Opinion pretty please ๐Ÿ˜Š


  • Pro

    @AnnaFleet This is cute and well suited for children's books! But in order for a looser, sketchier style to work for a professional context it will need impeccable presentation. I know this is just a quick photo for the forum, but it's just something to keep in mind ๐Ÿ™‚ A good quality, high-resolution scan, cleaned in Photoshop would do wonders.



  • @Jeremy-Ross thank you! Care free is definitely what I was going for so Iโ€™m glad you picked up on that! Appreciate your thoughts ๐Ÿ˜Š



  • @NessIllustration thank you so much for your feedback. Oh no, by no means is this a finished piece! Itโ€™s just a quick Unedited snap ๐Ÿ™‚ I do agree with the digital editing bit, sadly Iโ€™m not yet comfortable in the whole photoshop world but itโ€™s on my list to โ€œmasterโ€ in the near future ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I think I might ask someone I know whoโ€™s a bit of a whizz and see if they could have a little play with it in photoshop under my โ€œsupervisionโ€ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Iโ€™ll happily play with it in Procreate but Iโ€™m guessing itโ€™s not the same.
    Thanks again for your comment ๐Ÿ’š


  • Pro

    @AnnaFleet Procreate is great for digital painting, but for cleaning scans and formatting work (to prep professional files) Photoshop is a better suited tool. Professional presentation and formatting is always important, but perhaps especially so when you have a sketchier style. A clean presentation pulls it all together! Good luck with Photoshop dear, you can do it!!



  • @NessIllustration thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š Iโ€™ll get there one day Iโ€™m sure! X



  • I think your characters are cute!

    The dog & pillow are the same color, so it's a little hard to decipher at first glance (and it seems to me that most pillows are biggerโ€”sure they come in all sorts of sizes, but if you use the standard size, it makes for a quicker / easier read). The light spot on the dog's nose / mouth looks unintentional, but the rest of your colors look good. I especially like the blending on the girl's face & hair, and on the dog's body & spots. The variation in the 'white' colors is nice--and something I would forget to do!

    If you are enjoying this style, I think you should keep going with it. (I have no idea what is selling in the illustration industry, but that's my opinion as a viewer!)



  • Hi, I think this is nicely painted, and its a nice image, but this month in the Contest I rightly got picked up on my hand anatomy, as people naturally just notice that stuff straightaway. The left hand here is ok, but the right one isn't. The feet also look like an afterthought. Its those little details that would bring any image down, regardless of style.



  • @Miriam thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š yes, having looked at it again, I agree, the pillow could be a bit bigger, that would help it to stand out more. Iโ€™m not sure if maybe a different colour would make a difference? I donโ€™t think Iโ€™d put patterns on is as it would make the whole thing a bit too busy.
    Itโ€™s a valid commitment though, thanks again. X



  • @gavpartridge thank you! You are right ๐Ÿ˜€ hands and feet are a bit of a nemesis (along with the perspective in other cases ๐Ÿ˜‚) if I was to polish it up Iโ€™d definitely have to spend much more time on little details. Well done on your contest piece, I watched and voted in the critique arena ๐Ÿ˜Š



  • @AnnaFleet cheers, yeah was great fun this week, loads of cool pieces, fun format too. Hands are a nightmare for everyone i think. I'm not much cop at drawing at all really, I try and draw as little as possible and hopefully colour can compensate for it. Most of the time I try to draw characters looking away too! gonna have to get that sorted eventually.



  • I could definitely see this style in children's books today. I have young kids and I frequent the library (well, not so much since covid ๐Ÿ˜ฌ ), and would be attracted to a book in this style. After looking through your instagram, I'm of the opinion that it's one of your strongest pieces. The character design, concept, color choices, and paint/ink application are all working well together. I'd seriously consider continuing in this style! I second the comments on upping your presentation game. Even if you are casually taking snapshots of your work, I'd look into how you could up your photo presentation as well. Your work deserves to be shown in the best light possible. Allow your work to shine!



  • @TessaW thank you ever so much! The finish and presentation seems to be the common theme here ๐Ÿ˜Š
    I definitely know where to take it from here. It also reminds me to clean up my Instagram from all the random scribbles I used to think was ok to post ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Iโ€™m a fan of your work btw, itโ€™s amazing! Xxx
    Thank you again for your contribution ๐Ÿ’š


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