Draw 25 Things WIP - Tinkersmith

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    @carriecopa I really love this image. As for the second lightsource. Your character is working on somthing on the table in front of here. Logically she would need some light to see what she's doing since her work will get no light from the furnace. A candle in front of her would do the trick of lighting her work, and will cast a nice glow on her face.
    Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing your finished piece.

  • @carriecopa
    I remember several months ago Lee White critiqued one of my illustrations that contained two light sources. I don't remember all the reasons he gave to avoid it, but I do remember he suggested I not do that in the future because it does create issues that can weaken the illustration. I do like where you are going with this and, pardon me for reworking your layout, but what if you turned the tinkerer toward the wolf and used the fire as the only light source and let the left side become a lost edge into the darkness of the room?

  • @randy-smith this is brilliant! Having the tinkerer face into the illustration helps the eye flows around the image better too. And that gives me a little more table in the foreground to add more objects as well. I appreciate you taking time to show your idea visually, it helps a lot!

  • @carriecopa @Randy-Smith that works SO well with the tinkerer turned around, it's balanced the illustration out beautifully! Can't wait to see this in colour with that amazing wolf and lighting!

  • UPDATE: I have been struggling with this piece for months, never quite happy with the composition or what to do with the background. I recently finished the live class "Building Backgrounds" and decided to scrap the old drawing and redo it as a new composition. It might end up not having 25 things anymore, but I think that was the reason I had trouble - trying to cram in more unique stuff at the expense of the drawing. But I still learned a lot about adding more details/props into a drawing!

    Here's the last rendering of the old design, and the current sketch of the new composition. Does the new one work better?


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    @carriecopadraws your new piece looks amazing. Great composition, very pro looking. And I think you have more stuff in the new one too. Great job!

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    @carriecopadraws if you still want to reach your 50 things qouta, perhaps you can expand you canvas to the left or to the right and draw in more objects. It would be cool to see what you’d add on. More weapons perhaps? A lazy assistant? Just a thought tho. I love your piece.

  • @nyrrylcadiz I recall Will Terry's rules for the challenge was the objects had to be unique, so it might have more things but there are several swords, shields, etc, so I don't know if they'd count. But that's okay, meeting the challenge isn't as important to me anymore for this piece. But I'm glad I tried it!

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    @carriecopadraws that’s really great to hear 🙂

  • Final complete! I'm really glad I went back to the drawing board and changed the composition. The final image came much more easily than the struggle of trying to make the old one work. Thanks everyone for your encouragement and feedback!


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