My first time posting and I learned to leave myself way more than the last day to finish coloring! Anyways, here it is!
A dragonfly landed on my car antennae once and I thought it would be cool to have him there all the time
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Help! Which composition should I use?
I'm illustrating a children's book and there's one spread where I can't seem to settle on a composition. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
I really like this one although I'm worried that the angle doesn't have a clear-enough outline, requires fore-shortening (which is tricky to get right) and I'm not sure it conveys the height of her swinging. Plus, I felt like it could use something jumping in a puddle, so I added a grasshopper, but if I do that I feel obligated to repeat him elsewhere in the story, which isn't terrible, just a little extra work.
I think this may flatten the image too much and negates the feeling of her swinging way up high. Perhaps if I made her bigger it would convey that better? With the ground in view I could add footprints that indicate she was running and jumping prior to swinging as well. What do you think?
This one has clear outlines, but feels boring to me. Not very dynamic, but I guess not everything has to be. What do you say?
I like this one, I didn't incorporate a grasshopper here, for this one I'm trying to emphasize the action of her having kicked the puddle on her way up in the swing, and making a big splash. I think her angle is a good combo of a strong silhouette and displaying her height. I don't know if I should have the background tilted though, as I'm doing that on the next page (see below) and I don't want them to seem repetitive.
Thank you so much for looking - I've been puzzling over this for 2 weeks now !
RE: Feedback on these character lineup? Opinions on making them more interesting?
I think they all look pretty cool, but definitely share that backstory!
RE: Help! Which composition should I use?
@lora_chaudavis Thanks for your feedback! Pudgy babies are my favorite, lol! It is definitely tricky trying to infuse enthusiasm into a piece I find boring...I think that may be why I may be reticent to choose the "straight" layout even though it has a strong silhouette and composition.
@neha-rawat Thank you for those pinterest links! I've been looking up a bunch of references, but photos and not illustrations ( I think I normally avoid those cause I don't want to copy anyone ) but seeing how other illustators interpret a similar scene is actually kinda helpful.
@arielg Thank you for that! You know, after all this I may consider that additional grasshopper character a little more...I like the idea of having a little sub-story depth in the illustrations.
Thank you all so much, this has been really helpful! I will post an update as soon as I have one
RE: Episode 6: Listener Q&A
@celeste-elizabeth well, I am a freelance illustrator in Florida, so if you want to come hang out with me for a day, come on over
I would also say that the life of an illustrator is essentially isolated, especially if you work from home like I do. There's a fellow named Thomas James who talks about this and also did something quite impressive about it. He created his own community of illustrators to hang out with here, http://illustrationfriday.com/
Hope that helps, let me know when you want to swing by
RE: Dragonfly Wip-Feedback/Critique please?
Wow! I actually love everything about where this is going. I think the biggest thing throwing me off right now is the bird and the action ( the little dude trying to wrangle the stubborn dragonfly) is still a little too sketchy, I can't tell what the bird is standing on, and how is that dragonfly not noticing him right there about to eat him up? The colors definitely give me a woodsy vibe, and this definitely reads as a storytelling illustration.
So, perhaps turn off the color for now and dial in the rest of the drawing, and then go back in full force. You've got this!