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!
@Lynn-Larson Ha! That would be a pretty good throwback.
Below is a progress shot on the line work. Its coming along but there has been a lot of behind the scenes going on. I decided to dish out some dough and bought Kyle Webster's Ultimate pack (check out all his PS brushes, amazing selection for all art mediums) and downloaded a bunch of free pro brushes (2DCale, Sam Nielson and Mike Yamada have great ones). There has been a lot of trial and error, frustrating days and golden moments while working on doodles and sketches to figure out what look I wanted this piece to have... and if it fit within my goals too.
Tonight I was able to sit back down and start tackling the lines and am really enjoying the process. Made my heart swell with my love for art again. I hope the rendering goes as well too!
Comments are welcome, critiques are even better! Till next time
Hello SVS community! First time posting and first time joining in on the 3rd Thursday fun. Quick intro, I am currently a freelance graphic designer and technical illustrator for clients in the lighting and home furnishing world. I have recently re-kindled my passion for character and story illustration and am pushing myself and portfolio to make the transition into that line of work. Some of my challenges are using colors that makes my work sing, setting/populating a scene and creating a new style that resonates with my new direction in life. Which brings me here!
Now for the fun stuff, when I hear love my heart always fills for my wife and our two girls. Below is a sketch of us as a squirrel family. I'm always looking to improve and I can take a beating so feel free to comment, question and give critiques.
Here are my sketches for my March submission. I had this thought that if I was a kid today "What would I want to bring for show and tell?" And of course Ninja frogs was the best out of the bunch of ideas. I had a couple of thoughts on how Haven would conceal them using with either a lunch pale or backpack.
All thoughts are welcome.
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.
@Katrina-Fowler Thank you Katrina. I do try to figure out the mood/tone and explore options before finding an expression I like. I do have to admit the teacher's expression came out pretty easy this time, not usually the case though. :^)= For this piece I tried to limit myself on the number of brushes so I wouldn't go too crazy trying to manage what brush is for what.
For anyone interested I used Pencil 4H for 90% and split between Pastel Palooza and Shady Graphite for the rest.
I am still a bit terrified of color so any thoughts on what I did right or what I could do to improve would be awesome. Thank you all for the comments and help. Below is the final:
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.
Edited to show newer content:
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.