Today I tried something a little different for me, after seeing a delightful book in my local library called "I am the Seed that Grew the Tree", illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. (Honestly, anyone with the last name Gannon... Ganon... has to be rad).
I was absolutely enthralled by her use of colour and texture, so had a bash at something myself on the iPad. The poem is also from that book... I hope this isn't considered plagiarism
But I rather like how it turned out anyway!
And I'm thinking to myself... is this use of texture and shape overdone in the world of illustration? Or should I continue to explore it? What do you think?
@Chip-Valecek that looks like a Ray Harryhausen style dog.
If you’re still after critical feedback I wondered what would happen if the blue of the saliva was toned back so it was less saturated. Would it make the flame on the tail look brighter? Would the saliva still look wet? Is this the effect you want?
Or is the saliva glowing and giving off its own light? If it is how would this bounce off the mouth and teeth.
Cool pick Chip. Love the concept and the cold blue flame and the glowing eyes. Now I have to try and sleep
I agree with everything the others said so far. The only thing I would add is maybe try to give the baby slightly more cartonny proportions... Especially the head feels a little small compared to the rest of the body. But I really thing this could be a strong portfolio piece
I would agree with the others that the 3rd one looks more natural. . . however, if you are drawn more toward the purple, I'd say go for it but explore a little more with thumbnails, tweaking the purples. I think if you made the background a cooler or desaturated purple and kept the dragon a little more intense and warm it might help.
Really think it's an awesome drawing, btw!
This is a spread from a book dummy- where the treehouse is the final destination of the journey. My apologies for the watermark and the bits of text. Illustration by LAURA BELEVICA. www.laurabelevica.com. If you'd like to see the whole story- email me: email@example.com]( image url)Re: JUNE ILLUSTRATION CONTEST: TREEHOUSE