Thanks very much for all the encouragement, everyone! If I can find the time to explore other rendering techniques, I'll be sure to post updates to this thread.
Hi again, everyone-
Here is a first pass at my final rendering. I think some of my other schemes might have also worked, but ultimately I settled on version 2 since it seemed to be the most popular.
I'm not sure if I should try pushing this further to lose the original pencil lines, or if I should keep them. As mentioned earlier, I am still pretty new to the digital process, and generally prefer the look of traditional media. If I can find time, I may even try to re paint this in oil or watercolor for comparison.
I'd love to hear your feedback, as always.
Thanks in advance,
I started obsessing about a couple details and decided to make a few more composition tweaks before moving on to the final rendering. The triceratops silhouette and placement was bothering me, and I felt that the right side of the frame needed some overlap with the foreground tree to create a sense of depth. I also added a branch to the upper left. Still leaning toward the number 2 color scheme. Hopefully the final render will go smoothly.
Thanks again for all the great feedback so far!
Thanks for all the feedback, everyone! Sounds like #2 is in the lead at the moment, but I'll hold off for a day or two before committing to a final color scheme. The upper left corner of the composition felt a little too linear to me so I roughly sketched in another branch. Do you all think this is an improvement?
Hey, thanks Jason!
Here's my original thumbnail, btw. I ended up deviating quite a bit once I settled on the dinosaur idea and started playing around with character poses. I also felt that pulling the camera back to show the boy's body would help make the dinosaurs seem larger, and better convey Charlie's surprised reaction.
I'm probably oversharing here, but figured it would be fun to post my progress as I develop this piece. I'm still very new to digital illustration (though I've used 3D tools for many years), so I'm following Will Terry's fantastic step by step process (thanks Will!!). Here's the drawing with occlusion shading added, along with a minor adjustment to the shape of Charlie's foot.
Please let me know if you notice anything else that I should be adjusting along the way.
Thanks very much for the encouraging words, Rich! Here is my final drawing. I always worry about tightening up at this stage, which is probably why I tend to avoid all of these studies and digital tools, and just rush into my pen and ink final too early. But I've been trying to remind myself of Quentin Blake's advice this time around - "draw, don't trace." Feedback is always welcome. Thanks again!
Thanks again for the kind words, everyone. Leontine, I agree with your suggestion to push the value range in this piece. I work in watercolor a lot, and often have a hard time pushing my dark values, so your comment is a great reminder. Here's one final value study which seems to have better value range (on my monitor at least).
I'm starting in one my final drawing and color studies now, but feedback is always welcome!
Thanks so much for the quick feedback and kind words, everyone - it's nice to meet you all! Maile and Kevin, I really appreciate your suggestions. Here's an updated comp that should improve the angle of the boy's head (I'll address this more carefully in the final drawing). I've also adjusted the shadow length and direction a bit, which also required some shifting of the text. Please let me know if you have any additional suggestions.
I've been enjoying the SVS courses and forums so much that I thought I would throw my hat into the ring for this month's First Thursday challenge. Here's my preliminary pass at a drawing/comp/value study (color study will come next). Please let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement.
Thanks in advance!