Sept contest - which version?


  • SVS OG

    I did two versions of my entry for the contest. The first is digital pen and ink in Procreate which has the advantage of being different, and the second is traditional watercolor with digital ink which has the advantage of being in color. I’m not looking for critiques because I can only do minor changes at this point but am curious to see which people prefer.

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  • @demotlj lovely!



  • I like both pretty equally, however I am drawn to the subtle texture of the watercolor paper in the color version- so that is giving it a slight edge for me over the sepia one.



  • I would lean toward the linework in the single color image. Both are very nice though. I am pretty partial to B/W linework so I might be biased.



  • I like the color version better. I think the values of the color help tell the story. In the first version the areas with a lot of line get a lot of visual weight. They don’t direct as clearly to the focal point and story elements as well as the color version.

    Admittedly, I must confess my bias to watercolor and ink. Though I really do think it reads better. 👍🏻



  • @demotlj I love the color version! Your style reminds me of the original Winnie the Pooh illustrations 😍


  • SVS OG

    @KajsaH I went to an exhibit of E. H. Shepard’s Winnie the Pooh sketches and finished works at the Boston Museum of Art last fall and spent a lot of time studying them! I love him and Robert McCloskey and that whole period.



  • i think I am leaning to the colored version too but it'a a close call. lovely!



  • @Shara-Mills said in Sept contest - which version?:

    I like the color version better. I think the values of the color help tell the story. In the first version the areas with a lot of line get a lot of visual weight. They don’t direct as clearly to the focal point and story elements as well as the color version.

    Admittedly, I must confess my bias to watercolor and ink. Though I really do think it reads better. 👍🏻

    I agree with Shara. 🙂


  • SVS OG

    @CLCanadyArts @Shara-Mills Thanks for your insight on what makes the color version better for you than the ink because it not only helps me to decide on which version to submit but will help me in future pen and ink drawings. I think you are absolutely right about main characters getting lost more in the ink so I’m going to try to work on defining the focal point more when I’m just using ink.


  • Pro SVS OG

    They are lovely, I am leaning towards the watercolour, good luck!



  • @demotlj Both! It is a hard choice but I think the colour one.


  • SVS OG

    Thanks everyone. I decided to go with the color since the majority were leaning that way. It was fun playing with the different styles, though.



  • just saw you posted the coloured one... good choice, that is my favorite too 🙂
    Love the illustration by the way, it's such a nice style too.



  • I'm loving the second one, in color. It helps direct my eye throughout the scene setting. Also, in the first one, in order to execute the texture of the trees in the background, I think it causes too much ink noise. Therefore, the watercolor helps minimize the use of inked texture and lets the color do the talking. Well done, looks great!


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