Hi all, what fantastic entries this month! Here is my traveller, he comes from a town of bee-people who are honey farmers. He can't fly like a normal bee but has a flying hat. Thanks for everyone who helped and gave feedback.
Amazing entries this month again. Here is the The Buzz Inn, it should have everything a weary bee traveller is looking for. I'm uploading to here and the Critique Arena website as I'm not sure what the best plan is this month.
Hi all, here is my entry for this month. I had a bit of a struggle with this and it’s not quite turned out how I wished but I have to say a massive thanks for all of the help along the way. There’s so many amazing entries. Wow!! (I’m uploading this from on my phone in a campervan so hopefully it’s worked)
Im doing a business course to push myself as an illustrator and working on opening a Redbubble shop. I’m trying to create a ‘brand’ for myself. Working on a cover image to use on my website/Twitter/LinkedIn as I have been advised to make all sites look coherent. Unfortunately every site has a different size for the cover image so I’m going to have to tweak each one
I also need to practice drawing people, something I put off EVERY month!
I'm enrolled in a business and illustrated merchandise course this month so it's quite a lot of writing and less drawing this month for me. I've tried to print some illustrations and put them in frames to see what they would look like. They are cheap frames and a rubbish home printer and office paper but it was just to get an idea of sizes (these are 8" x 10").
I've been on vacation a while so not been able to do any new work yet but I ordered some print samples to test paper stocks for when I eventually manage to get an online shop live. It was exciting to see them in real life. (Brexit isn't making postage options easy!).
Hi all, I've been chipping away at the prompt for a while and I've got to a point where I wouldn't mind a fresh set of eyes on it if that is ok.
The idea is what is really going on inside a star and how it works. I came up with the idea from a bike dynamo that powers a light. I like the idea of it having a control centre and buzzy, sparky things like from an old Frankenstein movie.
I like the idea of a cutaway so you can see inside:
I've made life a bit difficult so I ended up making a 3D star in Illustrator to draw over.
This is the basic concept:
It's took a few rounds to get here I’m still working on the method that each point is being powered by a different source on the updated version. I know it's not that clear on this mass of blue scribble sorry. (The alien in sunglasses flying past is just for fun and serves no purpose!).
It will be on a dark space/starry background.
I'm just posting this after @Lee-White asked for me to add value and repost on the forum during the Critique Arena. I've not really done any inking but I've realised I enjoy it so I've had a go
I wanted to change quite a few things that were bugging me so thought I would take the chance now, but I ended up redrawing it all. I still can't draw people or faces and the girl at the top STILL has a massive chin.
I've tried to make this more of an ink drawing rather then just a black and white line drawing which my original was. I've been looking at insta inktober posts and watched a bit of Jake's inktober bootcamp but I'm very new to this technique so all critique very welcome. I may have lost the focus now I have redrawn and added value as it's a very busy illustration. I would LOVE to simplify and loosen my style to help ink better (and make my life easier ).
I am new to the forums so would just like to say hello. My name is Liz and I am from Tamworth, Staffordshire in the UK. I am using England’s never-ending lockdown as an opportunity try and restart my career and to follow the path that I always wanted to do.
I graduated as a Graphic Designer and have worked for some international design and advertising agencies full-time and freelance for the past nearly 20 years but I feel now is the right time to make the change. When I left my full-time job in 2014 and set myself up as Lizardillo (‘Lizard’ was my nickname and ‘illo’ is for illustration’) I had originally aimed to become more of an illustrator. I have ended up just doing my old graphic design/Artworker job as freelance but now it’s time to work as the ‘illo’ part of my name. When working for advertising agencies any illustration work was mainly for large corporate companies so I had to adapt style to the project and the client, I’m just getting back to finding my own style again. I feel my actual rendering is a bit too mainstream but I like to try and add personality and lots of little jokes/details to my illustrations. I like humour and to try and make people smile.
I have been listening to SVS podcasts and watching the courses for the past year and now is the time to put them into practice.
I have been looking through the posts and absolutely loving everyone’s work and comments. I am really looking forward to joining the community of like-minded people and hopefully contribute some practical advice from my general design industry experience as well as learn from others.
My website is lizardillo.co.uk which is a bit of a jumble of styles and projects at the moment.
Looking forward to joining you all.
Sorry about the long post - here is a duck eating a doughnut (donut?) to say thank you for reading (it’s a Eurasian Teal).
Well after a good few rounds of revisions and changes and tantrums and starting again, I have eventually finished the line work. I may have to go over some parts with a lighter line as the new template is making it a bit fuzzy and it hard to see some details. hoping to get the colour done tonight and tomorrow when I can fit it in.
I'm not sure about the beehive chimneys coming out of the sides of the top part. Should I remove them?
@Melissa-Bailey-0 I turned the head around and it looked much better thanks.
...then that got me thinking... as he was looking at the hornets I thought about what @Georgios-Christopoulos said about turning the tables on the enemy.
In YET ANOTHER change of direction I have decided that he is attacking the hornets and the hornets are in such a sticky mess they are retreating.
I have one last decision to make and that’s whether the honey is being flung at the hornets via the catapult he has on his belt (hopefully no one will notice it’s about three times it’s original size) or by jumping on the end of his honey stick (‘with a huge pile of honey on there that he was carrying in his backpack (bought from the Buzz Inn) - hence the empty jars.
Thank you for such a team effort with this.
This is the last time I will change my mind and I promise
Hi all, I've not really been able to start this until yesterday due to work so trying to cram it all in a few days.
Did anyone else not be able to decide on a mammal, or was it just me? Very jealous if you knew straight away
I was going to go for a flying squirrel but could not work out how it could be mischievous apart from flying about but then it needs its arms to stick out to fly (glide). My brain is not working well enough to engineer a backstory for it.
I've settled on a polecat as I like their mischievous nature in real life (it's actually a bit of a vicious predator but I'm making him just LOVE food to make it a bit more kid friendly). I have found there is a marbled polecat, which looks very fancy so hoping to get some sort of snazzy markings on him if I have time (he has stripes at the moment).
His clothing is a bandana because you can wear a bandana in a few different ways so I though it could have a few different uses (scarf, bib, mask, apron, handkerchief, sunhat, hide something underneath it...).
I am getting there I think but would like to make more of how stretchy and flexible they are which I have not done in the first final pose sketches yet. Perhaps helping get a ball out of a tree, stealing cookies from a counter top and passing it to a shorter friend, bending around a corner to have a cheeky lick of someone's ice-cream. Something like that.
Hope he is fitting the brief, any feedback always appreciated. I love to be able to make him more stylised and less 'realistic' but just can't seem to draw abstractly (if that's a word).
I have just started looking through some of everyone's WIPs and there is so many great things going on!
Progress so far..
I have been in a whole world of hexagon hell with this. I think mapping it out on a perspective grid has sucked quite a lot of life out of it, I've overdone the hexagons a bit now. I think I need another pass with some more organic shapes mixed in, with a bit more variety of size and a bit more imagination further than hexagons.
I know bees are busy but this is all far too busy now! I also need to find a better way of attaching it to the tree.
I think I'm going to be down to the wire again!
Feedback and suggestions always appreciated. Thank you.