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!