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.
Love the whimsy in these designs! I wish you luck in the contest! I have considered the Spoonflower avenue for various artworks myself, but have done a very successful job of talking myself out of it.....
@juliepeelart good question, I did some contest's in the past with threadless and I know they are pretty popular. I also like how easy it was to use their site. I looked into Society6 but they seemed to be a little higher in price. I looked into local places as far as printing shirts but then you need to deal with shipping and billing. What I liked about threadless is at the end of the month any money I make goes right into my paypal. Now will I make any money? Who knows, but its worth a try.
As far as quality, I was really happy with the look. It is screen printed so not sure how that will handle with washing. They say cool water and low heat or hang to dry. So we will see what happens there. What I was most impressed about was timing. When I ordered the shirts it only took 5 days for them to print and ship them to me. That was amazing in its own.
That's a great spot, thanks @RobinCampbellArt. He was intended to be shown looking through the bottle at some new marvel he'd collected or created, but I see now his eyes need to move a smidge to the left to be lined up convincingly. Thanks.
I think your 2nd background is stronger because it’s got more defined diagonal lines and open areas for potential story text. The first background image shows you can draw a nice playground setting, but there is something off with the depth perception, but I can’t pinpoint what, maybe it’s the placement of your light source. There are shadows on the right side of the sandbox that the same intensity as the shandows under the trees.
With the character drawing you have an interesting mix of triangles and circles making up both characters, with more triangles and pointy bits on the adult character. Characters made up of circles read as more friendly, while ones with lots of triangles are seen as more villainous. I think the teacher should have less pointy bits unless you plan to make him the bad guy.
I think that a challenge like a 3 week one is good and can push you and help you level up. My advice would be not to reflect on the challenge until it is done. When its finished you will possibly notice that the quality will go up over the challenge but it will not be a linear progression may go up and down but overall it should be better than when you start.
Thank so much to everyone who shared their comments. I’ll be posting this piece in a few hours. Please let me know if you have any suggestions left and we’ll see if we can make them work. Thank you so much!
I’m working on a 4 page autobiographical comic about being a military brat. My dad would go away on missions, and if it was something big he’d tell my mom to “Watch the news.”
Page 1 is establishing the family room and dad saying goodbye while boy watches tv.
Some panel details:
Here is some of page 2:
Page 2 is a few days later as the family is having dinner. The boy asks his mom when dad will be home. I put in an anxious heart rate and then she answers after gaining her composure.
This is developing nicely! I wonder if you might increase the value range a bit, making the lights lighter and the darks a bit darker. Contrast always makes a picture pop.
But the thing that I think you're going for here is a phosphorescent glow effect. There are lots of ways to accomplish that, especially if you're using Photoshop and you don't mind watching YouTube vids. Here's one example that demonstrates a couple ways:
Perhaps you could experiment with some different layer styles of glowing highlights? That might go a long way to increasing the contrast in your image IF that's something you think needs to happen. Just a thought!