@Freya-Chakour - ya know, that isn't something I do often.... Which is so weird because my day job is essentially all photoshop experimentation and yet for my personal work I so rarely just play around and "smudge paint"... That's a good point! I should definitely try playing more.
@Gary-Wilkinson what you say is true - I probably need to study more and experiment with the look... The SVS team mentioned getting your top 10 artists and putting your work next to them to see if you fit in - currently I don't! So I think I need to go back to the drawing board for a bit.
@Jordi-Ventura Thank you for pointing out the wind! I took it out. You are so right.
@eriberart That is a really interesting way of working - that I always sort of forget you can do with photoshop haha I treat it sometimes like it's traditional medium that I can't just "cut and paste" things. But what a great way to work. I think I'll try that in my next illustration - composition, and then building up the elements separately and playing with the best elements.
@NessIllustration I agree this piece definitely lost something - unfortunately I had to turn it in. The client still loved it which is great but I feel like I kind of let myself down. It got really stiff. But on to better things, right?
@thousandwrecks I have not heard that quote but I really like it - This piece did not meet that mark for me unfortunately. but I think I'll keep that quote in mind for my next one and really dig into what I want it to say and how I want it to feel.
@carolinebautista I think you bring up a lot of good questions actually - and to be quite honest that was my mistake not figuring those things out. I didn't really understand the joke, as it's not my joke. And I think in the end I wasn't quite sure what I was illustrating haha. I had gotten this composition approved - and felt like I couldn't turn back. I suppose in the end this project was a learning experience in acceptance haha. I don't feel like this turned out to be the piece I imagined it would be. But I like your point of the process - and at this point I have to move on so, I'll move on!
@ina - I agree fully - Master studies are going to be my to-do until I get my groove back (and continue after that as well)
@Coley I totally agree with you!! the values have lost me again. That was the critique for some of my other pieces too - I'm thinking perhaps I need to work more in black and white and leave color alone for a while. Womp!
Woo that was a marathon reply - Thank you ALL so so very much for pointing these things out to me. I've got a lot to work on for my next piece!