I decided to go with D, and I just launched into it. I'm hoping folks can tell me if things are pulling focus and interest. I"m worried there's too much texture in the tree, perhaps, and I need to do something a bit more substantial to the path he's standing on...
@aprilshin I decided to change the boy's facial expression a bit, and have him looking upward with a "sorta" grin... I think that was stronger than the "I'm lonely" vibe I think I was going for... Does that make things a bit clearer? Or at least less complicated?
@KathrynAdebayo congratulations with your book almost coming to fruition!
Some feedback I have is that the cover image has a lot going on with the texture in the trees, clouds and grass. If you look at the image as a thumbnail, the child is almost blending into the grass and clouds. The value of his pants is similar to the grass and his shirt similar to the sky. I would simplify some of the areas to make him stand out more.
Hope that helps! Good luck!
@phoenix-yip Hi and nice to see you post for feedback again. First thing that came to my mind was line weight -I feel it's all reasonably the same which distracts me as I am looking everywhere, however the no line on the lights help bring some focus but do you want us to focus there (the change of no line and the red colour draws me there first). I agree with @Valerie-Light on the dull but red red lighting it's pretty intense and takes you away from the people and bustling. And there's a tangent with the dude whose buying something; his jacket is touching the man's coat whose walking away from us. lols aaa tangents.
Anyways always cool seeing your work and progression.
So, she is an older lady and a space explorer. She is a woman who has many interests and a relentless curiosity drives her. She has pockets full of weird crystals and space mushrooms and chrysalises from which she doesn’t know what will hatch out. She always has a hammer, a magnifying glass and empty jars to hand.
Is her hair okay? I mean, she doesn’t care, but I would quite like to know if it overwhelms the rest of the image! Also, does her visor read as a visor?
Any and all feedback appreciated!
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This the big hairy giant that terrorises the main character (unknowingly) in the children's book I am almost finished illustrating. It is watercolour on paper, with a bit of colour pencil. The quality of the photograph doesn't really do the image justice, but it hasn't been scanned yet so this is the best copy I have. It's a bit brighter in real life.
A third one for the Harry Potter series. I actually did this one a little while ago in color, but wanted to see how I could translate it into a sketching style. I still prefer the color one, but it was a nice exercise.
@Jeremiahbrown Thanks! I have a lot of practice. As a kid, I used to draw whole imaginary worlds where mice and other woodland critters would make houses out of all that was around them. Acorn caps have a large number of uses! Then the last two Inktobers I did mice and people kinda went crazy over them.
I love your illlustrations and style, the atmosphere is so calming to look at I'm inspired to try out digital painting now.
For improvements, I think that your painting on the right could use a little bit more contrast in some places. Not much, just some imo. The dark behind the lightness of the tree bark is really nice. I feel like the house could use some shadow or lightness, and you could either make it go lighter or darker compared to the surrounding plants. If I squint my eyes, the grey is around the same shade as the bushes. Temporarily adjusting the picture all black and white could help see which spots could use tweaking
I have been working on this book on an inconsistent basis. Can You Wait, Ninja? is the second book in a series that teaches the importance of patience.
The story goes that the little ninja has been invited to a cupcake part, and is finding it hard to resist eating her cupcake before the party. She uses her ninja skills like; meditation, imagination, and breathing exercises to resist the temptation.
Note: the Spine will be dead center and the text is not the end result.
What do you guys think? I need an honest critique that is constructive and helps in colour and values. If you have any other advice, I'd hugely appreciate it.