Well, some more. Reverted some stuff, changed some others. There's so many layers now it's kind of a nightmare to work on...
Maybe this instead
kaitlinmakes last edited by
Ive really been enjoying watching this build up - it also reminds me of a more fine art approach to making an image, and has a really wonderful grundgy feel to it.
With all the activity, it also reads well, and I am having a lot of fun going through the image and discovering all of your creatures.
My only thought is your flying guy - his toes are creating the most perfect tangent with the pole behind him.
chrisaakins last edited by
@kylebeaudette wow this is looking great! I feel your pain, though. Layers! But don't give up. The picture is looking really good.
TessaW last edited by TessaW
That elephant illustration is so great!
As for your side note about backgrounds: I think it's ok to trace at first to get your images done. Especially in the beginning when you're trying to get a hang of your medium and other elements. I will say though that once you get the hang of perspective and constructing things out of simple forms, you'll be able to do whatever background you want without tracing. Reference will then become more of an inspiration source to gather ideas, as well as fill in details on your base you've established. Instead of finding bar reference and tracing over it, you could find the bar reference, draw it from any angle or perspective you want, and use the reference to fill in the details. You'll get there eventually with some time and study.
TessaW last edited by TessaW
And if you wanted to make your piece more about music, perhaps if you gave less emphasis to the foreground area and more emphasis to the general bar area, it would help sell the idea better.
Here's a super rough paintover to show how you could demphasize the foreground (again with less value contrast). You'd probably need to bring up the contrast of the background more though!
Just a thought.
Gaah, soo much better!! I love how the squidman is sad too
Alas, it is far too late. There are 35 layers on this sucker, and many of them accidentally contain elements that should be on a lower layer and so forth. I've spent too much time on it as is, as some point you have to just move on. I like cropping the bar out, though! I'll definitely do that when I hand it in.
You've been super helpful
TessaW last edited by
@kylebeaudette Yeah, I agree, sometimes you just have to call it good! I hope I helped somewhat and didn't screw you up too much. All said and done, you still make compelling images. Keep up the good work.
KathrynAdebayo last edited by
Just want to throw in a word of encouragement for utilizing this critique with such a posture of learning and determination. Your image is excellent, and I think it has become even better thanks to the work you've put in.
@kylebeaudette It was great to see the image evolve. You're doing great!