Here is my submission for the contest! Thank you to everyone who gave me great advice along the way. Can't wait to see all the others!
I kept waffling back and forth on whether to enter this month, but the most recent podcast really helped push me to enter regardless of whether I thought I would win or not. I'm always amazed and inspired by everyone's work here, and if not for SVS, this piece would not have existed in the world!
This is my interpretation of The Wizard of Oz if it happened in ancient Korea. I've included Dorothy (front and center wearing a common Hanbok), the Tiger (instead of the Lion since tigers are more prevalent in Korean stories), going counterclockwise, the Tinman dressed in a complete suit of armor, the scarecrow in peasant clothing, the Witch who's dressed in a traditional regal Hanbok wearing a shaman mask, and Toto who's a Jindo, a common breed in Korea. The yellow brick road is leading up to Emerald City which is fashioned in the style of a Korean palace. The title is in Korean on the top left.
Good luck to everyone who's entered, and kudos to you for constantly putting in the work. I see you!
I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, but here it is! Almost went cross-eyed staring at this for so long trying to figure out how to make it better, lol. Absolutely loving all the entries this month! Y'all are killin' it! Thank you to all the SVSers who always push me to be better!
Love how you treated the coloring, Jade! I really get the sense of magic here. I'm guessing that the last panel is showing a stone portal/gateway to another land? I would try to make this more apparent. Maybe have some dragonflies flying into the doorway or maybe have some runes around the opening, or maybe show a glimpse of what's on the other side of the portal? Love what you have so far!
Hi Carrie-Anne! What a cool and unique idea! Love your submarine design! I agree with the others that it needs some wings. Maybe it could have nets to catch some cool fish? I also think it could use a little more depth. I drew up a really rough and messy sketch as an example. Maybe you can add more types of underwater creatures and corals so the boy can really be wowed by his underwater adventure! Been loving all your work, especially your Wizard of Oz design! Really impressive!
Your work is so lovely that I'm shocked that you're not already a professional! Your characters are super sweet and I love the colors and lighting you chose. And I'm in love with the way you designed the sign! Below is an idea you can perhaps play around with. I thought your characters deserved a bigger spotlight because they are just so adorable. I tried to move all the interesting parts closer together so that there would be room for text, and I ended up moving the text to the top. I'm not a graphic designer so I just handwrote the text there for placement only. I hope this helps you think of some ideas! Love your work!!
Hello Georgios! These characters are so cool~! It looks like they'd have a ton of fun adventure. The one thing that stood out to me was the character on the far left. His head is significantly larger than everyone else's, and though I get that he's a big character, I think if you made the head size a little smaller, he would fit a little more with the rest of the group. Right now it looks like if he was scaled down, he would have the same proportions as the character to the right of him. If you made the head smaller, it would make the rest of his body look bigger in proportion, similar to what you did with the character on the far right. Just my two cents! Thanks for sharing this fun cast of characters with us!
@burvantill Hi Lisa~! Thank you so much for sharing your process with us. This is amazing! And it's a great glimpse into how much work (and frustration and heartache) really goes into writing and illustrating a children's book. I'm so encouraged and inspired by your posts and I hope to see your published book one day! Keep it up! You are doing great!!! And thank you for sharing your resources as well! Super helpful!
@Gabby-Correia This is a beautiful illustration, Gabby! I'm just wondering if the dragonfly has eyebrows or if they're supposed to be antennae. Either way, it makes the dragonfly look menacing, which is great if that's what you're going for! If not, I would remove the eyebrows/antennae altogether. Really stunning piece either way! I love your colors and textures.