@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.
Since I don't draw all day long, by the time I get to draw my brain is fried, so I like to do little shape challenges to wind down or loosen up. I love these, and usually try to do the same shape several times and get completely different results. The illustrator Beastwreck on Instagram has one of my favorites, so whenever he posts a new shape I usually go to town, and the results get weird...at least for me!
Here's a quick update for those interested. I took some votes and input from you guys and combined a few elements from all three.
Changed Viser shape
Added Ears from B
Added mouth style from A
Added Eyes from B (More expressions here
Without arms is just normal mode.
@Chip-Valecek thanks for the suggestions, defo see the tangent now between the leg and the ship.
@Gary-Wilkinson I’ve been guilty of just drawing and not really pushing the story I wanted to get across. I’ll take your suggestion and for my next idea I’ll post up some WIPs before I commit to colouring.
@maibutterfly2277 thanks for the suggestion
Decided to choose to do the purple color scheme as it's not something I have much of in my portfolio. Laid down the flat colors and worked a bit on the monster creature, Still early stages, but if there is anything to suggest before I move on im all ears
For the superstition prompt I decided to go with the superstition that carrying an acorn will allow a person to stay young forever. I'm thinking of integrating it with a narrative of a witch who uses acorns to keep her youthful complexion, and a trio of children who discover her secret.
I'll continue to flesh this out and explore some more thumbnails. Also hoping to work on my inking, so I'm going to try to ink the whole thing and make it a black and white piece.
I am not sure if I can finish this task but I liked the challenge. There is a superstition saying that you can protect your home from the storm if you throw "lightning pebbles" over the roof. These are pebbles which were found in the woods or on fields far away from water. People thought that those pebbles are the product of lightnings hitting the ground. And because things cannot be striked twice by lightning, one should bring those pebbles close the house, so that also the house will not be hit.
The best effect one can expect by throwing the pebbles over the roof.
I made a first color concept. My biggest problem is to show the movement of the pebbles. Do you think one can understand the story? I added the text to make it more obvious.
Thanks in advance!
@hoppershaun Big changes! That is admirable. I know from first hand experience how hard it can be to move away from an initial sketch that you really like. But there's no question that this second image more effectively communicates your intention for this piece!
Both characters are great and I agree with the comments about the fur rendering but there is another difference and that is that the cat is more stylized with very distinct, sharp angles and geometry while the forms of the dog are all soft and flowing and not geometric at all except for the stylized nose.
Compare the tails of the cat and dog as just one example. Not only is the cat tail very stylized in shape but the striping just adds to that designed look. The dog tail has much less precision. The two heads also contrast in the same way with the cat head being mostly sharp triangles and again very strong color patterns. The shape of the dog's head is soft everywhere and is rendered in a single color. The bodies show the same contrast in approach as well.
I suspect that this is what you are seeing when you say that they don't live in the same universe. It might pay off to try bringing some sharper angles into the dog and to play with some geometric patterns in the coat.
I think having another goose in the bottom left corner or readjusting those currently in the frame might help the comp a bit better. At the moment the geese are cutting the frame in half from the bottom right to top left which is separating the painting into an almost 50/50 split.
Also the ground that the dog is one is pretty horizontal and I think you could emphasis the action in the scene by adjusting it's angle and shape.
I hope you don't mind, but I did a quick paint over to show how I would tackle such a scene, which would hopefully guide the viewer through the painting and help highlight the dog a bit more.