WIP January



  • @Aaron_T that was just my extra paper to the right, if I crop that wouldn't be there. I've decided I'm going to paint his whole face and maybe a little more tree of the side and then if I want to crop I can do that later. Thanks for your thoughts!



  • So one of my favorite illustrators of all time is Tony Diterlizzi... he did a book last Christmas called The Broken Ornament and I absolutely love the way he rendered snow...here are a couple of examples from the book. I'm going to try to use some of his techniques in my piece. IMG_20200104_205928826.jpg IMG_20200104_205958115.jpg

    I've done a couple of tests on paper it didn't run out so good...I'm having a hard time making the boy in shadow. oh well, I'll give it a go!



  • An hour in...IMG_20200104_231018734.jpg



  • @KaraDaniel Hah ha! I much prefer seeing his whole body like that...Love his expression! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!



  • The boy is looking pretty great! Love the shadows on his coat. I love the broken ornament book and I also bought it last year! The reindeer in it are awesome too!



  • @Coley yes, the reindeer are superb!



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  • Feedback welcome. I feel like I'm getting close to a finished piece, maybe another couple hours of shading, line work, etc.

    Specifically, I was interested in your thoughts on:
    -The way I cropped it. I have about 1/2" more of the image on the left and right side. I want the boy to feel sort of cramped hiding behind the tree so I got it pretty close but I can come in closer too.

    • The snow...i'm not super pleased but I don't really know how to make it better without possibly making it worse lol.
    • My shadows...are they making enough sense? My intention is fro the sun to be coming from the mid-left

    And also anything else you see that needs extra attention, I would greatly appreciate πŸ™‚

    (FYI this is a pic with my camera phone so it's got some weird shadow on the top and the color is a bit dull compared to the original. I'll scan the final.)

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  • Ugh and it's horribly blurry too unless you click on it and blow it up big... I think my camera files are super large...



  • @KaraDaniel This is so great, I'm loving how close we are to the boy's face and his expression is wonderful. You've put us right there with him! The footprints feel a little lost at the mo but I guess they'll be getting some more shading in the final work you're planning.



  • @KaraDaniel Usually posting large files on forums will automatically resize the image nowadays. I don't think it is horribly blurry, but I know how you feel when you post something and it looks different from how you're used to seeing it! πŸ™‚

    I think your piece is turning out wonderful so far. I really love the way you painted the footprints. I'm enjoying seeing the process!



  • @Kalimostlypaints @neschof thank you!



  • So I'm pretty close to finish, yay!

    Wondering what looks best...falling snow, no snow, or redo the snow flakes in a better way (like is it too much, too opaque, etc)

    Thanks to everyone who has given me feedback thus far, I appreciate it!

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  • @KaraDaniel This one with the falling snow looks great! It's fun to see the progression of your piece. This looks finished to me!


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