Both sketches look awesome! I think you have 2 great ideas. I think I like the story of the little witch picking out a new pet the best, but that is probably just because I like little witch stories. Good luck! I can't wait to see what you decide.
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RE: WIP for picture book - critique request - thank you!
It looks like everything is proportional (nothing is jumping out at me). I think that the bottom corner is nice place for the eye to rest. Be careful not to add to much grass texture where you are placing the text. If the text is going to be black you want that area to be a light value. Dad's pose looks good to me (such a sweet moment of learning to ride a bike). I don't really have a strong opinion about which colors you choose to use, but you definitely want to make your characters (especially the girl) the focal point. I think the 2 main ways you can make sure you have a strong focal point are: 1- Value Contrast (think dark on light or light on dark), 2- Color Contrast (If you have your most vivid or intense colors in the focal point area that will help draw the eye in).
Good luck! It is really a cute illustration! I can't wait to see the finish!
RE: Hard to Swallow
I am assuming that you are drawing traditionally and painting on a scanned drawing. You can set a layer above your drawing to "Multiply" and paint on that layer, and it will keep your line work. In my experience that can get a little messy when you want to work on several layers though. Another option is to remove the white background from your drawing, so you can keep your line work on the top layer. Here is a youtube link on how to do that: https://youtu.be/QTMfpr64Jy0
Hopefully that will be helpful.
RE: new piece - pls critique
Very cute! Good work! Here is my opinion (take it or leave it).
I think that since these 2 characters are going to be in lots of illustrations together, it might be nice if they were different colors and values. Having one of them be a light color and the other a dark color might help differentiate them. Just a small change, so they don't blend together. Also be careful not to pick something that will blend into green if their story takes place in a green jungle.
Also I notice that the bird is getting some feather-like texture and interest, but the little sloth looks really smooth right now. You might want to try adding a bit of fur texture to him.
Overall good work. I really like how you are designing the cast shadows to add dimension and visual interest.