Whimsical Project: Process and Thoughts

  • @miriam
    I am glad you are liking this one! I am still thinking how to arrange or fit the idea of the honey pots. Maybe they will just become weird shapes that complement the ground of his "lair". I will also modify the structure of the tree. Lets see what happens!

    Hope the final piece derived from this sketch will please you as well!

  • Another sketch with a modified version of the "tree house". This is the design I was aiming for.


  • @diego_biosteam
    I like the other tree drawing better. I don't think I would have known what this was if I saw it on it's own. I'm not sure what is going on here. Is the round shape the Dandelion's home? It looks like it's breaking and the creature on top is eating it.

  • @miriam
    I was suspecting you would not like this one as much as the original sketch. I agree that it is very difficult to understand what is going on with the new version. I hope that it is because it's just a sketch. But I don't mind trying a more complete painting for both versions and then deciding which one is more interesting for this story.

    I think the challenge I am facing is on coming with these very odd structures and creatures that may be a bit distant from the usual - it is difficult for people to relate with them and like them. In most fantasy stories, a tree is a tree and that is it. Even if it is a walking tree (like a Treant), it still has all the features of a tree.

  • @diego_biosteam
    If you want to have a tree that doesn't look like a normal tree, you would just have to make sure you explain it well in the story.

  • Moving forward to a final piece for the "tree house". Still in progress but I am questioning the colour choice. Even though I am liking it, it lost the "dark fantasy" feel. Post processing may help a bit, so I am comparing both (original as post-processed). Any critique is welcome.



  • @diego_biosteam
    I think this one works much better than the last one. Showing more of the the trunk and main branches, and having the branches coming up out of the house part makes more sense and shows that it's all part of the tree. I still like the first tree the best. In the last ones, the bottom half looks heavier and messier than the top half of the painting.

    Yes, the oranges and the light blue in the top painting does give it a happy autumn look. Maybe you could place your painting with the adjusted coloring next to the ones you are trying to emulate to compare the colors and overall feel.

  • @miriam thanks a lot! Yes, I thought I should use the extra space in an A3 paper and show more of the tree foliage.

    I have a folder with printed copies of artwork from the artists I mentioned before (Brian Froud, John Bauer. As the main influences here) and I always try to compare.

    Making it more colourful was an error - I totally ignored the references. But the fact that I can post- process it digitally allows me to have two versions!

    This is still in progress, hope the final work can continue to please you!

  • Almost finishing the "tree house" piece and after painting all the creatures that are inhabiting the tree, I thought I should make some sketches and studies on them. They way they behave, their interactions with other species, details of their anatomy... these are all interesting things that may be worth exploring. I wrote some notes about them mixed with notes on character design from the class "Breathing life into your character designs".

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  • Done with the "treehouse" @Miriam

    Was a bit busy after moving to a new home and other things (couldn't even finish the previous contests), but managed to finish it!

    Watercolour, inking and some digital post-processing!

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  • Another inhabitant of the tree.


  • More creatures, this time inspired by some crustaceans.
    Coloured some while watching the lesson on "Breathing life in your characters". That is also making me think more on "eye" diversity and directing the characters eyes.

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