This is a 1500 hit marker for my website. The characters are completely my own and are in development.
I know I don't have any skill at drawing backgrounds and I've still a lot to learn, but I'm completely open to your feedback.
This illustration was scanned into Photoshop CS2 and colored from there. The entire process took about 6 hours. My intention was to capture the feel of a summer evening.
Hit me with your thoughts! :overhere:
I think it looks good. I agree with you on the background though, it is kind of bland. I also think the dragon/hydra could use more detail. Good work overall! :x
I think it looks flat as a pancake.
Depth, value, and Negative Space should be keywords for you to work on...
You might want to check the perspective. Compare your lines on the buildings against a normal one.points perspective drawing, and see how your's isn't relative to the horizon.
Also, it seems like the action is a bit too big for the picture, to show the dragon/hydra's size you could "zoom out" a bit and show some more background, like whole buildings to compare with it.
I think you should crop the image right under the tounge of that thing, just left of the thing, and just right of his arm. then it wouldnt be so boring to look at.
I don't understand what's happening. What's the guy doing, hanging in the air like that? The ribbon things are confusing. The lighting is inconsistent, I don't know if that's supposed to be the sun or a fireball...
Study, study, study...
Well, thanks for taking the time to reply...
I thought it was pretty obvious that the sun was in the background and that the grey character was going to throw a punch. :[
However, you all have shown me that I've much to learn with composition and story-telling. I understand that these characters aren't familiar, so that has something to do with it, too.
My short-term goals are to break into the animation industry, after attending the Art Institute of Atlanta. It is my goal to forge untreaded ground in animation and I'll give my absolute best to get there.
This has been a good learning experience.
Thanks again for your replies.
I didn't have much time for my previous reply, but what I mean about the light is that the dragon in particular is shaded as if lit from the side, its face gets too much light for being lit by the sun. I was also confused by the "sun" appearing to be attached to the guy's headband-ribbon-thing...
Not knowing the character, I didn't know he's the type to fly in the air and punch dragons ;) (is it even possible to punch something while in mid-air?) Perhaps some type of speedlines might help?
Anyway, good luck on becoming an animator.