Here are my WIP (work in progress) on the Llama Dude.
In the second picture I only use the lasso tool and gradient. The rectangle on the left will eventually be an open window, and yes, the Dude is holding a cigar. For the finishing touch I intend to add smoke or rings of smoke maybe? :)
After working on the Ferret Madonna, I realized that I had skip some very important techniques that I'm learning to use at the Oakley Academy classes.
I need to familiarize myself with the lasso tool to the point of being comfortable with it, so i've decided to try an other funny animal painting, and not skip any (uncomfortable) steps.
This time I picked the painting Man with a Cat by Cecilia Beaux, an American Impressionistic painter, because it has a lot more painterly effect than the painting that I had picked, Lady with a ermine by Leonardo Da Vinci, for the Ferret Madonna.
Here are the sketches that I'll be working with. Some are done in pencil some are digital.
Here are a few new knotties from my Anne's sketchbook static page which is dedicated to my little knotty characters. Knotties are the little heroes/sprites that populate two stories that I began writing a year ago.
I'm slowly getting into their character development concept.
It will be interesting to see where all this takes me, but I'm up for the challenge.
Last night I submitted the Ferret Madonna to my class at chris Oatley academy. two students suggested that I 'd sharpen and darken part of her nose and the mouth. Here is the result. I also worked on the pup's face, the hand and de-saturated a little the colors in the clothes.
The second picture I used less saturation on the whole painting.
Which is your favorite?
If you have any suggestion on how I can improve on this picture, don't hold back, let me know.
The Magic Box is an on-line class that I sighed up for though Oatley Academy.
This is the second part of the Fancy Animals, Lesson #2
I've worked on this painting off and on for about 8-9 days. I had a blast, and learned tones.
Still, I have to admit they were some rough spots that I just couldn't quite work out. I think that part of it was a poor drawing of the hand, as I was uncommitted on whether to give it a human like hand or a real ferret paw, and the angle of the hand to the pup ferret' chin.
Downloading this pictures on this blog makes me realize how much more intense the colors appear compared to when I was working on Photoshop.
I'm not a fan of the clothes, but fortunately a lesson on clothing will soon fallow.
One of my favorite thing about taking this class, Magic Box, at Oatley Academy is the camaraderie from students all over the world, through constructive criticism and encouragement. Not only are we learning AWESOME stuff from our instructor, Chris Oatley, but also from one another.