3rd Thursday Drawing/Value Study (Charlie)

  • Yep I think it is.

  • I wonder if you did a little color shift to blue near the edges of the green if it would cool off and push the distant trees into the background (like the blue in 3 and 4) just an idea, looks great though! You never stop inspiring me to do great work, thanks Baskin!

  • @baskin Hi Jason, Love the illustration! What I really like is the effort you put in it to see what works! Now you can pick your favorite, or let your audience pick the best. for now I like nr two best. Maybe its nice if you give the dinosaur on the left some sparkles in his eyes? My Youngest son would love to have a print in his bedroom, I am sure!

  • Great suggestions - thanks, Jason and Leontine! I'll be sure to explore those options too.

    All the best,

  • @baskin XD

  • Hi again!

    I started obsessing about a couple details and decided to make a few more composition tweaks before moving on to the final rendering. The triceratops silhouette and placement was bothering me, and I felt that the right side of the frame needed some overlap with the foreground tree to create a sense of depth. I also added a branch to the upper left. Still leaning toward the number 2 color scheme. Hopefully the final render will go smoothly.

    Thanks again for all the great feedback so far!

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    For me the last version is a better composition - a very successful composition - i think if the triceratops seems like a tangent with the tree i would try moving the back left leg a tiny bit in away from the tree....that composition really flows nicely ...its an excellent piece

  • Your doing really well, I love your process. I would try and create more distance between your dinos, and the background, otherwise great work

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    Sorry - meant back right leg..... 🙂

  • Thanks very much Kevin and Steve - your comments have been really helpful! I'll post another update soon.


  • @baskin I'm late to the party here but you have some great things going with this design. The trex is my favorite. I'm also siding with Naroth and choosing #3. This would make a great limited palette color image using those colors. Great work!!

  • Hi again, everyone-

    Here is a first pass at my final rendering. I think some of my other schemes might have also worked, but ultimately I settled on version 2 since it seemed to be the most popular.

    I'm not sure if I should try pushing this further to lose the original pencil lines, or if I should keep them. As mentioned earlier, I am still pretty new to the digital process, and generally prefer the look of traditional media. If I can find time, I may even try to re paint this in oil or watercolor for comparison.

    I'd love to hear your feedback, as always.

    Thanks in advance,


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    This is beautiful! I love the color palette, and the pencil lines are hardly noticeable. If anything, they add to the picture 😃 Sorry I can't offer anything to improve it, i think it is splendid!

  • Wonderful, I would keep the pencil lines they make it work really well. Great stuff.

  • Thanks very much for the kind words, Lynn and Steve! I really appreciate your feedback.


  • @baskin Great job. This turned out perfectly!

  • This came out great! Lovely lighting and also dinos are so cute. They make me smile as if i'm part of the picture 😃

  • This is so great! Everything about it just works!

  • @baskin SO much fun! Love the colour! Definitely keep the pencil lines, it gives it charm 🙂

    The only thing that trips me up is Charley's hands - there a bit too round like a puppet's rather than a human boy's.

  • Thanks very much for all the encouragement, everyone! If I can find the time to explore other rendering techniques, I'll be sure to post updates to this thread.

    Thanks again!

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