*Question* March 3rd Thurs Toxic Waste



  • great idea! I like that you've put it in a droplet shape. Good thinking!



  • @bharris said:

    Thanks, hopefully it will turn out. I had a day of inspiration for this ( a concept I came up with while falling asleep) and now I can't seem to draw the kids at all! Ugh, lol Always happens that way. 🙂

    When i get frustrated with what I am working, I will stop and come back the next day. Usually it will come to me. I feel if i keep pushing something and its not working, its not going to work. But when I give it a rest, it usually happens right away the next time I try. Good Luck and love the idea!



  • march 3rd 2.jpg

    I decided to add some more kiddos! Let me know what you think or if you spot anything. Tone work soon.



  • That is so great I love your line work!



  • @lmrush Thank you!



  • General idea of where this is going! I'm having so much fun with this one, the lighting will be a little tricky but it's all a learning experience. I'm not happy with the kids' faces yet either, building up will help though.

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  • Your neons really add to it! I love lazer beam eyed boy.



  • @Carrie Thank you, I was worried about vibrating colors, but I guess that's what this picture is. 🙂



  • march 3rd 2up2.jpg

    Moving right along! I'm still trying to get better contrast with the back characters, but when I add the lighting I hope it takes care of that a little more. I think I'll darken it again, but I wanted to get the stuff in before I perfected the shadows. I see a few tangents and close to tangents I'll work on too. Anything stick out as really off or thoughts/opinions?

    Side question does anyone else laugh when they are drawing characters that come out better and more fun than you thought?



  • Quick question, the waste and the laser eyes are going to be the main light sources, but they are both on the cool side of colors, should I change the laser to something warmer? My worry is I don't want to take all the attention to that side of the page... and of course the toxic waste has to be neon green! Or does it work as is?



  • I think this looks really great. Your characters' expressions are darling. To address your blue laser eyes question; I'm wondering if you could cut the light off about half way and then it wouldn't lead the viewers eye all the way to the edge. You could fade the light out about half way, maybe? It might not work, but you could try it and see if you liked it better. I just noticed the book and pencils/papers falling off the desk. This is a nice detail and it really shows the movement and chaos of the scene.



  • @bharris Great start! What if you had the inner parts of the "glowing" eyes a warm color and fading the edges out to a cooler color?



  • @bharris This is such a GREAT idea! ...love it...I just had a few suggestions - nothing major. You might want to break a kid out of the border for emphasis and focal point? ...also the boy with laser eyes will be more believable if the influence of his blue light bounces off other objects as well - like the back of teacher's head. I realize this is WIP and you may have already been going there...nice work!1457216000433-march-3rd-2up2.jpg



  • @Carrie Thank you, I'll give it a shot, it just seems to me that laser eyes as a super power would go really far.

    @Rob-Smith I'll check it out, kind of makes me think of fire to do it that way and it might be a nice effect. 🙂

    @Will-Terry Thank you Will! I was defiantly planning on going there with the light, and I'll try working on the kid too. 😃



  • I may be completely off but if you google un-natural light sources there will always be some sort of color blow out that makes the value of the source much brighter then the rest of the values. I always drop a Hue/Saturation layer and turn the saturation all the way down so i can keep checking values. I did this and a quick paint over on the lazer eyes and toxic waste to show what I mean. You can see on the bottom I added bright colors with almost white in the center to really pop those lights in the values. bharris.jpg



  • @Chip-Valecek You're not off at all! I really love the paint over you did, and I'll give it a try! Thank you Chip!



  • Just wanted to say this is awesome. Great idea:)



  • OMG this is genius! I LOVE it! Can't wait to see the final result!!



  • I've been watching this progress to a great piece! Great concept!



  • Pretty done with the general painting (still finishing the wall climbing girl), now I'm moving on to light, edges and general perfecting. Pretty happy with the characters and I think the lighting will unify the picture a lot more. Any thoughts?

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