decided to be on the ball and enter early! I'm a bit confused on what size the image should be though..........?I know there was a post a while back but I can't find it now.
Former horseback riding instructor followed by pediatric occupational therapist now artist/illustrator!
Making myself a bit crazy with last minute changes so I am posting so I can go have a life lol!
@ruth , your characters are too freaking cute!
I wanted to combine adding a portfolio piece that used one of my previous characters with the contest this month, so here is the return of my little mouse from the Nightfall contest in February. I started sketching this mouse character last September for the inktober prompt ring.
Have a great day everyone.
I polished an illustration I did last fall now that I understand photoshop a bit better ! Getting ready to have a website going
also was working on losing the linework a bit. I'm not very good at linework and I like working on edges so am learning to lean into that a little
calling it done and moving on
Art drop sounds fun. I wasn’t aware of it and I live in the boonies lol, so maybe a squirrel might find it haha. Have fun with yours.
I’m working on doing a sketch everyday I. September ( too many days I don’t actually draw). Upping my game at being regular about drawing.
I did this in procreate, forgetting I needed to give myself time to work on it in photoshop live and learn! It loses something in translation.
Anyhoo, I made it the deadline so I am very proud of that because it’s been hard to focus.
everyone who made the deadline should be proud of themselves, and anyone who didn’t should cut themselves a lot of slack. No big deal. It’s been a rough month.
Stay safe everyone! Hugs too!
So I am pretty happy with this. Actually really happy. I'm going to let myself say that because I feel like that and my day has been otherwise a little emotional in terms of art and life.
Anyhow, I struggled with Dorothy's hand. I felt it was too tight in a fist. So I tried a version where it's more relaxed but I'm not sure it's any better. Partly because I think it's such a tiny thing in the illustration, it can't really have a lot of detail. Anyone have any thoughts?
Also, I haven't done lettering before and I'm wondering if I should work on that. Or does it look good like this?
Any other thoughts appreciated.
On the emotional front, I just got a non art related job, which is good because we really need more income here. But I'm sad because I know that with a family, and a job, I'll barely have time for art anymore in a few weeks. Plus just having time around my kids before they're totally grown up and gone. Also it's an essential worker type of position so that's not exactly exciting me. Good and bad coming with it I guess. Having a moment where I feel like this isn't working out for me. Sorry to be a bummer at the current moment. I think a virtual hug would be helpful from people who understand.
I just quickly played with the chocolate sauce analogy for the ink, kind of fun, I’m tired and delaying the inevitable bedtime, so it might look horrendous to me tomorrow, I just whipped this off in a couple minutes on a separate layer to get an idea, might redo with a reference tomorrow.
I don’t have the hessian brush in procreate sadly, I added a multiply layer to darken the mushrooms just to see what it was like. And Ellie’s dress is darker and I changed her hair rollers a little. Not sure I’ll get to changing face to 3/4 view and the overlap with the mushrooms behind is a little awkward but maybe less tangent-y lol.
Might toy with bringing some contrast back to the face of the fairy somehow.... possibly darkening her hair. Hmmmmm
@Gary-Wilkinson i’ll try that out if I have enough time! Cool idea.
@kimmypie , I didn’t know that about the cross hatching brush! Will play with it. Thanks so much! Currently toying with lowering and raising the height of the mushroom behind Ellie’s head, none of it looks right to me lol. Will stop and look at it tomorrow with fresh eyes. Not sure I can solve this problem before the deadline but I’ll try . Always so many problems to solve
Another update. Pretty close to finished I think. Maybe even finished. First time really doing any cross hatching I think! Not the best cross hatching but I was surprised I liked it more than I had expected to.
Does Ellie stand out well enough? I darkened the mushroom behind her head a little. She’s also supposed to have curlers in her hair, I don’t know if that reads right. Or if the male judges will even know what those are lol!
EDIT; having trouble uploading image. Will try again later