Nova Astralis
Nova Astralis
Germany
Writer, illustrator
Nova Astralis
[Reposting because I found some mistakes - I hope this is ok. The original post was in time and is still up] Illustration for a novella I wrote last month. The references fit it surprisingly well, so I just had to participate in this challenge :) It's a fantasy/scifi/romance story about natural & artificial beauty and whether one is better than the other. Of course both are valid, and there's a happy end, too.
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Nova Astralis
Illustration for a novella I wrote last month. The references fit it surprisingly well, so I just had to participate in this challenge :) It's a fantasy/scifi/romance story about natural & artificial beauty and whether one is better than the other. Of course both are valid, and there's a happy end, too.
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Luigi Manese
Hi @Nova Astralis, I love how this character's personality shines through in your drawings. I especially love the one with his back turned away from the viewer. It says a lot about how he's feeling, and when you compiled your drawings onto one page this specific pose had great contrast against the mood set by your other drawings. I think @Josh Sunga made good points about line confidence, simplification, and design. The last 2 are definitely some of the most ethereal concepts to grasp about illustration, but can be used to great effect. With character drawings, you definitely want to be apply concepts like playing straights vs curves, complex vs simple, etc. to bring more design into your images. Please let me know if I sound a bit confusing haha, I can do a draw over to clarify some of these concepts. Lastly, I wanted to ask if you use direct reference for the poses, lighting, fabric, material, etc. for these images? I know it's a tedious process to try to get really solid reference for every little thing, but it doing this definitely helped out my illustrations immensely. If you happened to have some direct reference for one of the images, I could also show how we can use reference to punch up your images. Great work! Let me know if any bit of my feedback was confusing so that I can clear up some of these concepts
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Nova Astralis
Thank you! Yes, Josh Sunga and you make excellent points that help me a lot. But I'm also glad to hear that the "feeling" is right. It's the most important thing for me when I'm creating something. I did use references, mainly for the poses. The clothes, except the trousers & boots in picture 1 and the cape in picture 4 are drawn from imagination. The reference for the cape in 4 is pretty bad, I just used it for the forms only, not shading, so it wouldn't be helpful to post (and on that photo one can see too much of my apartment). I'll attach the pose/trousers/boots reference for picture 1 to this reply. You're feedback isn't confusing (or maybe I just believe that I understand it :D). Thanks a lot!
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Josh Sunga
Hey Nova- great to meet a writer/illustrator on here! Nice work! I especially like the first and fourth image because in both he seems lost in thought but in different ways! Very cool. A quick way to improve these would be to make your line work sure and more confident. At the same time, subtle/softer indications for interior details would also be effective. Try to use a range of line quality to describe different characteristics of the drawing. Loose or even messy lines could be used for the fabric- whereas contrasting this with harder, structured lines for the armor could go a long way to indicate material! I did a quick paintover- Mostly just simplifying what you have already. Paying attention to value structure to clarify the various elements and make sure the viewer gets the image on the first read! But again, good work! I'd love to see more of his story in the future!
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Nova Astralis
Wow, you even made a paintover - thank you so much! This is the first constructive criticism I got in years. When I look at my drawing I can now see its mistakes and possibilities more clearly. I couldn't resist and made a paintover myself and tried to apply your critique. It's not perfect, but much better now. How did I not think of that negative space between right leg/arm and torso? I probably was to absorbed with the question where that cape should go. You're advise is very useful! Thank you for taking the time.
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Nova Astralis
Hello there! I'm Nova, an aspiring writer & illustrator. I'm self taught and hope to learn from professionals, so I'm excited I found Proko 2.0 yesterday! Most of my works are illustrating a series of fantasy novels I write. This right here is my first character sheet. Feel free to tell me what you think! I'm looking forward to be part of this community. Best wishes, Nova
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