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    Halloween card

    EDIT: I've added my updated picture to the first post so it pops up. Please feel free to give me critique I really want and need it.

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    No suggestions? I'm really looking to make this look good so any opinions, any at all are more than welcome.

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    have you gooled cat lying on back?

    If you're having trouble with the cat, you can research some cat anatomy, the skeleton/muscles of a cat, and it should help guide you.

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    I'd get a little more twist into the cat's body. I know you want it to look like he's all sated from candy, but even with the smile he looks dangerously close to dead. As for reference, a Google image search for cat lying on back gives a ton of good stuff, A flickr search would probably give you even more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I know you want it to look like he's all sated from candy, but even with the smile he looks dangerously close to dead.
    Lol maybe it is a card for warning kids to let their parents inspect their candy before they eat it!

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    Well, personally I'd re-think the composition/crop bit more. There's lots of empty room both at the top and bottom (will there be text?) and both the main elements, cat and pumpkin are skirting off the sides in the same way which looks bit weird. personally I'd probably have the pumpkin be large enough to be cropped slightly off.
    I can't figure out where the cat is lying on (ground? table? end of the world?) and everything's pretty monochrome/brown-ish which doesn't help separating the cat from the table/ground.

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    Yeah the ground is a different layer, it's supposed to be leaves but I haven't really gotten into to working on it yet. Lol, when I showed this to my dad he said the cat looked dead too haha. And I don't know what I was searching but "cat lying on back" gives better results than whatever I was putting in. Thanks.

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    *googles 'cat lying on back'* - Gawww! :3

    This is a very cute idea, but I agree with what everyone else has said.

    From the vine coming in from the bottom right corner, my guess would be that this is supposed to be in like, maybe a small pumpkin patch? If so, try adding more pumpkins and vines/leaves. The background can be very light and nonintrusive, but it kinda feels like the cat is nowhere right now.

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    Ok, I tried to fix the cat's face. I think he looks more accurate than the last one but I'm worried he still looks dead instead of happy. Even if I draw a smile on his face he still looks dead so I tried to make his eyes look more happy to get the emotion across. Does it look right?

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    Here's an update let me know what you think. "

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    I'm bumping this up because I still need help.

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    I think the pumpkin would look better with the orange surface toned down to a darker, cooler shade. It would make the orange light from the carved face pop much better.

    Also, as a mere suggestion, you could make the cat's belly bigger and throw a bunch of empty candy wrappers around, which would explain why he's lying there with that glazed look in his eyes. I've been there myself on more than one Halloween.


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    What Eclectix said.
    I think you're losing out a lot of the darker values in the piece, some more contrast would really help. I think your screen might not be calibrated. I see some patches behind the leaves and such which you might not be seeing because of a faulty screen.
    In any case, here's a paintover to show what some contrast can do. Hope it helps.

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    Oh these are really great suggestions! Thank you

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