Im new to Conceptart.
Im looking for some critique to improve my illustration skills..
I made a 2013 calendar for a client.
Its a single color illustration and i do not want to add any gradients or transparencies. This is because i want to produce a screen printed output.
I know it looks unprofessional but i do not know how or why.
What size will this be printed on? Right now there's a lot empty and bare space in the side and the dates are very small that may cause issues or at least irritation if they're printed in small size also. The sides could easily be used for memo areas and such though personally I'd use that space to make the calendar area larger.
As for the actual look, to me it's the bareness, colour (there's just one which causes the blank green side to mesh the same colour leaf side so the calendar itself doesn't pop, and it's a colour that I personally don't see very pleasant, probably because in here's a bit "old fashioned" colour that's generally used in old logos, like for banks), inconsistencies in the line widths (as well as the thinness of them, when it's accompanied with the large blank areas of colours) and design of the leaves which is extremely basic and lacks life.
Honestly, its really boring. Who would buy that? Kinda, dull.
If its just two colours, at least make it interesting to look at.
The print size is 11" x 19"
My idea was to put a nice quote about nature conservation on the right hand side. Thats why green. Yup the strokes are uneven and thin. Can fix that. Putting a logo and contact details will again hopefully make the layout look more "filled up". But how do i bring life to the illustration?
I am a total novice in this and have no technical or any other background in terms of illustration. You could say this is my first real try at drawing.
Yup exactly. I wouldnt buy it :-(
I will be using some handmade papers which have a very light green tint to it. Can you suggest a better green for the drawing? cmyk/rgb/#code . I will be physically mixing inks to get the desired color during print. I have noticed that the colors on screen and ink colors when reproduced on paper vary a lot. But this is the other end of the problem. For me the bigger issue is what can i do about the artwork?
Increased the stroke and put in some content. I started originally in CMYK mode. So when i export the JPEG in RBG the colors change.
Have you looked at art nouveau for some inspiration. It still looks like really gross office equipment that people don't care about.
Just wikied art nouveau. Guess im miles behind to even comprehend most things there. Could you suggest some material for me to refer to. As you can see im on level zero. Maybe a good book for dummies or something :-) so that i can pick up some basic rules i need to follow when i practice