I thought of the poem by Edward Lear, “The Owl and the Pussy Cat” who sailed off in a beautiful pea green boat... I tried using textures and light this time. Beautiful entries everyone. Lots of great ideas this time.
Here is my entry for this month. I decided to go with an old favorite.
Also...please indulge my sweet 5 year old as I upload her entry for this month too. She saw me working and wanted to enter an illustration of her own story. It’s the story of a magical bedroom where when the big chandelier turns off the animals become real and the room becomes a forest. The title had about 100 words and I am not able to remember it. Annie Jones age 5.
Here is my entry. Growing up in Florida I had a healthy fear of allligators. But maybe they are sweet and harmless, unless they are stealing ice cream, that is.
I was a little late to get my fall illustration to the contest. But I am submitting it here in hopes that you all will advise me on ways I can improve. Composition? Color? Overall style and execution? This is my first illustration with a background and first illustration done in a digital format.
Thanks in advance for your valued opinions. The only people who have seen my things are my family and a few friends. As you know, they can’t be trusted to be really honest. But I am ready to improve so bring it!
I have been working on a new look with my drawing that has a little more detail and that is sparked by an idea for a picture book.
I spent A LONG time drawing (about 22hours so far) and feel like I gained a bit of confidence in my mark making. This is my first time trying a turn around. Does the child look like the same child in all the poses? She is based off of the look of both of my girls at that age. I intend for her to look about 5. She should look sweet and childlike. She will have her favorite cat stuffed animal that she carries in a drawstring bag. She loves to wear green frog rain boots. You will not be able to tell from the picture here, but she is curious and generally good natured and happy.
Does it look like the same child?
Are there any drawing / anatomy mistakes that need a tweak?
Does the drawing look stiff? Or just lifeless?
Thanks for the eyes!
Here’s my Annie. It’s the story of her getting glasses that is the inspiration.
Here’s my drawing
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I’m going to keep an eye on this thread because I am having the same trouble. Whenever I do get my photo to the proper size, which I never seem to be able to do, it is so wrong looking that I hate to even put it out there.
I would be very interested in a fail-proof way to get a nice looking image up on the site. Thanks in advance for all the technical support I am so blatantly lacking.
@KGatto I am just seeing this post and I see that it was put up about 22 days ago. But I wanted to let you know that I have a brand new XPen ( used only once) that I am selling. We are new to homeschooling this year and got the unit for our daughter. She would prefer to use an iPad and Procreate instead. She is young and enjoys the ease of being able to jump in and go rather than learning a different program that she is unfamiliar with.
I agreee with others that have chimed in that the XPen is pretty awesome. We did a lot of research before the purchase and it would have been great to use ( had she used it.)
If you are interested in buying it you could message me and we can take it from there.
@miranda-hoover I love the design and the feel of the piece. It is drawn so sweetly and I would read the story that goes with it to my little one.
I think the toy clutter in the piece is just right and the choice of the way the toys are grouped is helpful but not too “posed”. The yeti is pretty cute too.
The only thing my eye keys in on is the little girl. I think she does look cozy and very snuggled in and not at all rigid. But maybe her left leg looks a little long or too far forward as though her hips are especially wide. Does that make sense? If the hips were a little closer together then the leg would not extend as far. Maybe it might help if her left leg crossed over or under her right. Just my 2 cents. But I love this piece. I can’t wait to see the color!
@gavpartridge You mentioned the contests are just fun and it doesn’t really matter. The only reason it does matter is that we are paying participants. There is no one being considered in the judging who is not a paying subscriber. Compared to previous contests, the value is diminished without the critique. It seems to be the general rub from those who responded here that the in-depth teaching via critique is the key missing component. I fully agree that the contests are a blast! I love seeing everyone’s take on the topics and working within a deadline toward a portfolio worthy piece of my own.
Most people (including me) love a lighthearted approach and jokes and fun. Consistency, clarity, and teaching just need a little tightening up especially when the subscriber numbers are higher. I am not leaving or “taking my crayons and going home” as I stated before. I am certainly not trying to spread negativity. I am only making theses statements as I have to consider value and $$ as I am making my choices. SVS is a blast. But I did not join just to have fun. I joined because I am serious about the stated purpose. I want to be better smash those goals to be a working illustrator.
@carolinebautista Well said. I agree with your views 100%. I have often gone back to those older critiques and rewatched. I particularly loved the one you mentioned with the 3 Little Pigs for the same reasons you mentioned. Sending encouragement as you are leveling up. Keep up the good efforts.