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.
This is such a great thread! It's really fun, and encouraging to see how everyone has grown this year. I know I struggle sometimes with feeling like I'm not getting anywhere, but it's always a good reality check to see what you were doing a year, or even two or three years ago.
@Art-of-B the line work exercises you showed are definitely something I've started working on as well, and it's amazing to see how helpful that can be. I now recommend it to anyone I can think of to recommend it to.
I really like the idea of doing a painting at the beginning of the year and then doing the same one again, with a similar amount of effort at the end of the year.
It's not exactly beginning of the year to now progress, but it shows an evolution, so I thought I'd share. Here are a couple shots demonstrating a concept that I'm currently working on and have learned more about this year, which is trying to create more dynamism and 3 dimensionality in my drawings. These are both sketches of similar characters, but you can see how the second one has a more dynamic pose, and I'm trying to think of each and every part as it would live in 3D space, whereas the first one was done a couple years ago, and the pose is more straightforward and the details more generalized.
I don't think I could have done the second one earlier in the year, I learned and practiced a lot of perspective and simple forms in space types of exercises, and I know there's a lot more I can do to help push it even further.
Thanks! I figured the rock would be affected by the light from the lava & so would be warm too, but I guess not. That does explain why I was having trouble getting it to look the way I expected. Thanks you!
Love this piece. It looks like the shadows are a bit inconsistent though, like on the people, and the house, the light is on the right as we look at it, with shadows going left, but on the nest, the left side of the nest casts no shadow. The beak does a bit, but a nest that size would cast a big shadow, probably covering the left window. The back bird would probably be in shadow too. Small fix though, and may help the birds 'pop' a bit.
@irina These are great questions to consider, some of which I should have thought of and didn’t. Like the idea that the picture reads from right to left rather than left to right. I might try and reverse the image to see what it looks like then. There is much to be worked on and I can see how leaving room for text would be important. Thank you for comments.
This is such a beautiful piece! There is something really special about it that I can’t quite put my finger on, it just really evokes a strong mood. It has so much impact for a composition reflecting stillness.
The one critique I could offer is similar to the one above - the area around the pinky finger of the hand on her lap. The area of the hand just after the pinky finger ends seems to bulge out and is too thick in proportion to the rest of the hand. That area of the hand would not be so thick on a girl of her size, and would further compress when laying on her lap. I thinking correcting that may make other issues disappear, except the pinky knuckle highlight which may still be a bit too strong. Otherwise, really incredible piece of work.
@dottyp said in Children's Book Illustrations for a Client. Looking for feedback.:
Try lazi Nezumi to get straight lines look it up on Utube for a demo. Also making your page around 4000 px 4000px and 350 dpi in Photoshop (if your computer can handle it) and then resizing it smaller can make the line work nice and smooth.In my opinion Clip Paint Studio gives nicer lines than Photoshop
Thank you so much, everyone!!! I posted it yesterday with the collar. Of course now I see all the things I want to change, but so be it. I have to get used to working faster!
@JeaneBean I really like doing the faces because I used to be a portraitist. This isn't as realistic, but I don't think I could ever draw a generic kid face! And yes, I did have a hard time deciding whether I was doing a flat or rounded piece, so perhaps it was too compromise-y.
@inkandspatter said in What I worked on this week:
I can immediately recognize your work when I’m scrolling through my feed
Well that's good
As for style I think over the years I did make some decisions as to what I wanted my style to look like. As in saying to myself 'I like smooth linework. I gotta smooth out those lines' or 'I really like using texture. I gotta learn to incorporate it without using simple texture filters'. But really, for the most part, it's just kinda evolving as I produce. Saying 'yes please' or 'no thank you' as I look at other people's work.
As for how long I've been tryin' out the SVS videos I think I took the painting texture and deets liveclass last year around April. That's when I really started trying to utilize the videos.
@adamshephard I like the lineless quality to this piece. I especially like the shapes of the larger dragons head (haven't played spyro since I was a kid, sorry for not knowing the names) Perhaps apply a grayscale mask to this piece to see where you are getting blending problems- like spyro's face into the wing and cloud below him. I think there is only just enough value difference between the two that it is making it hard to see. Perhaps lighten the sky a little as well- I think that would be a fast fix to help the shapes jump forward. Really, if you can study and follow the form principle (found in Andrew Loomis books) that will really help. I think this piece is nice and would be even lovelier with just a bit more tweaking.