This is my first submition in the forum . I'm a member of SVS for more than a year now, but I was mostly watching the lessons, obzerving and learning from Will and Jake and all of you.....And now I want to show how I implement what I'm learning :))))
I'm working on creating illustrations for my own story, which I plan to publish next year. I'm also starting a publishing house for children's books - I want to present to the market in my country ( Bulgaria) the incredible children's books and authors and illustrators from around the world, the amazing new stories .....that for some reason are not translated in my country! The old and big publishing houses here just go for the well known, classics and nothing new and modern. This is something that I want to change and to give the chance to bulgarian children to dive in this world of incredible new stories! And also to give the chance to the bulgarian authors and illustrators to publish their work...
So .... I'm presentig you the King and Queen -they are the main characters in my story - they are a family that have everything, but can't have children......So they go on a big jusrney and face scary adventures in a qest to find their child somewhere somehow.....Basicly it's a story about adoption.....
I've watched Jake's lesson about creating a character maybe 50 times :)))) and I hope that I've implemented most of the things, that he talks about. Also I'm still trying to find my stile .....because I come from the ground of graphic design and have been working for 15 years for online gaming companies, movies, advertising .....I had to be like a chamelion and jump into different stiles......but never had the chance to create my own unique stile .....because I was allways too tired to draw something just for me from me, without a task and endless feedback from somebody.....
But now is my time .....and I'm starting a new page literally and legally .....with small steps and a bit timidly....
I wanted to give to my characters more folklore look, but yet to look regal - I hope that I have found the right balanse here.....For the queen - to look jentle, svelte, kind, but with an irreconcilable spirit. And for the king - to look strong, stable, wise, fair....but NOT militant - because the obstacles on their way must be overcome with mind and heart, not with sword.....
That's it from me for now - the longest first post ever.....
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King and Queen - my characters for children's book. Please give feedback or crits!
RE: King and Queen - my characters for children's book. Please give feedback or crits!
Thank you all, so much!
It's so refreshing to get an opinion from a more experienced eye. It's interesting how you've felt where I've put more effort and thought. I've drawn the queen first, and she just happened for 2-3 hours.....and I was satisfite from the resolt at the moment.....But when I started drawing him.....I went throught so many variations and he just didn't look right beside her....and I couldn't see why is that.....From your comments @Gary-Wilkinson , @hannahmccaffery and @juliepeelart , it seams that it's not from him - it's from her.
Now I can see that she looks stiff and I'll try to work on her pose. And my main fear was, that I won't be able to sustain a consistent style - as I mentioned, I'm still looking for my thing , so that's why there realy is a difference somehow between them in my atempts and wonders do I want them to be more clean and stilized or more detailed and realistic... About her shape and clothes - I was going for the shape of typical bulgarian amphora or pitcher and the belt is unique and recognizeble for our folklore costumes - here are some of my refs
And to explane some more about the story - the idea is with this story to help the parents with adopted children to start the conversation from very early age about how they became a family. It's a very delicate theme and must be presented to the child gently and with the right messages. Everything in the story is based on symbolics and I've worked with child psychologist for the text. Now I'm starting work wit the Bulgarian Association for adopted and adoptive parents. And there is another mission behind it - to start an advocacy campaign to support adoption and to break the prejudices and outdated thinking about the issue in our society. So it kind-a became a social project and I must be very careful with it and I want to give my best
Thank you again for your support and feedback! It is very helpful!
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I had to make something symilar for one TV comercial, but with a bit of humor in it, because it was for moto club "Grannies angels" ..... I'll try to find it to show you. Basicly - keep it as clean as it can be, especially if it's going to be printed on textile. For me, it will look better if you remove the orange tribal shapes from the back and allso the stars and the spade with the little scul on it - they are just making it too fragmented. I would add a nice shaped ribbon and to put the text on it - it would read much easyer and clearer. Maybe it can be situated well under the dog scul and the scul to overlap the ribbon and the text to be separated by the scull like BLACK .....scull ....DOG , and all the gadjets to show under the ribbon . The scull looks amazing , so you must find a way to pop it more ....So these are my suggestions to try