They could be a halfling, elf, human, or animal.
I chose vegetable.
On the animation industry website Cartoonbrew I came across two educational articles. Enjoy!:
‘Toy Story 3’ Screenwriter Michael Arndt Teaches How To Write A Pixar Movie In This Free 70-Minute Lecture
(Click here to go straight to the video hosted on Vimeo.)
‘Wolfwalkers’ Story Artist Iker Maidagan Has Written A Priceless Account Of The Film’s Development
(Click here for the direct link to the Medium article.)
Can anyone else recommend an article or video on refining a story?
What is going on here? Way different vibe from the last few contests. Lets keep this creative energy going for next month. Please excuse the following lengthly list of shout outs.
@jdubz Nice incorporation of a selfie photo. I think we creators should remind ourselves our characters ought to mirror contemporary children's habits. Capybara is a great choice.
@Larue I'm getting aesops fables + Fantastic Mr.Fox vibe from your work. Nicely done.
@Tiffany-Thomas Your presentation sucessfully promotes a product to the viewer. I learned a lesson-of-the-day from your piece. TY.
@alicepelot I like your method in depicting the satyr's hair and fur, as well as the character's clean shape.
@chrisaakins We need more African fairy tales. Props on exploration.
@ruth OMGosh. This is giving me Don't Starve PTSD. Love it.
@CLCanadyArts Dinosaur! Neander-gob! I'm jealous?
@Jeremiahbrown Great presentation. The water-crossing shot really sold it for me. Potentially marketable to readers who live in flood-prone areas.
@avfarrar Thank you for the compliment. I have to confess that I "borrowed" the idea of dirty feet from the character Mebh from Wolfwalkers.
Did anyone else watch the documentary that aired this week? It was a revelation to learn of Baum's life's experience (marketing, stage acting, reporting in a frontier town) and influences (his mother-in-law's views on feminism and theosophy) went into making The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It proves our best writing and art comes from what we know. And it's okay to fail, alot (so long as you have family wealth to fall back on )
In case you missed it, watch the full episode on PBS (expires 5/18/21)
I've heard animators swear by the Blackwing pencils. It was favored by the early Looney Tunes and Disney artists. It was discontinued in the 1990s but the brand was revived some years ago, so not certain if the quality is the same.
If you're interested in color pencils, the Prismacolor Verithin series is the least waxy color pencil I've used. Feels close to graphite.
Sounds like an interesting project. Drawing music is a tough challenege for anyone. Perhaps you can benefit from studying Synesthetic Art (visual art inspired by sound). I can’t find the original article I read on this matter, but here’s one by NPR and another on VICE.
Perhaps instead of thumbnails, doing blind painting can help capture the fluidity, abstraction, and energy of the story you wish to tell. If you can zone out into the music, I think the beats will dictate visuals.
IMO, it would be better to have a single object as a logo, else the two will fight for space.
Have you considered the idea that the bee's wings looks like the letter 'B'? A lowercase cursive 'b' could be tweaked to look like a cute bee.
I agree with the idea to include your name with the logo. McDonald's, Apple and Adobe used to have both name and icon on packaging until they figured their brand was popular enought to be just icon.
Kelly, congratulations on having two pieces make honorable mention. Out of 100+ entries, it is two well deserved accomplishments. We can tell a lot of care went into the designs.
It’s hard to guess what a judge may be thinking. For the Moseby piece, it could simply be a technicality. Based on Jake’s comment on my piece, and the rules for April’s contest, they did not like seeing character sheets with backgrounds. To include one may have been a demotion in score.
There are some issues with anatomy. I agree with Kevintreaccar that the running pose is leaning too hard to its side. The thighs/bottom area could use editing.
For the back pose, the right hand holding the map should be corrected. It looks as though the thumb isn't wrapped around the cylinder shape.
As for the Amelia piece, you've acknowledged the piece is rushed. Had the blocking of light/mid/dark tones been more established it would have been a finished piece.
I hope what I wrote was of help. Please keep in mind the progress you've made in two years.
Got'cha, the story is not the issue. Do you continue to have concerns with the storytelling (or have you identified another culprit?) and are you able to elaborate?
To help you diagnose the issue in the process, check out this 'making of' series:
The Making of Cloud Country (a children's book by Pixar Animation Studios artist, Noah Klocek.)
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQrUBrzOKfI
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZJ-l2KsP_k
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qmTdPXcJcI
Maybe this panel talk can help as well:
Lightbox Expo: Art of Storytelling Panel
You shouldn't feel your process is 'amateurism'. I don't think there's any successful project that has ever stuck to the original plan. It's maturing organically
As for your thumbnails, here are one person's thoughts…
Hope this helps.
@Asyas_illos You're welcome. Looking forward to your future entries.
P.S. I want to take back what I said about tattoos and accessories; their not symbols of attention-mongering. Sorry for the pessimism.