Illustration Process - Feedback Appreciated!

  • @Alicja-W So cool. Love the girl's expression and posture!
    Not sure about the perspective of the buildings. Before you move on: are the inconsistencies on purpose?

  • @jdeebella
    Thank you! I've been more motivated to finish it, now that I'm posting progress shots here!

    Thanks for your feedback! I don't think I even thought about perspective while creating this piece, it's definitely something I need to study up more on, so I'd agree with you. Because the horizon line is about level with the far back hills, the angles on the sides of the buildings would be more extreme, and I think we'd be looking down on them more. At this point, I'm not sure how feasible it would be to fix this, but it's something for me to keep in mind if I want to re-do this piece in the future. Thanks!

  • Some more progress! Defining more shapes, adding values, playing with the way water dries the pigment on the paper. I love mixing gouache with watercolors, so there will be more gouache applications moving forward. Perhaps, I can even sort out the perspective.

  • @Alicja-W I always enjoy seeing your watercolour pieces on Instagram. This one looks very sweet, and I can't wait to see the end result!

  • More progress. This piece should be finished with another watercolor coat and some final colored pencil details. Not sure if the color of the sky is too light.

  • @Alicja-W I love watching your process πŸ™‚ it’s looking really good

  • @sarahlawrence @animatosoor thank you both!

  • All done with this piece!

  • Wow, that looks amazing! I love the smooth feel of it, the stylization is very charming πŸ™‚

  • @jwing thank you! πŸ™‚

  • I figured I would just re-use this thread to show my works in progress, and today I wanted to get some feedback on this piece that I'm currently working on. In this one two girls are catching fireflies in the field in front of their house. The cat and some of the flowers/blades of grass are in the foreground, but I'm worried I made them a bit too big. I haven't taken a perspective class yet so I'm not sure this makes sense perspective-wise. Any feedback would be appreciated!

  • Hello SVS! I'm working on three illustrations at the moment (all three of which I'm hoping to finish today so I'm feeling very motivated and committed to them!) I've been taking a few more classes and finished off the first level of courses, and now am making progress on level 2. Excited to find that the way I compose scenes now is more calculated and considered. I pondered the scene with the cat and girls in the field for a while until I came up with a composition that I thought worked better than the one I posted prior. As always, feedback is appreciated!

  • @Alicja-W Lovely work. I really like the plane on the seaside! Reminds me of Ghibli's work πŸ˜ƒ

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    @Alicja-W very nice!

    You may want to take a look at our new class from Vesper Stamper that talks about getting more saturation and luminosity in watercolor. Starting with a brighter undertone could really make these paintings glow.

    Good luck and keep it up! : )


  • @Alicja-W

    I have come late in this but in the future I would avoid spacing the sheep so evenly as they jump.

  • @Alicja-W

    That blue sky and those clouds are looking fabulous, I love the richness of the blue!

  • @NelsonYiap Thank you!

    @Lee-White Thanks for the tip! I do start my underpainting pretty desaturated and never thought to try a bright underpainting, so I'll be sure to do just that when I start my next illustration. I had watched Vesper's video a few weeks ago and just bought the paints she recommended for luminosity. I haven't done much with them yet, but I have no doubt the pigments will result in a brighter palette.

    @Heather-Boyd Thanks for the feedback! Do you think the even spacing results to it looking less dynamic and more predictable?

  • @Alicja-W

    Less realistic, they are herd creatures, form little clumps or overlaps. And less natural -yes more predictable -orderly or stiff.

    And if they are all on the same plane keep the same size if they are receding slowly change accordingly. If something is further up in the air would they recede as well? As they are further away. Lols

  • @Heather-Boyd
    True! I envisioned them all just in the foreground but didn't even take into consideration how their size would change in space. Thanks Heather!

    I'm also posting the finished + photoshop edited versions of all the illustrations below. I had issues with all of them, and they all brought up different things to consider. I worked pretty big on these (11 x 17'') and found it hard to keep a consistent wash of watercolor from looking streaky and messy (see firefly illustration). Sometimes I liked the effect, but this time I definitely didn't. I know reactivating certain gouaches will give you a solid coat of color, so I might explore that more in my next illustration and see if it gives me a streak-less appearance. As always, any feedback is appreciated! Even though these are finished, it helps me to know where the illustration could be stronger so that I won't make the same mistakes in the future.





  • @Alicja-W

    Was there a reason why your first two works didn’t have larger characters like the last two? To keep them consistent and I also think they give your work more interest. πŸ™‚

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