It isn't just the actual measurement of each, it is their visual weight. Visually the cowboy and the sign feel the same weight to me. Enlarging the font of the title and changing it's background color may change the visual weight. Also making the cowboy a bit smaller would help in multiple ways: it would move him away from the edge, give the author and illustrator text more room, and create size variance but still keep him in front of the sign.
I get what you are saying now--I'll play around with it!
I keep looking at the edge where his beard meets the collar of his robe. I wish the beard would overlap the collar, as the line separating them is strangely blurry fuzzy, which is at odds with the rest of the beard with the sharp hair lines, and the lines of the fur on the collar. I would say either tighten it up more, or just eliminate that edge by bringing the collar in more, underneath his bear.
Love this image. I think you have the colors working well and I think the characterization of the lion is very successful. I do have a couple of suggestions. I think it would look better if the hands were slightly more paw-like. I also question how the back foot is making contact with the board. I've never been short-boarding before, but wouldn't the bottom of the toes be making contact with the board, even in a dropped knee position? The way they are now, it looks like he's getting ready to fall into the water, rather than having the ability to carve through the wave after this moment.
Anyway, great job! This is really appealing!
@laurel-aylesworth Yes It is a filter in photoshop called "cutout" - I set it to 5 and then convert to black and white - it is a trick Lee shared a while back - really shows if we are getting the values right - thanks for the compliment too - I always hesitate to post draw overs
@tessw Hi Tess - this is such a fun piece! It's really professional too. I did a minor paint over to show how I would color the rug. To me - it's stealing from your accent colors a little. I neutralized the colors a little on the rug. This isn't a right or wrong thing - just an opinion. Great work!
This is such a good piece. My suggestion would be that the white on the parents is a bit bright and the white on the bird leaving is a bit gray. I think if you switch that the baby bird will pop out even more and mom and dad will recede a bit, to emphasize the leaving. Love this one, captures a really good independent moment we can all relate to.
Hi there, I think you are asking the same question that we all have asked sometime to ourself.
In my humble opinion, your work is enough professional.
But, I think you should to take some art classes, I recomend you "Choosing Colors for Storytelling "... it´s really helpful.
I've changed a few of the things you suggested, except for moving the table and dad forward. I'm thinking the blank table is my text space. I also changed the baby to a more active independent role.
My next steps are going to be adding color and value.