AldayJ: Thanks! I love when the little boys come off well. I think cutesy cartoon kids are harder to do than you'd think! Ha! I'm glad you like the toony style. I seem to do best at it. Maybe I'm starting to find myself a bit, y'think?
Flaskpost: He was my fav of that batch. Perhaps I'll do a paint over. I'm trying to up my tablet skills anyhow. I suck with a tablet pretty hard so I need the practice. Thanks for the post, bro!
XSFXX2000 (Your name is a tongue twister! lol I don't even care if I get it right anymore. lol): I tried a bit of your idea. I actually had considered that but was afraid it made him look more like Beast from Xmen. Take a look.
Seth1: Man, all I can do is think about the workshop. Should be awesome! I gotta get good by then! lol
Qxzi: Like I said, when I get some time I'll try and explain some of that stuff better. Keep up the hard work, bro. Thining 3D is the really big key and understanding basic value. Than we have to work on our line quality... which I still blow at. Err...
ThatFatKid: Hey, man! Yea, the workshop is always at the tip of my brain. I'm so pumped about it I'm crapping Candy Corn... Or something... random. You think this is a style flowin' outta me?! I hope I'm starting to find my own. I'm getting ready to graduate man so I have to feel like I'm my own person now. lol I'm still continually reminded by my work that I have to keep workin' at those basics tho. Anyways, keep at your thread too!!!
Hyver: Thanks a ton for the 5 stars! I was a 3.89 forever! lol I'm finally at the 4.00 mark!! Heck yes! Much appreciated, mate. I love how you refered to my sketchbook as a yummy journey. lol
Guggen: You're right, but I tend to think that in the illustration arena, contrast is king. Plus I'm a big fan of those sort of works, like Carravagio's stuff, etc. If you do play up those dark cast shadows then you'll make that image pop a bit more. Doesn't have to be jet black but it should be considerably darker. But this should be noted that you should only play up these values if you're wanting to make an area more 3D or more of a focal point. I mean, I've used it alot on my life drawings. Like I'll render one area like that and others I'll leave less described. Whatev. I love cylinders in my head. That's why I included it! lol You goin' to Montreal?
KingCoyote: Love the ideas, man! Thanks for taking the time to type all of that. I tried the Red thing and thought that maybe if I used that cool blue to make the ox pop more it might do something. I experminted with it for quite a bit. I think what I came up with is pretty successful, based on your advice as well, man! Thanks a ton!! Let me know what you think.
Mentler: I'm freakin' outta my mind!!!! Thanks for comin' back around, sir.
And now this wee little update on my Ox. This isn't clean or anything. I just Photoshoped the lines and started tweaking some swatches of color in area to see what schemes I liked. So this is more like a color sketch. Hence the rough areas where it doesn't really match the form or lines, etc. It's just to get a basic idea of what I might be lookin' for. I tried to keep my colors flat but I want to do the comic book thing so I can get some variety out of what I do have. So here's the basic idea. Again, this isn't a final image, just a rough idea of what I was thinking. Plus, I think I'm gonna have to do this bastard by hand with actual paint. Ick. But I think I might scan this, paint it up in Photoshop really nice and actually it would look pretty slick on shirts and stuff. What do ya'll think?? Definately want some feedback. Thanks in advance!! More sketches coming in the days to come!
EDIT** Greensock: I changed the horns... I really agree with that comment on the warm tones. Hopefully this is better.