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?
I am trying to decide between a few tiger designs, one I want to put in a setting where the cub is behind a tub, not wanting to get in until they are intrigued by the ducky floating in it. The other is meant to be a scenario where someone is swimming in a lake and the tiger is embarrassed that it was caught wanting to use the lake for bath time, or the tiger could be eager to join someone in their pool, where you just see their head poke above the rim of the pool or something like that. Going for a sketchy, cutesy style almost like a kids drawing, but the tiger I made at the top of the page I would definitely fix up a bit if people like it. It was kind of a way to also figure out the color and brush styles.
Hi @chrisaakins. I voted b - it feels more more vibrant and exciting. I like the air of mystery but I agree that there could be a few more clues as to what she might have made - maybe a footprint or a shadow or some tools or some left over bits and bobs, maybe?
I think the more green and warm colors looks like a more fun color harmony that fits the more abstract quality of your illustration, rather than the more blue and cool toned colors in #3. The colors feel more deliberate.
I think #2 is my favorite of the three. The tree in the middle of the page fits with the other trees better for that look of depth without distracting from the character off to the side of it. I also really love the brush textures in this, especially the mixed watercolor wash look.
@chrisaakins what if Rabbit comes slightly more forward, the cliff and the rocks are pushed further back so that you don’t lose the view of the car, but rabbit is going to make the landing. One paw, is close enough to the viewer to see he’ll land ok? I feel that would encapsulate the bad luck and the luck together at the same time.
@duh So glad it can stand on its own! One of my worries is being seen as a copy. When I first started my comic a few years ago, it was common for people to associate my cartoon duo/tiger companion with Calvin and Hobbes.
Did some little adjustments. Brightened the background so the characters stand out a bit more and I also brightened the tentacle.
After looking at things more closely I think something else that might help with clarity is LESS contrast. I realize that’s the opposite of what I previously said but here’s what I mean.
I think the over all values of the characters, background, and tentacle should be more contrasting. So basically when you paint in your flats they should be very clearly distinguished. But within each of those general value areas there could be a smaller range of value because all of the high contrast points in the figure are going to draw a lot of attention which can get visually confusing.