Building my portfolio

  • Hi Tess! Your art is so cute! I think a thing you can always work on is depth, value and shading/lighting!
    Depth can be shown when the things closer to the viewer are more dark/saturated and things father away begin to be less saturated and lighter. Shading also makes the character have depth as well as lighting.
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    I painted a bit over to show shading, lighting and reflected light! The objects closer to the light is brighter and less saturated and the things closer are more darker and more saturated, making a bit more depth. I made the shading pretty green because I believe light reflects off the leaves and therefore makes everything green haha!

    and another thing you can do with lighting-
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    If its bright outside and the foliage isn't as dense- light rays can pierce through and show themselves! Here's another thing you can do with lighting in a tree.

    The same things can apply with your other drawing! I think you're doing great, just keep drawing!

    And with style? Don't worry about that, style will come on its own naturally. In my opinion you already have a style!

  • @nowayme @TessW Having a centered composition is a constant habit of mine, too, to the extent that I have "DYNAMIC COMPOSITION" on a sticky note above my monitor. 😣

  • Tess, I love how consistent your style is! I think people have given some great advice here, and really it is all just a few minor tweaks and things to consider moving forward. Have you done a Dream Portfolio, by any chance? It's something @Lee-White had me do several times, and which I now do yearly, to figure out what exactly I wanted and needed in my portfolio, and it's been super helpful. If you want to message me, I can explain more in depth!

  • @myss Thanks! Yup, I struggle a bit with values. I've been told I have the tendency to go too dark and contrasted, so I actually lightened this painting at the end. Maybe I shouldn't have? I was also considering doing dappled light but was concerned it would be too busy. But it does look quite magical the way you've done it! Thanks for your thoughtful paint-overs.

    @WithLinesOfInk No I haven't done a Dream Portfolio! Sounds intriguing. I will definitely message you.

  • Working on updating this piece. I kind of wanted to see if I could throw a bunch of busy foliage in the background with warm colors and still keep my focal points.


  • @tessw So cute! I think you could brighten the mom and kid a bit, or push back the background even further. But the values among the background elements are very cohesive and non-invasive!

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  • Here, this is kind of what I was thinking. I can send you the photoshop file with layers if you want to see kind of where I slopped everything in. 0_1498947395224_Sloppy_edits.jpg

  • @tessw said in Building my portfolio:

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    Great work Tess...I love it!

  • @Jose-Ramos Thank you!

  • @tessw Your stuff is awesome, has a great quality/feel to it.

  • @withlinesofink said in Building my portfolio:

    @tessw So cute! I think you could brighten the mom and kid a bit, or push back the background even further. But the values among the background elements are very cohesive and non-invasive!

    Thanks for your feedback! Sorry, should have replied to you sooner, but I was thinking about how to incorporate your advice.

    I'm getting closer and closer (at least, to the best of my ability), which seems like it's harder and harder to make progress on this. Still have a bit to do. I don't want to emphasize the mom as much, which is why I have chosen to keep her pretty dark and less contrasted. Do you think that's ok for the image as a whole? Or are you finding that you want the mom to be as much of a focal point as the girl and the gecko?


  • @tyson-ranes Thank you very much!

  • @tessw This works perfectly for that intention! I like it!

  • @tessw This has a lot of things working for it and the way you've staged it with the lighting reads as being from the child's point of view which I think is what you were going for. Only one thing sticks out to me as needing addressed. The child's legs seem too short relative to her arms and torso; some foreshortening is appropriate but as is the legs seem too short.

  • @smithdraws Thanks! Made them longer. . . hopefully long enough. Put the correction back in the first post.

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