Monday, October 05, 2009

Illustration - any feedback?



Hello!


This is a personal illustration I've been working on since March. Not full time, I left it alone for a while and came back to it recently. It's a kind of concept art for a short film I was thinking of making. 


Anyway, whenever I think I'm getting close to finishing a piece I like to share it with people to get some feedback and critiques. It almost always ends up making the image stronger... so, any crits? I would really appreciate it. 


Here is a version with another tree in the foreground. Not sure what to do here. I think the tree helps the composition, fills that space. But I wanted to create a feeling of open fields etc... so maybe I should loose the tree? Any opinions?







Hope everyone is good out there!


Ken :D

34 comments:

Cutu said...

Hey tell us more about your short. Now you've made us all curious. Thanks for visiting my blog by the way. Regarding the coluring, most of it was made on flash and later imported into photoshop. Usually I do the roughs, lines and solid colors on flash exporting everything as separated files and merge and work them on photoshop. But hey, what can I say to someone with such a pollished tchnique such as yourself?

Bridie said...

I would put loads more trees in the foreground in order to give it that extra depth and distance......
Lovely work...and fine blogspot...

andrewQuintiliani said...

Very Bobby Chiu. Really love the characters, maybe something in the background? There is a lot of negative space, but I kind of like the open feeling.

Andy Mac said...

Some foreground elements to peek over would be cool,
- ill draw some of my other ideas and show you thursday ;)

Jörn said...

Tis is really cool Ken. Great action, great movement. And nice texturation.
When i want to create depth, i always use a simple way: foreground - middleground - background. So the tree is good. If i would make something with your illustration i would create some more hills to carry the eye and end it with a small but particular thing at the horizon, something people know - like a house or a cow - to insure the comparison.
But i like it like it is now!

pakoto said...

I love this! great work, Ken

Claudio Cerri said...

Hi Dear Ken, how are you?
For my personal opinion, I don't draw the three. The composition sound good.
Sorry for my poor english. See you soon!

Leon Harmon said...

I freaking love it Kenneth! Makes me feel like a kid again.

Great colors and composition.

RAWLS said...

Short film eh?...

Scott Altmann said...

Great designs and energy in this one. Love it.


I kinda like it without the tree....

Ash Collins said...

it's great. as usual. git.

i was going to say that i felt the space on the left was maybe too long, but it's definitely better without the tree.

Abby said...

If I were using this picture as a wallpaper, I'd probably pick the version without the tree (more space for icons, after all!), but as far as illustrative purposes, I'd go with the tree. It gives the viewer a sense of depth and it feels like I'm really part of the scene, peeking in on a girl and her butterfly-chasing spree.

Kat said...

this is so wonderful!
i guess i would loose the left tree and put the right one in the foreground, to create some kind of curtain, to be introduced to scene, like vermeers "allegory of the art of painting".

(oh my, was that coherent?!)

great work!

Adrian Lubbers said...

Hey Ken. I like it without the tree on the left because it's drawing my eye away from the subject. Without it my eye goes STRAIGHT to the characters.
Sometimes I'll flip back and forth between the two really fast and just see where I look immediately.
Hope that helps.

Adrian

Carles said...
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Carles said...

First of all I´ve been following your blog for a few months, your work is amazing!

Besides I´m not a drawer or a specialist I think this drawing needs something in the left side but not as powerfull as that tree. I understand the intention of creating an open field but you could add another element at the middle ground to carry the eye into the left so that the open space can be appreciated. Otherwise we pay attention to the right side only. Anyway this drawing is great wether you add a tree or not, I can´t wait to see more of this short film.

4:09 PM

Philippe Gaulier said...

Hi Ken,
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Didn't visit your blog before either and found loads of cool stuff here :)
How was the work on "The Illusionist"? I am looking forward to watching it!

Personally, I would add some extra hills in the backgound, fading away in the distance and would get rid of the tree and the leaves/branch on the top right hand corner to give this feeling of open fields that you want. But I can see that everyone has already a different opinion about it :) Have fun finishing it anyway!

Philippe

perezvila™ said...

Hey Ken!
i really like the expressions of this characters! congratulations.
I believe that maybe you have to thing a bit different if your compition is ment to be animated...
becouse, when i see the image, i like it better wihout the tree... but when i think of a movie... the tree in the foreground, if you a add a camera, and comopose as 3D layers... will move faster than the other layers... (and slower the one in the background) and that really helps to enrich the movie... also you miss it from sight sooner, so it doesn't bother in the attention of the action, that will continue even once the tree has moved out of frame.

huge hug!

tinylittlesandra said...

oooh aren’t we the curious lot... I wanna hear more about it too, it looks so lovely!
I think both are really great. And I cant crit as such but I will say that the top one feels more conceptish to me. Its just gorgeous and open, you could jump right in. The second on feel feels (to me) like a shot from a scene. I feel like I'm spying on them, and less like I can get in there and join them.
Confuse you more, did I? :)
As for my bad boy, yep hes done in Flash. I love to do my own work traditionally, but when time is an issue I whack out the ol cintique :P
- Good to hear from you by the way.

Jose Ramos said...

Nice , nice , i love the expressions, and the colour is awesome too.
.Very,very cute!

carlos preto said...

love the style! really cool blg you have here :)

roory said...

Kenny this is awesome!....

Leave the tree out I reckon, I like the open-world feel, ya.

Good luck with the freelance stuff man, I'm sure you'll do great.

José Ramón said...

A very interesting blog.

Greetings from creativity and imagination photos of Jose Ramon

pablo pablo said...

great!

Christina Dee said...

This is such a cute painting Ken!! you got so many great opinions already, but I'm tempted to say make the tree in the foreground a bit thicker, perhaps even blur it a bit? Either way its looking great, cant wait to see what you choose in the final piece :)

Francisco Martins said...

Hey Ken!
aw, I loove this! dude this one is really awesome...such a great scene!
critics? humm, dude the only thing that I would probably do to this image (and I mean maybe) is texture the sky a little more. Other than this...it's PERFECT! great job man, you are awesome!

Francisco

Francisco Martins said...

PS: I like the tree. Maybe blur it a little? Perhaps Some small hills (far away) in the left side of the painting would make the composition look even beter.

Cheers man!

Mirella said...

it's lovelyyyyyyyyy!!! I love this composition!!!

Nathan Gaul said...

Love your blog man. As for this image I definitly like the designs on both the girl and this dog like creature. I want to see the Dog animated and bounding around in this colourful environment.

As for composition I think the tree helps lead the eye back towards the characters but also cuts off that open feeling you were going for. I think adding some element on the left side of the image, like a distinctive tree or boulder/rock formation, would balance it and keep the eye traveling around the image without losing the open feeling.

joonasjoonas said...

Looking great! but loose the tree! :D maybe just a bigger flowerthingie?

portos said...

grande professionista!
compliments from Milano.

charco said...

I'd say lose the tree on the left, or if you do add a framing device on the left, make sure it directs the eye to the characters. If you get stumped on that try creating a new layer and exaggerating the gestures of the characters out across the page. Personally I don't think it needs the left tree at all. Might I suggest lightening up the butterflies, particularly the further ones. Also- although this is just me, I'd make the rabbit bigger/heading more towards the camera.

Nadia said...

ooooh man! this is awesome, LOVE it!

Jmontiel said...

Nice work! Love it!