3rd Thursday fortune cookie saying...


  • SVS OG

    @Russ-Van-Dine I think that's the best thumbnail so far - it's clear and shows the story well. I like the laughing horse 🙂

    I think when refining the composition further, it might be worth looking at trying to make the fancy knight being the primary focus/the first thing your eye looks at - at the moment the balance is evenly split between him and the normal knights..I know it's a teeny pony but he's also more in the foreground... Perhaps with the saddle and the knight's body and all the fancy pole sticking up, it could all still be taller in total than the other knights...(at the moment it all looks shorter)..and the fancy knight could be bigger as he's closer to us than the other knights. Hope that makes sense. I think it is coming along great though!


  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    @Dulcie those are hilarious! Thanks for sharing!!



  • Thank you Dulcie and everyone else, you are right about the knights being smaller. This time I angled the horse and ornate knight so he is more walking towards the viewer. the other knights get smaller and the tents become shades on a hill... I made the pony smaller and colored him blue because I was losing detail and couldn't see the knight or the horse... he isn't blue... I crossed the other knights poles with the ornate knights so even if you look at them this should bring your eye to the ornate knight... I made the stuff on his helmet smaller so he could be larger on the page... still reads as silly and will allow ornate knight to be easier to illustrate...0_1461971178979_prancer.jpg



  • knights on the hill will have cloth coverings with big designs like you might see at a dinner theatre...



  • Unless someone has something else to offer, I am pretty happy with where this one has gotten to... I have time to do this and something else and decide which one to put in for the competition...thanks for the help everyone...



  • @Dulcie
    That photoset was a trip down memory lane for me. Wow! These illustrations are great.



  • @benben8it I agree, those ponies are really drawn well!



  • @Dulcie
    I agree with Dulcie. A few drab looking peasants would complete the idea very well. Keeping the background very simple will only highlight the ridiculous knight all the more. I would hate to lose some of the details of this wonderful knight in order to fit in more background.



  • I have been working on the knight and I am close to showing you guys something more... the funny thing is I have been working to make the armor as silly as possible. I have changed the armor three times because it looked cool. I imagine this guy has just come into lots of money and went to the armor shop where they knew exactly how big a fish they had and talked him into a very awesome set of armor...he didn't know what to do...



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    Okay, everything is on a separate layer still so changes can be made easily. Any thoughts?



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    I added some shadows and highlights to try to make it late afternoon... any other ideas?


  • SVS OG

    Oh, this is wonderful!! I think maybe some really bright highlights and some nice dark occlusion shadows on the armor may help, all of the glorious detail is getting lost. I love the expression on the horse hehe



  • Subtle re-shading, more highlights and darker color values...thanks for the help.0_1462730069596_prancer1111.jpg


  • SVS OG

    This is beyond awesome my friend so great. Love the other horse's faces! I think you are nailing this one going to be a lot of great ones this month they just keep getting better and better.



  • I LOVE the bird in the bird cage...hysterical!



  • This prompt really brought out the humor in people, love it!


  • SVS OG

    @Russ-Van-Dine Sorry to jump in with another suggestion so very late in the day, but wanted to mention just in case you think it’s helpful… I wonder if it would be nice to add a suggestion/silhouette of a castle in the far background on the hills, so that it looks like the road is leading there, and that’s where the knights have come from. Would add to the storytelling perhaps, while still keeping it simple.

    BUT I really love your drawing here, I’ve been meaning to say I love the expression on the laughing horse! He is fantastic and you’ve done a great job overall!



  • @Dulcie thank you very much! This is high praise from someone I respect! svs is turning out to be on e of the very best resources I have found! You inspire me with your comments and understanding... when do you join the staff at svslearn?

    I already turned this one in, I tried a castle and it took away from the look on the horses faces.


  • SVS OG

    haha that is very generous of you @Russ-Van-Dine, but I’m glad to help in whatever way. I agree that SVS is a great resource! Also glad that you were able to try the castle idea already even if it wasn’t right.


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