Coming in at the last minute with an octopus zeppelin! Thanks to everyone who helped me on the forum, your input was valuable! I'm really happy with this piece.
There are so many AMAZING entries this month! Love the creativity and styles. I wish I could comment on them all. You guys rock!
Here's mine! I did two color studies and it was REALLY hard to pick which one to go with for the contest. I ended up going with the twilight color scheme. Everyone's feedback was so helpful.
I redrew my Star Wars characters as if they lived in Pokemon Sun & Moon, on the Hawaii-like islands of Alola. I had fun imagining what sort of Pokemon would pair well with their personalities. This was a great challenge to help me experiment with digital art styles.
"Forgotten Guardian" - This legendary beast hasn't shown itself in a hundred years, the rituals abandoned. The modern townsfolk are a dash alarmed at its sudden appearance.
We took a road trip to Yellowstone and one of my friends was kind enough to watch our house (and my guinea pigs) while we were gone. So I painted this illustration of her 3 cats as a thank-you gift. I can't just paint plain pet portraits I guess! This was also my first time trying out gouache paint and colored pencils.
The Moment Before: Bull in a China Shop.
It's not finished but I wanted to share it anyway. Does this seem worth it to keep working on as a portfolio piece? I'd make the shop to look more crowded in the background, and refine the colors/linework.
Flip the script: The shopkeeper is a tiny Paul Bunyan and his beloved Babe the blue ox has come home.
I made a winged reindeer! There's a mythological animal called a peryton that's a flying deer but not much is written about them. I made mine a reindeer for a Christmassy feel.
Here's my first SVS entry! The classes have been so inspiring.
I would say I've gotten better at adding details this year. In early 2018 I would make only one pass at drawing the scene and get one with the coloring. I was impatient. Now I draw, let the idea sit for a day, then come back and add more details. Repeat a couple times until the tweaks are right.
The first piece was also done by drawing a cool dog-bus, then trying to illustrate a scene around him. For the owl one I was thumbnailing out the entire piece, planning the environment with the characters, so I think they feel more a part of their world.
Hey all, I am trying the "Draw 50 things" challenge on easy mode and making an image with at least 25 unique objects. I chose a blacksmith's forge with some fantasy elements. (the characters are from a story I've been working on, the dwarf Rota works on enchanted objects for the Norse creatures and gods.) Here's a rough sketch for placement and values.
@TessaW I also vote C, the typography fits nicely together there. The eye is also drawn around the image with the spiderweb, character, and shadow on the floor. This is really good!
@Michael-Howe I don't think anyone likes drawing crowds! I actually like flatting; I find it meditative. Like putting a Lego set together.
I will probably do another short comic while I'm writing/planning out the Cathedral story. Gotta keep that momentum going and make a little progress each day! Like Jake Parker said, you can't edit something that doesn't exist. Maybe I'll do a scene from the Redwall or Fablehaven middle grade books?
The comic reader on my website is a Wordpress plugin called Real3DFlipbook. You upload a PDF and it makes a nice viewing experience with turning pages. I also figured out how to show my logo on the side so it looks polished.
@TessaW Thank you! I like all your suggestions for each option, and will keep them in mind for the final illustration!
Color studies are ready! This is a story from 1971, so it's a classic tale with a modern cover update. The story takes place in spring and keywords are: Heartwarming (or hopeful), courageous, adventure. Which do you think works best?
(The option 4 mouse has a different tail treatment that I will probably apply to the final cover because it flows better.)
Welcome Ame! I was just finishing a short comic (a 14pg adaptation from the Eragon books) when Jake's videos started coming out, so I felt super fired up that I was going down the right path! That motivation has me putting more energy into a graphic novel idea I've been kicking around for a couple years (fell into that world building trap Jake talked about...oops). So I've been putting aside time each day to write the story outline, THEN I'll figure out what I need my characters to be to fit the story.
Making the short comic first helped me discover I LOVE the graphic novel process: scripting, figuring out panels, dialogue, etc. And I prefer using lots of panels to tell a story more than creating one illustration for a scene like in a children's book.
I'm documenting my progress over on my Patreon, but I'll probably be checking in here on the forums too!
Fantastic episode, I loved hearing about how you just got started and made adjustments along the way. SVS has grown into an amazing library, with the option of engaging live classes, and a supportive forum.
I'm a bit biased but I'd love the next focus to be on comics/graphic novels. There's a lot of overlap with the strong children's book foundation you have, and comics are "visual storytelling" incarnate! Maybe by the time you roll it out, I'll be awesome enough to teach for it.
@Kateryna-Shebanits I made a Draw 25 Things illustration last year and had the same trouble! I kept trying to work with an old composition and getting really frustrated. I went back and drew some new thumbnails for different layouts and found something that worked better! Knowing what you know now about what you want your illustration to show, it can help to go back and play with new ideas.
Sample of my old comp, then my new one:
@Kateryna-Shebanits The colors and poses are very cozy, but I don't get the sense of noise and mischief? Are the animals behaving in this scene?
Have you tried any other thumbnails of this idea? I don't get the sense of a foreground or background. I feel the scene might work better from another angle. Here's an example of a quite moment in a kitchen:
What feeling are you trying to convey in your illustration? I don't know the lullaby, but it seems to me if the song is about the baby and animals, this might work better if we zoomed in to the cradle? There's a lot of environment and the cradle (I assume the focal point) takes up a fairly small part of the image. We probably only need a hint of kitchen background to know where the scene takes place.