Tuesday, April 13, 2010

new kid praying

So I took your suggestions and changed it to night - I also changed the character into a boy (but only because I had already done the other one with a girl...and changing it to a boy makes it a completely different illustration that I can submit to the stock image sites).  I also took care of the knee problem by blocking it's view with a bed.  Anyway this is a more traditional illustration of a child praying...and it was done in Adobe Illustrator.  It's taking forever to finish though as I can't seem to draw it without effects that keep getting messed up when I resave it as an illustrator 8 file (I use cs3 and the stock illustration sites all require 8 eps files).  So it's been uploaded to two sites (which accept Illustrator 10 files) and I have to redraw the light and sky and the highlights on the boy if I want to submit it to any other site.  Not that you need to know any of that, but I thought I'd share.

Concurrently I'm retooling the pitch I did for Nickelodeon (as it was turned down last month).  I've picked up a pitch partner who's a script coordinator on the show I work on and she's even written an episode of Fairly Odd Parents.  I never thought I'd be spending my time trying to pitch a tv show (because it's so incredibly hard to get it on air), but I figured that I could at least use the story ideas and drawing concepts to make a children's book.  But we'll see...

EDIT:  Here it is again - with a bit of a change from the outer space window...
all the blends have been changed to gradients because when they're back saved to illustrator 8 eps, all the blends freak out and turn into 25 or so color shapes and make the drawing look sloppy.  And the light in the sky was originally a 'lens flair' gradient that, when back saved, turned into a series of bitmaps.  So it was changed to just a simple gradient...and now, thanks to Steve's suggestion, the gradient goes to blue, not black...and the stars stop at some point.  I should have added trees or something, but I was having such problems with this illustration that i thought it was fine enough without it.

3 comments:

Steve Harpster said...

I like this one better. My only comment is there are way too many stars and they come too close to the earth. There should be trees or something to denote a horizon. It looks like he's on a space ship right now.

Patti said...

I agree with Steve. Good luck with the Nick pitch!

Tiddly Inks Digitals said...

I hope your pitch works out well. It is always a good idea to have someone to bounce ideas off of.

I like the changes to night...the stars look awesome. Something about the shadows on the side of his body though...maybe they need deepening to match the hair...just a thought.
I hope it goes well submitting to stock sites. :) Let us know. That is something I want to think about in the fall. :)

I didn't think the knees looked bad before, but hiding tricky angles is never a bad approach. LOL