Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Illustration Friday: JUNGLE

Jungle makes me think of creepy things and monsters. I have been practising with watercolor and it's really a difficult medium for me, very hard to control and manipulate it into the look that I want... I think I might have used too many colors here...any suggestions welcomed :)

13 comments:

pip said...
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pip said...

nice perspective. i like the detail and composition. i also struggle with colour. perhaps if you greyed out the background colours it would bring out the cute guys in the front more.

carla said...

I really like your creatures and the lush foliage. I think the colors are fine, but perhaps having more contrast of darks and lights would make each element more distinct. Even so, I think this is really lovely!

marcisenders said...

Cute!

MGBEERS said...

I think the colors are great! Nice variety of shades, really says "jungle". I think its cute too! You mentioned creepy, with darker colors around the creatures, it probably would be creepier. :-)

Sweet Pea said...

I really like this and I think your characters are lovely - they remind me a little of Moonintrolls.
Very nice illustration:)

arvindh said...

Love the rich detail!

Donna Leong said...

Thanks for all your comments. They are all very constructive. Really helps me to pull back from it and see where the problem is. And thanks for visiting my site :)

michael dailey said...

i think it looks really colorful and appealing. nice work

Debra Cooper said...

This is great. Those little creepies in the jungle look as though they are curious as to who you are. I like the little blue one by the log with it fingers holding on. All the colors are beautiful. Fun, fun, fun.

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

I think this is a wonderfully imaginative painting! It's so nice to see watercolors used in this style for something other than landscape painting. Sometimes it is just fun to dip your brush in and just go for it.

Meg Shaw said...

The creatures in this are great. I like that they are just blobs with eyes....
As for the colour, I think there are two things that would be helpful. First, if you darken the foreground elements a bit more, it will help give the painting a stronger sense of depth.
Secondly, the greens may be too intense, and draw focus away from the critters. You might experiment with putting some sepia washes in parts to grey things a bit and bump up the contrast with the brighter parts of the picture.

I've been doing some watercolour too...but I haven't been as prolific as you...you've inspired me to do more.

Donna Leong said...

Thanks for your suggestions, Megan!