Feeling kind of ehhhhh about my illustrations lately. Pencil sketches are fun for me and relaxing most of the time. Illustration is hard. Trying to keep my chin up but getting really discouraged. I know it’s that artist brain. We probably all feel it. Anyway, here’s a recent sketch.
Really nice piece. Interesting elements throughout the space. Love how the music leads you through all the little creatures. Great styling of your subjects. Almost makes me not hate alligators and crocodiles, almost. They are terrifying. Great job!
@gary-wilkinson Looks great!
I think the route is similar; however, given the simplicity of many board books, you may consider creating a series of books (that's something that has been on my mind to work on). Take a look at Jane Foster's board books (they're great! My 6-mo old son (and my wife & I ) loves her Animal Sounds one): https://www.janefoster.co.uk/books/
I like that you removed the text from the images. I don't think that the text needed to be added to the portfolio images displayed. Now, if you were to be showing a set of flashcards or pages from a book, then I'd include the text, but showing these as spot illustrations, I don't think the text is all that necessary.
For licensing, you'll probably end up developing a paper/textile series of offerings to present at Surtex or the Licensing Show (or at similar expos) or to get a licensing agency to represent you. either way, there will need to be a catalog of imagery ready to be licensed. I'm assuming a paper/textile pattern series catalog since you are not licensing a character brand (e.g. Hello Kitty) or a story brand (e.g. Spongebob) as far as I can tell.
Great work! Fun to see!
It's such a cool piece! Very interesting and almost creepy style, everything is rendered very nicely. The one thing I notice is the stars are taking away from the focal point (which i'm assuming is the face), they are bright and hard-edged against a dark background so theyre very high contrast and pull your eye away from the face. I suggest darkening them and blurring them a bit so they fall into the background!
It's a really strong piece. I think the values are a little too similar which makes the foreground blend in with the background. Like @amelia-bothe said watch the perspective on the knife and add a little shadow behind the right leg. One thing I'd add is make the eyes a little bigger and more feline. That being said it's a well drawn and well painted piece. I really like it!
Just found out about this challenge yesterday..and started this today..lets see if I can finish. First time here on the SVS forum! Sorry about horrible quality wip..I'm in a hurry to try and finish..with less than 2 hours left.
@rcartwright said in Beasty Knight Watercolor Painting:
This is really great but I would consider the color of the bear's face as it is really similar to the armor maybe the sword color would be appropriate
i second this, would really help make his face pop
Another vote for the blue scheme here! Just coz like you mentioned - it’s not the typical kind of colour scheme for this theme. Which makes it more unique. The autumn warm ness is beautiful but more expected/familiar.
@chip-valecek yay cool!!! Yes sorry I wanted to reply earlier but work got in the way. I like the alien with the new colour way, it’s like he has intentionally camouflaged himself to be like the mushrooms, so he can catch his... snacks.... Somehow he pops more too!