chrisaakins last edited by chrisaakins
@Braden-Hallett How are you so prolific at this? Do you have a job/family responsibilities or is this your full time work? I am amazed at your work ethic and passion (as well as your art). I'd be interested in knowing what a typical Braden Hallett day looks like.
@xin-li I do like drawin' them clouds
@chrisaakins I saved up some money when I was working as a teacher in the butt-end of nowhere BC. Right now I have no responsibilities, so I'm doing this full time I wake up at 5:00, work from 6:30 - 9:30, then 10:00 to 11:30, and then 1:30 to 3:00. So a good 6 hours of drawing minimum. Then I fit in some sketching and whatever I feel like for the rest of the evening.
Second process and colour test.
Rough paint. Throwin' colour around. Pretty much ready to settle in and paaaaaaaaaaint away. Hooray!
@jdubz I resketched and reinked the mouse rider a few more times. For some strange reason this was still the best option of the inked versions both for sense of movement and silh. I still love the original silhouette, though
I have no responsibilities
Man am I jealous!!! I wish I would have done something like that. I'm lucking to get an hour a day to do art with crazy ass job and crazy ass family LOL.
@Chip-Valecek It is both fun and terrifying But better to try it earlier rather than later
I think I'm ready to paint away. Huzzah!
KaraDaniel last edited by
@Braden-Hallett This is fantastic. I want to read my kids this story!
@KaraDaniel Thanks I'm getting a lot out of this project
KathrynAdebayo last edited by
Braden, this is awesome! I love the characters and the adventures they’re having. Especially Charlie and mouse! I know this is late in the game, so feel free to ignore, but just thought I’d offer the observation that, at least for me, my eye is drawn to the spot where the wing, hill and fence touch. Thank you for sharing. I love this.
Neha Rawat last edited by
@Braden-Hallett Wow! Brilliant work! I love love LOVE how you've documented all your research and practice. Thank you so much for that!
I really love the coolness of the sky with the warmth of the field and the characters and the super dynamic poses.
I'd like to share a few thoughts (these are some nitty gritties because with a wonderful piece like this, that's all you can find!)
- The angle at which the hat is flying based on the distance from the kid doesn't seem realistic. If it has flown of the kids head, it would be rotated about 120 degrees clockwise (almost upturned)
- I'm not sure what the shadow is of the rabbits chin at bottom left but it's creating an assumed tangent line along the fence and is a little distracting.
- And I agree with @KathrynAdebayo about the eye being drawn to the spot where the wing, hill and fence touch. Unless that's intentional, I feel it would be nicer to have some space around the tip of the wing.
Wonderful piece! Your work is an inspiration!
Braden, I'm really liking your new color schemes! That was one of your goals this month, right? I think you've met it!
Also, I really like the upward movement of the mouse vs. the downward movement of the wings.
I also agree with what Neha says. It's small stuff, but some of it seems pretty easy to fix. My main question when I first saw this image last night, though, was, "Oh my! Is that hawk going to wreck and take out the fence?" Geometrically (compositionally) it's elegant, but it has me feeling uneasy and so it may be a distraction. I love that the hawk is so large and I can just hear the whooshing of the wings, but I wonder what would happen if they were just enough smaller not to look like they are about to trip him up? (I wouldn't move him any higher, though.)
Great work, as always!
@KathrynAdebayo Thanks I'm glad you're enjoying it. I'm havin' a good time with this so far.
That cluster of similar values and tangents in the fence/wing/hill area is definitely going to be a point of concern! But I think I've got an idea of how to solve it
Thanks for the feedback!
@Neha-Rawat Thanks! I hadn't noticed the implied tangent with the rabbit chin shadow. It's totally where that fence would be running behind it.
Thanks for the feedback I love the nitty gritty stuff. It always gives me something to think about for next time (There's some stuff I ain't fixin at this stage, lol )
@LauraA Iiiiiiiinteresting! There may be a way I can subtly lower the fence just a wee bit.
Thanks for the feedback
JoannaH last edited by
@Braden-Hallett I like how you lowered the fence. It looks great and now the wings don't look like they're brushing up against it.
@Braden-Hallett Bravo! Now it looks like the hawk calculated just right.
theprairiefox last edited by
@Braden-Hallett I just had a thought as I was looking at this. I was thinking about where everyone is looking and they are leading you off the page (except the rabbit who is helping to bring you back in.) And I think the movement is ok, but in a book you usually want the reader to be moving off the page to right?
When you are done, you might want to consider flipping the image?
I think it kind of feels better...
@theprairiefox I'll absolutely consider it! Though I'm fine with the hawk reading first I'll keep it in the back of my mind as I carry on