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.
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.
@TessaW I agree with the mushiness and I think I am okay with it. In the immortal words of @Jake-Parker I just need to finish it. I will not make it perfect. That being said, I am very pleased with the seated arrangement I put in the finished work. I am posting it tonight. Feel free to go and take a look.
Thanks to all who gave me input! I really learned a ton going through this process. You made this more of a team effort and I am encouraged to keep on going. Maybe actually finish writing the second book and maybe even make it a graphic novel.
I am in love with the designs of your mushroom people - I think the idea of putting their face at the very base of the shroom with these big floppy heads/foreheads is adorable and funny and something I haven't seen before.
My critique is in a place where I'm just starting to learn from - but it looks like with your comp that you could benefit from finding the big shapes forms and doing value on those. Your woman has a lot of different values in her which makes it hard for her to stand out - but maybe if her value and the cat and the mushroom people can all be of a lighter value, where the whole middle ground is the darkness of that grass. This would allow her to pop out more and be the true focus.
I think it does! And I love his other arm - it really makes his pose dynamic!
He does look like he might topple over a bit - his right leg (the leg in the left) just needs to come out more so that his center weight is more stable. I hope that's helpful - I don't have the ability to do a draw over right now.
But he looks pumped about his new pencil!
This is the start of my music piece - I doubt it will be done in time, but I'm excited about the piece in general and I was hoping to get some input from you amazing people! The idea is of a lion that sings to the moon and stirs his neighbors. I'm still trying to nail down composition and perspective and have started to play with value comps. (I'm 100% struggling with the rock formation, but I can't figure out what's going wrong.)
I definitely value any feedback you have!
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Wonderful work, @eric-castleman It reminds me of certain movie scenes where the background is subdued with the main action/character in color, etc. There's one image online of Wonder Woman charging through muted devastation in the background. About the only thing that slightly bothers me is what seems to be a lack of eyes on the baby and on the adult at left -- or maybe I just can't see if on my screen. Amazing, as always.
Cute, and nicely drawn. "When pigs fly," indeed!
The only part I was unsure of is what's going on where the character is sitting on the cup. If you're intended to show that he is dissolving into the coffee, then it is successful. I keep thinking that portion looks like a chocolate covered cherry or some similar dessert item.
This is beautiful. I love the rendering style. I feel that the length of his thighs makes his body look child like, but his face looks manly. But perhaps he's a hobbit-like creature? I also think that you could balance the composition a bit by adding a foreground element on the left edge. Maybe the edge of an outbuilding wall and roof or something. I also think the patch of light on his shirt could be broken up a bit. It's stealing a lot of attention from his face.
Thanks for sharing, I love seeing your work on the forums.
Wow! You've both come a long way! It's amazing how much progress (and massive style changes) can be made over the years.
As for mine...
Black pen on sketchbook. 'Round 2011-2012
And since I have a visual record of the past four years or so at a page or two a week here's old pages of me webcomic! Much embarrassment!
Early attempts at colour:
Aaaaaaaand newest page:
What a promising start! I think you've got a great sense of composition, anatomy, and color. You have lots of lively scenes and engaging scenarios. Your chosen medium, watercolors, can be very challenging to take into full darks and lights and get the contrast you want out of them. I would also take note and avoid compositions where the main character's face is diced up in an awkward way (like in the first image). I would also work on getting comfortable rendering hands so they have the same lighthearted feel as the rest of the work. Love your holiday elf! Keep going.
@jabbernewt (4) I am no expert on shadows so maybe I shouldn't say anymore in case I am wrong. But I did get this piece of advice from Lindsay Ward - she looks at the shadow in real life so she can get it right. I'm glad Lee gave us that list! What great advice. Thanks Lee.
@lee-white Don’t be sorry. This is life. You are doing this on your own time, so it’s understandable that you could get a little behind, with everything else you do. Personally I like the real life challenge of a fast turn around. I’m not doing these challenges for fun, they are for growth in my art and processes and to get a good portfolio piece out of it...and the free SVSLearn subscription isn’t a bad motivator.. Thank you for even doing the contest.