Critique Please - Santa and Elves


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    Hi everyone. Please critique. This is an illustration for a story I wrote and am illustrating. It's my idea of the story of Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer although he is not illustrated on this page. Are Santa and Mary big enough compared to the elves?

    Ivy rushed the letter to Santa.
    "Rudolph found this. He says there are more.
    We'll have to send out the 'old dears'
    for the rest."
    Santa read the letter and checked his list.
    "We need a miracle to save Christmas",
    Santa whispered to Mary Claus.
    "And I do believe in miracles", he smiled.

    Thanks.



  • @Judy-Elizabeth-Wilson the finish on this is great. I love the style and think it works really well. But I have a couple questions for you.

    1. What is the feeling you are trying to capture with this page? Reading the text I get a feeling of urgency but I am not getting that from the picture. I was thinking that maybe you were going for a feeling of 'oh, no' from the elves and 'calm' from Santa. If that is the case, I think you might want to lean into it more. Give the elves bigger expressions especially with their body language.

    2. Is there a reason every elf is a different color? I find it a little distracting, but if it is part of the story don't mess with it.

    3. I think the sizes are fine. Mr. & Mrs. Claus are clearly bigger than the elves and different.

    Looking good, now I wonder about the rest of the story.


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