October challenge WIP



  • @tessaw

    Contrary to popular belief, Monstrum Domestica do NOT eat children (apart from a few VERY isolated and extraordinary cases). They survive on a diet consisting mainly of processed fibrous material (cotton being a staple of most monsters).



  • @nasvikdraws Thanks! The little girl does look rather confident, doesn't she? I'll think about changing her expression. I kind of like the idea of a know-it-all getting to present to her class, though 🙂



  • Superb work. Wonderful idea, awesome composition, and I totally envy your linework!

    Your coloring seems a bit dark and dull, though, and I’m wondering whether this wouldn’t look better with cell shading rather than gradients and with brighter and more saturated highlights.

    Just a minor nitpick, but the kid hiding behind the teacher seems to be missing his legs...
    I love all the other kids, their expression and design - this is just an awesome piece!



  • @art-of-b I think the girl’s expression suits perfectly with the situation. She’s trying to convince her teacher and classmates that this misunderstood monster is not what he seems. She has to be confident. And from the looks of it, it seems like she really knows her stuff. Therefore there’s really no reason for her to feel the opposite. Plus, it’s really a funny attribute for kids to act like they know it all. It adds more character than just having some bland girl presenting a monster as impressive as this one. Keep her expression as is. It looks amazing.



  • @Art-of-B I think this looks great. ONe anatomical note: The drool looks like it is coming from above the mouth. Unless it is not drool....



  • @art-of-b Genious idea! Jejeje



  • @smceccarelli

    Thanks! My linework's one of the few things I think is heading in the right direction 😉

    The colours are quite dull at the moment, yeah. This time around I'm trying to artificially control my saturation until the last stages of the painting since I feel that I make things way WAY too saturated (and when everything's saturated (special) nothing is). Colour's something I've always (and still do) have a hard time with. If it doesn't work out I'll repaint and trust my saturation instincts and go nuts with bright colours again 🙂

    I agree that cel shading would look better, and I did it for a long time with my webcomic. There's a few reasons I'm not using it, foremost being I don't think it helps develop my skills as much as trying to render shadows and such more realistically.

    As for the kid hiding behind the teacher, he is in fact the teacher's second torso growing out of her spine. She is the horrifying misunderstood monster. Nah, I'm kidding, you're absolutely right 🙂 I actually didn't notice! I'll have to try and paint in some legs without making it look like an angry mess of tangents.

    Thanks for your feedback! I really love the colour in your work so it's awesome to get your thoughts on how the colour's coming along.



  • @chrisaakins my goodness it totally does! Gonna have to fix that 🙂



  • @Art-of-B been meaning to ask: are you working as a full time artist? Your work is certainly good enough.



  • @chrisaakins I am not, no, though that is the goal. I'm hoping to have a portfolio up and running by the end of November so I can start sending out postcards.



  • Came back to it and did some fixin' and finalizin'. I'm gonna let it sit overnight then maybe make some changes tomorrow night before submitting. This is the stage where I start to pick shiny colours and such so things start to pop a little more.

    Thanks again for all the critiques and suggestions thus far 🙂

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  • And after a few small tweaks, calling it dooooone.

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  • Man this is top level work! I was researching some chapter books a while back and this piece totally fits in with that and even blows some of what I saw out of the water! I want to be doing things similar to this it's just taking me some time to stumble on what works. If you don't mind me asking, what's your recipe? Are you using a color layer over the grayscale? I tried that for the first time on my misunderstood monster pic then added highlights over that on a normal layer and while it's not perfect it was like something clicked in my head. Anyways, love your work and good luck on the portfolio!



  • @jon-anderson Thanks, man! 🙂 Yeah, it's getting there, slowly but surely.

    As for my 'recipe' I'm still kinda figuring it out. However, yes, I do use a colourize layer over a greyscale layer to kinda figure things out. After that I'll start throwing around paint but really try and keep things close to the original values and saturation that I laid out.

    Most of my highlights and fixes are done with overlay and multiply layers, but sometimes I just colour-pick and paint on a normal layer.


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