July art contest WIP feedback always welcome :)



  • As is tradition, showing my process helps me out a lot 🙂

    I wanted to try and avoid some of the more standard things that can go wrong during summer vacation (essentially everything that happens in the National Lampoon Vacation movies is out). So I made a list of opposites (summer is: warm, fun, bright, happy, friends, celebration; summer is NOT: cold, dark, lonely, boring, etc) and came up with a few ideas. Most of the things I came up with involved rain, or broken legs and such.

    HOWEVER, then I remembered how my own summer vacation has been ruined every year for, like five friggin' years. Every year the province lights on fire and if we're unlucky there are evacuations and if we're lucky there's just thick impenetrable smoke EVERYWHERE.

    So I went with a bunch of kids wanting to go swimming but finding the pool drained, or a family bailing on their fishing cabin as a fire approaches.

    First round of thumbs. Did not like (not shown here, about 30 more thumbnails).

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    Second round of thumbs I ditched the pool idea. and focused on the fire.

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    I think I'm partial to the bottom value study. I'll pick one tomorrow.



  • @Braden-Hallett OoOooo I really like the bottom one. That will be a different take on your style I think. It reminds me of a Chris Van Alsburg illustration. I think I am going to love seeing the process.



  • @chrisaakins said in July art contest WIP feedback always welcome 🙂:

    It reminds me of a Chris Van Alsburg illustration

    It does kinda, doesn't it? Maybe I'll do a version that keeps that black and white graphite look.

    I'm thinkin' I may try a few different styles/mediums this time around.


  • SVS OG

    This is going to be an awesome image but I have to admit I really liked the pool idea, too. One suggestion might be to factor in elements that support the summer vacation vibe (luggage on the car, etc.) as opposed to just a standard home, if you want. It's such a strong theme that as a stand alone image it doesn't need those things potentially weighing it down but at the same time for the contest it might not actually read as a summer vacation? Regardless, I'm really looking forward to how this one turns out!



  • @Jon-Anderson said in July art contest WIP feedback always welcome 🙂:

    One suggestion might be to factor in elements that support the summer vacation vibe (luggage on the car, etc.)

    I absolutely agree 🙂 I'm thinkin a couple of people decked out in fishing gear or some swimmers running back toward the car



  • I really love the bottom one too, even the rough texture of your brushstrokes!
    Looking forward to seeing how you develop it 🙂



  • @hannahmccaffery Thanks! I'm hoping it works out colour-wise with all the crazy orange fire and nasty brown smoke.


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