Mermaid tales have many common motifs, but to me the most important one is the moment of discovery. Finding something both strange and familiar that exists in a world we know little about and cannot ourselves survive in. Thanks!
On a mission to create worlds that inspire children to adventure and stories that cause adults to yearn for childhood.
My son travels by dog, not to clever, just true. There are so many clever ideas in this thread! And fantastic art too.
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I thought I would post this here and ask for feedback. The problem is often I finish something and I feel really good about it, but then the next day I hate it. I don't know why I don't like it, so I am asking for your help if you have any ideas. There is no specific purpose or goal behind this piece except to explore my coloring and digital sketching process.
"To any of you who may have seen some of my Inktober stuff on Instagram, do you think the descriptions I've been adding are a good thing? Or should I just post the picture and not add to the story with words?"
Hey, Tess. It depends on your goal. I think you should ask yourself, "Do I need words to convey the message." If the answer is no, then leave them out. Less is more, really--silence is beautiful in its own way. Words can draw too much attention to themselves, especially if the text is an afterthought, and ruin the experience of developing a personal interpretation about the story based on illustrations alone (I find it more interesting without words, personally.) However, if the answer is yes, you might have details that improve the story that can't be conveyed visually. Some of the details that you might want to include, such as names, descriptions, etc., are really not that important. Other text such as the gender of the swordbearer "might" be more important since it is not implicit in the illustrations, but may have significance to the story. Dialogue tends to be more important in comics than descriptions.
Hope that helps with your decision! The comic looks great by-the-way, I'm following along the whole way!
The description says there will be one video a week and a homework assignment, that seems reasonable, but can you estimate how much time a student should expect to give this course each week? I feel lame asking, but I want to give it my all if I sign up.
Not information on drawing per se, but a lot of Instagram accounts exist dedicated solely to pictures of their children playing and doing different activities, some of them are very good for reference. I like @grimsteadslittlepoppets because the photographer takes a lot of pictures of children with animals, jumping, running, playing (the only downside is there are very few boys featured). @bethphilippidis is good too, especially if you are drawing old-world sorts of things. If you follow one or two of these photographers online you can find similar accounts that suit you better.
I like your illustration! The seeds blowing through the air is a great image, I like how the girl's hair shows the same motion. I also like the bunnies watching her. Your illustration shows depth by progressively lightening and softening the colors. I think that was done really well.
I agree with previous comments about the tree gap on the far right.
I also think that the leaves on the closest tree need to have some darker shades like the trunk and grass below it.
Lastly the first hill ends right at the fence post, and I think it should extend a little beyond the post. Only because it seems strange on inspection.
@lee-white Ooh, can't wait to see the painting video.
Alright, I signed up. Whew!