I thought you were announcing your goodbye to the medium of acrylic.
I rather like the “cartoony” style, and my first thought was how nicely you handled the outlines around the girl. This is a cute concept overall.
I shared this with Eli in class, but maybe others will find it helpful: The PS history palette also can be used to create snapshots of your working state. I have used this regularly over the years. I find it helpful when I get to something I like, but still plan to do more work, and probably some experimenting. Then I can go back to the snapshot at any time. It's like having file versions but in the same file. Very handy! At least for me.
And yes, we do learn painful lessons the best. Unfortunately!
@carriecopa said in Have you seen the new ProCreate update??!!!!!:
I couldn't get into Procreate (I since learned Clip Studio Paint), but so many people love it and produce gorgeous work. Do you need the special Apple pen to make it worthwhile?
I've owned Procreate since it was released, and it certainly streamlines work by streamlining the UI. The new features are really nice and I'm glad to see them.
I recently started to learn Clip Studio Paint, and I love it. It "feels" really good to use, and it's got so many powerful features — and I can do all of that on the iPad! It took some time to figure out how much of it works, and it's got so much power under the hood. Just wanted to shout out to a fellow user.
@demotlj I still haven’t figured out the clipping masks even after playing with them for a bit. Did you find any resources that explained it?
The update is really great especially the quick shapes function
I've been studying a lot of classic New Yorker artists and cartoonists lately, and this seems to be a common trait — the artists often feel that their "roughs" turn out better than the "finished." That the spontaneity of the linework is lost in tracing or inking the final drawing. Someone like William Steig (who won a Caldecott) abandoned pencil and prep work later in his career/life in favor of allowing for the spontaneity of drawing directly in ink. Of course, his style supported that style of working, in my opinion.
So you're in good company in feeling that way.
You've got plenty of words... but I can still add a little extra variety to your list, that you might find helpful or to enhance some of the other fine suggestions.
^ = a nod to Animaniacs
I like #2 the best; but in terms of story, I prefer #1. It makes it evident that we are looking at the ghosts as central characters, and it's arguably more clear what's going on with the little ghost boy crying.
@smceccarelli The new iPad 2018 does support the Pencil, which surprised me too.
Here is an illustrator’s video review of the current iPad that I saw earlier this year, for anyone who finds it helpful:
I like the old-fashioned feel of this image, and I love your style of linework. Your sky is great, captured with lines!
Do you have any roughs (thumbnails or initial sketch) you’d be willing to share, for us less experienced folks who might appreciate the extra insight on process?
@lee-white Hi Lee, have some questions, hope you can help, 'cause I'm
watching the preview over and over again and trying to decide for me to sign up or not... So
I’m not Lee but I can answer some of these. Hopefully nobody minds.
- The landing page shows somewhat like 85 minutes - is that the actual time of all videos from this class?
That is the time of the current videos that are available, which are “pre-class” material on the basics of the Photoshop interface for those who are new to it. New videos will be added for each week’s lessons. So no, 85 minutes is not the entire class.
- Is it enough to have Photoshop Elements to participate?
Lee has said the material will transfer to other software although he is only helping with Photoshop in class. Do you have brushes available in Elements? If so I think you’d be okay. I expect to use my iPad apps for convenience. (And I’m using PS CS6, not CC.)
- Please give your recommendations regarding Cintiq or tablet needed (just OK for the course's purposes).
Lee said some sort of tablet (not necessarily a Cintiq) is absolutely required, since we’ll be making use of painting and things like pressure sensitive brush strokes. For myself, with PS I’ll be using an Intuos. Or with my ipad, the Apple pencil. For the Cintiq specifically you’ll have to ask Lee.
Hope that helps.
@riftweaver I like it. you have some fun ideas. Remember, great illustrations communicate an idea or concept. so don't try to do too much. I think you should go with the rabbit playing the harp and a fairy lounging on the notes. Which plays with the idea of fairies being magically whimsical. but I think you are heading in a really fun direction.
Thanks. And I appreciate the reminder to focus on the story. I was thinking that maybe even a spot illustration of the rabbit playing a harp could work on its own — surely there is a story there, even if we don't know what it is!
I'm a beginner, so I don't expect to create a competing illustration in the next week. However, I thought it would be good practice work through the design process. And since I'm working through the Composition class, I tried some thumbnails. Feedback is welcome.
I started with the idea of a rabbit playing the harp. I wanted to set this in a forest at night. In #1, the tree is home to a little fairy, and a spider has dropped down; I felt the spider might not fit. In #2, I have music coming out of the harp and wanted to show this. That led to #3 where I was trying to arrange the rabbit, harp and tree with a door.
In #4 I gave up the door and went with a cat on the branch.
#5 brought a fairy dangling from the music, with an owl watching from the tree. I liked the owl better than the fairy, and also liked the hanging-on-music, so #7 added some mice to be the music notes.
Now I added some mice falling off, and perhaps not aware the music is taking them to the owl — except for that one mouse below, in #8. I like that I've got a little story here!
#9 is very similar, but trying to refine the spacing of the trunk and lowering the leaves. #10 is a small grid of thirds to review the composition.
Overall, I like #8 the best; with slight refinement according to tiny #10.
Feedback on my thumbnails or design process is welcome. Thanks for looking!
@art-of-b said in New book title character design:
Overall it's a good design, though! My favourite part is the shoes. There's something I really like about well-rendered shoes.
Ironically, my favorite part was the pant cuffs. I thought they added a nice little touch, and looked like something a kid would be wearing.