I think this was one of the first pictures of yours that I saw, one of those that made me look closer at your stuff, anyway.
It's wonderfully peaceful (a rare moment of rest for two people who are almost constantly going out of one battle into another), and it's so clear that that's their home - something they're fighting to protect, and also a place to find strength. I really get a feeling of how small they are among these great (probably ages old) trees, and that steady rock/hill they can lean back on...
I think the choice of outlining just Sonic and Sally in ink, and leave the nature around without sharp lines, adds to the softness of it and that feeling of home. I don't know if this was another picture where you were unhappy with the grainy finish the paper gave, but honestly it works for the whole in this one; all these surfaces that are kind of uneven "come to life" better with that kind of texture. (right, I forgot - if you do want an effect of all-covering color, like darkness, placing a "flat color" layer of solvent marker first and then coloring with pencils on that can work great.)
This is really beautiful, you did a wonderful job rendering the depth of the woods. I love your used of color, and all the textures, and those light shafts you have drawn coming down through the trees. Creates a wonderful atmosphere.
Sonic and Sally are also drawn particularly adorable here.
Thanks, I think they came out better than all my other "couple" pics. Although now, every time I look at this, I keep thinking I really should have given the rays of light a slight yellow tint and it's going to forever bug me that I can't.
God this is good. Like, this is just so good. It's great. Everything about it is great.
For starters, there is your magnificent touch with the background. The way all the small, delicate strokes of the pencil adds up to these brilliantly-colored objects, the way it pulls you in with its subtle textures and unmistakable sense of dimension, is just fantastic, and I absolutely love the shimmering slivers of light flowing in from above; it's a brilliantly dramatic touch and you render it just right to leave it its power without making it overbearing. The composition is also fantastic. You balance all the elements together just right, framing the picture in this lovely, sweeping setting that just stuns with its gentle, natural beauty. Tucking Sonic and Sally in there, so small, so intimate, so comfortable, and yet it's the center that pulls the whole thing together; it's simply perfect. Likewise perfect is how well you distinguish Sonic and Sally from the background. Again, it's just right in its balance; the stronger colors and thicker outlines make them eye-catching and distinct, but also allow them to flow naturally with the rest of the picture even so. And of course, the calm, serene sense of emotion you invest them with is perfectly satisfying. It's just a lovely picture of a lovely scene, and I thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for making it for me. <3
I do feel like this is one of the better Sonsal pictures I've done...I didn't really feel like I was stuck trying to get one spot right or anything like that, and overall, it's really pretty close to how I envisioned it.
And I'm glad you like how Sonic and Sally are distinguished from the background and that you think the balance there is right because I really was trying to imitate how the animation looks, with the blend of detailed backgrounds and outlined cartoons that somehow really work together. I was always taught not to use outlines (because no class I took ever covered animation, comic art, or anything like that), but I am learning where and how to use them effectively.
Thanks. Ever since doing those drawings for your fic, I've been trying to work on fully visualizing what I'm trying to draw before starting. I think it's getting a little easier, although I've passed on some things that I just couldn't fully picture.
You know, it's work like this that makes me regret ever giving up traditional media. The scenery is just perfect for coloured pencils, and I like the way you faded the depth of the forest into cooler hues. Were the rays of light done with an eraser by any chance?
Well, I would imagine it wouldn't be too hard to pick it up again if you wanted to!
And no, the rays of light weren't erased. I lightly drew in the outline of the rays after sketching in the background, and then as I was coloring each part (tree, background), just colored lightly when I got to those sections.
That blue-ish background color is a combination of blue-green and orange (to tone down the brightness of straight blue-green and give it a slightly neutral tint)...guess I didn't blend the colors too well there.