I hope this finds you well amidst the chaos. For the firs time I grit my teeth and dip my toe into posting artwork for feedback. Yikes!
I committed to an art contest at work* and finished piece #1 (of 100?) in practicing My Craft. As a doodler that never completes works this is a rather big deal. The theme was Rainbows and brandishing the tried-and-true 'something unexpected in a normal setting' method I decided on a image inspired by Lee's "Flying Colors" and "The Book Garden". I broke all the rules doing only two thumbnails, a questionable value study and struggled with Photoshop brushes for far too many hours while trying digest the online class.
This, of course, can't end well. I now understand what a piece at 80% is. It had to be called 'finished and not perfect' because deadlines come up fast and 'Send' had to be clicked.
Tadaa ~ <cue crickets>
Somehow... it won 2nd place with a gift card. And they want to print and frame it.
I truly don't mean to sound egotistical, but I now wonder: Do I try to 'fix' it or move on? Suddenly, people will see it for a long time. If I do want to improve it, how?
They say you only learn by reflection. I already know some issues, but clearly there are things I don't see and could use advice on.
− Actually like the composition(?)
− Like the sky
− Like the idea (need to work on execution)
− It is very plain (failed with textures).
− The area of focus/interest almost sinks into the background even if colors seem to pop.
− Strengthening line work seems to increase appeal but then doesn't fit in with the rest of the background.
− Accidentally left out the girl's legs
− Hat sits oddly on adult's head
− I realize I don't understand how to use a value study (as basic as it sounds)
Thank you for working your way through such a long post and hearing out a floundering newbie. Your attention alone is already appreciated! Nuggets of advice would be delightful. For additional reference I've also included the thumbnail and questionable value study.
P.S: If anyone wishes to create their version of this composition feel free to do so. It would be interesting to see. (If you make a fabulously successful image please send me a print!)
Again, thank you for your time and attention!
*non-art industry so standards aren't astronomical