Little Red Riding Hood Thumbnails - Feedback wanted :)

  • Hi everyone!

    So I’m giving myself 6-7 months to create an entirely new portfolio, kid lit illustration to be specific, and then I hope to reach out to publishers. I’m following SVS classes of course, and I would really like to get some feedback on these thumbnails. They’re preparations for a Red Riding Hood themed illustration for my portfolio.
    They’re not quite there yet, I haven’t finished the composition class. But the idea popped up in my head and I wanted to put it on paper.

    What do you think? Is there a possible candidate between these comps?


    Lovely greetings,


  • I’m torn between 3 and 4. I love the feeling of 3 with the wolf’s shadow and I like the angle of 4 and the way it leads your eye.

    Excited to see your work, good luck for the epic revamp 🤗

  • I like 4 they are all cool

  • @DOTTYP They are all great, like the simpliness of the. The most the 1,3,4.

  • @nadyart thumbnail number 3 is very sinister looking and Red riding hood being completely enveloped in the wolfs shadow is a great way to express the danger she's in. I'm looking forward to seeing which one you choose to go ahead with. 😍

  • SVS OG

    @nadyart they’re all so good! What I like best the one at the bottom left. It’s just so ominous. Good luck on your portfolio.

  • Thank you everyone for your input and feedback! I think I may go for number 3 😃

  • Hi everyone!

    It has been a little while since I worked on this illustration since I kept hesitating about the thumbs and I also was (am) following @Will-Terry 's Composition class.
    So I started from scratch and created a new thumbnail sketch and after that, a value thumbnail for the composition. The shadow did not quite work for me, since I did not want to make the cover too scary for little children.

    I would really like to start working on the final illustration and I'm very curious about your opinion and feedback for the new comp :).

    I wanted the focus to be on little red riding hood, the wolf being visible at a second glance, fitting right into the space underneath the tree. I also wanted do create a contrast between the right and the left side of the illustration: the further Little Red reaches the forest, the darker the image becomes. The image feels heaver in the right side, but I wanted to even this out by adding the title text on the left. I hope this all comes across 🙂

    Red Riding Hood COMP.jpg

  • Fantastic comps! Wasn't it mentioned in the portfolio class that it's good to have a series to show you can carry a story? I'd pick 3, even all 4 and include them. Just make sure each clearly covers a different part of her journey. It's reading to me right now as a wordless story and it's brilliant!

  • SVS OG

    I like the way the path winds into the woods in 4. I think I would like to see more trees further up toward her though.

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