Thanks everyone! B seems to be the clear winner. I suppose the white outline worked well with my inktobers because it was just the character and not a full illustration. @TessaW and @Adrian-K here is a version with just the splatters.
This is a great start. I like how you spent a little time on a few of the other characters. It's like they each have their own stories they we may not get to read. (Is that a waving dog? )
One thing that bothers me is the perspective. It looks like 3 different horizon lines are being used here. One for everyone at Paddington's eye level and above, one for the suitcase, and one for the passenger below (and possibly for passenger's foot?).
If you were in a room (with lots of stuff in it) and looked straight ahead, your eye line would be the horizon line. It wouldn't just be the horizon line for what you were looking at. It would be the horizon line for everything you see at that moment. So every object would have vanishing points on that single horizon line. Using several horizon lines can work in some situations but I don't think it's working here.
Having said all of that, I really like where this is going.
I did some draw overs to help illustrate my concerns.
I agree as well with the smoke if it led up to the wizard but did not "trap him". But I am very fond of your pencil drawing skills! Your characters have nice eye contact each with their own emotional response to the situation. You really bring out those curvy shapes and lines without needing to circle the wizard with the dragons smoke.
I couldn't access your website but managed well enough on your Instagram.
21 Days ago wow -so putting aside Alice for a bit I have managed to get to the MASTER Copy Study drawing and composition. So I chose Kamil Murzyn who is a Polish Fantasy Artist and Author. You can find his work here: https://www.artstation.com/kamilomurzyn
I really love his Shadow Pass Environments but chose a composition with characters, a bit of architecture and lots of environment . So instead I went with his Necromancer's Tower, Shadow Pass Town. I have completed the thumbnail and composition stage and will post the finishing drawing early next week.
It has really help me gained a little confidence with my preliminary character shapes.
@SketchyArtish you piece looks really dynamic. Great work. However, I don’t remember this scene from the Odyssey. Poseidon was in deed working against odysseus and his crew but it was through storms and stuff. But if you’re going for a different take on it, then i guess it works. I can’t wait to see your progress.
@Chip-Valecek sweet, I think. We are all even scared of goosebumps in this house. And Harry Potter is even a stretch and the kids haven’t seen all of them. My 12 year old mad the sleepover turn off “the sixth sense”. So, we will just relive the book through your work.
Oh gosh - I’m so happy! - and thank you for the feedback - all I have is my boyfriend in the back saying “yes the color is good” or “add more detail to the nose” - so it’s nice to get a full look through from you, finally!!!
I used gouache - which was fun - but while I planned out values and color I did a lot of experimenting on the work itself, which was a long process and used up a lot of paint. Also recharging gouache with water to make it useful again is OMG not as easy as they’d make you believe in tutorials. Wow - gripe much Kaitlin? :p
Demetrius, thanks for your critique. I think these are all really great ideas, especially the uplighting and some kind of reflection on the glass. The cakes were a bit opaque, except for the chocolate one, which must be a kind of sacher. But that's not to say I can't change them.
Mostly, I was trying to decide about a style issue. I wanted a look almost like cut paper or printmaking, with as much rich, flat color as the situation would allow, and I was going for high contrast to draw attention to the boy, and mostly just the one cake. But now that I've finished this version, I can try others as well. In fact, I was already thinking of doing so. So I'll probably give this a try!