Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Color Palette etc.


Hi Guys, I'm still working on this piece- I got distracted for a little while but now I'm determiend to finish this by the end of the week. I'm curious- I am going for an earth tonsey kind of feel, but I wonder if the illustration is too brown? The rabbits won't be colored quite as extreme as depicted here- they are just base colors. Also, do the items on the table look alright? Do you think there should be more?

5 comments:

pete said...

I really enjoy seeing color on the linework! Something about the progression really intrigues me...especially with digital art (something I'm completely unfamiliar with).

I think your start to the bear, in particular, is awesome. His expression is perfect and your start to color looks awesome too.

Maybe the yellow tablecloth is making all the browns blend together. A bolder color, or pattern, on the tabletop (maybe even white) might make them pop more...and just might offset the earthy feel. Although, that might create havoc with all the items you have on the table. Hmmmm, that's my 2 cents worth. Good luck!

By the way, are you a Photoshopper or Corel Painter? I always wonder which software artists prefer.

AWells said...

Thank you Pete for your comments! I will play around with the table color to see if a better color combo can be found.

I use photoshop- I don't have any idea how to use painter. I got a trial version once but was never able to get the hang of it.

The main reason I work this way, is that you can lock layers. For instance, all the rabbits that are a flat color can be on seperate layers, then I apply a "layer lock" so I can only color within pixels that have already been laid down. This makes the actual painting part so much easier because I do not have to worry about coloring outside the lines :)

sara.b said...

Hey Aja! I just adore this illustration, it looks beautiful and I can't wait to see all of the colors come together.

I too feel the table cloth needs something else. I like the idea of a pattern, or maybe the pattern can be on the walls, or on the chair in the livingroom? But that's me, always sticking a pattern somewhere. The other concern about the yellow table cloth is there are a lot of yellow food items on the table. I would also, when adding more to the base colors, make the two rabbits in the foreground a bit more different in their browns. Maybe make the son a redder tone, or vise versa.

Great start tho! man, the expressions are priceless! :D

BTW, know how it is with getting off track. hehe :P

Isaac Marzioli - Freelance Illustrator said...

I've always used photoshop for my digital work - I've always been curious about Painter because I hear (and have seen) that you can get some really great brush strokey illustrations (stuff that totally looks like real paint), but I'm so used to photoshop, and since I like the results of my pieces, it's hard to want to find time to experiment with another program...

I really like where you're going with this piece! The start on the bear is great - I like the rendering so far - I don't know if the table cloth needs a pattern - it could be distracting - but it depends on what you do with the color and shadows...all of the overlapping characters and stuff already add the dimension that you don't necessarily need a pattern - but, of course, since you are working in photoshop - maybe you can attempt something and just erase it if it looks better without....

Isaac Marzioli - Freelance Illustrator said...

Oh - and one more thing - just watch the tangents with all the new items you're adding to the table...it's not doing it currently, but the rabbit on the bottom right - his ears - could easily tangent of you're not careful with it - but since you've drawn it in where it isn't tangenting, then you probably will continue with that...so nevermind.

One final thing to note - the glass between the two rabbits at the bottom of the picture - the elipse at the top of the glass should be seen more, it seems to be at the wrong angle from where it is on the table.

Also - since I'm looking down there - the bowl behind the rabbit at the bottom, on the right - the top of the bowl is cut off by the rabbit's arm, so that totally flattens it out...it'd be nice to see a peek or some sort of view of the contents of the bowl, which would totally add to the dimension...