Love needs nurture Pencil, watercolor and Photoshop.
Hello Here's my entry for this month's contest:
Don’t know what the weather is like where you all live, but here it often changes several times a day (: It’s often hard to know how to dress. So this is part of a weather project I’m working on - I’m making many different types of weather and corresponding outfits, and then mix and match
Nice! Thank you so much for the update @LisaF
Crits are awesome to watch, I would definitely like more of that kind of content! It would be nice if the events could be recorded and posted as videos so you don’t have to watch them live though. Because of jobs and life and timezones, it’s just not possible for everyone to watch live sessions. It doesn’t have to be available for ever, could be for a week or until the next session for example
Hi Chris I like your merman! I think the problem with the neck anatomy is mainly because of the direction of the muscle in the neck that is fastened in the collar bone and right beneath the ear. And maybe the head is a bit far to the left.... You could try making your own reference by taking a photo of your own head in the pose you want, to get an idea of how the anatomy will work in that pose (this is what I do when I run into specific anatomy problems )
When I follow people on Instagram it is because I like their work. The quality of the work is much more important to me than how often they post.
I want to have a schedule I can keep up with while creating the work I want to create. If I post something once a week, and actually manage to do it every week, I am also being consistent. If I post something once a day, but run out of steam after a few weeks because it is too much work, and then don’t post anything for three months, I’m not being consistent.
@Chip-Valecek Cool, it's so nice to see them all together in the end! ️
I notice though that my image is quite small compared to many of the others, and much worse quality in the slideshow than in the forum. This seems to be happening to some of the other images as well, but not all. Is there any chance you could possibly have a look at that? (so that all the details I spent waaay too much time on this time will not be lost... )
If it helps I can see that if I click on the image in the forum it shows a larger version
Edit: ..and ofcourse, if there's something you can think of that I might have done wrong when submitting please let me know, and I'll try to get it right next time:)
@xin-li I like the watercolour coloured pencils combination too I usually do a light layer in watercolour first (usually a warm yellow) then fill in larger shapes in watercolour, and draw on top in coloured pencils. I really like my Derwent colorsoft coloured pencils - they blend nicely, and come in a lot of nice colours.
Ok, so this is moving along a bit more slowly than planned. Did some small adjustments to the rough sketches (removed the cat, thanks for the tip:)) Colour studies, and then a cleaned up sketch for the umbrella one. Hopefully I will have time to finish it tomorrow in time for the competition!
Thank you all for the feedback, it was very helpful
I decided to push both A and B further to try to clarify the story in both, and did some more research and thumbnails. I need some storytelling (and interior scene) practice, so maybe I’ll finish both if they turn out good
Any thoughts about the storytelling in these images now?
A - It’s bad luck to open an umbrella inside
I decided to change the timing, and show this in action - as the girl is opening the umbrella. The mother is freaking out, trying to stop her, because she is superstitious and thinks it is bad luck. To show that she is superstitious I plan to include details that hint at this - good luck symbols all over the living room. Also the furniture is all very soft, round shapes, so that the umbrella really stands out as something dangerous.
I read somewhere that superstition is really just a way to try to control the uncontrollable (read: life). The idea here is that the mother is anxious that something bad will happen, so she tries to shield the kid - but the kid wants (and needs) to explore the world.
@Chip-Valecek - interesting idea about the colour treatment. I’m not sure I want it to be completely greyscale though, but maybe some sort of a monochrome, desaturated color for the room, so the inside of the umbrella really stands out
B - When 13 people eat at the same table, one will be dead within a year.
Thanks @KathrynAdebayo for your suggestions - I think I’ll make this into a tween birthday party instead
The superstitious girl is now in the kitchen eating pizza from the box, which I think makes a lot more sense story wise. I made the empty chair more prominent, and will connect it visually to the girl by having the same color on her clothes and a jacket on the chair. Then I’ll include some more bad luck symbols as hints - a calender with nr. 13 on it, she is afraid of the black cat. Also changed the composition a bit to make it less static.
Hi everyone I’ve been working on some different ideas for the superstition competition. These are all sketch fase, open for critique and changes. I’m not sure which one I want to move forward with, so any feedback on which one you like better would be much appreciated!
I don’t know about floaters, but a general tip I’ve heard for relaxing your eyes (and possibly neck muscles) is to frequently take short breaks from the screen to just look out the window for a minute or so. When you focus on something that is far away the eye muscles can relax
Hi I really like the concept of this, and the characters are looking great!
I think the characters and the chair are standing out well from the background now, but the sword and the books the chair is standing on could be darker or outlined to separate more from the background and be more grouped with the children.
There is something about the box with the doll in it that is not quite working for me, it’s maybe a little stiff, less energetic and low contrast compared to the rest of the image.
The background looks very nice, but I think that right now it is a bit more «in focus» than the foreground, because the linework is more prominent than in some of the elements in the foreground. Maybe either adding linework in the foreground, or remove/tone down more in the background would help?