Little background on this one, my oldest son gets his licences next week and that is him in the side mirror. Teen drivers are the worst LOL.
Continue of step 5 of the local color and tweaked suggestion from @Jason-Bowen:
Step 6 - color the ink darker then the rest of the local color:
Step 7 - add texture paper on top and set it to multiple.
Onto the shadows and highlights, one of my favorite steps.
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.
It's been a while since I have posted around here, in fact it's been a while since I even finished a full piece of artwork if I exclude all the little drawings I did for Inktober! I think since the last time I posted I even attended my first Con in Artist Alley and while it didn't go how my wife was wanting it to go, I thought it went GREAT! And I'm actually attending Eucon in 4 days to do it again!
With that said, one of the things I decided I would do is Disney themed pictures. I always thought I wouldn't want to do Fan Art or anything but after our first con I think I am swayed a little bit to do some. Now I don't plan to replace my whole art inventory with fan art/a bunch of well known IP pieces, I still will have the majority of my table be my own original work.
Also, I love doing my own stickers! One of my most memorable moments from the convention was when a couple of little girls were walking by with their parents and they were definitely crying, my wife and I got their attention and offered them some free stickers of their choosing and it put smiles right on their faces. It was great! So I figured I would always want to have something small that I wouldn't lose a lot of cost on for things like that.
Anywho! To my next work in progress! I am really excited to be working on this to be honest, it's Beauty and the Beast. I have been mostly working on beast today with some face sketches trying to figure out hands as well, the main portion of him that will be showing will be from his waist to his head, and Beauty will be standing near his waste line, I am planning to make her kind of a sorcerous, he will have a blue cape draped over his back and tattered at the bottom and she will hopefully have a nice wavey yellow dress of sorts. Anyway, this here is some rough sketches and I will be posting the rest of the WIP here in this thread, hoping to have the piece done Friday or earlier in time for Eucon.
Day 1 - Poisonous
Day 2 - Tranquil
Day 3 - Roasted
Day 4 - Spell
Day 5 - Chicken
Day 6 - Drooling
Day 7 - Exhausted
Day 8 - Star
Day 9 - Precious
Day 10 - Flowing
Day 11 - Cruel
Day 12 - Whale
Day 13 - Guarded
Day 14 - Clock
Day 15 - Weak
Day 16 - Angular
Day 17 - Swollen
Day 18 - Bottle
Day 19 - Scorched
Day 20, 21 - Breakable, Drained
Day 22 - Expensive
Day 23 - Muddy
Day 24 - Chop
Day 25 - Prickly
Day 26 - Stretch
Day 27 - Thunder
Day 28 - Gift
Day 29 - Double
Day 30 - Jolt
Day 31 - Slice
@xin-li thank you for your feedbacks. Your point of view is so interesting. I didn't think the story also can turn out that way (from my first 3 thumbnails).
I totally agree with the point you've mentioned. I tried to fix the facial expression of the ghost a little bit but after all, I think the ambivalence of the ghost is probably also can let the viewers build their own perception (like how you came with interesting story from my thumbnails). So I decide to go with it, thank you again
@alexsen thank you! I just finished it now and as your feedback, I made the ghost more transparent.
Here is the final version:
@jon-anderson Thanks, man! Yeah, it's getting there, slowly but surely.
As for my 'recipe' I'm still kinda figuring it out. However, yes, I do use a colourize layer over a greyscale layer to kinda figure things out. After that I'll start throwing around paint but really try and keep things close to the original values and saturation that I laid out.
Most of my highlights and fixes are done with overlay and multiply layers, but sometimes I just colour-pick and paint on a normal layer.
This is a nice piece! I realize it's found it's new home and hopefully the owner really does enjoy it and you think she did. For future reference (and I have NO idea how to do this in watercolor) as I see the post it seems that it's lacking either some area of saturation around the main focal point or lacking warm colors in the same area. I could be wrong but even the brown tones in the horse feel cool (maybe that was intentional). I can't decide which it is but hopefully that feedback can help on some future piece you work on. I'm a complete rookie in watercolor and I'll be the first to admit I can't match the level of skill you put into this one. Color me impressed!
Inktober 2018 day 31-slice. Inktober is over, woo hoo! It was a lot of work I'm not gonna lie, but I feel like I learned a tonne and felt more focused. An entire pack of copic warm-grey markers gave their lives for Inktober. Luckily I prepared refills for the others, I learned to order a month or more in advance so I wouldn't run out this year! I think that Jake Parker should get a commission for ink sales in october!
I gave up on Inktober early (with a toddler in the house all day I didn't have the stamina) but I decided to try a draw 50 things challenge instead...you might have to count the walls, floor & grass outside- but I think I did it! Does the lighting come across well? Are there any annoying tangents I didn't see? Feedback welcome!
First of all, well done you! I can imagine this has taken so much work and a lot of thought and to get a whole picture book laid out like this, illustrations included, it is definitely something to be massively proud of!
Have you seen Michael Morpurgo's 'Grandpa Christmas'? It only came out recently but it is beautifully illustrated by Jim Field and is about looking after the planet, it might be something to have a read of for reference or it might help you to steer your wording in a slightly different direction. If you're aiming for this to be a 32 page picture book, then I think there is too much wording at the moment.
You have some lovely compositions and expressions going on within your illustrations, but maybe some aren't needed as your images and text need to be able to breathe (if that makes sense?). Your last page for example, with the children standing on top of the world, I think this would work beautifully as a double page spread, it would be a lovely image to end your book on and then the text would work a better.
I don't think all of your pages should have a plain or white background either, maybe look at incorporating a few more full bleed illustrations or even having more like your first spread, where it overlaps onto the other page? That will again, give your text a bit more room to breathe.Be careful not to make your vignettes too big either, you don't want to overcrowd them
It's worth looking at lots and lots of successful picture books that are out there, to get an idea of what works and what publishers/art directors may want to see. Your words and pictures have to compliment each other throughout the book
Brilliant work though, I do like the subject matter and I can imagine it's definitely something publishers would be interested in! All the best with it!