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.
@heather-boyd Thanks Heather. I'm glad the 'feelings' of the piece and the girls hesitant by firm posture have come across the way they have. I agree with some of the scaling with the girl. I'm glad you have enjoyed the play with light and shadows. It's been a fun process.
Might there be some interesting lighting you could do with the trees being the way they are and the squirrel looking upward toward the light? I think perhaps one way of making the bear seem scary to the squirrel (as well as the viewer) is to catch the bear in a shaft of light from behind, casting her face and front in deep shadow. Then, at first glance to the viewer, it could seem like a big scary silhouette, but upon closer inspection of the shadow the facial features might read as less scary. I wonder if it might make for an interesting rim light effect, too, depending on how strongly the sunbeams are coming through the trees? Just a thought.
I thought I'd share some photos I took of illustrations that stood out to me on what's left of the Berlin Wall.
I've always been a fan of Pink Floyd - The Wall album cover. I would often stare at it for hours while listening to the record when I was a kid. The Bum Judge with his courtroom wig on is still both a funny and scary beady eyed creature. So it was good to meet him and his cronies again, when I wandered down the wall observing all the excellent stuff people had painted on there.
Has anyone else been to Berlin? There's a lot of great murals knocking around. Just outside of town, The NSA Tower is jam packed with giant street art pieces. Definitely worth a visit.
Ok I think I’m done. There are things I like and things I don’t like about it but overall I’m pretty happy with it. I think I should have had the bearded gnome facing inward. Original plan included 3 more gnomes that were facing inward so that would have balanced it better but it’s fine I’m satisfied with this.
Hi, everybody! I just finished a sketch for another installment. I really wasn’t feeling that previous piece so I decided instead to just move on to a new one. Perhaps, I’ll return to it when I have time in the future. Right now, we have this sketch. My brother and I when, we were younger, used to watch a lot of wrestling tv programs and as expected from any impressionable kid, we tried to copy them. We weren’t really that rough though. The worst injury we both got were cuts on our eyebrows (yes, both of us). Luckily, we had scotch tape when my brother cut his and my mother immediately taped the skin back together. Unfortunately for my turn, we ran out and up to this day I carry that scar on my eyebrow. True story Perhaps we can revisit that in the future LOL.
Anyway, please let me know if you have any suggestions on this piece guys. It’s still really rough but it’s great to receive input this early. Thank you
@rinovarka I think that if you trim at the "1" line it will put the guardian's face smack dab in the middle of the composition if you leave it as it is. Which I don't think is what you want. Now, if you did trim at "1" and also you positioned the guardian more upright (like your earlier renditions) I think you could get the guardian's face in the top right thirds hot spot (a which is a good thing). And the fish would be in the lower left hot sport making those 2 focal point reinforce each other.
I would agree with @ThisKateCreates that if you like the guardian more horizontal like you have him the larger BG does work because the cliff is bringing the eye back into the characters.
@coreyartus Yeah, I've got a deep-rooted Asian art thing (and also a medieval manuscript thing) that I have no idea how to integrate into my style, which is admittedly more realistic. This is one reason I've been so eager to take the backgrounds class. Both of these artists are able to skillfully integrate a bit of Asian sensibility into their work without it being simply a copy. Lisbeth Zwerger has evolved quite a bit over the years, and I like both of her styles!
Thanks for the encouragement! I think I'll keep doing these studies, and please keep posting yours. There could be a whole virtual studio on this topic--learning from your favorite artists!
@nyrrylcadiz Thank you! I loved Clifford when I was a kid.
@inkandspatter , thanks, mine do that too. I'll have one in my lap and another will try to squeeze in. Husband call her a weasel, trying to weasel in on the attention.
@LauraA , thank you so much!
@evilrobot , mine too! Well, one anyway. The second one is a bit smaller. I love that they want to sit with me!
Thanks for the feedback, guys! In the second pic, @rinovarka is right, it's a little kid looking up at a giant robot leg. I might pull back a bit on the image so you can see the hip joint and the giant hand since it's not translating well framed as it is. Good feedback there, guys! Thank you so much! I'll post up more as I go. Having a lot of fun with this
And @Kat - OMG, I might do the giant mug thing just for fun later lol.