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.
@rachy Your thumbnails look really humorous. I know that eager feeling of wanting to jump right to painting, but you're doing it a better way, with lots of planning on the front end, to save time and fixes on the back end.
The way you've organized your thumbnails, though, would benefit from a traditional storyboard structure. Here's an example of one I've used (that Lee White might have shared in one of the SVSLearn tutorials):
By using this structure, you'll be thinking of each spread layout, and noticing the pacing and progression more. This book dummy layout is for the standard 32 page book, but other standard lengths are 16, 24, and 48 pages, so you can modify it as needed.
@eric-castleman I love this piece. It has a sweet, peaceful tone. If you want to add some playfulness you could add a little (orange or red) fish looking up at the boy. Or some personal items on the dock to lend to more story telling about the boy and who he is. I'm deep in a creative block right now I'm looking forward to getting past.
It looks like the first one will be the direction I go with this -Thank you all for your feedback - It helps me a lot! Kathryn, you should check out http://www.gutenberg.org/ there are so many public domain books out there! I may do another after I finish my Oz project - just need to find the right one
@johanna-kim @DOTTYP @KathrynAdebayo @Sarah-LuAnn @AirenHall @Eli @sheri_p79
My only suggestion is that it could be that the boy looks to the side and not directly to the reader, maybe towards the ceilling.
The kid is actually looking way more up and to the side, the picture doesn't really capture it sadly. Thanks a lot! ^^
More creatures, this time inspired by some crustaceans.
Coloured some while watching the lesson on "Breathing life in your characters". That is also making me think more on "eye" diversity and directing the characters eyes.
Could one see this in an illustrated book? Absolutely. " The forest beckoned..." "The woods are lovely, dark, and deep..." "Her path was through the trees" Well, you get the idea! I've seen plenty of illustrations without characters.
@pamela-fraley I've noticed more of the graphic novelization of middle grade books, and that might be a great fit for me! I recently picked up The Baby Sitters Club graphic novel and it kept the charm of the original story while making it fresh for a new audience. I'm also a big fan of those Harry Potter illustrated books, just gorgeous. And there's a book in the YA section called The Language of Thorns with cleverly illustrated margins that fill out as you read each chapter.
I think my next project should be illustrating a chapter of a story to see if I have any aptitude for it. Thanks for the support!
The rabbit in blue pencil is the design I like best. Unsure about clothing bit I'm thinking of just a hoodie if do put clothes on him.
I've completely changed the story. Instead of altering the race itself I want to explore what happens when the race is over. I think I got carried away with the composition and plan to crop it down and try to keep it simple. Critiques of course are welcome.
I have been using Milanote to build my mood board, apart from being really impressed with a free web-based tool ( use my link to sign up and I get more space but you don't have too XD ) I am amazed at how similar the things I like are when you put them together, I didn't think they would be but there are clear colours and drawing styles I am drawn too. I am also surprised that I have been drawing like some of the people I like forever.
Here is my mood board
I have really enjoyed listening to Will Terry and Jake Parker, and needed a place for feedback, so I thought I would stop by here.
I am nearing the completion of this portrait piece, but it's starting to feel like a slog to the finish. I feel like I'm missing so many things. I chose to create a fan piece of one of my favorite videogames as a kid. Critique is appreciated, thank you so much.
I agree with Teju Abiola concerning quality of photographing your work (I struggle with this and yes I studied photography).
If you intend a muted or lack of colour saturation for the comic style work, it shows but I couldn't necessarily tell if that was the route you wanted to go.
Lastly, your finished work and your sketch book work, I think would be better organised separately.
Inspired by the podcasts I've started doing some artist studies. I started with Will Terry since I have watched his process videos. I estimate another 10 hours of painting from this point. I have also started doing the rough sketches for a Will Terry style piece. I have really gotten a sense of how much detail a Will Terry sketch has