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.
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
That is so helpful, Johanna and Julie! I really really appreciate it!! I've been able to use what you said to edit a couple of pieces that have given me trouble, and I think I may actually be on the road to improving them finally. Yay!!! Thank you for taking the time to explain it to a Photoshop newbie.
@jon-anderson Thanks for the heads up Jon - I was thinking I needed to come up with something different than the current version of "OZ" so it has become a place holder at the moment until I can sort it out
@Chip-Valecek Thank you for the feedback and suggestion Chip - I played with that idea a bit but I'll go back to it and kick it around a bit more.
@holleywilliamson Thank you for sharing your opinion Holley - I never really considered that one for the cover but I see how it might give a better feel for the other illustrations in the book than my Dorothy drawing does - i will try a version with it as the cover and see - thanks again
@smceccarelli Thank you for letting me know if it is working better or not - I'm getting the feeling that i really need to put the breaks on and try different images for the cover. I was thinking of the idea of testing just today... that i could try out different covers over time - it looks like KDP makes it very easy to edit your books after they are published - i think i should make up several covers and put them here first on the forum - Thank you again for your help
Cute! I like the interesting angle in the third frame. What a fun idea to do it with your kiddo! One thing that stuck out to me was that the little kid has a pretty mature and masculine face. Some things you could try, make the eyes bigger and bring them down and closer together. Bring the ears down too and shrink them. Maybe aim for more of a button style nose and play with less defined eyebrows. Kids have pretty round faces, with big eyes. Another thing you can do is part the hair on the side for a more appealing look.