@Andy-Meeker Hi Andy, welcome!
Reads well, I would go with it.
I’m Kendra Minadeo, an watercolorist and illustrator based in Los Angeles.
Much of my current work is inspired by pop culture that's imbued with cheerful moments and whimsical mischief. In addition to running my Etsy shop and participating in comic conventions, I've been working with Hero Complex Gallery in Beverly Hills, Fan Alley in Anaheim and am an active member of The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.
Sounds like you have a lot of ideas. I suggest you do a redline or draw-over, or some simple thumbnails to help clarify which might be a stronger composition.
@Kendra-Minadeo I'm torn on this. On the one hand, I very much like how taking out the dad and obscuring him makes the illustration much simpler, and with greater focus. Something feels "right" about the way you have re-imagined the positioning of the characters. Yet, I like seeing that dad bounding around the corner with his hands full, too. I really can't decide which I like more. Maybe dad is following close behind mom, and bleeding off the page? I like the suggestion about angling the vertical lines of the house too. But, I almost want to see them angle in the other direction, as though the house is falling back, rather than forward.
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No Problem, @Dulcie! I'm a visual learner, which I think most of us here are - so draw-overs and redlines really make a difference.
Also - I love this scene - it's crazy cute! Can't wait to see the next update!
@Kendra-Minadeo Thanks very much for taking the time to do a draw-over, much appreciated! I’m going to have a good think about what you suggested. I will definitely do my best to use more contrast to emphasise the dragon, and I’m going to twiddle with where the edges of the composition lie too. I like the way you’ve added stronger shadows in the values. I’m going to try and incorporate that. Thank you!
Ya in the redlines I had the Dad getting stuff out of the car - just something so we didn't see his face but was still present.
Can't wait to see the progress! you got this!
@Kendra-Minadeo Oh wow, thanks a lot! This works a lot better (not annoying at all, I love having helpful critiques!)
I'm not sure I understand what the dad is doing though haha! But I'll figure something out so he doesn't steal the focus!
Such an adorable start to this!
Here are some notes you might find helpful or annoying, probably both.
Redlines with Rule of Thirds:
Thanks Lydia! always appreciate a draw over!
I really like the placement suggestions and the lighting idea. I'll give it a try!
Hi Kendra. Great job so far with the environment. My only thought was that the Turtles are really small. I made them larger and did a little rearranging. I also started trying to move the light source forward but ran out of time!