Illustration for critique please

  • First is the original illustration and then the way I arranged it to make a birthday invitation card with it.
    Can I have your opinion on it please? I'm especially curious to hear what you think about the coloring

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    Cute idea, i like how you folded the card like that. I would suggest making the inside of the mouth a deep red and maybe the tongue could be a pinkish color. Maybe change the color of the rattle on the tail to be yellow or purple to match the candle/hat? Also maybe darken the shadows where the body meets the ground.

  • @audrey-dowling very cute idea and i love the coloring!

  • SVS OG

    Very nice piece of design! - just two thinks for me to suggest - it looks like possibly the top edge of the snake was defined by the lasso tool - it has very subtle flat spots and a very crisp edge - if this is correct maybe try putting the feather setting on something like 3 pixels to see if you can get a more rendered look to the line - the other thing is the curve of the top of the snake does not flow as well as the bottom or as smoothly as the text - i see the perfect gesture of the text and want the line of the snakes back to follow it - i guess by flow i am talking abut the anatomy really - i think you could adjust the center line to more closely reflect the top and bottom edge of the snake or adjust the top edge of the snake to more closely follow the curves of the middle and bottom - it is possible that the little hump on the snakes back closest to the cake should just be moved to the left or enlarged to the left and that this alone would help the flow - looks great as is really ..just giving feedback - 🙂 it is a really nice piece!

  • @audrey-dowling love it! design and coloring are really great!

    Kevin's tweaks are some good ideas.

    Very nicely done

  • thanks for your feedback

    • very true @Chip Valecek I'm going to change some colors as you suggested

    • I see what you mean @Kevin Longueil . I never use the lasso tool, but I'm going to re-work that top curve, it's too crisp indeed. For the anatomy and the text, it was intentional. Being a child illustration, I didn't want the whole thing to be too anatomically right and symetrical. I actually like the way the body and text curves are off and irregular
      But you're making me doubt now... :s

    I just thought that the fold doesn't really make sense actually: the middle part of the snake should actually be inside, and the back of the card left blank... would it look weird if I did that? with the body of the snake continuing to the edges of the inside card, maybe with an insert with details for the party...? like this:

  • What about a tri-fold like this? You would immediately only see the snake's face, then you pull the back out to reveal the entire body with the cake. The cake is the surprise when you open it!


  • but then, there wouldn't be the effect of the snake wanting to eat the cake though...

  • You'd have to re-do it so his head is facing the cake. He could still have the same expression and you'd see what he's so excited about when you open the card.

  • yep that's a good idea. thanks @gimmehummus

  • better isn't it?

  • I like the adjustments you've made! Really cute idea!

  • thank you @bharris 🙂

  • SVS OG

    That top edge looks better for sure - it is neat how in the first one you see the face and the cake right away and then open it up for the text..... i am just thinking out loud here - i like what you have done and think it looks great - but would it be possible to have an unequally folded card where the tail section of the trifold idea is longer than the other two sections? so that you see the cake and the head right away and then open it... it really is good the way you have it - just thought i would share that idea 🙂

  • I thought about it Kevin, and finally I went with this idea, as I won't really have this card printed anyway. it was more about practice. So I just kept it standard. But if it eventually gets printed, I will definitely suggest the idea to the client
    thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  • SVS OG

    It's a great idea, he/she is a lot of fun and beautifully painted!

  • This is a very cute card! Quick could keep the original fold with the snake looking at the cake and then paint the snake's head and tail on the inside of the flaps with the eyes looking the other way. Not sure that made sense... Basically you would draw two heads and two tails. One on the outside and one on the inside. Anyway, just a thought.

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    @Joy-Heyer made a good point. I like that idea.

  • SVS OG

    Very cute and creative idea 🙂 I like it. I also liked hearing the others feedback. I think there are some who are better at seeing the little things that can enhance the work.

  • Looks great! There's a payoff (invitation to go eat cake) when they open it.

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