Here is my entry. The story about a boy who sets out to hire heroes to save his town, only to realize that he must take matters into his own hands.
The Gentle Giant Inn - the final resting place of a careless giant has been turned into an inn by entrepreneuring mice.
Like others I find the 1200x1200 pixels of the template to be quite restrictive. The same goes for the 500kb limit to be honest. If that is how its going to be, though, I guess you have to take that into consideration early on in the design. My image is too detailed for that size I think and had I realized this earlier I would probably have chosen another subject.
I've been enjoying the courses on this site for a couple of weeks so I figured I would present myself and see if the forums is something for me as well. My name is Morten and I live in Denmark where my day job has nothing at all to do with art - unless you call software development an art (which I guess you could ).
I've always liked the idea of being good at drawing but it never really got anywhere. I tend to lack patience for the part of learning a new thing where you're not very good at it, which turns out to be a bit of a show stopper. However, last summer I figured I would give it a serious go and see where it would lead me. I've had the opportunity to have a day off from work each week for the past 15 weeks, which has helped a bunch.
Apart from an evening course in classical drawing, I've been completely self tought - mostly from watching youtube videos. The amount of great resources freely available has been staggering to say the least but this has also lead me to jump around between all the different options, never settling on one approach or direction. I followed the draw-a-box course for a while but it felt a bit too time intensive for the limited amount of free time that I've had available. So far SVS has provided a great way to structure my learning and I think it works better than combining a disparate collection of videos and tutorials into a study plan.
While it seems to be a primary focus for this site I'm not particularly into children's book art - but then again, I'm still quite new at all this art stuff so who knows which direction I'll end up taking. Either way, this place seems to have lots to offer.
I'm looking forward to checking out all the great art in here and maybe get in on some of the competitions as well.
Hello there, this is the initial sketch for my fairy tale inn submission.
A careless giant who long ago turned to stone has become the host of a mouse-run inn. Beetle steeds can be parked under the foot and food is served by the chef from the hip-hut. The proprietor of the establishment lives atop the lofty perch of the knee-house. Mips the trusty lookout is keeping an eye out for any roaming cats from atop the old giant club.
My initial attempts to draw the giant in anything resembling a correct perspective failed miserably, so I posed a character in 3D software to get it right instead. This actually turned out to be a great alternative (or complement) to thumbnailing, where you move the camera around until you find a composition that looks good.
Hope you like it - feedback and ideas are very welcome.
I've been here for a couple of months, so its time to participate in the first contest. As someone who is learning to draw in my free time, I haven't had to properly design a character before. I've mostly avoided anything to do with drawing people - there are just so many challenges to tackle all at once!
I think a contest like this is just what I need to get out of my comfort zone and get my hands dirty. Most of my available time this month just went on getting experience drawing poses and figures, but I've actually had a lot of fun the last few drawing nights, seeing the character "coming to life".
I've arrived at a character design and concept that I'll be moving forward with, where a boy sets out to hire some heroes only to find that no one will help. Undeterred, he resolves to take matters into his own hands. You can see the general idea for each pose below, in chronological order. What do you think, how well does the narrative read?
My first mermay drawing. It was for May the 4th, so I used the chance to sneak in some star wars stuff (it's a lightsaber she's grasping at - I'm not sure how obvious that is). I have been doing the Painting Color and Light course, so I wanted to experiment with some interesting lighting. I intentionally kept the rest of the image very simple.
I like the improvements you've made so far.
You mentioned that you didn't like the face on the guy to the right, so maybe you still have a plan to change it. Regardless, with your most recent change, I feel that the face does not fit with his gesture. The pointing hand indicates surprise but the face is too passive to match it. Maybe a slightly open mouth would do the trick.
There are a couple of things that do not read well for me.
Firstly, I was surprised when you mentioned hills since I had totally read those as waves or a way to create depth in the water/ocean. Looking again I can see the trees but I guess I had just considered that "texture". I'm not sure how best to fix it - maybe change the color ever so slightly away from the color of the water or maybe add some trees at the top to clarify the silhouette of the hills.
I'm not sure whether the tentacle on the left is touching the edge of the boat or not. The position seems to indicate that it does, but the shadows (or rather lack of shadows) indicates the opposite. If the tentacle is supposed to touch the boat, maybe make it go slightly into the boat. If the front edge of the boat hides a bit of the tentacle then it becomes clear how close it is to the viewer. This could further be established by adding a bit of shadow on the boat edge near the tentacle. If the tentacle is not touching the boat, on the other hand, you may want to raise it slightly up to clearly separate it from the boat edge.
The last thing is the ice on the water. I'm not 100% sure if it is ice or not. I would guess that most of the water is covered by ice and show, since the front tentacle seems to come up through a crack. However, the edge between the ice and the water is very soft, causing me to doubt the conclusion. The small white clumps of snow/ice on the far side of the boat are separated from the general surface in a harder fashion which seems strange if they are both supposed to be snow/ice. I hope it makes sense - its a bit hard to explain. If not, I can draw over you image to clarify.
@Niels Do you think this helps to sell the narrative from the first image? Dark clouds gather over his town, with a menacing grasping hand. I hope it conveys that his home is under threat and he is racing out to do something about it. I could also slap a "Reward" label on the money bag to clarify its purpose.
Hi. None of them seem to take advantage of the subject matter. Do you have any thoughts on how you would like to use the yeti theme? For example, what does a yeti eat that normal people do not? How is a yeti kitchen different from a normal kitchen? And maybe consider some sort of story element - something happening more than just the yeti hanging out cooking. I think it would help your thumbnails if you have some specific things which you want to communicate. Then you could look at how well the thumbs help with that and the general mood you want to establish.
@Casual-T Cool concept. A couple of random thoughts that struck me:
Sorry about the face I think it works better now. The direction of the brows communicate anger more than surprise to me though. I'm not sure thats what you intended. Unless you want the person to be yelling at the tentacle. In that case, you nailed it
Thanks for the input. Now that you mention it, I definitely agree that there was not enough focus on the boy. I've tried to highlight him, and make the dancer's hair point back towards the boy again for a bit of two way connection. I also pulled back the rightmost musician a bit. I'll get some more time to work on the piece tomorrow, maybe try it with a few more musicians. Also straightened the tilt of the diagonal which does seem better.
I'm still just learning while maintaining a full time job, so this is only for myself. I recently did the Creative Composition course and I'm trying out some of the practices here. So I guess my goal is to create a drawing that works well when viewed without any particular context. The decision about how to "cut" the dancer was just what came out of the thumbnailing session - it felt like something that could work for the image.
It seems slightly cramped space wise, since a lot of details touch the edge of the image in this last version. Is this intentional? I would try to add a bit of space at the top and bottom of the image - not much, just enough that the hooves, hat, wing and tail do not touch the edge.