January Prompt WIP (Critiques Requested)

  • Hey all! I started working on the January prompt. After sketching a few different sketches with different perspectives, I decided to go with the one here. That being said, I’m open to changing this one to make it more interesting, as maybe it’s a little boring as-is?


    I’ve seen so many awesome WIP so far for this prompt. I’m so excited to see everyone’s finished pieces!

  • So cute with the monster hiding! I like the layout you have. Bottom left seems missing something like maybe a partial of a footprint to keep your eye headed to the next footprint? But I love it, can't wait to see it in color.

  • @KaraDaniel Thank you! I agree about the bottom left... maybe the dog should be moved there? Or maybe the footprint should extend out further. I will play around with that. 😊

  • That's cute !! I like it, especially the background with the monster 😊
    Hmmm, If I have to say something on this step, it would be that maybe dog and man should interact more with the footprint (especially the dog)
    Good work ! ☺

  • The monster is super cute camouflaging with the mountains 😃

    Maybe you could just add another tree top on the bottom left.

    I'm still wondering about the direction of the footprints though. Assuming the monster was walking towards the background mountains (which is reinforced because of the placement of the monster itself and also the direction of the footprint on the background hill), the direction of the foreground footprint should be in sync. So the toes should be pointing towards the direction of the 2nd foorpint.

  • I like @Neha-Rawat ‘s suggestion... I think this piece is creative and so good. 🙂 I’d agree that adjusting the position or orientation of the footprint would lead the viewer’s eye to the mountains instead of off the page.

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    @Kalimostlypaints cute and clever

  • @Neha-Rawat Thank you for your comment! I think you raise a lot of great points. I’m changing the composition to adjust the footprint position as well as changing the position of the characters 🙂 thank you for the help!

  • @Kalimostlypaints oh no I have a very similar concept. Hopefully that's okay 😨 I mean obviously my style and composition is different. But still a hiding monster mountain. Maybe I should try and tweak mine a bit

  • @carlianne I wouldn’t worry about it, they’ll probably turn out way different regardless 🙂

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    Hey all! I rearranged things a bit. I think it’s more engaging now, you all 🙂 I have a question - is this sign too close to the center of the composition? Does it hinder or help? Maybe I’m overthinking??

  • @Kalimostlypaints I'm not sure if the sign is helping. Is it supposed to tell people not to enter there?

    I wonder if you put the monster on the 1/3 to the left if the compassion would work a little better. He's kinda in the middle right now. ❤

  • Hi Kali, thanks so much for sharing your process... it’s inspiring to see you utilizing suggestions. I am always in need of a good example of detachment when it comes to rough drafts. 🙂
    It’s just my singular opinion - and others are surely free to disagree - but I think your first composition was stronger in a couple ways... 1. You could see all the characters’ faces and expressions, and 2. the composition had the potential to lead your eye in an arc around the canvas (from characters to footprint to mountain) instead of in a straight line as you have now. I think that gave your other piece more interest, and it allowed us to explore the picture for a second longer before getting to the “punchline” of your adorable mountain giant. I already mentioned how the idea of adjusting the footprint intrigued me... perhaps as a left foot print instead of right, or turned slightly more toward the mountain range. I love this piece and am looking forward to learning from the rest of your process. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • @KathrynAdebayo I do think I prefer the original as well...without seeing their faces it's hard to sense how they feel. Also, the main character could be noticing the monster, she's facing that direction. I agree that a left footprint on the original would pretty much guide you toward the next. Again really cute idea overall!

  • @KathrynAdebayo Thank you so much! I really appreciate your thoughtful feedback. I might go back in and rework what I have so far. You’ve brought up some good points, it might be nice to have a way to lead the eye around the composition some more and show more emotion in the characters. I appreciate your thoughts 🙂

  • @Kalimostlypaints Good luck! And no problem. Your piece looks great, and I like the style of the other work you’ve shared on the forum! I like your sense of colors especially. 🙂

  • @KaraDaniel Thank you Kara, that is helpful to know! I appreciate the feedback!

  • @KathrynAdebayo Thank you Kathryn, I really appreciate it! I struggle with colors so I’m thankful to here that

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    I drew a few more sketches last night, not sure if I’m happy with these though! Many are similar to each other and don’t seem to solve the main problem at hand with showing the character’s emotion/facial expression while also moving the eye around the canvas in a pleasing way. I guess my mind keeps prioritizing the size contrast between the character and the monster. I think I’ll keep plugging away at these after work 🤔 I had some sketches previous to my original that I never posted. Maybe I should consult these for my next round of comps (ignore the failed sketches in the upper-right...)


  • @Kalimostlypaints love to see your process and I like a lot of your thumbnails. I think there are so many workable ones, depending on what story you want to tell.
    Talking about thumbnails, Lee made a youtube video about how to do thumbnails and how to choose. I found it very informative and inspiring. Maybe it could be something interesting for you as well?

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