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.
Proko has a great anatomy course. I'm about halfway through it and it is incredibly detailed. He is very good at explaining complex structures and making them easy to understand and replicate. Highly recommended. His figure drawing fundamentals class is also available through SVSlearn too. Its probably a good idea to go through that first before doing more advanced anatomy stuff.
https://line-of-action.com/ is also a good place to practice timed figure drawing. (Also has animals and scenes you can draw too).
Best of luck!
@rinovarka What you don't want to happen is that the edges of the foreground object blend into the background object. Because the greens as so close with the knees and island at first glance you cannot tell which is which. The same is true for the tail feathers. The purple blends into the purple. There are different ways to handle this.
In your case I would say that the background should be darker and the panther lighter. I say this because that is how the rest of the piece reads as well. You could lighten the feathers to match the pink on the tail and I don't think they would have gotten mixed into the tree leaves. For the islands I would say you could have made all of the islands darker to match the rest of the background.
Ideally as the islands moved away from the viewer they should be getting darker as well as there is less light to see them. Kind of like you did with the land mass in the very far back.
Good luck, I can't wait to see your next piece.
You've done an excellent job! The shading is awesome, and the fire has a lot more "personality". I agree with both the previous comments--there's something charmingly forlorn about the bear when he's in the environment rendered in watercolor that is missing in the digital version. I think you might be able to have a lot of fun creating it!
I like your character design of the big bird and your loose drawing style, like a few others have said, maybe look at your composition of your characters again as it is a little hard to tell what is going on at the moment. The bench looks great, i love the angle and the little added details/birds etc, but the big bird and wizard look like they're a different drawing from a different scene, maybe using the angle that @Aaron-Pierce mocked up and adding a bit more background around them you'll start to see the whole scene coming together and the story a bit more readable
Look forward to seeing where you take it, it's looking fab
@theprairiefox Thank you I totally agree that I need to ground the woman in blue. That’s an update I haven’t made yet but am going to ASAP. Her coat has a large collar so I’m thinking of making her actual coat a darker blue. I really like what you said about her hat and shadows creating an air of mystery, that made me happy because that was totally my intention.
With the woman in front (and the other woman) I purposefully covered her eyes with shadow because (and this might be a bit of an abstract idea) I always see eyes as a personality trait. I wanted to avoid giving these ladies too much personality because my intention is that they’re less of a character and more of an element to the overall atmosphere of the illustration. Unfortunately, I can’t cover her up without it being an off looking shadow lol. I’ve added more to the illustration including deepening that shadow that I’ve attached at the bottom of this post. I’m also thinking of turning that bizarre biscotti into another cup of coffee haha.
@StudioLooong Thank you! The advice about hot pressed paper is very much appreciated and i will definitely pick some up. I do have two mediums at home that I use in my canvas paintings (I paint abstract work on canvas primarily) and that is gel medium and gloss medium & varnish. I also have satin varnish that I prefer over gloss to finish my paintings so maybe I can mix a little satin varnish with the paint (I’m out of my gloss medium and varnish). I wonder how well that might work.
I should have mentioned earlier that the skin tone I’m going for here is gray. That’s done purposefully but I see what you mean about the shadows being tooo gray. So, I used black for shadows for the ladies. But I used burnt umber and a dark red for the shadows on the curtains and burnt umber and deep violet for the shadows on the green clothing. Perhaps I should have stuck with the same mixture for each shadow. Thank you so much for the suggestions Perhaps I could scan it into photoshop as well and do some retouches
I did the line work in pencil, outlined it and made changes to the composition on my iPad in Procreate and then turned the lines into a vector file and printed it out. I then used carbon paper to transfer it to the watercolor paper, this way I can keep experimenting with the coloring without having to keep sketching out the line work over and over again.
I agree that the first hand is already a little exaggerated. Is it Sargent? But also take a look at the wrist and its conjunction with the thumb. You have the wrist down lower. Your second finger middle joint is very high and that flattens that finger. The third finger is the one that should be flatter, but it's turned upward.
The second is a sculpture, and so is good reference. In fact, your thumb on the lower hand is darned good! The upper part of the index finger on the upper hand is a bit distorted, and I think the remedy is to do what Will calls "drawing through." He talks about how drawing close to the edge can tempt us to distort shapes and so we should extend outside the canvas to make sure our drawing is correct.
But mainly in this one, the wrist in the original has a lot more volume. I see where you've outlined the shadows, but I think you've got the whole thing a bit high. And also, I think that if your shading lines didn't just follow the form vertically, but described it by running across it more, you'd get more volume.
The third is the closest. Here you only have the ring finger coming out a little too far. But all of these tiny distortions are easier to see when your eye is fresh. I often draw something, go away for a while, and come back to see how distorted it is. Then I correct furiously for about five minutes.
Hope I'm not being too severe--and on your first post too! I'm a major hand stickler. And I agree with everything @Coreyartus said above. I don't think there's anything for it but concentrated practice! But you're off to a good start and practicing hands is so worth it, because they are so expressive! Continue to post your progress!
Last time i was on the forum was about 9-10 months ago, Sadly things got hard at home and (as always) my creative endeavors got side tracked.
My Toddler is now in Nursery for a few hours a week and I'm finding new treatments to help with my health. SO project Portfolio is back on! I'm hoping to actually sign up to SVS properly this year and also take part in some of the monthly prompts, and community!
In the mean time, here is a family of Badgers enjoying a day out on a steam train! (Thoughts and concructive critque always welcomed)