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    These are 2 Christmas card designs ive been working on, im going to try to sell some at my local library


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  • #2
    I like the actual artwork, but having designed a slew of Christmas cards in the past, I'm having trouble finding the actual "Christmas" in these designs. Are you going to be adding in some type of Christmas elements in the finished, colored pieces?

    I would consider giving the dude in the first picture a cooler coat; the one he's wearing kinda looks like he stole the Michelin Man's outfit. You might also want to consider maybe having the girl looking either forward at the viewer and happier or having her looking up contentedly at the gent she's with.

    I like the addition of the breath condensation, but don't forget to give a little wisp to the dog, too, since he's also producing easily as much warmed oxygen as his two humans.

    The second illustration SCREAMS for a either a moon in the window (perhaps with a silhouette of Santa and his reindeer if you're going the traditional, Santa Claus route) or perhaps an interpretation of the Star of Bethlehem if you're going in a more religious direction.

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    • #3
      Great feedback Jeff I lol at the Michelin man coat comment, i prob won't change the coat because I do like it, the dog condensation thing is great I don't know how the hell I missed that, I'll make the girl look a bit happier as well, for the second card yea I'll def add in a moon and Santa silhouette also going to add some built up snow on the window frame, I was going to keep them in black and white?
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      • #4
        Very good drawing. Show the whole figures on the first one. It shows lack of planning and is awkward to crop feet like that.

        The second one it loks like they are floating rather than sitting on a bed. Best to draw the bed and not use the sky pattern.

        and i agree, nothing about these say Christmas.
        Last edited by Symson; 10-24-2013, 08:09 PM.
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        • #5
          thanks symson, ill draw the whole figure of the man, for the second one they are meant to b sitting on a window ledge so ill add more detail to the bottom to show that, ill post the updated version here when its done
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          • #6
            I think the pattern on the bench they're sitting on is too similar to the snow falling outside. The 1st piece could use a background of some flavor to counter all the whiteness of the snow. Maybe a tree line or sidewalk.
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            • #7
              heres an updated version of the first card, i added more detail to the characters, some trees i think that does make a big difference veritas cheers,
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              • #8
                hers the second one, i think ill have text in the bottom space saying seasons greetings or something
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                • #9
                  You still have them sitting on the night sky.
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                  • #10
                    The trees are a HUGE improvement on the first piece; helps to break up the white background and gives the image some depth. Glad to see the addition of visible breath to the hound, but you might consider moving the point of origin of all the breath a smidgeon closer to the respective mouths; where they are, they feel just a little---disjointed. Also, I'm still unsure as to the characters' "line of sight" or as to why the young lady still looks a little---I dunno---frightened? I'd say they're looking at the dog, but his/her position regarding their line of sight is wrong. Plus, STILL not getting an X-Mas vibe off of it. Perhaps if the guy was wearing a makeshift Santa hat or carrying a Christmas present or even a bow and some doggie reindeer antlers on the pooch; anything to "Christmas" it up...

                    The addition of the Santa with sleigh, the moon and the streaks on the windows really make the other design feel Christmas-y. Nice touch with the Spidey mug the boy is holding, too! I don't mind that the cushion they're sitting on is similar to the night sky, but you might want to consider some wainscoting on the wall below them to add some texture and don't forget to make the cushion they're sitting on a little more---I guess distorted? It would likely show some indication of their weight where they're sitting and maybe bulge out a little here and there as whatever it's filled with is displaced by their weight. Also, IMHO, the tree on the right side is unnecessary as it's competing with the curtains and kind of distracts the eye away from the Santa silhouette (which, making it white against the black sky was genius!)...

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                    • #11
                      I really like your drawings, and I agree, your updates brought good improvement.

                      My only serious issue is that the first piece still doesn't bring a warm, happy Chritsmas feel. It looks like a night time walk in the woods, a tiny bit solemn, a tiny bit lonely. If I were designing the background for the figures, I would choose between two options.
                      1) Stick with the woods idea, but make it warm and welcoming. That needs maybe a nice wooden cottage, with windows lit, maybe some decoration and a childrens/folktale vibe to it.
                      2) Alternatively, you can place them in a city - for inspiration there are quite a few romantic comedies exploiting the Christmas charm (and I actually like Serendipity :-$). So you can put like an ice ring in the background and dress up the trees in Christmas lights, might even add a stall (love roasted chestnuts) turning the whole thing into a city park. But above all making it full of life and joy.

                      My other, less serious issue is that the guy in the first picture seems a bit too far back in depth compared to the girl, which I recon might be caused by his legs placed further back with a tad too strong foreshortening on the left one (his right). (He looks all right down to mid thigh - just try to cover the bottom bit of the picture and hopefully you will see what I mean -
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                      Last edited by Einar; 10-25-2013, 04:53 PM.
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                      • #12
                        Thanks einer yea I will prob add some more scenery in the background make it look like they r in a park or something, I'm also going to give the guy a Santa hat, I'll post it in a few days time
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                        • #13
                          ok new updated versions

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                          • #14
                            Nice! Now the walking scene is feeling much more like a Christmas scene and less like a generic winter scene! Wonderful additions!

                            I like the addition of the "Season's Greetings" to the window scene, but I'd recommend a more Christmasy font. Just check out "Fontspace.com", do a search for "Christmas" and it'll probably come up with a zillion great fonts and the best part is---they're free!!!

                            Keep up the great work, man!

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                            • #15
                              Quite nice updates, bedtime143.
                              Cheers,
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