Dragonflies helping a dragon fly
I am a caricature/portrait artist and have recently moved over into children's illustration. I am keen to learn and teach, so if you need help with anything feel free to drop me a line.
Can't even have a relaxing day building sandcastles anymore!
Inspired by @smceccarelli amazing "100 kids" project I thought I would give it a go myself to explore and experiment with a variety of styles and character designs. I'm mostly using reference images found on pinterest which I then do a 3 minute timed sketch of and spend another 5 minutes refining the design before doing color studies (again I want to give my thanks to @smceccarelli for her great youtube video on her own color scheme explorations).
Both of these took a bit over 2 hours each and although I could refine them more it would be against the point of the exercise If you are interested in the brushes used, I used Kyle Webster's Gouche Round Opaque with a few custom adjustments for the block in and my own pencil brush which is a mix of the splatter with a texture on top (Will Terry has a great video on making your own pencil brush)
Sometimes the monster under your bed isn't as scary as you think.
I haven't been on the SVS forums as much as I would like in recent months as I have been tackling working on my first books, working multiple jobs and the birth of my first child last year (a job in of itself!!). I have missed chatting with a lot of the members on here and looking at all your great work , so I hope to be a lot more active and back into things.
Anyhow, my meaning for this post is just to thank everyone on SVS, the teachers and the forum members, who have helped guided me through the process of becoming a children's illustrator. I have 2 books that are coming out quite soon and may hopefully be on some major bookstore shelves (fingers crossed). Although I have a million things left to learn and improve upon I feel like i'm slowly walking in the right direction
I really like where this is going and you have 3 nice pieces to choose from. At first I thought they were all part of a comic as they seem to follow on from each other, but if you are only looking at developing one I think the last one has the most potential because of the camera.
However, I do think there is a better concept hiding somewhere within a mix of these. I like your concept of Ellie having made a camera out of books and cardboard and the breakdown of her character (in image 2) and perhaps if you were to show us her determined in the process of building the camera surrounded by her failed photos then you would have something really special.
@Braden-Hallett I was thinking of some cross hatching, but wondering whether it's working or not. Made a start on rendering it, as a bit of a test, but still got a bit to go (hopefully before the end of the month..)
EDIT - Thinking about things with a fresh eye, I think i'm going about this the wrong way and i'll try and ink it traditionally
@ambiirae I think the first idea of the girl trying to take many photos while the fairy is escaping is a very promising one. Don't worry so much about things like tangents at this stage. When you are happy with the concept you can further explore it wit thumbnails. But great improvements
@ambiirae I think your issue with the negative space is that your prime focal point has nothing there. Everything is pointing towards that lower right portion of the painting but your subject is out of the frame.
I think the main issue however is still in the concept and viewpoint. Consider, what does the painting make you think or feel and what story does it tell? Also is the concept instantly readable from a large distance? Try work these out very early in the thumbnail sketching phase and try to explore as much as you can.
just a though, but your character looks very bubbly and enthusiastic and I could imagine her all suited up with fairy tracking and picture taking equipment searching or running after the fairy.
Did a mini paint of the idea i'm thinking of and a value study. when I "ink" it up ill try to add some pen textures to give it less of a digital feel and add some more lighter values. I stopped doing gradually value studies a while ago so it feels a little tough getting back into the fundamentals