August 3rd Thursday


  • Pro SVS OG

    Much happier with this Dorothy. I think the four characters now fit well together - maybe not so sure about the relative sizes. I will let it rest for a while and then fix any further flaws and go to paint.
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    @smceccarelli It's an amazing line up - love new Dorothy - the older one was beautifully drawn too, but I like the fact that this new one looks like a captain, more authoritative, and on a technical note love the folds in her dress!

    The one thing that makes me look twice/wonder how it works, is the huge collar on her outfit - it looks like her hair would have to be tied up for it not to get in the way/fall over the collar, yet the way the hair is falling on her back, it doesn't look like it's tied back. I'm not sure exactly what it is that needs fixing...and this is really super nitpicky because it's absolutely great work! But I mention it in case it's helpful.


  • SVS Team SVS OG

    Loving it, but I would change the name of Jack Scarecrow to something else. It is to close to Jack Sparrow even with the hat and all I think of Pirates of the Caribbean. If you had to come up with these concepts and present them to an art director I would assume they would turn it away due to being so close to the Disney character in my opinion.



  • Your characters look great. Love your line up.



  • @smceccarelli
    really like the lion and Dorothy's design is fantastic! great work!


  • Pro SVS OG

    Just a color/value sketch. Although I work as a designer, I find I have to force myself to apply design principles to illustration. This time I am going to really make a commitment to stick to a limited palette throughout the characters. I am also thinking of strong midday sunlight for the lighting scheme and a vague background gradient suggesting a beach/marine setting.

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  • @smceccarelli This version of Dorothy has so much personality! I love that you are moving away from the traditional color schemes and pushing the nautical/beach colors. The update to the Lion is great too! I understand exactly who they are now!

    I'd suggest updating the scarecrow and tinman too. Maybe make the scarecrow's pose a little looser. He's maybe a more scatterbrained, forgetful kinda guy... maybe make him more frazzled or less put together (maybe literally falling apart?) Also, I'm losing the lit match on the tinman pose. Checking how the silhouette reads can help the pose be clearer. Maybe have the arm in the opposite direction so the tinman is looking directly at it.

    Overall, the pirate designs on these are fantastic and really unique! I really really look forward to seeing these progress!! Keep up the stellar work!



  • Your work is really beautiful, continue please!


  • Pro SVS OG

    Work in progress...I am experimenting with a new process. Still many many hours to go!

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  • really fun idea and twist.


  • SVS OG

    It looks fantastic already 🙂 Nice canvas textures going on in the paintwork, it all looks very natural.



  • @smceccarelli Love these characters!!! Great work!



  • I love this so much!! Great action, dynamic, design, color and their interaction with the props and each other is so good!



  • @smceccarelli I love your painting style, and the silhouettes of your characters. My only concern is that, with the exception of the Cowardly Lion, I don't know that I would get that the other characters are from the Wizard of Oz if you hadn't told me. Just a thought, for what it's worth. But I think your illustration style is outstanding.


  • SVS OG

    @smceccarelli amazing work so far. I love what you did with Dorothy her color scheme is perfect.



  • @smceccarelli pro level work! this is really really great. Can't wait to see where you take this, you've got a very solid design and color foundation here.

    One thing, it might be interesting to see the traditional Dorthy colors (blue/white) incorporated into your new design. The reason I say this is because I think it would make the boots really pop (the red footwear is iconic and it's getting a bit lost in the color scheme) as well as helping with the overall recognition of the character.

    Along those lines: maybe sparkles on the boots? That might have been the next step and you're just not at that level of rendering on the piece yet but just thought I'd mention it.



  • @mattramsey I was thinking that too. Maybe give her braids as well - those are iconic Dorothy as well.



  • This is really great work, lots of character and personality!



  • @Rebecca-Hirsch forgot about the braids. Yes you are absolutely right.

    Looks like one of the earlier sketches did have the braids.


  • Pro SVS OG

    And here is where I am - finished? Not sure about whether to include the typography or not. Thank you every body for so many positive comments and feedback! I really set off to do a portfolio piece this time, and I think I am happy enough with the outcome to include it.
    @mattramsey you have a very good point with the boots and the color scheme - but I decided to stick with the red/green as an experiment in limited palette: it is training I really need. I did add sparkles to the boots though. I do not thing there is an "iconic Dorothy design". There have been so many different version of the WOZ characters along the decades, everything and anything has been done. I love Greg Manchess' version, in which Dorothy is a black-haired punk-gothic teenager and Toto is a bulldog (and which, by the way, was featured on the cover of Spectrum 17).
    I am not totally happy with the Lion - and anything else you can spot that needs tweaking would be welcome!!
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