This image was amazing and did make it into the serious contenders group. The only reason it didn't make it into the top 16 was we felt that there is a difference between something being "lit" and something "glowing". In this case it seems lit, but not actually glowing. If that makes sense.
It's a very nit picky and small thing, but the group was SO good this time we had to come up with the criteria for what to pick.
That said, this image is freakin' awesome and should be included in your promo and on your website. I just love it!
@Sarah-VanDam I agree with what everyone else said. One more thing is that you might want to turn Kamari so that her body is facing the house instead of the bus. To me right now it looks like she's leaving the house to get on the bus and looking back at it. That's how I saw the story before I read you're description. I think the character pose you've sketched on the lower left best conveys that she's stepping off the bus and falling in love with the house.
@AngelinaKizz It definitely feels more like burlap now! I think it helps. You could also try painting a burlap texture with bigger strokes instead of just overlaying a texture. It might meld with the rest of the image better that way and take care of the issue Asya caught.
@LittleRaven Thank you! LOL I tried changing the bird's position to give variation and didn't realize until you pointed it out how he looks in the wrong direction. Trying to not have to redraw him. So much for the lazy approach!
@Katherine I really like how the 2nd option looks but I don’t think the whole new beginning concept is clear. I wish I had something more helpful to offer but I’m not sure how this could be clarified without making a very different image. I really do like it on it’s own though. I’m looking forward to whatever you come up with!
Very nice! I usually start with a written list too...I like number 3, it has the start of a twist. Something that makes total sense (after you are shown), is consistent with the elements of the story, and leads to a resolution or next step of the conflict.
In this case the expectation is the moon is behind the earth, but what if it dipped into, illuminated, led to, the next place to go? Or is the moon a character that is refusing to go beyond the horizon and chooses a different path?
@mzameckaart I Googled it too.
I always find it interesting to learn the meaning of a name.
The results I got said the same thing you found, "moon", or "moonlight". It's the name of one of the male hyenas in "The Lion King". [edit: It's not one of the ones in the original Lion King, so it must be from a sequel, TV show, or remake. I don't think I've seen any of those. So that's why I couldn't really remember that name from the movie.]
Another thing I found is that "Kamari is a village and resort on the east coast of Santorini, a Greek island."
@baileyvidler thank you! Funny enough it was Justin Gerard's Artstation tutorial that helped me get my "pencil > digital paint" workflow sorted. Yeah I love his stuff. I should really check out the Discord.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to finish this piece in time for the deadline due to personal issues, but I will still be finishing it in the near future! Thanks everyone who has given me feedback so far, it means a lot!
Just wanted to give everyone a massive thank you for the invaluable feedback on my roughs. You saved me from taking a completely incomprehensible rough to final art 😛 Here's my submission. I don't usually work with such saturated colours so I'm finding it a bit hard to look at. I'm very new to working digitally so I find digital colour quite tricky. Anyhoo... excuses, excuses... 😃