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    IOW #17: Happiness



    Illustration of the Week #15: Happiness

    This is a two week topic.

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    This weeks topic is Happiness. Your task is to illustrate something as simple and complicated as happiness.

    "Happiness is a mental state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy."

    You decide where your piece will be on the happy-scale, as long as it's on the positive side.

    How you do it is up to you.


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    does this have to be totally happy or can this also have a dark undertone? eg- hansel and gretel when they first discover the old witch's cottage.

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    Maybe the challenge lies in keeping it entirely positive. "dark undertones" are popular in art and media these days, pure optimism is much harder to find.

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    As vandalfish is saying, dark undertones has been all the rage lately. I'd prefer it if you went happy-happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grenogs View Post
    does this have to be totally happy or can this also have a dark undertone? eg- hansel and gretel when they first discover the old witch's cottage.
    I actually envisioned that just now. Creeeepy.

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    wip

    run away roller coaster/tram, not exactly original, but i could definitely imagine that as being a happy time, lol

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    My happiness is spring and fairies... hmmmmm....

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    Hmm, my idea of happiness wouldn't be someone else's.
    A head rich and full of ideas, solitude and all the time in the world to put them down on paper.
    Some external validation after all the effort would be perrrfect.

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    What a difficult topic. There aren't a lot of things from the physical world that is guaranteed to make me happy. One of the things that does is rain. But rain symbolizes sadness.

    Does this mean we all have to draw the sort of universally acknowledged symbols like rainbows, butterflies, sunshine and laughing children? Or can it be something that has personal meaning?

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    Rhdnor, paint your version. Don´t be a poser.

    Bertling, as long as the piece makes you feel happy. No rainbows, butterflies or sunshine necessary. Paint as much rain as you want.

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    i think your all making this harder for yourselves than it has to be. Remember this is illustration and not fine art, your being asked to illustrate happiness, which could be anything from kids playing on a beach to a cats happiness when it plays with a mouse before it kills it, or even a cop enjoying his job of gunning down hordes of zombies. Yes colour and tone could play a big part here, but no more so than any other good illustration. Just remember this isn't abstract expressionism, so your deepest emotional feeling aren't being asked here, or at least i hope not, lol

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    grenogs is absolutely right. As long as the piece makes me (or you) smile, it's fine!
    It can be silly, serious, super spritzy and even a little sad.

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    Hi guys,

    For me you can feel hapiness in simple things. Today with big cities and a lot of technological stuffs things are a little harder.
    So, this image appeared im my mind and i did the sketch from imagination.
    Its a girl sitting down in a wheat field feeling the breeze of a warming morning. She no worry about anything, just enjoying that moment.
    What do you think?

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    I like it Luk, but I think you should keep the idea of the floating wheat (or whatever that stuff is in the air) from the original sketch. I think it makes for a more interesting picture because there is variation in shapes added by those tiny flecks of whatever. Make sure to soften their edges so it appears they are in motion.

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    My idea of happiness, my wife and new baby girl
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    The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
    mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all
    science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who
    can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
    is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
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    Happiness at a desk with an infinite clock, no interruptions. Or perhaps just the moment of being caught in one's thoughts. I might add to it my sketch paper finished because I started too high.

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    Hi Rhdnor, beautiful sketch! I like it! im already imagining it all in color

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    Luk999 Thanks I've really messed up the layout though, I need to shuffle some elements around and compose them better and I think the Chinese dragon has to go, he looks a bit pathetic.

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    Rhdnor, the sketch is great so far but you have to work more on it, paying attention how to lead the eyes through the image. THe base of the clock creates a line the lead the eye to the left bottom of the image and there is nothing to make the eyes come back. You should change the angle or think in something else And you could use differents sizes for each objects to create depth and rhythm.
    Keep it up!

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    So I worked on the layout a bit, I thought if I plan to color this I ought to at least plan it because I usually don't and land up spending twice the time on an artwork and then it collects cobwebs for months before I force myself to pick up the pen again. Luc999 took your advice and whipped out my old light table and worked on the eye traveling. I'm wondering if the sea monster is confusing the flow and ought to be laterally inverted, kinda supposed to go anti-clockwise before the whole thing spills on to the table.

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    Hi Rhdnor, its so much better, i like the way you put the elements. The sea monster is breaking a little bit the eye traveling ( cause it breaks the flow at first) but it still working. Maybe if during the painting you dont put to much detail, contrast and saturation on the sea monsters could be better. Or you can think in something else or invert it, putting first the tail and the head down the way

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    Some more steps. Maybe i work a little more on it.
    Deadlyhazard, i like your idea, i should put some things flying

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    Girl on tree is a reference by http://eirian-stock.deviantart.com/g...et=72#/d1thiav
    girl in front, is my fat ass xD
    Not too happy with it yet, but it's getting there.
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    Luk99 Coming along nicely, the mood is definitely there and the girl is very pretty.
    LAFAiry I like it, theme, idea and everything, I just wish they weren't so far away from each other, sort of beats the purpose of two people being together in the same shot sharing happiness. THe photo ref seems to be a closed in shot (or closer), I wish they were bigger and closer together, that's all.

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    Thanks for pointing that out. I was thinking of adding another one lying down, or bunches of flowers. I'll play with it.

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    Feel free to crit away. Just riffing right now...
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    Keep up the good work, my pretties!

    Finals thread up.

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    I tried bringing them closer together, but it just seems off, so I'll try to add another creature into the meadow.
    The more fae the happier I am. I can't forget the pixies, tho.

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    LA-Fairy So where's your latest? Show the fairy love. And I mean that in a purely artistic clean way.

    I've come this far, and then boredom and exhaustion took over like it often does, just can't seem to sustain my interest for very long, does anybody else have this problem? It's sort of like woweeee I can't wait to finish and one day later it's like sigh... I seriously need some discipline, but I'd prefer to do this out of sheer love for the craft. I remember the days when I was kid and I had to told to put my drawing material away, it's time to sleep!

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    Hey all--

    Sorry I didn't join sooner. I really like this topic! Here is mine so far. I'm going to change the angle of her head, and give her a lamp and candle for lighting the luminarias, but it's a start

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