It's so pretty to look at! Congrats, it's absolutely lovely.
Posts made by carriecopa
RE: Wip portfolio piece
@Potterkun Welcome to the forum! Glad to have you.
When everything is outlined in black, the piece will have that air of cartoony-ness. You can experiment with using more ink for shading to give it more texture and depth, or have the background elements be lineless. That's what I'm working on for my own style - I love linework, but am learning to use value/contrast to define shapes too.
Your composition has the subject right in the center, which can make a piece feel...too balanced, neutral. Try using the "rule of thirds" to place your character to the right or left to give the piece more energy.
I think approaching this as an environment illustration with a character in it might be a good approach. Try playing with sizes (small, medium, huge) for the environment to make it more engaging. The character, log, tree, cloud all kinda feel like they are the same "size."
This one even has a mouse kinda in the middle, but the play on sizes (tiny mouse, huge log) makes it interesting:
If you have an SVS subscription, I recommend checking out:
- Creative Composition 2.0
- Environment Design
- How to Ink 2.0
RE: Creating a website for the first time, any tips???
Great tips from @sigross ! A standard desktop screen is 1920 pixels wide, so your web images never need to be bigger than that. A great web size is 1080-1350 pixels wide.
RE: Frustrated about colors
@theprairiefox Colors can be tough to figure out! There are so many tips and theories. But you can do it! Here's a couple of ideas:
You could use a limited palette to start out, like 3 colors, and use only dark/light tones from these.
One trick is to have your focal point in warm colors and the majority of the rest of the scene in cool colors, or vice versa. This helps draw attention to your focus.
It can also help to choose one main overall color, then paint over it at 70-80% opacity. Or layer it over your other colors at 20%. That way all your colors will share a similar hue, and feel like it's all part of the same scene.
RE: Best website building services and best platforms to be on
There are limitations with Squarespace and Wix and any type of service like this if you want anything fancy, but overall it's a good starter pick, and easy to use. (Squarespace has a really nice checkout experience too I think). Not everyone wants to mess with code and customizing. You can always upgrade later.
I don't think your credibility is destroyed by using these services. I mean, Jake Parker uses Squarespace and he seems to be doing just fine. If you go for a clean, minimal design, it will look professional.
If you want to save money by trading your time to learn Wordpress, it is not too hard to set up like @NessIllustration did! I also recommend Siteground for hosting - their basic option will probably meet your needs, comes with a free SSL (a must-have, this gives you the little green lock in the browser bar), and lots of optimization options for a fast website.
RE: Draw 25 Things WIP - Tinkersmith
@randy-smith this is brilliant! Having the tinkerer face into the illustration helps the eye flows around the image better too. And that gives me a little more table in the foreground to add more objects as well. I appreciate you taking time to show your idea visually, it helps a lot!
RE: What are you 2019 illustration goals?
@hannahmccaffery my goals are similar to yours!
Produce a new portfolio piece every month I want to make full scenes like you, so my warmups lately have been drawing plants/rocks/trees so when I make environments later I have inspiration to pull from. Also the Draw 50 Things challenge makes you mindful of how you can add objects to a space to make it feel more real.
Apply to agencies this year I've been doing a lot of learning, time to make some proper pieces for a strong portfolio.
RE: Draw 25 Things WIP - Tinkersmith
@nyrrylcadiz Yes, a candle might work better, thank you! That would be more subtle. The wolf can breathe fire (she keeps the forge hot) and I can just picture her comically trying to light a small thing like a candle.
@hannahmccaffery My personal project is to make a graphic novel with these two characters! I've been writing tons of world-building and story ideas on notecards for the last year. This project is a sort of style/proof of concept for the idea. The story outline/script is next!