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.
I thought I’d post a wip. I’m trying to include characters and some action. I was going to try and avoid dark because there’s so much of it in my portfolio, but it just wasn’t working without it.
Would love to hear your feedback, I realise my wips are very messy. I’ve tried to tidy them up. I feel like my art is like trying to polish up a scribble.
@demotlj hmm i dont think you need it if you’re not doing fantasy but it will help because they talk about gathering regerences, they talk about how to think about the ecosystems and the cultures you might find in those places. What’s really helping me with the fantasy book is seeing examples and steps of how he approaches his textures. Like when you try to do textures on your own sometimes you end up guessing on how to approach it but having clear examples of other artists’ approach really helps. So i guess as a reference book and for art studies it is very helpful even if you dont wanna do fantasy. Theres also a small page on different mediums and tools, i really want to try brown ink now. Like any book you kinda just get a little bit of something out of it for yourself.
@evilrobot thanks! Your art is looking mighty great as well. I love how clean your line work and textures are.
@hannahmccaffery It's a really cool book! Definitely worth a read. I couldn't really rework the pose because I was in too deep (pun totally intended ). I did have time to rough the water up a bit in the final though. Thanks.
@nyrrylcadiz Thanks for the feedback! The scene is more symbolic than a literal interpretation of any one scene. Chip said to capture the "feel of the story" so I went for a properly epic battle of the gods.
Here's the final I submitted:
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.
@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!