The older version as seen here rubs me off the wrong way. Other than the unnatural look of a mouse having such pumped arm muscles, it lacked traits such as humility, reluctance, and a tiny speck of valor that rips through that reluctance.
What process did just go through to know how to pick such colors when shading and adding highlights..? Was it really all just observation? Any tutorials? Or was there something you read?
I'm finding it hard choosing the right colors while adding shadows and highlights. I noticed in this picture, that the right side of the cape is bluish-white, which is suggesting there is a light source that is white around that area. And the ruffles in the clothing, the shadows are reddish brown while the upper parts are yellowish white. The colors are different yet it blends in well.
It looks simple to draw but when you actually get to it, it's very difficult for me. How do you do it..? I know that what you probably might say is practice, which is correct, but I believe there is more to it than just practice and observation.
I've been looking at your work for hours (Mostly redwall), and I know I'm improving. I'm in the process of drawing something similar to this. If you don't mind, would you be willing to critique it once I'm finished?
Sorry if I sound imposing or annoying.. I'm just fascinated with your artwork.. xD
Process? Honestly, through all the years I've been studying about color here and there, I forgot where I found them. [link] This is a treasure trove of knowledge. I suggest you dig into it. How one person colors just depends on their experience, practice and knowledge. As far as thinking and choosing the right colors is concerned, it's simply all about picking the light sources, light intensity, ambient lighting, or just the general tone of the image. The rest just comes naturally.
i like this new mouse version. i agree that the old one did seem a bit too cocky, though if his mussels were toned down he would be perfect for a mouse like gonff. this ine feels a lot more like matthais, wishing for peace while fighting. really great illustrations, definitely faved.
Your illustrations for the Redwall series are amazing....they've basically made me start reading the books, I'm on Mattimeo right now. I can't believe I didn't read them when I was younger. This new version of the Mouse is really sweet, great job.