Illustration thoughts/feedback...

  • I also get a sad feeling from it. I like your style! My eyes want a few warmer colors in the fireplace though. Great work!

  • @Lynn-Larson Thank you for your thoughts feedback. I appreciated reading your point of view. πŸ™‚

  • @Christina-Taylor-Brown I was wondering about that too... if the glow was too stark a white, but yes I am going for a very melancholy/lonely feel. Thank you for your input. πŸ™‚

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    here's a version with a slight warmth added to the fire.


  • @Lee-White Thank you Lee! That does add a nice warmth as Christina had suggested... but still pulls off the lonely feeling I was hoping for. I appreciate the updated version and feedback. πŸ™‚

  • Warmed up version.
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    Really love the moodiness of this! The textures are nice, and the wallpaper is a nice touch. The main thing that I notice is that the perspective is a little off. Some of that is probably stylistic, but using a quick 2 point perspective grid I did a draw over so you could see where it is off. I tried to pick an angle that is similar, but may want it more or less extreme...


  • Don't know if you realized, but Lee's draw-over he has a hint of purple on the ceiling. I think that helps the idea of light traveling around the room. And even though your fire is warm, I think the image is still giving off the emotion you're going for. Just wanted to through that out there. πŸ™‚

  • @natiwata yes, I do often play fast and loose with perspectives... but I do appreciate your map, very helpful to see and consider. Really appreciate your taking the time to do so. πŸ™‚

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    I would advise against fixing the perspective. She's actually using a modified isometric type perspective which I use in a lot of images as a way to make interior scenes more interesting. They used this type of perspective in a lot of eastern art throughout history. The main idea is that lines don't converge at all. As long as this is consistent throughout the work, I like it a lot. The trouble starts happening when you mix up a convergence based perspective with an isometric one.

    Ready to really be confused as to how you should be drawing? Check out one of my favorites, Beatrice Alemagna. I don't know what type of drugs she is doing to draw this way, but she threw out the whole damn system of perspective and I just love it. Many will hate this, I know, but after years of doing traditional perspective, I find this work so refreshing. : )

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    @Lee-White Whoa, very cool reference pics! With these it seems very intentionally not in a realistic perspective, so maybe she needs to go even more in this direction?

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    not necessarily with this piece per se, but definitely as an overall body of work. If this were the only piece in the portfolio to do this, it definitely call attention to itself.

  • Also the only line I see needing any kind of fixing is the left top of the wall where the ceiling fits. The perspective draw over with that line fixed, does help you draw your eye back to her in the middle. As to the bed, it could just be not lined up, which makes sense, unless you're some kind of Feng Shui nut who has to line everything up at right angles.

  • Have you ever heard of Zingerman's? They have good food but I mostly love their catalog because of the bizarre but beautiful product illustrations. I don't know who does them. The wacky perspective we're talking about reminded me. I love it!


  • @Lee-White Amazing! I had not heard of this artist before, thanks for sharing. I have been influenced by JΓΊlia SardΓ  of late - I really enjoy her approach and lighting, use of pattern. I am adding more watercolor textures into my compositions as well thanks to Lee's classes - I find it works well when layering in patterns. And certainly I enjoy seeing how Lee uses perspective in his work, as (in my opinion) it just makes the illustrations more whimsical.

  • @gimmehummus these are really interesting spot illustrations. thanks for sharing!

  • Or remember this??? Haha I'm sorry!


  • @gimmehummus Fantastic! I am printing out a copy. πŸ™‚

  • I like this! it has very nice mood.

  • Really nice work! Love the color and the mood!

    I also like the concept of boycutting the rules of perspective in some of the work shown here, it does give a sense of whimsiness... However, I think that in your piece, there is a slight sense of perspective, just enough to give the impression that the incorrect perspective wasn't done on purpose. Maybe by pushing it further like @Natiwata suggested, we would more easily get the feeling that this is your style. I'm not sure though

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