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  09 September 2012

Software : Photoshop, Sketchbook Pro

This is a illustration for a cover book of a novel youth. The history is about an Amerindian legend which takes place north of Quebec.

On the presentation of the sketches, the editor preferred this provision. My difficulty was not to create a zone too closed by the profile of the Amerindian and the tree, in the center of the image.

Is my English text correct because am I French-speaking?

With the margins (bleed and security):

Eve C.
  10 October 2012
You need to work on edge consistency. You have so many contradicting edges in your image that makes no sense.

Edges can be sharp, firm, soft, or lost, but you have to know why you are using them in your image. Edges either follow logical focal plane hierarchy like a camera lens does, or follow artistic planning, such as putting sharp edges at the main areas of interest in the image. In your image, you have both very soft and very sharp images everywhere, creating an incoherent and illogical whole that's neither logical or artistic.

You've got a huge face that takes up almost 40% of the the image real estate, yet it is rendered with blurry brushwork as if the person is out of focus, and then only the hair/brow are rendered with sharp detail. It makes no sense at all and looks awkward.

On the tree branches you have the same problem of really blurry snow on sharp branches. Snow is not blurry. Google for images of snow and you'll see how sharp snow actually looks in landscapes.

You also need to use proper references. That head doesn't look convincing at all, especially when contrasted against the background, which seems to have used references. You need consistency in style in an image. If you are not advanced enough to fake something, then don't do it--take the time to research proper references or even take your own photo references.

The lighting also doesn't make sense. You have a back-lit scene, yet the main elements in your scene don't follow the lighting scheme at all, especially the character. If you don't know how to depict a back-lit character, then use references. Setup household lights and take some photo references that match the lighting setup of your scene.
  10 October 2012
Thank you

Thanks for the comments. It is just a pity that the illustration is already delivered to the Publisher. But, I remember for next time.
Eve C.
  10 October 2012
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