Anyone else reworking their previous yetis?



  • @Valerie-Light This is my first time consistently remembering to enter these monthly challenges (thanks to prompt reminders on phone). My biggest lesson with the Yeti prompts was to make entries that fit my brand.

    I chose my favorite idea for the December entry and then was working with something that didn’t really fit adventurous stories for kids (PB/CB/MG) going forward. Should have swapped out my yeti for the cooking, but I thought I finally had the yeti for the prompt (I had the other yeti eating humans concept).

    I’m definitely making sure my fairy tale traveler is someone I’d like to continue working going forward, especially since we know April and May will also focus on fairy tale traveler.



  • @Valerie-Light I think you could keep her but yes the angle isn’t right I think if you tilt her top in so we can see a little bit of the underside of the sled that would be cool maybe some snow flying up? I don’t think you’d need to keep straight lines I think it should bend with her weight.👍🏼



  • @Valerie-Light I really like your new WIPs. I'm planning on trying to rework mine too going on the feedback from the arena. My actual yeti character was quite weak as I find figures hard to draw and faces even harder. Will and Lee made some good points so when the recording is available I'm going to listen again and try and act on the advice.



  • @Valerie-Light I love your adventurism and how much you've grown -- it must be even more exciting for you, to see that growth in such a short time. Really loving your new yeti house WIP!

    One thing to think about: is there a way to push the expressions and poses to communicate your yeti's personality even more? She seems like such an enthusiastic, larger-than-life character. Love the personality in her close-up face, sledding, and the 3/4 frontal view. You've hit the right tone there (just my opinion). The walking and sitting views feel a little too generic -- they are more static, and it doesn't feel like it fits the character. What's the story with the sitting spot? Could the angle of the bench be sharpened so the kid is way off the ground? How would Yeti react to that? In the walking pose, is she shopping for spaghetti ingredients? Is she a grumpy shopper?

    Another example: in the house WIP, her pose reads a little forlorn to me -- what if she was interacting with her house? Or show how she lives in that house? Is she an extreme-sports enthusiast? She could be sledding/skiing/sliding down the ramp or on her house...

    Really loving the style that you've been exploring in your yeti house and yeti cooking pieces. Can't wait to see the end results -- please share them when you're ready! ❤



  • @Asyas_illos great idea, I'll try it!
    @lizardillo Thank you! I was stoked to see that yours made it in- I'm really inspired by how you used line and color in it! I think your stylization worked really well, and I'm excited to see how you upgrade your piece later on.
    @Melissa-Bailey-0 Thank you for the advice and encouragement!! These contests are an excellent way for me to mark progress in a deliberate way. It is exciting!
    I think in the yeti poses, I was imagining that she had just moved to the suburbs and was trying to be on her best behavior not to bump into anyone at the bus stop or in the grocery store, in a world that wasn't made for somebody her size. Home is where she can let it all hang loose. Maybe I can show that but also more consistently show how exuberant and downright excited to be here she is, too.



  • @Tiffany-Thomas Yay! Your yeti cooking was actually my favorite so please do post your Yeti updates!



  • @Valerie-Light This is a great idea and can't wait to see our illustrations!



  • I'd love to get some feedback on this set of images.
    @Melissa-Bailey-0 you gave me a lot to think about with your character notes, and I redrew several of the poses to more consistently show her big, enthusiastic personality. (the sledding yeti isn't working yet- I need to find a reference image to sort out that pose.)

    I also reworked my yeti spot composition, which feels like a big leap, and maybe I've gone too far? I've boiled it down to just the action of cooking, and the yeti's face, for the most part. Does it read at a glance, or is it too awkwardly cropped?
    Any input is always very welcome.
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  • @Valerie-Light thanks! Glad I gave you a lot to think about! 😂

    Loving your reworked poses. They're definitely more dynamic and her personality shines.

    And also loving this new yeti spot illustration -- you've included just what info is needed to communicate that she's cooking. Zooming in on her face allows us to see her expression that much more clearly, which is good in a spot as usually these are smaller illustrations. Just one thing to think about: have you tried this new composition from a 3/4 view instead of profile? Just wondering which would have more impact...

    Loving these! Her exuberant, over-the-top personality comes through loud and clear.



  • @Melissa-Bailey-0 I tried out the spot illustration from a 3/4 view like you suggested, and of course you were completely right that it's much more engaging! I'm so grateful for the tips! Is the foreshortening on the right arm working, or is it distracting?
    This is a color rough- she's not quite consistent with the character design page- something with the eyes to fix, but progress!
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