Today I had time to just play. I decided to use a small watercolor sketchbook I have to just experiment with shape, color and texture. Here is my usual watercolor and colored pencil but I decided to add some graphite. My erasing shapes was difficult - it's a small sketchbook and I don't have a tiny eraser. But I just ordered a Tombow micro eraser that should arrive tomorrow!
Okay so I 'finished' this piece and uploaded it to the contest thread. I took it into Photoshop for some color adjustments and added actual type in Illustrator. There are a lot of things I like about this piece but one of the biggest things I struggled with is getting the idea across of the struggle. They are in the right pose and 'acting' the part without any muscle behind it. I really like the idea of keeping them flat but I think to make it truly convincing I need to somehow amp up not only the emotion but the action - if I'm being super honest they look more like they are dancing than struggling to me, lol.
I'm going to keep moving forward in my drawing and composition classes and I know that I'll get to character and gesture soon!
@Coreyartus Yes the first is a hand drawn font. I was so focused on everything else and the deadline that I didn't even notice that I hadn't drawn the rest of the lettering to the same level! That is something I can actually improve before posting. Thanks so much, Corey!
I seem to be always down to the wire but at least I think I’m going to make it under this time!
I have been working in my MerMay piece after receiving some great feedback in the thumbnail phase. You can see those here:
And this is what I’ve developed so far. Thoughts or suggestions to push it even further?
@Coreyartus For those I had prep time on the speaker an
topic which helped. I’ve been asked to do it live -
On an iPad cast to a big screen. I haven’t felt brave enough to try that one yet. Personally I’ve always been impressed by courtroom artists - that’s a high pressure environment I would think.