50 Things Challenge


  • Pro SVS OG

    @smceccarelli fantastic!



  • Are you an undercover teacher, trying to up our game?

    Looks steller!


  • Pro SVS OG

    Wow, thanks everyone for the feedback - I am going to smile for the rest of the day :-))
    @Eric-Castleman, I am at most an undercover student - I only pretend to know what I am doing, in reality every new image gives me panic attacks 😉
    Now getting started on color - no idea how to go about it....as usual.



  • Great work @smceccarelli and all the little details are really nice. Can't wait to see the coloured version!
    The different line thicknesses and tones work so well to give the image depth.


  • SVS OG

    LOVE it! Such a fun steampunk-y vibe. Excited to see the color!


  • Pro SVS OG

    I decided to follow Will Terry's process further and do a pencil-like value pass. Now I am toying with the idea of keeping the foreground on a completely different color space than the background. i have seen this done, for example, by John Howe...the images get somewhat graphic but very nice...very much out of my comfort zone, but still having fun!

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    This is the image by John Howe that makes me think of a graphic foreground/background separation. Do you know of other examples? I know they are out there, because I have seen them more than once....

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  • SVS OG

    @smceccarelli Pencil pass looks great! .........Poor Mr. Narwhal!


  • SVS OG

    Yeah, love'n the pencil version. Hope you are able to keep some of that texture when you go to color.



  • that is awesome!!! I love it!!!!



  • I'm so in love with that pencil version! 🙂


  • SVS OG

    @smceccarelli I agree. Wow!


  • Pro SVS OG

    Thank you all again!! I am still correcting and refining the drawing, but now many people are saying I should not color it, or only very very minimally, with a vintage look. That is a bit against the grain for me. What do you think?


  • SVS OG

    @smceccarelli My feeling is that you are Very good with color - i remember the first piece of yours that i saw and thinking "wow - this person really knows their stuff" - i believe it was the girl with the home-made time machine with the room full of dinosaurs (great piece!) - if i had drawn anything close to this awesome i would be afraid of ruining it somehow with my lack of color knowledge and experience - but since it is your awesome drawing i am excited to see how you will paint it........and secretly hope that you do another youtube video of your process 🙂


  • SVS OG

    @smceccarelli I'm for color, myself 🙂


  • SVS OG

    Oooh well, this is sort of tricky to answer - you are undoubtedly very good with colour, but this piece is already so full and real with just the linework and pencil texture...I think you have to be careful not to repaint over it so much that you cover too much of all the lovely line that you've done already (I'm sure you will also colour below the line, of course..and I know you could change the colour instead of painting on top)

    So I would go with colour, but minimal enough to let the linework and texture sing. I wonder if you have seen the work of Corey Godbey, (http://corygodbey.com) he might be a good inspiration here on how to treat it...I was directed to look at his work by Will Terry during the Fall Critique last year - so I did, I looked at his works and even downloaded his paid-for video tutorial about his process (which was informative and interesting)...his art is also line-dominated, but it still has an ethereal quality and very good colour choices and delineation of foreground/background with value. They are often vintage/timeless looking but still colourful. Some pieces:

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    Hope this doesn't come across like I'm spamming your thread with pics, hope it's helpful in some way!


  • SVS OG

    After the #kidlitart chat on twitter last night, I've been thinking about black and white illustrations a lot today! When working digitally it's easy enough to keep the black and white version, you can go back to that if you like it better. I say try color and see how it goes!


  • Pro SVS OG

    Great comments and great advice throughout! @Dulcie , this is exactly what I was looking for, and I love that controlled treatment of color - reminds of Arthur Rackam but more modern. Justin Gerard does something similar too. That is what I am going to try to do. I was feeling the same about the pencil - there is already too much going on and color needs to give way a bit.
    I will be traveling for the next two weeks - not sure I will manage to transfer this to the iPad (I tried a couple of times to keep full layers from PS to ProCreate, but I always get error messages...) - so may have to wait a little....



  • How long did it take you to put together the first image you posted?


  • Pro SVS OG

    @Eric-Castleman It is difficult for me to count together time used for an image - I use lots of scrap time for planning. I did some thumbnails on the plane to NY - probably for about one hour. From thumbnails to first pass and character design it was around 3 hours. Final line took two "short studio sessions" (I have two long ones of 10 hours and five or six short ones of about 2-3 hours during a normal week). So about 10 hours in total for the final line?


  • SVS OG

    @smceccarelli I believe you can transfer psd files from procreate to photo shop but not the other way around. Fantastic work!


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