I think the textures are a nice touch. From here it probably depends on what you are going for... an authentic oldschool print? or a sort of neo-30's look. If it's the authentic, you may want to dial down the contrast and brightness to adjust for crappier technology back in the day. Also I'd stay away from pure white unless you plan to print this on an off-white stock. Its glistening brightness makes it look modern.
Oh and I just noticed... in the texture version, check the left arm. it's being eaten by the flower lol
Very nice stuff, I really like it.
I'm not really knowledgeable about that style you're going for, so I don't see any major issues, but I do have a few ponderables for you.
- It may be part of the style you're going for, but her expression seems pretty neutral. Could there be a bit more surprise on her face in the eyebrows and mouth?
- I don't know if it would work any better at all, but I'd be interested to see how it would look if you took that dark, lighter, lightest scheme on the walls and reversed it? (I guess that would probably clash with the floral/cards stuff you have going on)
- To enforce the feeling of Alice falling towards the viewer, could you maybe show more of the bottoms of one or both of her shoes (say her left shoe).
- Agreed with meDraw that the pure white in the image takes away from the vintage feel.
- I feel like that black ribbon on her head sort of outlines and circles her head too oddly. Perhaps ease up on that band around the sides of her head and/or have locks of her bangs also flying upwards like the rest of her hair?
In my opinion, the image feels very flat overall, for two reasons: 1) the values of the piece are overall very close (and, outside of the big light and dark shapes at the mouth of the rabbit hole, mostly in the midrange) and 2) there's not much attempt to model the forms, either by contour or value. If it were me, I'd try to create more contrast in value throughout the image, and also to introduce some sense of 3D (in the JPEG below, I'm doing it by modeling Alice with some light and shadow, but as the two previous commenters suggested, it could also be done by drawing her a bit more precisely.)
That's the point. It's not a Rembrandt, it's a kids book illustration. Not everything needs to be illuminated like a painting. Especially pieces like this.
You're exactly right, that was the look I was going for- a simple children's book illustration. I tried to add depth with the color scheme, and I will try adding more shadows to it, or add more contrast by varying the existing colors, as long as it doesn't take away from the vintage look I'm trying to make.
Getting the feeling some folks didn't quite get the description lol
Haha yea, I was hoping the picture alone would be self-explanatory of the theme I guess I should've expected some confusion coming from a mostly digital-painting forum, or it's a sign that I'm missing something in my picture.