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.
@inkandspatter I tend to like to use the most saturated color or the darkest dark and/or lightest lights in the area of focus. I think you the foreground (or sometimes plane of focus) usually claims both the darkest dark and lightest light and values compress in mid and background. You could compress in the dark range /low key for the background trees for an eerie feel or move higher key if you want a light, fun forest idea.
I'm not sure the best way to add contrast to the squirrel and keep him further back though. If you do a low key bg you could make him lighter against it and that would draw the eye. You also have several branches and the tree shapes pulling the eye to the squirrel.
It does feel like having the lizard draw the eye first and then the squirrel tells the story well though.
I noticed that shortly after I posted. I had two different hand drawings and accidentally clicked the older layer on when I was trying to close a folder. Whoops.
Sharp eye! No one else had mentioned it.
You’ve helped a whole lot! Thank you, Jonas! I’ll do that. I see where things get muddled.
And thank you! I had a lot of fun with the clothes.
Thank you, Darian! Also, I have no required dimensions or restrictions. This is a character of mine and something I did for fun.
I'll try cropping + adding more small scale objects to better emphasis it. I had taken some inspiration from the high arch walls in Middle Eastern architecture and hoped the palm trees might have helped. I'm going to try dividing it into stories with balconies, stairwell, windows, etc. Thank you for suggesting birds! Gardens likely would have some nesting somewhere.
Okay! Thank you! I think I have an idea of what to put so that storytelling aspect is filled. Thank you again for your help!
When I started this, I had been looking at Middle Eastern architecture and its high arch walls. I'll test out dividing it into floors, add shutters/windows, and balconies, etc. I see where I can push it to look more like a courtyard to help with scale.
Thank you so much, Teju! I really, really appreciate all of your help!! Thank you so much for the PS edit as well! It helped me a lot.
And the sky isn't terribly important. I can cut some of it away.
I see what you mean. I’ll move some things around so things aren’t so symmetrical. Thank you, heather!
I want to thank all of you again so very much for your help! I think I’m going to do two versions of this. I’ll be keeping everyone’s notes in mind from this, and you all have given me some ideas on how this could be heavily changed.
@heather-boyd could be a fun idea — oh those poor poor poor people who don't know! — That was a project for a huge IT services company and concluded about a year ago, but I could modify it for the portfolio ( ^ - ^ )
@darian Thank you! The focus will be on the animals indeed so thank you for the pointers!
The eye movement is something I haven't mastered yet, at least not deliberately so I'm glad this is incorporated in the piece. I wish I could plan that with a vision beforehand, and I hope to learn that in the course.
I will try to change the focus like you suggested with secondary and tertiary animals. I hope I'm able to, but I will practice!
I could have used a smaller brush to get the more details in the water hitting the shore, instead of such broad strokes. I rather liked how my #slowvemeber digital water near the shore went. I could always delete and restart if i needed to. So I need to map it out better in traditional mediums.
Thanks to you as well.
I’m back with another illustration that I’d like feedback on. I learned so much with the feedback last time, so thank you for that!
When you look at this illustration, what would you tweak? My inspiration was a children’s holiday program, where one little girl steals the show and knocks over a classmate in the process.
You've got some nice things working in the picture but I think it needs a slight touch up in composition. The group of trolls and the house seem to be the same size and split the image right down the middle. Maybe extending some trolls along the bottom to the right can make an interesting shape and guide the viewer to the house without breaking it up right down the middle. One good thing is that you have such a good start that whatever you adjust to make your picture better probably won't involve a complete overhaul.
@paolatosca Thank you for this! My days off are coming up and I plan on taking all the advice so far and putting it to good use, so far I have made a few small adjustments and started reworking the fur, and with your advice on the lighting/shading, I should have a pretty good looking piece here in a couple days! I'll have an update posted in the next couple days.