Cat ! finished illustration



  • thanks for the advice rich, I will do that later 😉
    I also just noticed that mr mouse's eye should be closer to the nose



  • I love these compositions, and don't want to impose by giving my suggestions, because I might not be at a level to properly critique you. However, a trick I do with all of my art is that I run it through a photo filter, such as snapseed, and see if my values are working, as well as see if the filters somewhat suggest textures I could use, as well as show me where things would look better darker or not. Here is what they looked like after the filter.

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    Notice how the texture really brings the piece together, as well as the contrast from the show behind the door could be a great place to highlight the light/dark distinction.

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    The second image I saw thqt the cat's face was the same value as the background, and no matter what filter I flipped to, it could contrast the characters face from the background.

    So those are my thoughts. I think the compositions are great, and just a little adjustment really knocks it out of the park.

    Hope I didn't overstep with my two cents 😉



  • @Eric-Castleman Very good point. Perhaps a good idea would be to bring the pond higher so it contrasts with the cat's face. It works for the chest, less reflective light in the water.



  • thanks for your replies
    how does this work?
    I've added texture, and reworked the values like you suggested. I also added the nails in the door ^_^ (didn't change the place of the knob as this is not the same door as the other picture so it doesn't matter)

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    @audrey-dowling Hi Audrey! First of all I think that small change to the placement of where her eye is looking - works perfectly now! You see she is alarmed and you see the cause of the danger. And now she is looking at him to give him warning. Just great!

    Also I think those little nail heads on the front door give it a bit more importance in the scene now as well - it helps me to know that she is running to get inside and safely behind it.

    Really nice job!



  • thanks @Rich-Green !



  • @audrey-dowling Hi Audrey! I love this - and great job with keeping character consistency between the pieces.
    Just one thing is throwing me off with your latest piece: the perspective seems off to me between the two mice. Mrs. Mouse looks a tad bit too small to me. Or, Mr. Mouse is slightly too large - either way. Another thing that would help here is making the stones in the path have an even greater size difference than they do now - largest to the front, much smaller close to the house. Same thing with the cabbages (carrot tops?) - right now they're the exact same size, but they should have a variation in size too.
    You have such a sweet style! Is this a full dummy you're putting together (with your own manuscript)? Or just a couple of portfolio pieces?


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    @audrey-dowling Did you see Giuseppe's tweet about mailers and coffee? Your postcard was on his desk!!!!! These are so cute!



  • @DanetteDraws thanks for this danette, I will fix that. I actually fixed it on the 1st illustration too, as I thought that mr mouse was too small comparing to mrs mouse
    Not a full dummy, even though I have the storyline thought out. But for the moment I ficus on illustrating so it's just for my portfolio
    I saw that @lmrush and there was not many cards to compete with this week! 🙂 hope they will grab some attention somewhere...


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    @audrey-dowling I am sure they will, they are sweet images!


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