Practicing sketching from real life to strengthen my understanding of volumes, depth, light and shadow and building a stronger visual library that I can reference later on in my drawings.
Worked on it a little bit last night and I'm feeling quite happy with the progress, although I might go and give the teddy bear a happier expression and add some more details to the underwater world.
Can't wait to color this with markers and pastels!!
Hi all! I am working on the challenge of this month and I would love to hear what you think of my WIP sketch. I am particularly interested in receiving feedback around the composition of this drawing and also hear if there's anything that seems 'off' from a structural or geometrical perspective.
I've also had this other idea that I sketched out as thumbnail, but for some reason, I like it less than the other (maybe cause it's a bit sad?). Anyway, I would be curious to know if anybody thinks this is a stronger concept and why. Ready to change my mind and shift focus, if that's the case!
BTW, it's my first thread on this forum! I am Elena and I live in Italy, where I work as a designer. In the future, I hope to transition to a career in illustration, but in the meantime, I am focusing on strengthening my drawing and illustration skills and seeing where this might take me
If you are curious about the stuff I like to draw, this is my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/numi.illu/
Looking forward to learning from this beautiful community!
@nyrrylcadiz Love the idea and the composition! You're using a viewpoint that really helps to communicate the story. I would either make it clearer that the girl is shushing the mermaid (maybe the mermaid looks like she's shouting, with her mouth wide open and maybe the girl is looking at her?) or perhaps help the viewer understand that there is someone in front of the girl to whom she's kinda telling: 'please, keep this a secret, don't tell anyone what I'm doing!'. Maybe we could see the shadow of this person? Anyway, I really love your piece! Really cool and well rendered!
@StudioLooong I love this image! The characters are really charming and the whole scene is just...unexpected! And the style is great!! What I love the most is that granny seems to be unaware of what's going on around her, yet she's very relaxed and is smiling (could it be because she doesn't see too well??). Maybe you could bring this to the forefront even more by thickening the glasses? Or by making it clear that the catfish on the bottom left is playing some trick on her...or even the one sitting above her could be doing some mischievous act...he looks like someone who would casually drop something valuable to her just for fun
I really like the concept too, it's a very powerful image. Such a delicate creature, such a polluted environment she has to live in. Some thoughts sparked by your image: what if you make some of the litter in the background more visible? It's nice that stuff fades out because it gives you a sense of depth, but maybe there could be more gradual layers and levels from 'close' to 'far'.
Also, I would maybe direct the mermaid's gaze more clearly towards an object, to make her angry expression ever more powerful. Hope it helps!