Book project (June 17th updates!)



  • I used the same global composition, but I changed a couple of things and I think it looks better, but please don't hesitate to critique it as I really want it to be a good piece (it's the first page of the book, AND I would like to put it in my portfolio!)

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  • SVS OG

    I liked picture number three above. The bottom left, that is. I like the animal facing front covering the eyes as the rest are running around hiding. I also like the little house in the background build into a little jutted out rock, it looks like. I actually like the composition of that one than your newer one. It has more depth-the mushrooms are getting smaller. and seem to lead you back into the scene-kind of like you're part of the search. The newer one seems to have too many huge mushrooms hovering over the animals and it doesn't really draw the eye back. I may be way off but that's what I notice. Looks like a fun story with cute animals πŸ™‚



  • Thank you @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen, looking at it back, I think you are right, I will have to revisit the 3rd one!



  • Hello again everyone!

    I reworked this composition a little and I think I am satisfied with it now! Any thoughts before I start cleaning it ? I kept the same basic comp, but try to improve the depth as @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen suggested based on the 3rd comp I posted previously.

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    Also, I started cleaning up another sketch for the book and wanted your opinion on it. I didn't post thumbnails and comp sketches for this one because... well I can't really post thumbnails for all the sketches of the book because I will overload the forum haha! But I would really like your opinion on it before I finish cleaning it! There will be text in the upper left and lower right corner (I was thinking of having reverse white over dark text). Also, it's a double page spread. Thanks!!

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  • @NoWayMe I like it a lot. Depending on the final style you are going for you could maybe push the forms a tiny bit more to make them more whimsical*. You are already kind of doing it (for example: the window and refrigerator are not exactly perfect squares, etc.) but you could probably push the stairs a bit more (it's looking a little more "exact" than the other objects).

    Obviously the really tricky thing is to walk the line between "whimsical form" and "this artist doesn't really know how to draw" but when it's done well it adds so much charm and interest.

    *Does that make sense? I can try and explain it better if it doesn't.



  • Hi @mattramsey ! It does make sense and I definitaly want it to be more whimsical! I noticed this morning that in the process of trying to get the perspective right on my staircase, it lost it's charm! I will definitaly work on that, thank you πŸ™‚


  • SVS OG

    @NoWayMe I like this composition a lot and I think that the other one is good too. I'm not an expert but I like what you're doing πŸ˜‰



  • Here is my semi-final sketch for this illustration, please if you see anything wrong with composition/perspective/or anything else, let me know! @mattramsey , I tried to make the stairs (and the whole image) more whimsical, is it working ?!

    I also decided I would try to incorporate @Will-Terry 's 50 item challenge in this, I don't know if I have 50 items yet, but I am probably close. I will try to keep values grouped in the background so these items don't distract from my focal point.

    Thanks for helping πŸ™‚

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  • Pro SVS OG

    @NoWayMe It is a really nice sketch! I think composition works well, perspective is nearly there (there a few deviations here in there, but I do not think it is noticeable and probably you do not want it to be too perfect either), but I am not sure the whimsy is coming across. It looks still too much like a standard kitchen, maybe? Have a look at some of the interior design that was done for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" - I am posting a bunch of images here if I manage:
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  • @NoWayMe I like it. This guy lives in a tree if I'm getting that right? If so maybe the stove fan could be brick or river rock? And maybe the light fixture could be changed to something that would fit that environment more.

    But if you don't make any changes it's still a great piece--nice job on the stairs!



  • @mattramsey and @smceccarelli Thank you so much for helping! These pictures of snow white are really helpful and Matt's ideas are great! I already started to make some changes and I think it will look a lot better πŸ™‚ I will post updates tonight!



  • Here it is, more whimsical (I hope!) πŸ™‚

    Thank you very much @smceccarelli and @mattramsey for the tips! I think it looks a lot better. I will refine it more, and add details, but I like the direction it's taking!

    If anyone else has comments, please go ahead!

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  • Pro SVS OG

    Definitely, the environment has a lot more personality now!


  • SVS OG

    Fantastic work so far. Love the old time stove and also how you have the room rounded. Really nice.


  • SVS OG

    I think it's looking really nice - spacious but homely all at once.. it's quite tricky to get that feeling of character into inanimate objects but you've done it...it's going to be great πŸ™‚



  • Well done getting the project, I love the designs on this so far.



  • Thank you @smceccarelli , @evilrobot @Dulcie @Christine-Garner ! I'll continue to post updates! πŸ™‚



  • Hello again!

    I wanted to share updates of the progress on my book with you guys! I know it's moving slowly, but I in the process of moving, starting a new job and studying for my final exam at the same time! Please let me know if you have any advices/comments πŸ™‚

    Thanks a lot!

    First my updated "template". As I said in my other topic, I will change either the front cover or page 10-11 to not have the same image twice, I am just not sure which one yet!
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    On the next one, the banana-eating and the bottom kiwi-eating Ella are not finished.
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    0_1466218724690_Ella P12-13 Straw + Mom2.jpg

    Thanks for helping!!


  • SVS Team SVS OG

    Its looking great, I can tell you are putting in a lot of work. I would watch pages 10 and 11 where the gutter will cut the nose right done the middle.



  • I made this new illustration for page 10-11 (still a work in progress)! I wanted to keep the close-up view of Ella, because it goes well with the text, but I change it so it is different from the cover AND I made sure no important features of the face is in the $&%#* gutter.

    Any thoughts? Is it too similar to the cover ?

    Thanks!!

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