@smceccarelli and @NoWayMe if you search for some great personalities of the past as well as current ones, most of them had more than one job or at least area of knowledge. Leonardo da Vinci was an artist (both in painting/illustration and sculpting), architect, engineer, botanist, anatomist, cartographer and more. Kenji Miyazawa was a chemist, astronomer, poet, children book author and teacher. Antoine de Saint-Exupery was an aviator, poet, journalist and illustrated his own children book (The Little Prince). Hayao Miyazaki is an animator, director, screenwriter, author. The emperor Akihito from Japan is also a fish taxonomist. Somewhere along the way it seems that Industrial Revolution allowed this idea of specializing in only one kind of job to spread and several companies (i.e. schools/universities) took advantage of it and fortified the idea. And now that everyone is highly specialized, it is becoming a differential when you are a master of more than one skill (when actually it was always like that). Always reminds me of the phrase said by the villain boy in "The Incredibles": "Once everyone is super, no one will be super".
I did have J.C. Leyendecker in my list but I took him out in favor of some of the vintage mystery books...I do like your list though, @MissMarck . :)
These are the 20 images I've come up with myself. It seems like I like the highly rendered images and simple textured ones. https://www.pinterest.com/mallettepagano/dream-portfolio/
I'm trying to decide which one to do the master study of. Maybe the Julie Dillon one or Justin Gerard one...
@natiwata Congratulations Nat! Europe? that sounds exciting - I was rather hoping i would run into you at the Schoolism Portland workshop this last weekend and we could have finally gotten that beer! (it was two blocks from Bridgeport Brewing) - i'll have to drink a toast to your success instead then - Cheers!
The size of the dummy would depend on the size of the final book, which either you (if self publishing) or the publisher will have to decide on. If self publishing, there may be some standards based on what the printer you've chosen can handle on their presses. Below is an article that might help.
@cmetznerdotcom Sometimes I will ask an artist about his/her technique or process (or answer questions to that effect). Conversations about books are also easy to start and jump into. Positive comments on somebody´s work are good, but then they should be something more than "great!". You can mentione another artist you compare the work to, or mention why or what you particularly like the work. There are all good ways to start meaningful conversations, and I am sure there are many more!
@tessw I don't know about all that but, I did it. I got the flower done! Yay! What we had to do was choose the pen tool, fill with red, choose a burgundy color for the outline. The first half of the petal was fine but when I got to the part where I had to flip it horizontally, the outline wasn't on the second half. My instructor told me that there's a glitch and to go to the alignment icon thingy and click on it and choose the top square. So, I did and the outline appeared on the other petal. Whew! Glad that's over. Our final assignment is to make a bunch of flowers for a Sascalia -type tree.
Here is my WIP for the Transportation contest. Been a fan of steampunk for a while, so that is part of my theme with this. The machine is a transporter, and the city is what will show in the transporter's portal (larger circular area). The small thumbnail is where I am at with the composition. And lastly, the character is the scientist who created the machine.
I just want to say thank you so much for all of these replies! It's really helped me see that its something I can always come back to. There are some great thoughts and I really appreciate that there is a forum where I can get this kind of help.
I was stuck in a place where I felt as if I couldn't progress unless I'd really focuses on realistic face, but after these comments and the information in 'How To Discover Your Style', I think I can finally move on and try something new.
Design, tone, and an underlying understanding of composition really sounds like parts of the puzzle when it comes to when putting together an illustration. By studying these and trying out different subjects, this should hopefully bring me back in full circle where I understand realism a lot better, and I can apply my new found skills to create something great.
Thank you all again! Time to work on discovering my style before Inktober!
@cmetznerdotcom It can pay that much. The problem with fairs/cons is that each artist will have different results. Sometimes people next to me at fairs make twice what I make. Some make half (or less). So what the video is going to focus on is how to ease your way into it. You don't want to spend $8000 on a pro setup only to realize that your work isn't selling.