Here is my entry for this month. I have been busy with other projects, and didn't get to do the last two months...but I wanted to get at least one Yeti in before the theme changes.
Oh, I think it worked this time.
My submission for the January contest prompt.
Here is my entry for 'Nightfall'. I decided to keep the canoe. I am not sure if it qualifies, but I was also attempting the "Draw 50 Things" drawing from Will's video. At one point I did count, and had more than 50 items, but I am now sure if 50 of them made it through the final edits. If anyone wants to count, let me know!
I have been working for a long time to choose a style for my portfolio, and I think i have finally settled on this. I would love to hear people's opinion. Could you see this type of drawing in a children's book? Is it too simplistic? Does it look too digital?
I had a university professor who told me I should have a whole sketchbook fill of pictures of eyes!
I spent a lot of time worrying about hands and feet (and eyes) in my illustrations...and then one day I was looking at a children's book and noticed how bad the hands were. This led me to look at more hands in more books. They arent good! Noone is good at hands and feet.
Every time I look at a book now, I always check out the hands and feet. Do you know how many 4 and 6 fingered hands are out there. Lots! Dont worry about yours. They cant be any worse. Worry about composition. Light and shaddow. Color choices. Those are the things that matter.
I have done a little more work on this... (a little work that took a long time!) I think some of it will be easier to make out now. I have shaded the foreground section just to visually separate it while I am working.
My biggest question at this point is about the linework on the bear. I have used a solid line to outline everything so far, but a sketchy-furry line for the outline of the bear. Does that look ok? Should I do a solid line?
I hope that a couple of people can see what this is supposed to be, and give me some feedback. I know that it is very rough and scribbly, but I would like a couple of opinions before I move on.
The idea is that the bears have come out after nightfall and are enjoying the campfire, while the people hide in the tent. In the final drawing the bears will have broken up all of the people's things, and made a big mess of the site.
The things I would really like to know, at this point are...
1 2 and 7...but you could include them all!
@miranda-hoover I think it looks great. I wouldn't worry about making the wold look concerned, he looks like he is playing with the young yeti and the two of them are having some unsupervised fun.
Thanks everyone. I see now that the window perspective is off. I struggled a lot with the sandbox... so it may be that perspective that is off... I am not sure. I played with taking the sandbox out all together, but the things in it are used later in the book, so I was trying to establish their existence earlier on.
I was trying to leave detail out of the top of the page because that is where the text will go, but now that I realize it looks weird, I am thinking maybe I can add more neighboring houses and put the text over the fence area.
Thank you Heather.
The book is called 'William's Winter Stew'. It is about a boy who feels bad for the skinny, raggedy looking snowman he builds. Thinking the snowman is hungry, he makes the snowman a bucket of "Winter Stew". Through the story more and more snowmen show up at Williams house, and he tries to feed them all. This is the first page, where William has just made his first snowman, and is noticing something doesn't look right.