If you have all the pictures on the cover, I feel like they have less impact when the reader comes across them in the book, so you might want to save something for them to discover inside.
@smceccarelli Love the Harry Potter reference! Unfortunately, Kyle Webster no longer offers his brushes for Procreate but I just downloaded Nikko's brushes and like them much better than the ones I bought (which shows that sometimes good things in life are free.) Thanks.
"It's super interesting." I agree! I was fascinated by this class, and need to watch it again. I haven't made my Dream Portfolio yet, but I already had been saving images to my Pinterest boards. I'm better at the collecting part than the evaluating part!
I am seeing the same thing with the color quality (I don't know the technical terms either!).
Most of these have a softer, subtle, more muted quality to the colors, with a lot of blending & natural tones/colors.
Use up all the space
Vertically divided into 3 parts
One thing or focus in the center 3rd
Plants / outdoor / nature elements
Calm, quiet scenes (rather than exciting, active poses / scenes)
Hidden / tucked away / shadowed
Lower light / shady / dusk
(I have the same Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini illustration on my Pinterest board, and Mercer Mayer's "The Sleeping Beauty" was one of my childhood favorites, too.)
RE: "portfolio review" Usually, people have just posted one image or series as a new topic on the forum, and ask for critiques & advice (I see you've figured that out & posted one already!).
For help with portfolios, there are a couple classes you might want to check out:
How to Perfect Your Children's Book Portfolio, Will Terry
Portfolio and Self Promotion, James Yang
(I haven't taken these yet!)
As for a portfolio review by the Pros, I think they have offered portfolio reviews as a live class before, but I'm not sure. You could send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to ask if they have anything like that coming up.
When I saw that the theme for the Contest this month is Travel, I thought of my brother, who hates to travel! So I thought I'd try a contra-concept.
Here are my thumbnails so far. It's looking like it could be a sticker, or on a mug (or travel mug?---ha, ha).
Please let me know if you think this design works in the first place, and whether you like the first idea with words about travel & adventure, or if you like the landmark silhouettes idea, or if you think I should try something else. I was also thinking of possibly having a light background of a global map inside the circle.
I would appreciate any comments / critiques (both positive & negative)! Thanks!
I love the colors, was this done on textured paper or did you simulate it digitally? Either way it's cool. My only critique is that the heavy black line on the flag to the far right wants me to believe its in front of the green flag when it is the other way around. I would soften that edge a bit to drop it slightly behind the green one. All in all, love this.
@gary-wilkinson - good point!! I should have added some people into my thumbnail sketches. (I'll have to save the zombie apocalypse for a later date) I have gotten into a bad habit of not roughing my sketches all the way out and then jumping into the artwork before taking it to the next refinement stage. Thank you for taking a look and sharing feedback! It's much appreciated.
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