Friday, September 19, 2008

The result of poor planning...

back when i was watching the Olympics- I started doodling on Photoshop- The sky- the temples...China's amazing aesthetic was invading my brain..and I liked it. I was very happy about the idea- the moon festival when chinese kids light floating candles... I was happy with the non-typical of me composition... But I didn't sketch first-I was just winging it. And then I wanted to add the kids... these have to be version 7 and 8 of the kids..... usually, I draw the characters first - then have to create the enviroment for them.. usually producing a not so cohesive image... Here - I did the opposite, stepped out of the comfort zone.. and it's driving me CRAZYYYYYYY! Version 7 :


These are very Small World looking- way simple. And I'm playing with texture and brushes- and they look like felt...

Version 8:



I tell ya- i'm not happy with either... and you should have seen 1,2,3,4 and 5- (6- I don't want to talk about)

Uhhhhhhhhhg.

I'm going to get off of the computer and back to the sketchbook.- Scan in a drawing that I'm happy with. If it ain't broke...

10 comments:

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Oh you'll work it out! I can see it coming together very nicely... I experience the same thing all the time and I always feel like I'm in the gutter... then I tell myself "you can do this" and when you really think about it, you can

it's a beautiful idea, and the composition is very pleasing... you've got what it takes, and it will finish nicely

Christina Ann Rodriguez said...

I like the way you illustrated the characters more in the 8th one...the expressions and I love the hair on the girl in red....but I like more how the characters are interacting more with the scenery in your number 7......best of luck and don't get too frustrated!! I really like where it is going and am excited to see what you finally come up with!

Alicia Padrón said...

I think no. 7 is wonderful Kelly! I really love those 2 characters and their poses too. The background is just lovely.

Chrissy Fanslau said...

I think version 7 is coming along nicely. Seems like maybe you can alter or add a few things, or maybe it just needs a little more detail. The concept is great, I like the atmosphere and the kids' interaction. I'd like to see how this turns out... :O) Best of luck, you're doing a great job!

Jennifer said...

Hmmm.. I really like version 7. I know what you mean about never being quite satisfied, though. But that's a good thing! Keeps you pushing for more. :-)

Kelly Light said...

Thanks for all of the input- I think I will work on 7- their poses help the zig-zag of the composition. 8 is just too stiff. I'll post it when i'm done.

Eric Barclay said...

These are really wonderful, Kelly! When I just looked at the pictures (without reading the commentary), I thought it was a two-part series... kids at the lake (#7) and then again later as a young couple (#8). The body language for both illustrations is perfect... a young couple would be kind of stiff at first.

Really love the washed feel of these-- stunning work.

Eli said...

I really like the poses in the top, but also the faces in the lower. The water and silhouette look great in both!

rebekah said...

version 7 is sweet! the background is real pretty, and i do love the reflection on the water. and the kids look perfect in the picture. looking forward to seeing the lighted candles in your finished work!

LillyZoo said...

Beautiful work kelly! Finish it. I want to see.