The first two have an unconvincing shadow…the head of the raptor’s shadow doesn’t wrap over the critters heads correctly. This will require a LOT of adjusting.
First try at a critter lost in a cornfield. (These are all sketches that were drawn in pencil, photographed and brought into Procreate on the Apple iPad Pro.) While working up the value study I got carried away and added color. I will paint them in watercolor once the image is right.
Then I thought it might be more interesting with a group of terrified critters. I found I was still missing the anticipation part of E. B. Lewis’s four rules.
Tried another version where you could see the expanse of corn that they’re lost in and then tried to figure out how to bring anticipation into the image.
Big improvement. E. B. is right, of course. We’re storytellers not people who make pictures. Now I need to tweak the shadow to make it more effective as a element of anticipation. I also have to figure out how to make the shadow look realistic…or at least how a shadow might look on top of a cornfield.
I’ll follow these up with another once it’s done!
We we had the rare pleasure of a guest illustrator at our last GBIG meeting. E. B. Lewis is an extraordinary artist and illustrator. He calls himself an “Artistrator”.
We enjoyed seeing his work up close and he gave us each a portfolio critique. We learned a great deal about his preferences and how he teaches artists to create excellent illustrations and portfolios that will get them their next job.
We decided to give ourselves the assignment prompt he mentioned during the meeting. “Lost”. I’ve started playing with some ideas and thought I’d post some here and there as I move along. This first sketch started out as a rough drawing just to practice lighting to see if I could get the lighting to work. I took it much further than I had expected since I was having so much fun. This was done in Procreate on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil.
Hope you enjoy them!