Another mermaid, this one staring at herself in the water. I never really ended up happy with the sky, but didn't want to fight with it anymore
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.
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.
@Jonathon-B-Baker-0 Thank you, I really appreciate it.
I worry that the details of the drawing will get lost a bit. Just tried copying it into the competition template and it is just so small I think that the textured look might work against me at that scale.
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 realize that your style may not require super realistic perspective, it just jumped out at me.
The perspective of the roof on the right hand side seems a bit off. Of course the roof "tiling" could be intentionally misaligned, but my gut reaction is that all the lines would converge on the same point, since roofs are usually straight. I've drawn the lines which I would expect to converge:
@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.
@Niels Good point about him looking up in picture 2. An extra pose would go beyond the parameters of the competition, so I guess that is out of the question. I'm not sure how rigid the interpretation of the prompt is, though. I do agree that you probably need to see the last 3 images before you really understand the first two. I can't think of any way to communicate more clearly what he is doing. I could add a couple of arrows sticking out of his backpack, but I like that idea that he starts out excited about his task, not running for his life.
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?
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.