Currently, my art doesn't relate to any storytelling, but I hope to gradually change that in the future and build my skills while doing so.
@Gary-Wilkinson I hope I can participate soon. I've been checking out the last contests and I usually never have a problem coming up with an idea, I just didn't have the time to execute it. Now that I have more time to art, I should be able to schedule it in.
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.
I’m another almost 60yr too. I did art at school back in the ‘70’s and completely agree with Will’s comment about things not taught in some classes. I’ve always loved to create but ideas seemed to get stuck at my elbow (fear of criticism 😱). I’ve studied watercolour many years ago, same with fashion design and millinery.
I’ve been with SVS for a few months now and am constantly astounded by what I thought I knew vs what I am learning. I wish I lived close by as I’d love to visit the studio. The SVS team are awesome and the community here is fantastic!
Very nice, Rifat! I would not have guessed you were self-taught. Looks very professional. You should be proud.
A couple things I will say. Keep in mind these look great and you should not feel the comments mean the illustrations are unsuccessful. They are colorful, sweet, and well-composed.
The lizard on the cover and the one on the inside spread are two very different sizes. It looks this way because the light bulb appears to be the same size in each picture. The lizard on the inside spread does not look like he is illuminated by the light bulb despite being so close to it. That is a strong light source. The cast shadow on the lizard on the cover is not quite correct, but it's believable enough for this style. I think making the lizard on the inside about half as big and giving him a bit of highlight and a cast shadow from the light would help. Doesn't have to be a lot, I don't think, because of the style you are working in. But that light bulb is so bright that it almost demands some kind of light effect on the lizard.
Oh, and why are there foot prints in front of him on the inside spread where he has not yet been?
2nd point is that the paper on the floor in the ant spread and the tile floor have two different perspectives going on. The tiles in the upper left of the spread are irregular and elongated, too. If the perspective is done correctly they should all appear to be square tiles (assuming you were going for square tiles). The perspective on the pad of paper is too much. Yes, an object appears to get smaller as it recedes into the distance, but this effect on a small object like a pad of paper on the floor in front of us would barely be noticeable at all from the angle we are seeing in your picture. This will happen if your vanishing point is too close to the picture plane. It also appears to angle down into the tiles instead of laying on top of them.
But still very successful and adorable images. Those are very small, picky points just to be aware of. There is not a kid in the world who would care about anything of what I said. Well done!
For me the Creative Comp class really made the thumb-nailing process click for me. It also helped me to figure out how to convey stronger focal points- especially it's info on how to organize values. It comes with a downloadable worksheet package that helps you work through the information presented and solidify the concepts. I also took Choosing Colors for Storytelling and Draw 50 things, shortly after taking Creative Composition, and they were very good compliments to the course.
I think you will get more out of the class if you are somewhat comfortable with perspective and have a basic understanding of color and values.
I think ultimately, the best courses for you to choose will all depend on your strengths and weaknesses, and where you are in your art journey. I talked with someone who felt the Creative Composition class wasn't that helpful to them, so it may not be what he needed in that moment in time. Good luck!