Phew! Got this done just in time! Here's my book cover for 'A Bear Called Paddington' by Michael Bond
How have I only just come across these Studio threads, this is a great idea! I love seeing what people are working on.
I'm currently working on a portfolio piece from a story idea that I've got called 'Puffin Island', still working on the details of the story but it's basically set on an small island off the coast of Scotland in which Sophie McTavish, her Uncle Ned (or her Dad, not decided yet) and the dog, Rupert, live in and man the lighthouse for the island. I've got story ideas which include merpeople, a seaweed monster, a giant octopus etc but I'm just trying to finally write it all down as a whole story rather than bits and bobs, and maybe they'll turn into a few different stories
There's actually an island off Anglesey, North Wales (where I live in the UK) called Puffin Island, but sadly there aren't any actual Puffins on it but I've always loved the idea, so each illustration I do for the story will have several Puffins included somehow
Finally got this finished, thank god! I really struggled with getting the lighting right on this, I wanted it to look like it was later in the day so the sun was low. I know it can really be improved as I'm not 100% happy with it, but I think I need to move on to something else now or I'll go crazy!!! Finished not perfect right?
Hey everyone, hope you're all having a great Friday so far!
Not sure i'll manage to finish this in time for the Monthly Challenge but I thought I'd give it a whirl anyway as I've never illustrated a book cover before. I've chosen to do A Bear Called Paddington, and I was just wondering if I could get your thoughts on:
I haven't worked on the values yet as I added all the little bits in red last night to fill it all out a bit. For colour I'm planning to do all the background in different shades of one colour (see Ben Mantle's 'Boot' book for reference) and then Paddington will be in normal colour so that he stand out
Would love to hear what you think and if you have any suggestions/feedback?
First of all, what story are you trying to tell? Who is the girl and where is she? Where is she walking to? She looks like she's in some kind of old fashioned dress so maybe, like @Aleksey says, you can put something on the left like a castle, tower or old house so it looks like the girl has a destination?
If you know what I mean.
What you have now is a very beautiful illustration, that bird is gorgeous and so is your composition, but by just adding one more thing to the left it will complete your story.
A couple of things I would look at though, firstly i would lose those lines you have in the sky, it's distracting and you don't need them in my opinion, it looks like you've painted the sky so nicely already so it's a shame to cover it with lines. Also, is the girl young, a teenager or a woman? Her arm and shoulder is looking a bit muscly for a young girl, maybe you could also do something a bit more with her hair, give her a thick long plait or something and maybe look at a few options of dress colour for her, something that will compliment all the greens you have
Sorry I've rambled on there, this is a really lovely piece, your colours are beautiful and so are your characters! I can't wait to see where you take it next
I completely understand where you're coming from, it really is such a hard thing to do after a long days work and after you've fed yourself, done chores etc, how is your brain expected to then sit at a desk and draw amazing stuff?!
I had a hard time getting the motivation and will power to do some drawing each night like you, but recently I've gotten into a routine by starting off just doing an hour a night and working where i feel most comfortable, which at the moment is on the sofa with the tv on. I know some people would rather have no distractions and some quiet, but maybe it's the idea of having to go and sit in a separate room that is off putting for you?
I tend to do all my preliminary work in the evenings during the week and then at the weekend I start my final piece so I don't mind sitting at a desk in a separate room.
You could maybe try giving yourself nightly tasks, like "tonight i'm going to draw 10 rough character ideas" (or something) and just do that, so it doesn't feel like too much. Then the next night you will develop 5 of them further etc etc. Or just one night when you're quite tired, just list ideas instead. That is always beneficial as it saves the trouble of coming up with ideas later on when you're staring at a blank page
I tend to do this on my breaks in work ready for the evening so i can get straight on with it!
If you need any help coming up with tasks, I don't know what level of illustration you're at or what you'd like to achieve, but I LOVE writing lists so always happy to brainstorm with you
Awww this is so sweet! I love your characters so much and the composition is so lovely!
The only thing that bugs me is the fridge door, to me its not reading as a fridge at the moment, maybe you could try having the fridge at a slight angle so we see more of the front? Or just reworking the angle of the door.
Really love work though!
I agree with @Johanna-Kim too, sometimes people just put "what do you guys think?" I know I have before, but that is a little vague and I find it harder to give constructive feedback as I feel guilty if I write a long paragraph critiquing everything when maybe they just wanted our overall thoughts on the piece!
