Here is my entry for the topic 'Octopus'. Comments and critiques welcomed!
Freelance illustrator and part time teacher, hoping to break into the illustration industry full time.
I'm still tinkering with approaches for a project I'm working on, and I thought I'd post another rough so I can see if I'm heading in a good direction before I get stuck into the finished project. My main concern with the image is with value. I wanted the character to be the focus but I find it difficult to push his value and contrast to get him to stand out, without bleaching him out completely. I've attached a colour version alongside the black and white version. I think it reads ok in B&W but I know it could be stronger. Anyone have any ideas how I could improve it?
@Lee-White Hi Lee, thanks so much for your insight, it's hugely inspiring. I think, on reflection, I have tried too hard to show too much too soon; this is intended to be the opening spread and I wanted to have high impact and give the reader as many clues as possible about the character and his environment, which led me down the path of adding too much detail to elements which were not the main focal point. It's obvious to me now that less will be more. I love your redraw and I'll definitely be taking those ideas through to the final spreads I produce. I'll be sure to drop them here as and when I finish them. Thanks again!
@Kelly-Lane Thanks ever so much for those suggestions, I need to be braver with my value choices I think. @Kevin-Longueil I love the idea of increasing the size of the foreground character, they really helps add extra depth and variation to the image. I'll edit and repost once it's done. Thanks again! CR
I'm working on some proof of concept artwork for a children's picture book. The first spread calls for multiple focal points to help set the scene and tell the story and I'm battling with balancing this out. The main character needs to be visible, as does a small hut-like house which is where he lives. The third object that needs to be visible is the large planet in the distance, as this is a key part of the story. Does my current composition work? I'm fairly happy it reads well, even when zoomed right out, but I'm not sure it is the strongest solution to the issue. Does anyone have any thoughts?
I've quite radically overhauled the colour palette for the illustration to get something that I felt is more in-keeping with the 'mystical' mood I was trying to establish. It has also provided more contrast between Charly and the creatures, as the instrument that one of the creatures is holding. The main issue I have been unable to resolve relates to the 'empty' feeling in the background. As Lynn described, it just looks like a row of trees, as opposed to a full forest. I'm not sure how I can achieve this without removing the light source by covering the stars with trees. I tried to add a bit of depth by lightening the values of the trees further back, should I push this more? Any other ideas or suggestions?
@Peter-Jarvis Thanks Peter for both your kind comments and your suggestions. I see what you mean about the lighting from the trees, I need to beef it up quite substantially in order to help enhance the mood I'm going for. Thanks again mate!