Starting another draft of my 'Painted' novella cover.
I still like the original composition, but I should have started with the background first. This sketch is my attempt to recapture atmosphere and put in some setting. Then I'll re-paint the characters; hopefully they won't look so stiff this time.
You seem to be afraid of hands. That was one of the first impressions I got. Hidden in shadows, unrendered, or only basically formed.
Do a bunch of hand studies. The hands are so expressive and can add or take away a lot of life and expression in your art. Do a few pages of hand studies and revisit some of your ideas (but in the form of new work!).
You got the right idea posting up some gestures and figure studies. do many of those and apply what you learn in your creative work.
Identify what bothers you the most in your work, and make a plan to flesh those out.
In addition to that just some cookie-cutter suggestions. Do your anatomy studies, draw from life and from reference. Learn more about color theory, and do some color studies to help you understand light in action.
Your novella covers are coming along nicely, although it would be nice to see the colours tightened a little bit, and I would remove the black around the tree in "painted" as it is quite distracting. Looking good.
@AllyAlbon - The black lines will definitely be going away, once I think I've got a good grasp on where I'm going. And thank you!
As promised to Sepulverture, one half an hour of hand practice (wow, I needed it). I've decided that if someone takes the time to offer some helpful exercise advice, the least I can do is follow up on it. So guys, you're allowed to give me homework. I appreciate it!
Very nice work on the hands! They're very fluent and the line quality is great. I also really enjoy your digital pieces; you have beautiful choices of colors in your works and use a nice variation in tones to create a lot of contrast. Some of the digital works, such as the tree, could be blended a bit more, but it's a great start!
It's probably obvious, I suppose, looking at my stuff, that I've really specialized in the human figure and done little else. So... this is a (short, incomplete) list of things in art that scare me. I'll try working on each of these in turn.
* drawing children
* drawing two or more characters interacting
* drawing crowds
* drawing architecture / buildings
* drawing cityscapes
* drawing machinery
* using vivid colors
* drawing characters interacting with their environment
* drawing clutter
* painting outside the 'lines'
I love those covers! Makes me want to read them (just curious, what are they about?) Your rendering is coming a long really well! My only tip (since I'm a beginner) is that be careful when painting with a lighter color with low opacity over a darker color. This tends to produce the "muddy" color effect that takes away from the clean finish.
I love those covers! Makes me want to read them (just curious, what are they about?)
The series is a high fantasy about a cursed immortal trying to find Death, as well as a love story (the same way Homer's Odyssey is a love story). It's episodic, and we keep changing the sub-genres, so the 'what are they about' changes from book to book. I wanted to write a series that wasn't the same story retold over and over again. First book's a romantic intrigue, the third book's a comedy, the fifth book's horror, the sixth is science fiction... If you want to check it out, here's the link. I'm giving away downloads of my first book for free.