But in all seriousness, I personally like having really honest feedback (only if it's constructive though) as it helps to grow as an artist and other artists may have better ideas that you never thought of before. So something like 'BE BRUTAL' could work for those who want the honesty and something like 'BE KIND' for those who do get a little disheartened and need a softer approach to begin with - after all, we're all at different levels of learning and some people may not be used to criticism! Fortunately, I was taught to welcome it during University and so far, all I've seen on this forum is absolutely brilliant, informative and kind feedback which have really helped improve some artists and their work
It's taking me forever to finish this piece for some reason, but it's getting there! Still need to add more values, shading and lighting, and there's a window behind that floating puffin at the bottom haha! The dog also needs to pop out a bit more I think.
If anyone has any feedback or suggestions then it's always welcome as I'd like to improve this piece as much as I can because i'm not totally in love with it at the moment
Can I ask what the commission is for?
If it's just for a portrait or something then those prices seem fair, but if it's for something more then your prices seem a bit low to me. If you don't have much time of your hands then you need to think if that $150 is worth your time? Will it make you stressed and tired? Will the fact that you don't have much time impact on this work? The last thing you want is to produce something you're not happy with AND the client aren't happy with.
I've just been asked to paint one of those head in the hole things, you know the ones you get at the seaside that you put your face in? No idea what they're called. They want it 140cm x 110cm and I've charged £300 for 3 days work on it, which includes the idea stage, preparation and then completing the artwork. I've also added on £60 for materials which I've asked to be paid upfront.
They haven't got back to me yet, but I was a bit worried that that price was too high, but then I just think, well this would be my weekend time they're paying for, time that I value a lot as i work all week and rest at the weekend, so I'm going to charge a price that I think is worth my time and effort for this project.
I hope this helps in some way!
No need to be nervous, everyone is so nice here and the feedback you get will always be constructive and helpful
I really like your composition, it's balanced really well and I like the idea of the footprints of the wolf. There are a couple of things that I think could improve it though:
1.) I find the fact that the footprints come from the right and then sharply turn towards the cabin a bit distracting, maybe the footprints could be coming from the left so that our eyes follow them to the cabin.
2.) If you do change the direction of the footprints, I would move red riding hood to the right of the illustration so that it balances it better.
3.) Your character is lovely and I like the position you have her in, but i would make her cloak a lot more red, and add a bit more hair to the side of her face, maybe it's blowing in the wind? Maybe she could also be carrying a basket so we would see part of that too? I think she just needs a bit more character so we know she's red riding hood
Apart from that though I think you have a really nice piece here, the light coming from the cabin is lovely, especially on the snow! I'm looking forward to seeing where you take it next!
@davidhohn Haha it's okay, sometimes things come across different in text form don't they - plus I'm a sensitive sally and all this copyright stuff confuses me!
Yes it can happen sometimes, I've definitely seen evidence of it myself from people I know or people on social media who blatantly just sell fan art without a second thought!
Well you seem to be VERY clued up on the subject and you've definitely provided a lot of useful information, so you've been extremely helpful to us all by telling us everything you know
For some reason my account decided to delete itself so i've had to make a new one, but this was my reply:
Wow well done for sticking to your goal and adapting your work to fit that (something I'm struggling with at the moment too!) I really really like your new piece, it's definitely more children's book friendly - even though I liked your YA version too I love the triangular shapes you have here, the only thing I would say is maybe try it with the characters coming into scene from a diagonal position? So they'd be pointing towards the bottom right corner instead instead of straight down from the top. Maybe you could also try losing the triangular shapes you have for the border and only having the fire from the dragon as a border?
Look forward to seeing your finished piece
I really like either the second one with the swipe of paint across his face (the pink is bold and different, really like it) and also the last one, but i'd prefer to see that with the paint swipe too instead of his face scribbled out. The swipe gives me more of an idea of the theme of the book, which is quite dark and scary whereas the scribble for me doesn't really do that. The last one will look awesome with all the other portraits around him and the pink swipe across his face will really stand out!
Look forward to seeing how this progresses
Really nice drawing @Sas , the perspective of your bridge is excellent and I like the hint of a garden either side of it. However, it doesn't really read secret garden to me at the moment and it also doesn't look like it has been growing unattended for years like the book says. Is there also a bridge in the book? It's been a while since I read it but I can't remember. Maybe you could just add more bushes/flowers in the foreground and make the distance look a bit more like a garden rather than a road - maybe a pillar/statue or wall, or even one of Dicken's animals in the distance?. One thing from the book that I remember is all the roses that grow in the garden and that it is concealed within walls.
Look forward to seeing this finished, it's going to be beautiful