Illustration Process - Feedback 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!
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  • @Alicja-W Lovely work. I really like the plane on the seaside! Reminds me of Ghibli's work 😃


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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! : )

    -Lee



  • @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.

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  • @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. 🙂



  • @Heather-Boyd
    Well originally I had come up with concepts that I wanted to execute and the nighttime sheep illustration happened as a spur of the moment thing, so I wanted to tie that piece to the rest of the work by maintaining a night/day theme. But I think you're right that it doesn't keep the series as consistent, so next time around I think I'll start a series with one character and have them present in the 4 illustrations. I'm thinking of going small and doing some tiny characters so we'll see what happens! Thanks Heather!


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