Leontine's Winter Challenge

  • Hi @Rob-Smith Here's my entry for the winterchallenge. Hope you like it! I have several other idea's but so busy with other projects... for for now this is it I think. thanks leontine snowbird.jpg

  • @Leontine Great image!! I like the simplicity of the background yet it reads clearly. A little hat for the bird...very cool. I'm going to have to work harder!! : ).

    I have mine in the works. It will be all digital.

  • This looks like so much fun--thanks, @Rob-Smith!

    @Leontine Your entry is super cute, and I like the composition. 😃

    I'm not very experienced with colour yet, so I'd love to try a limited color palate. Will try to enter for sure!

  • @K.-W. Thank you!

  • @Leontine Very lovely! It love the concept and the rendering! What a great way to start the challenge!

  • Okay all and @Leontine here is my challenge piece. Comments and critiques are very welcome. Working digitally has been a steep learning curve.


    Changes made to the original image based on suggestions by @seanwelty(ice made more subtle), @Leontine(warmth added) and @lonelycatpress(darkened a few areas to improve contrast)

  • I'm in, I'll do this tomorrow morning for my warm up. I need to step away from my 3T piece, too much elf stuff in my head. I think I will do some fan art piece more to my liking. Hope everyone likes Red Sonja...

  • @Rob-Smith that is beautiful, it reminded me of Pascal Campion work! love it!

  • @Rob-Smith Hey Rob, this is a great image. If I may give you a bit of feedback, I think the skate marks are a bit overstated. The image is so strong, I think a softer transition from ice to trees and a more subtle treatment of the ice is warranted. I like how well you simplified the characters. Well done!

  • Hey there! I love this piece. I really like the flat pastels and the washy trees. The only thing that I think it needs help on is some contrast. If you're working in photoshop, try this trick: make a new layer at the top. fill it completely black and set it to saturation. This will show you when you're having some problems.
    For instance, her face is almost the same (shade?) as the trees behind her. I think you could also use some darks near where their hands are clasping, just to bring that forward and bring his face forward and then around the left side to keep you in the picture. (Not sure if that makes sense...) In the picture below, the top images are unedited besides the saturation on the left. Hope this helps! It's really a nice piece.

  • @Rob-Smith Ow wauw Rob, This is so nice! Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity, and friendship! (I feel challenged to do one more, but in a view day's I am going to visit my sister in Brazil. ) The illustration feels so winterly, but warm! chapeau! You might want to warm it up just a bit, and then, send them as your Christmas card! Ive shared it on facebook!

  • @Rob Smith Were you watching Eternal Sunshine? Reminds me of one scene.

  • @gimmehummus Nope...just a scene out of my head.
    @Naroth-Kean @seanwelty @lonelycatpress @Leontine Thanks for your comments and critiques. They are very appreciated!

  • @Rob-Smith Very lovely! I'm in awe!

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    Such a beautiful piece @Rob-Smith, you should be really proud of it! Love the feel and atmosphere with the soft winter light, and all those textures.

  • @Bobby-Aquitania said:

    I'm in, I'll do this tomorrow morning for my warm up. I need to step away from my 3T piece, too much elf stuff in my head. I think I will do some fan art piece more to my liking. Hope everyone likes Red Sonja...

    Sorry it took 2 days, spent my whole day listening to you tube videos from the Voice (US, UK, Holland, Germany, Australia) and so today I had a lot of inspiring music to work with... in the end I think I used too many colors. I don't usually work this loose, but this is a warm up and not a finished piece, so I just went for mood. I had fun over all though, so thank you Rob and Leotine for the fun!

    Line work was done in Mischief, the coloring was done in Photoshop.


    Here's a close up...
    red-sonja-color 1.jpg

    My blue line under drawing...


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    I really enjoyed this challenge as it forced me to really be mindful of a simple color scheme and also pay closer attention to values.

    I love the look of paper cutout art and decided I wanted to recreate that look on this scene. I also like to imagine that this could be a holiday window at a major department store - wouldn't that be fun.

    The scene include me, my dog Annie, the rabbits that she constantly chases in the yard and my house back in the distance.

    (which I am also using as my Christmas card this year)!
    Paper Cutout Card Sketch forum 150dpi.jpg

    I will create a post to include my original sketch and some of my steps.

    But thanks to @Leontine and @Rob-Smith for putting this challenge together, I really enjoyed it.

  • @Rich-Green fantastic job!!

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    @seanwelty Thank you Sean - I appreciate it!

  • @Rich-Green I love it, so home for the holidays!! Nice job😉

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