@Lee-White Ahh yeah that makes sense! I knew it didn't look quite right how I had done it.
This turned out lovely @xin-li ! I love the colors you chose and all the playful linework.
Hey, I'm Taylor Ackerman, I am a children's illustrator making work under the name Studio Looong (an ode to my small, horizontally-gifted studio mates). I love making work that is whimsical, easy to relate to, and just a tiny bit off-beat. Knobby people, bug-eyed creatures and quirky narratives are some of my favorite subjects.
I graduated from Bradley University in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and now I work as a Designer at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. I spend every minute I can outside of work drawing and illustrating. I strive to become a published illustrator, specializing in Children's Publishing.
Whenever I get that way I do try to rest and "refill my creative bank account." Just make sure that even when all you want to do is sleep, that you are not over-sleeping as I have found that this can make the whole issue worse. If I'm feeling very tired and unmotivated but have already slept 8 hours I try to get myself up and go on a walk or a hike or ride my bike to a coffee shop for a drink. Getting yourself up and moving around - even if it isn't strenuous activity is often the first step to getting back into a creative mood for me.
@xin-li I agree with @hannahmccaffery about the plants. To me the plants make the room read more like a living room than a bedroom. To me, a potted plant or a vase of fresh flowers would require too much attention and maintenance to belong in a small kid's bedroom.
I don't think it's the placement of the objects in the pirate scene, it's the perspective. (excuse the poor draw over) Going off the perspective of the box, you would need to see a lot more of the bottom side of the shelves. It's also tricky to mix things in 1 and 2 point perspective. I'm pretty sure the way I've done it is not right. Hopefully someone can correct me.
I really love the way these are headed though. You have a very strong sense of character and gesture. Really good stuff!
thanks @bathyscaph @Coreyartus I moved some things around and made the squirrel a little bigger. It is supposed to read as a normal sized squirrel that is very close to the camera. You can use the acorns as a refrence point - the tiny ones in the tree in the bg are the same size as the one the squirrel has. Do you think this is working better?