Some great looking entries here all. @smceccarelli I think you nailed it with perspective. Wonderful colors and technique.
Below is my design. See you all tomorrow!
Thank you @evilrobot :^)=
Here is my final submission for tomorrow's 3rdThursday. I did some re-thinking on the two page spread and started to wonder if I even needed the extra content for the story to read... nope. I cut out the hand with dust and the growing tree and I feel that the story reads a lot better now. Leaves some of the wonder and thinking for the viewer. See you all tomorrow night!
And always, comments and critiques are very much appreciated.
Hello SVS, its been some time. I have been busy on other projects but have reworked my schedule so I can be more involved here again. I did some sketches for Thomas and the idea has changed a bit each time. So far I am leaning more towards the person repelling down the rock face. Sketchy sketchy but things will tighten up as I progress.
Feedback is always welcome.
I made some time today to start working on some thumbnails for my 3rd Thursday. I have my concept in place so I'm working more on placement of my character, pacing of the scene and thoughts on color. It may be a little vague but I'll have some more tonight of the character. I'm going for a two page spread with a less mechanical and more organic approach to the problem where Lucy is going to fix a hole in a large tree.
Any comments and critiques are welcome.
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I couldn't help myself, I like the simplicity of the new site so I did a quick mock up of what it could look like. Like I mentioned you can organize the work in a different way and slim down on some of your older work to help. Whatever you do don't forget to put up your social media and copy write info.
@Lynn-Larson Thank Lynn. That tree was a lot of fun! I don't have my technique down yet so I wasn't too confident when I started rendering it. But with some play and trying different brushes it came out well.
Last submission here, I promise... I think, hehheh. I submitted my illustration last night and became restless thinking of all the details that would help push the image. I added some falling leaves to the tree, some sparkles and an abstract tool to the toolbox. I am much happier with the results now.
Thank you all for the kind words and comments! Happy 3rd Thursday.
First off, thank you all for the help and critiques. Your input was invaluable.
There are a few things I want to touch up but I have officially run out of time. I had a 3D project unexpectedly land on my plate today so I wanted to finish the night off with completing what I have. Let me know what you think.
Add your DLXShapes here too!
Read below for more info:
Hey SVS illustrators! I wanted to share a weekly challenge by Dwayne Biddix that anyone can join. It is free and an easy way to help you flex that creative muscle. I did my first one last night (seen above) and beginning the new shape challenge that was posted today. I wanted to use this post for EVERYONE to post there work. If you want a critique ask when you post and someone will be more than willing to help out.
Here is how it works (as stated on the DLX Shape Challenge site):
"Each week I will share a random shape, grab it and draw whatever you see in the shape! When you have it, post it and tag me (@dlxshapes ) and/or #dlxshapes. I look forward to seeing your art! Please feel free to share this challenge with anyone you think would enjoy!"
Other rules to note, do not change the shape. Any medium, any style! You may rotate the shape. Overlay the shape on your image in some way, the original needs to be visible.
Don't forget when submitting on social media to add #dlxshapes to be included in the fun. Now grab a shape and go!
First panel looks great. @Camomilla has a good point for focal point but the other side of the coin is that you can definitely work more detail than light/shadow. It all depends on what you're comfortable with and how you push your medium.
Check out Geof Darrow, he uses all line most of the time and focal point with color. TBH I get lost in his work sometimes, mainly his older work. That being said he has progressed with his technique and he creates focus by putting little detail where he wants the reader to look.
I really like your dessert painting. I think that the top with the line is stronger as it makes everything more clear visually. You could use the art without line but it would require more refining and as Lee mentioned more contrast would help parts pop and be more defined.
As for composition, I like it. I read it like we're getting closer to a grander yet smaller scene. Almost as if there was a small mouse town just around the next cacti.
@Katrina-Fowler Thank you so much for sharing your prelims Katrina. Your story reads so very well and the pacing is perfect. I was so sad when the green man crumbled. I enjoined how you showed the girl walking through the snow on pg 3 and forest on pg 7, each foot step in the same panel, which segues into my next thought:
I had a thought about pg 14 that is minor but could help visually. Reading the panels downward as the girl is going up seemed a little disjointed. Showing her progress similar to her walk but as a full pg spread would read more comfortably. I noticed that the green man had something similar a few pages back but you could change the perspective or make it a close up to give it visual differences.
Seriously can not wait to see this completed!
@tyson-ranes First of all, what a wonderful illustration. I really love how unique the characters look and the idea as well. I can't wait to see how you polish this off. So I totally agree with @Leontine, the composition looks much stronger with the lions cage on the right. I get a grander sense of the surroundings and better sense of this area being populated . Plus it creates a great central focus on the mouse.
However I would use B as the separation creates a clearer silhouette of your leading character. One more thing I would edit is the hand placement of the mouse. I didn't really get that he was doing a "neener neener" at first because the tongue looked like a pinky at first. You can get the same idea while playing with his hand/arm placement. Heres a quick paint-over but I'd say the shape of your silhouette isn't as strong as it could be. Lasso the little guy, change to black and see if you still know what animal he is.
Awesome awesome awesome start!