I really like the Octopus theme because you can get a lot of movement with the tentacles, and point to things of importance. Any critiques are welcome and appreciated. ~ Johanna
I'm a children's book illustrator of 3 books by author Patrick T. McBriarty. Currently working to transition to a writer/illustrator.
Here's my Old and New contribution, with my characters from last month's Octopus theme. This illustration had a lot of challenges but much thanks to the valuable feedback from @kevin-longueil @gary-wilkinson @jason-bowen @kathrynadebayo, it's one of my stronger efforts.
@ShannonBiondi Thanks so much:) I wonder if you might suggest in your directions at top that in addition to uploading hi-res images to the Google folder, that we all share lo-res versions to this feed as well, as inspiration to each other.
Decided to do mine in ink this time. I imagined the following accompanying text:
With the Count's thick Transylvanian accent and obvious mirror challenges, his hair stylist never could understood what he wanted.
Hope you like it:)
I think this is almost done, but have a nagging feeling that there's still room for improvement. Would love a fresh pair of eyes to tell me what it is. Meanwhile, I'm going to step away for a few hours and hope that whatever's bothering me will become obvious. Thank in advance for any feedback.
@theprairiefox Thanks for your feedback. I totally see what you mean. The feeling I am trying to achieve is "happy and energetic in isolation with one's family", but I was trying to experiment with nontraditional color choices. I'll do some research to see how other artists have made it work. It may just be that I need to tone down the intensity of the yellow, or work in a gradient. Also, going monotone, like you suggested could also help (i.e., making the sky a yellowish color as well). Thanks again for taking the time:)
Cool idea to do an email banner! I like B best because of how the large moon shape encloses and groups together most of the images except for the girl on the far left. I also like the limited palette and how it goes from monotone/dark to full color. With so much going on, it's easier for me to look at each vignette when the color is controlled. Your name is also nicely prominent, but not too big. And the "framed" image of the girl in her studio fits nicely with your identity as an illustrator. Lastly, I like the multiple circle shapes within this banner. It feels friendly and inviting, and my eye flows through the composition well.
@Jeremy-Ross Such a fun idea. Love how there are eyepatches on the flag, kid and cat. The octopus is cute but throws a curb ball in this world of make believe and dress up. It also weighs down your composition on the left more than it has to. I wonder, what if you moved the octopus to the right side, where the ant is. And somehow have the ant dressing up as an octopus, or some other creature (a dog?, a hedgehog?, hamster?) costumed as an octopus, or shark?
@Braxton From your initial thumbs, I preferred #2 because of the way the background compositing encloses the figure, which is further enclosed in a tent. You more recent reworking of #3 definitely adds to the feeling of isolation for that image, though. Just the idea of being deep underwater away from other people, enclosed in that suit, in the dark--very isolating. With this new reworked image, I definitely prefer #3.
@Rachel-Horne Looks like you're going to get some invaluable feedback later today from the SVS Podcast. But just to put in my two cents. It's a really sweet image--a woman reading a book in a teacup on the ocean at night. The only thing that makes me pause is the bird. With its presence, the woman no longer is isolated. But if the bird where to fly away, maybe joining some other birds, and the woman were to look up from her book to see this happening, then she would be isolated. OR, if there were other people sitting in teacups clustered together in the distance. I love your style, and the movement of her hair which implies a strong breeze. I guess that breeze idea also poses question. Where else might we see evidence of that (e.g., the ruffling of the birds feathers?).
Update as of 5/20/20: Simplified my thumbnail much further and jumped to color studies. I'm leaning towards B since the color is unexpected, but I will probably add a sun above so the yellow color makes more sense. If you have any thoughts on anything at this point, please let me know. I'd esp. be interested to know if you think I've lost the theme of isolation and keywords: family, fun.
Update as of 5/19/20: Decided to add two more thumbs after thinking about my concepts, which felt a bit too sad for my personal experience. These two extra thumbs take A and C and put a positive spin on the concept. In A1 and C1, the main character is shown enjoying a bit of coral gardening on his submarine and in A1, he's even walking his dog.
So sorry I've been absent from the forum. I'm just finishing a project and hope to be more active in the coming months.
Would love some feedback on these 3 thumbnails:
A. a world where people are living in isolation due to a pandemic in their personal submarines. The figures above will be socializing but wearing masks.
B. same pandemic world, but people live in subs or boats. The boat people above are having a fiesta and jumping and dancing from boat to boat.
C. same pandemic world, but just subs again, and a different angle with the main figure more prominent.
I'm leaning towards #3, but it lacks the social interaction of the people above.
The words I'm using to describe this image are isolation, loneliness, longing to connect but afraid. Was also thinking of including a goldfish pet for the main character, and little coronavirus fish in the water. Too depressing???