Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wide Load color


Quick color study done in watercolor. Any suggestions/critiques welcome!

22 comments:

Monica said...

This is excellent for a quick study, Tom. It's great to see you trying watercolors. I think you could use a bit more shading, with watercolors you can layer color on top of color, and this way add keep some areas light and others dark. You could do that a bit more on the snail blue "house" and perhaps add a few different shades of green on the landscape... But this is really good, and a fun idea!

Alicia Padrón said...

I'm loving this watercolor Tom. Looks beautiful.
I do have a suggestion. Right now, my eye goes directly to the red mushroom house. The color is acting as a focal point. You don't want that, you want your focal point to be the car and the snail. So I you are planning on going with this color scheme then I think your should change the mushroom to another color maybe in oranges with red spots only and use the beautiful bold red in the car.

You'll se how your eye will go immediately there.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Tom....love this piece...the colour is wonderful....

I have missed so much with all the stuff going on here...nice to finally have a chance to pop by and see all the wonderful things everyone has created,...

carli said...

Tom, i love it. i know nothing about working with watercolor but it looks good to me. I do see what Alicia was saying about the mushroom house drawing your attention. It is so cute

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks for all the suggestions. I hope to work up a new color version tomorrow!

Alicia Padrón said...

Besides.. dudes in red convertibles are always in a hurry aren't they? ;o)

Tom Barrett said...

Ha! Yea, that's right, Alicia.

Lori said...

tom, this is so creative and sweet! You did a great job drawing the car in perspective. I have such a hard time with that. And, the expressions on the snail and ant are perfect!

rbaird said...

Well thought out for the theme!

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Lori. Perspective isn't the easiest for me either. :P The more I draw, the better I get at it!

Thanks, Roberta!

Jess said...

I love the 'colouring in' bit and find it hard not to use very colour in my box! I'm looking forward to your next installment. :)

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Jess. Was fun painting it. it was exciting to watch it come to life as I added the ayers of color.

sketched out said...

This is the cutest idea for the theme! I just love it. It's great to see it in color too. Alicia, as usual had a great point. Stronger colors should be used on focal points, since your eye goes right to reds, etc.

But other than that, looks like watercolor is your thing! Not everyone is so successful with them this soon, or have you worked with them before?

Great piece!

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Linda. The last piece I did in watercolor was the IF: Blanket illustration. Since I have been trying to learn a bit more about the medium, and was careful to lay in the colors lightly with each layer.

RyanLoghry said...

I like Alicia's color suggestion. I would suggest inking it with either a dip pen, or a rapidograph. Just my 2 cents.

Cheryl said...

How sweet and funny at the same time!

Kate said...

I agree with Alicia also. A red car would add balance and allow your eye toflow around the illustration.

Love the way the garden turned out though.

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Ryan, Cheryl and Kate!

Kstyles said...

WOnderful idea! I'm aspiring to illustrate as well. Good luck with everything.

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Katrice! Same to you!

Chickengirl said...

Love the concept of this...its like this magical land I would like to take a visit!

ENZO said...

I just happend to have left a comment for your first sketch, after I had seen Bee's wide fairies, which was great. I decided to delete it, and comment on the finished one, which came out amazing. Wether you decide to change anything its still a great piece.

Renzo Hernandez