I did dozens of thumbs for this, upshots, downshots, longshots, closeups, etc. etc. etc. About the only thing that stayed consistent was the gesture of the central character. The challenge for me was getting all the elements in, while having the birds and frogs big enough in the scene that you could easily tell the plastic birds and frogs from the live birds and frogs.
I'd been leaning towards setting this in an ornately-windowed atrium, but I ran across these entryway arches in Amherst and really thought that if I took the building off of them, they'd give just the right sense of weight but also airy structure.
To open up the view a bit (so we can see down on the toys on the steps as well as up into the air to the flying birds) I'm using a bit of fisheye perspective. Toyed for a bit to get the angle right. Then I thought I needed some more height to the arches, but as I started laying out the composition in those tall arches, I found I liked the shorter arches better. I still can't really tell you why. Tall and airy seems like it should be the winner, right? But nope, the relatives short and squat harmonized w/ the little girl better, made her feel more part of the scene than in front of the scene.
Last edited by Jason C-M; August 5th, 2009 at 12:48 PM.
This looks really nice, I'm looking forward to seeing it colored!
Great composition you have worked out and the line drawing is looking very well developed. Look forward to see how you tackle lighting on this one.
Mind made worlds.
A lovely sense of wonderment you have captured in her face. Looking forward to seeing more.
Great idea, really spot on with the theme. I hope those dinasours won't cause any mischief when it's finally their turn.
thats some pretty kick-ass pencil work
i found the last sketch interesting, like the way you used the eye shape method to get your curvature of perspective....hmmm interesting
nice work so far
"resistance is Futile!!!"
I'm having a work stoppage due to circumstance beyond my control. I'm having a printer blow up my drawing to mount it onto a board, and they've not done it this morning like I expected (I'll be painting in oils). How frustrating!
Thanks for the kind words, guys. I'm a bit anxious about getting the piece finished in time.
As for the inscribed in a circle perspective drawing -- I'm a bit of a perspective enthusiast:
I love this drawing...the concept is so sweet and innocent. Its almost as if its her imagination that is bringing the toys to life! look forward to seeing the oils!
This is very cool ^_^. Also, thanks for the interesting perspective demonstrations, it's something I often have issues with, so all new stuff helps ^_^
Finally got the drawing enlarged, and mounted it (in three pieces) last night. I've done the acrylic underpainting (such as it is) and now I'm going to hit the sky clouds.
I feel like painting sky and clouds is a weak area for me, so I really want to work on it this time. After that, rather than working back-to-front like I have in recent pieces, I think I'll hit the main character, THEN work back to front, then do the second coat on the main character. At least that's my plan right now.
Why is the "easy" stuff always so hard? These clouds and trees are killing me.
What success I am having in these areas is due largely to stuff James Gurney posted on his blog, especially the notes about James Perry Wilson's diorama backdrops.