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!
tl;dr - Any feedback is much appreciated! A fisherwoman was swallowed by a whale and decided she liked living there.
I spent hours figuring out the furniture (shout out to Jake Parker's prop design class) and then a few more hours figuring out how to draw ocean plants and coral. I'm not sure if all my shapes are speaking the same language, though. Would appreciate any feedback if you see any areas where I can improve!
This is what my exploration phase looked like. It probably won't make sense to anyone but me.
This is what I have so far
The story is that a woman was out fishing but she and her boat got swallowed whole by a whale. She found out she actually liked living inside the whale since she could survive off of the food the whale eats and make other things from the occasional trash/debris that gets in. She has with her a basket and her fishing gear. She uses the basket to store the things she collects. She turned her boat into a bookshelf where she likes to display what she considers treasures. Her blanket and rug are made from random nets/ropes/straws/plastic bags she's collected over the years. Her chair/bed is a large clamshell. And her side table is a lobster trap. She's also hung some starfish on the "wall" for decoration. The woman is currently taking a nap.
Things I'm seeing now that I've taken a step back: The woman could be mistaken as dead; I should have her do something active. I think the plants are too big and busy and taking focus away from the fisherwoman. I may need to crop in closer as well. I could push the prop designs more and perhaps give more story to the whale's character design, too. I'll work on these and any other issues people see. Thank you again!
I've seen other people doing this and it's really helpful to see how other people are approaching the homework for each of the classes, so I'm going to try to keep myself accountable by posting completed homework every day. I'll start with this class and move onto others. I really hope I stay consistent!
Please feel free to post your homework from this class on this thread as well as I'd love to see your work as well!
Here's the first worksheet
I got really tired trying to draw the squirrel because I still don't know how much detail to leave in/out for fur. I think I spent the most time on the crow which wasn't as daunting, I don't know why. The squirrel just made my brain tired, lol.
Hopefully by the time I'm done with all the worksheets I'll have improved at least a little bit from this initial homework. Any and all comments are welcome!
Hello lovely SVSers! I created this image of a few ghosts having a musical parade in the middle of the night, but I'm not sure how to make this image better. Do I need to do something with lighting? Color? Textures? Better shapes or gestures for their bodies? Maybe the background is too interesting/contrasty and is stealing attention away from the ghosts? Your thoughts/suggestions are most appreciated. Thank you!
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!
I only drew for about an hour today and this is what I accomplished. I'll edit this post as I progress on this worksheet instead of adding a new post each time. I'm way off on proportions in general now that I look at it. To me, it's most noticeable in the face. It makes me angry and frustrated to look at this, but I need to remember that I'm practicing because I suck and I have to go through this suck stage in order to get to the good stage. I'll need to focus/concentrate more for the next two.
I drew for another 25-ish minutes today and this is how far I got. I think for tomorrow I'm going to take @NessIllustration's advice and flip these worksheets upside down and try drawing the shapes that way.
I redrew the man upside down (left box), and I think it matches more closely to the original. I went back to right side up for the last drawing, trying to start with simple shapes and paying attention to distances. These are tough! I can feel my brain starting to give up as I'm going through these, and I consciously have to fight against it. But I'm thankful for these classes/exercises because it forces me to work on skills I've been ignoring for forever.
I think I read in the forum someone suggesting to make blobs and draw over them, so that’s what I did here! These were a lot of fun and it made me use shapes I never would’ve chosen on my own. Just wanted to share! My husband wanted to try, too, so one of his is included here.
I felt really intimidated by this prompt because I can't draw animals and it was so hard to choose one moment to draw, but after watching the live critiques, it got me fired up again, so here I am! Below are my thumbnails, character design attempts, and other random things I wanted to get out of my brain and onto paper. At first, I went with a more graphic design route, and then I thought maybe I can turn this into an urban jungle and have the setting in the city, but I thought that would be way off prompt, so I reeled it back eventually.
These are my three favorite thumbnails.
A view of Clyde from the top, you can see Bongo's reflection in the water in the hollow of his body, and Bongo's tail is hanging from above. Leaves frame the image.
Bongo is on a branch and Clyde is leaping from the water while two other gators watch. The right side is the orange trees.
Another top-down view of Clyde with Bongo in the reflection of the water.
Let me know which composition you think is the strongest in terms of story. Thank you!
I know I'm jumping into this super late, but I just wanted to toss my worksheets into the mix. Thank you @Braden-Hallett for creating these threads! It's really cool to be able to see everyone else's work. It makes it feel more like a traditional class where you can walk around and peer over your classmates' shoulders to see what they're working. Love this so much!
Thank you @Braden-Hallett for the constant encouragement and inspiration. Your work and your work ethic are incredible! I tried to sketch out one of the silhouettes from the above thumbnails, and I don't think I'm doing this right. I made the silhouette, but I had no idea how the parts would come together within the silhouette and so I am making it up as I go. It's supposed to be old, random space junk cobbled together to make a makeshift home, but I don't know how to pull that off. I think I was too ambitious, lol. This is what I have so far. I'm trying to decide whether to keep working on it or scrap it and pick a different silhouette. Any and all comments are welcome!