Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Illustration Friday: Theater


Dress Rehearsal

Thought I'd post my latest IF, haven't posted anything here for a while! I think I could have done better with the whole lights and shadow thing... I tried :)

6 comments:

Christy said...

Oh, I love how cute the mouse is. The lights are great...they actually look like they are lighted up from within. :)

Lyon said...

I love your use of the media. It's so delicate and expressive. I still find myself overworking many of my paintings. I think you nailed this one quite well.

Isaac Marzioli - Freelance Illustrator said...

I think this is quite a nice piece! It's very fun and whimsical and incredibly cute. I like how you handled the 'christmas' lights at the top...it looks like that'd be hard to do in watercolor...

I guess you could have pushed some of the darks to add some drama - but I don't know if that would have been necessary - you could always experiment with it in photoshop...

The only thing that bothers me is the middle mouse's right hand. I like the pose of what he's doing, but the right arm seems to be too curved up. I'd like to see the hand rotate slightly back away from the body...

But that's all - otherwise it's a great piece!

sara.b said...

Carmen, this is fantastic! Great composition, great textures, awesome colors, and I am in love with that mouse taking up center stage!

The trick to lights vs. darks in watercolor...purple vs. yellow. ;) And, not to be afraid to mess some pieces up experimenting with how bold you can go!

I think this is just perfect the way it is tho. Yeah, you could play with his arm like Isaac mentioned...but overall, beautiful.

pete said...

Sorry, I'm late to get in on this one.

I really enjoy the composition and color choices. The red-based colors really jump against the green compliments. Your characters are inviting and fun to look at.

I agree with Isaac. I feel like you could go darker with your shadows under their feet and on their costumes. The light source above appears strong but seems to get lost somewhat in transition...I have a hard time finding their shadows.

This is a beautiful illustration, in keeping with your other works. The framing of the stage with greenery really works well! What play are they acting?

Lara Lakshmi said...

Very sweet and child-like characters. The image has a lot of kid appeal due to your lovely details. Bravo.