Kissing Story Sample – Version 2

So, here’s the new version of the Kissing Story page I posted before.  If you remember, there was some concern that the public display of affection was too much for the children’s market in the original version. So, here is a new version with the parental kissing off-panel.

Page 1 Sample v2 for Web

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Boy in Front of Fan

So, at one point this summer, when the temperatures were in the 90’s, our air conditioning went out.  I started on the sketch for this on that evening.  My window fans aren’t as good as A/C, but they’re a million times better than nothing.  So much better.  🙂

Boy in Front of Fan

 

Chinese Dragon Dance

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I drew this as a sample for my art rep.  It’s supposed to be a class, led by a male teacher, performing the traditional Chinese dragon dance at a community Chinese New Year celebration.  The teacher is on drums, Steven (the narrator) is on cymbals, a girl holds the dragon’s head, and four other students hold the body of the dragon.  Genders should be balanced.  The class should be mostly Asian, but with two non-Asian characters.  The students live in a non-Asian country.  It’s for an international market, so the usual restrictions as to gestures and girl’s dress apply.  Showing children with glasses or disabilities is encouraged.

Chinese New Year is in February, so I figured it was a chilly day.  The sort of weather where some people wear their heavy coats and others stick it out with a jacket or heavy sweatshirt.

There were no specifics on Kevin.  So, I made him sit in a wheelchair.  It gave him a reason to be out in front and the seated position worked better for placing everything, I thought.

I know next to nothing about Chinese New Year traditions.  Or the dragon dance.  Everything here used references from a Google image search.   Does anyone reading this know anything about this subject?  Have I drawn anything that stands out as obviously wrong?

How do the colors look?  Anything too bright?  Does the background overwhelm the foreground?