Illustration thumbnail et preliminary sketches

  • Hello everyone!

    I needed a break from working on my 3rd Thursday illustration, so I started a new one! I had this idea a while back, I saw a tiny car with a HUGE dog inside and thought I would like to do an illustration from this!

    I took @Lee-White suggestion and did a bunch of thumbnail and then I chose 3 and work them a little more (they are still very rough, around 4 X 6 inches)

    What do you think ?!


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    Personally, I like the ones from far away the best (and the vertical one more than the horizontal), with the mountains and the cabin in the distance. I think I would do a winter scene... Please let me know what you think!

  • My favorite is the middle sketch on both the small and large versions. LOVE the car you created!
    One idea I had was to have the dog squished into the car to make him feel bigger. Did a little sketch to see if it worked ...

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    I like the middle one, it sort of reminds me of Denis Zilber's piece of the animals coming from the circus. Check out his site for the example He is also preparing a class for SVS which I can not wait for.

  • I like the middle one two but I like the feel of the vertical look better as well. Could you change the middle one and make it vertical? I love the little crooked cottage!!

  • This one drew my eye... lots of motion in the vehicle and the crooked trees, plus it sets up a story more. Plus you have more room for text if you decide to create a story around this. I couldn't tell but above his ear are there articles that are falling off the car? That certainly adds to the movement/liveliness of your work as well. Looking forward to your progression, thanks for sharing! 😉Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 9.33.00 AM.png

  • I did a new one trying to combine the motion of the car and perspective from the middle drawing with the vertical composition that I like. I also changed it to a winter scene. Let me know what you think! (once again this was a really quick sketch, just to figure out composition mostly)

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  • @NoWayMe I like it better but use the crooked road and little cottage from the middle sketch too. I love that part!

  • I like the 2nd to the last one best.

  • @Stephanie-Hider I am not sure which one you mean haha! Could you take a printscreen ?


  • Sure sorry about that. He looks like he is having so much fun and I like the house in the distance.

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  • Mmmm... It seems like everyone keeps going to the horizontal one... is it because the composition is better or because the separate elements (dog, car, house) are better ?? I kind of like the vertical composition better, but now I'm confused!

  • Probably the reading from left to right that we dont consciously think about. The vertical one lets me see the house first which may change after you put in value and color.

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