I redrew this illustration off of an old pencil sketch, redrew it with a digital pencil, and finally painted it. I loved it in its black and white form so much that I didn't want to paint it, but I'm happy with how it turned out.
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.
@kaitlinmakes @kaitlinmakes this is coming along nicely . There are a couple of small tangents. I’ve included a marked up screenshot to show you. I want to love that elephant in the foreground but it’s the only thing that might not be reading well. I’m wondering, If you enlarge the next closest mammoth and remove the closest one, would that help or hurt. .
I can’t wait to trade.
Oh! You nailed it!
Evelyn reads so well against her background - those blues of the ground and sky are so rich! And her warm colors really make her pop.
A disgression - I think sometimes with watercolor we try and make the paint do something that it just can't do - it's not acrylic or oil, and it just can't accomplish the same vibrancy that those mediums can produce. It's got a mind of its own - but we do get a softer story with it, and that beautiful gradation of color when we do wet in wet. What kind of watercolor do you use?
I agree with what was said - the improvement is night and day and I'm so glad you decided to retackle this subject - the choice to change up the composition was perfect.
How does the piece look if you flip it horizontally? I feel like I heard that an image is stronger if it reads left to right for western markets. What if Evelyn flew right and everyone else flew left?
Ahhhh! So cute!!! And I just love that you know seahorse behavior and had to adjust reality in order to make this image - I run into that dilemma too :p
I really love the expression of the dragon here - it makes it approachable, and the colors that you chose for the whole image are harmonious and give the whole image a playful feel.
Watercolor is tricky to change once it's down - so this feedback is perhaps good for thought for future work? But I really love this idea, so I selfishly hope you do it over once a year and use it as the image that shows the progress of your work - but I digress -
The little sea horses are really hard to read - I think it has to do with two things. The color of them just flows into the rest of the image and they get lost. They just don't read as vibrant as the dragon. You could possibly do another wash of yellow over them, but since you're using pen and ink with the watercolor you could also thicken the line width a bit - just enough to give them shape but not lose their wispiness. And maybe even put some light detail into them. Another thing is their shape - sea horses are so easy to break down into symbols that read as sea horses - you did it with the dragon and I love how it made him pop and gave you the opportunity to give him expressions. The problem with sea dragons is they read as seaweed - which hey, is their natural form of protection. But for an illustration, with objects so delicate, you want them to say "I'm a sea dragon!" At first glance. My suggestion is to either play around with drawing sea dragons until you get a shape that speaks to their identity at first glance, or perhaps draw them as sea horses.
Mermay is coming up, and this would be a really rad story to tell
@sophie-lawson id like to i think it would be fun. But I’m also trying to create a portfolio to start looking for paid work. Maybe on the side or if I figure out how to incorporate it into the portfolio as well.
@juliemillardart This is such a fun composition! Indeed what has been stated above, about the mice dissappearing a bit into the backgroundcolor could maybe be solved if you put more shading from the elephants feet on the bottom? Making the underground more darker and that way making the mice pop?
I like your idea / composition. I like the feeling of the girl & the fish wondering about one another.
I agree with the comments about adding a little space on the left & adjusting the foot / fishes mouth. I like the house and background in the original & agree with other comments that a higher contrast between the fish & the background would be helpful. I really like the girl's pose and the curve of her hair, and how the hair & angles of the girl lead toward the fish's eye. The higher contrast areas of the fish eye, girl's face, & book really draw the focus into that area.
I really like "B". I think she does look like she's yawning & I think it'd be just as good either way--with the roof lifting or just reaching up on the ceiling. I think the perspective on B makes it exciting and interesting. I also like the addition of the family members having items showing what they were doing.
Alright! I've done one piece here and feeling very satisfied with the result.
So the background behind this is that every morning, the town would get a major part of a fire in a certain area and a group of mass extinguishers known as 'The Douse Angels' plugged their long hoses into one of many major hydrants that were erected recently and rocket upwards with their steam-powered jetpacks into the preferable height for them to eject their water down to put out the flames below. As for Boilerhead, he was given the duty to put out the fires on ground level due to having a life-sustaining boiler strapped onto his thin back. He first up on his thick leather coat and put his air mask onto his head just like everyone in his team. The air masks are important for them because the fires are not the ones they knew what it was, but rather very toxic, destroyed all strong materials easily, and spread much quicker than regular ones before.
The whole cycle of destruction and rebuilding of the town started shortly before Boilerhead was born and nobody knows why it all happened during that time and how the flames got there daily other than anywhere else. It might be mysterious, but to Boilerhead, it's like a living hell in a challenging inferno.
Keep an eye out for more!
@NessIllustration Cool thanks Ness. So a halo of light around the sleigh and work on the expressions. I didn't realize the expressions were so similar until you mentioned it. I really appreciate your ideas here. Thanks so much!
Wow! I can see you're already getting better and more efficient. You are so going to get this!! I am on the verge of trying 100 kids.
Do you know about the free app Handy? I find it a little limiting because I don't think hands really look like the models in the app, but it can be a good starting point. And since it's free, why not?