things to suit my taste. The general feedback I got was that it doesn't look scary - which it shouldn`t. The devil in tarot represents lust so he needs to have a handsome aura. I hope at least that is coming through?
Anyway, let me know what you think could be improved and how to push it further?
I thought in the past the posting deadline was the 10th of every month. Oh well, no biggie. I'll post here in the off-chance that they'll still take submissions.
The first one is from the Dec 2019 SVS contest, and the second one is just something I came up with that I ended up using in my SCBWI conference portfolio.
@Lee-White is there a slight problem with how the figures fill the space between the desk and the blackboard? It's as if Malcolm is standing alongside Mandela, both of them filling the gap between the desk and blackboard completely, but also simultaneously next to and behind Obama, who should also fill the gap between board and desk.
@deborah-Haagenson Thanks! Yeah in hindsight I don't really know why I put the spoon there Think I was just drawing kitchen clutter!
@demotlj Thank you I agree I think the cake fits better than the pie!
@Nyrryl-Cadiz Thank you
Hello SVS people!
In the late 2019 I had an amazing opportunity to be in Nathan Fowke's Pictorial Compostion class on Schoolism and I though that sharing all the stuff I did in the class may be a cool idea.
The course was 9 intense weeks of work that really have pushed my skills to the limit. Hopefully you'll find this artwork fun.
week 1 assignment:
We were supossed to create studies of other people's artwork. There were three studies to be done for each artwork. A simple three value statement, a simplified value study and a color study.
I had problems when it came to simplifying the value structures. The teacher pointed out to me that I pay too much attention to details that are unnecessary for the "simple study". I made a follow up with another illustration, trying to apply the teacher's feedback here.
Yes, I absolutely adore those Jonny Duddle's Harry Potter covers!
The artist's you can see here are:
and Tim Kamiński.
Check 'em out!
We were told to create our own compositions. Had tons of fun with them. I still struggled with staying simple which is VERY visible when you look at the bears and the fox character images. I am slowly getting it though.
That was an INTENSE ride. I had a week to make ten different images. On top of that, we were supossed to make sure that each image is different. You know, variety of value ranges, subjects, camera angles etc.
Hard but soo satisfying.
More comps! This time we've got some color in here.
The bottom picture was a fun experiment that I did. I tried to paint a picture with ONLY two values in it and shade it only with color changes... It looks wrong, but I am glad I tried!
Here's a little follow up. Nathan pointed out that my character composition worked but it was too simple. A pale face with dark hair and dark glasses will always stand out...so I tried making this more complex and texture filled.
A little behind the scenes pic! I see this view everytime I take out trash in the evening so I used it to inspire me... Muse can be found everywhere, friends!
There is TONS of artwork I've done in this course. Five more weeks of artwork to be shared! However, I'll stop here. This post is long enough.
Give me your thoughts, share opinions and tell me if you'd like to see the rest of the images. I am not sure if that will interest anybody
Creating this post kinda feels like I am bragging, ya know?
How comfortable are you with composition?