@thisisnobu such a beautiful piece! I don’t have any improvements. It’s gorgeous.
Posts made by Whitney Simms
RE: Last drawing from Dynamic Expressions:Heads & Hands - feedback welcome!
RE: Post your noticeable improvements in 2018
Same sweet sand dweller. Seriously, she is always in the sand at the beach. Somethings just don't change!
Top one is from july of 2016, the bottom from August of 2018.
The earlier one I transferred directly from the photo using tracing paper then to the watercolor paper. The face isn't pleasing (not my daughter's fault, it was mine)
the new one I drew free hand. I finally feel more comfortable relying on my own drawing than a direct transfer from the photo. This hasn't been the case in a very long time. So yay for straightening that muscle. I added the pencil outline, or ink depending on the picture, to my style. I feel like it strengthens it. Maybe I will loose it once my watercolor is stronger, but for now I like it.
RE: Feedback on little panda design
I was thinking what @Art-of-B Said. It depends on who your character is. I think you can convey lots of emotions with the bean. I was first drawn to the 2nd one, but then I started to figure out what each body type seemed like. The bean seems like a stuffed animal and the 2nd like a personified panda. I like the plushy bean best!
The more realistic in nature the more the reader will identify as the character. The more abstract the reader will think of it as their stuffed animal coming to life. I totally made all that up. Sounds like it makes sense to me.
If you are uneasy about the bean maybe do more bean sketches? Keep trying to make the bean work until it’s “the one.” However, I’m a fan. I like the bean as it is.
RE: Do you use Pinterest?
@demotlj non stop! I love Pinterest! I have boards for figure, landscapes, animals, flowers, and things (like cars and stuff). Oh yeah, lettering, ink, food and a few other random ones like Christmas and kids stuff. It’s so nice to refer back to images and not have to recollect when starting something new.
Honestly, I can live without all social media but Pinterest. Well, that’s the last one I would give up.
RE: Where am I going with illustration? Insights appreciated...
@KathrynAdebayo absolutely! I think your skill
Level is certainly there. Your work is very beautiful. Now it’s time to create a portfolio that is a bit more consistent. Even if it does have watercolor and the acrylics in it, I think it needs to show more in each style. That way they know exactly how your watercolors are and how your acrylics are. They are both strong to me! The one with all the people (it looks like a people tree) and the girl with the bird. So beautiful. And the one with the little girl in the woods! Your work certainly fits in with the artists I saw at the kids sxhool scholastic book fair. Graphite is good, but I think lee mentioned publishers like color. So I would start with color images first. Fill in the gaps of your portfolio and you are well on your way!
RE: Watercolor Critique
@dafoota well, maybe my family is a little obsessed with rocky as well. Now I’m watching it. Thanks for the lovely distraction! Ah. Can’t wait to see creed 2.
I don’t know if I’m really right on this, but when you’re just focusing on one character don’t pull the color all the way to the edge. Spot illustrations don’t have to have a full background. Can’t change it in this one, but something to think about.
I agree with lee with the value (of course because he amazing). Indigo is a great dark. I also like sepia. And together they are fabulous. You can go deeper with your values and give the fire a little more impact.
As for the scene... try making all those guys. Go back and pause the movie. Take a picture of it on your phone. No need to reinvent the wheel. I think the feel of how cool those guys were just singing on the street would be much easier to get with all of them there. And maybe a hint of the brick building. It’s a cool scene and all of them in your style might be a great painting. Put a hint of rocko with that fadora and that may be a nice piece of fan art!
RE: What are you drawing today?
No drawing today... but here are my plans for January.
1- make up. Fun! My niece does the makeup tutorials and I’m totally going to make her buddy up with me. She’s gorgeous.
2- honey bees. Cause they are awesome and I need them ready to go for spring. Wouldn’t it be cool to put a packet of wildflowers in the order to save the bees!
3- collaboration with an awesome 16 year old friend who has a YouTube channel around American girl dolls. We all wish to have her following. I’m going to paint a few of her dolls. Then maybe make a free printable for her people. Like a paper doll type thing. They can be the fashion designer and color the inked linework.
4- purses and shoes. I’m dreaming about going to my sister in laws and snapping pictures of all her fabulous treasures. It seems like very chic collection.
So- no drawing today. Folding laundry and doing dishes. But I can brainstorm for when after Christmas paintings are done. And get distracted by the forum!
@Art-of-B dude, that’s an amazing list right there! Knock it out of the park!
Happy painting friends!
RE: Brutally Honest
Oh my gosh! Sorry. I got so offended with an unsolicited critique on the forum. I’m Sorry. Your post wasn’t harsh. See what happens when something gets critiqued you weren’t expecting. My claws came out. Yikes. I apologize. My art, I can take harsh words, but our forum is awesome. I got a little defensive. Momma bear came out!
It’s really cool to interact with artists that are really making huge accomplishments with their art, to the hobbiest like myself just trying to get a little better. We all learn. It’s good stuff.