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Old 03-31-2015, 02:15 PM
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Illustrative Greeting Card WIP - feedback welcome

Hello!
I am a budding artist and new to posting online. I have become interested in designing greeting cards in a variation of children's book illustration style, and here is a WIP of one of mine:



But... it is not colored yet! Which is why I am turning to you - I am stuck on what colors to use for the hats/scarf! I did a Photoshop mock-up, but I'm so bad at Photoshop that I didn't want to post it.

To be colored with watercolors.

I'm thinking the birds themselves will be various shades of brown, with lighter faces, yellow feet/beaks, etc.

The branches will be some variation of light green, gray, gray-green.

And finally, I may or may not do a light blue wash for the background.

Thank you so much for anyone who takes time to give color ideas! (And please, I'm here to learn: ANY feedback is welcome!)

Take care,
~Carey

PS- (I apologize if this is in the wrong place!)
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Re: Illustrative Greeting Card WIP - feedback welcome

You might be better posting on the watermedia forum if you're using wc. I can't speak for anyone else but I tend to use the same 3 colours in everything I do. Colour theory is a pain in the rear but have a look at a couple of the threads on it and it might give you a better idea on what colours compliment each other and tie your image together.

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Old 04-01-2015, 10:09 AM
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Re: Illustrative Greeting Card WIP - feedback welcome

Ok, will do - thanks for the advice!
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:57 PM
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Re: Illustrative Greeting Card WIP - feedback welcome

These are wonderful drawings. I already like the little guy!
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:05 AM
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These are absolutely delightful! There are many types of water based medium: Watercolor Markers, Watercolor Pencils, Gouache (used by illustrators a lot), Watercolor. You could also try acrylics. Print off some of these delightful little ones, and experiment.

I once heard that using the three primaries (yellow red blue), in different configurations, is the most enjoyable to view.

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Old 06-06-2015, 04:56 AM
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I have been told that in general, the card buying public is drawn to yellow. It doesn't seem to matter if it is used a bit or a lot.
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Plenty of opportunity to use yellow here!

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