Also, can I add Sleeper and the Spindle to your list of ones to look for? It's in the children's section but the illustrations are just stunning and it's definitely Gaiman putting a twist on fairytales :)
The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression by Gary Faigin.
This is a great book. The link is to a later edition than the one I have, but I think it's the same contents. Looks like you could get a used copy pretty cheap.
@andrewgthomas I graduated with a BFA in illustration about 6 months ago. While I was in school I took on a hand full of freelance jobs and honestly I think it was crucial. Not only did it build my confidence so that when I graduated and took on other gigs I didn't have that fear of "oh god, I've never really done this before", but additionally I had some really great supportive instructors who I was able to approach for their insight on various things. I showed thumbnails to one teacher before presenting them to the client to get his take on how I could present my best work in the early stages, and on a different project when I had some communication difficulties with a client, I had a teacher who was happy to listen and offer advice. If you're in a program where you're able to forge real connections with your instructors and be their genuine friend, they're often happy to lend an eye to look over things or make sure you're not going to screw yourself over with certain contract terms.
The thing I imagine this fellow is saying is to not get ahead of yourself and think you're all that and a bag of potato chips just because someone is paying you. If you're able to remain humble, acknowledge that you're still learning, and it won't take time away from your studies then I would say go for it.
The biggest thing I've learned since graduating is that I didn't feel like I was ready, and probably never will. We continue to learn and develop both our artistic and interpersonal skills the more we practice them, so I'm a big supporter of 'fake it til you make it' as long as you're putting your best effort into everything you do.
I also had same problem about style and what's more I love experimenting with styles. My styles range from flat color simple shapes to painterly looking. I also like incorporating Indian folk art styles too at times. I used to worry a lot about this until I came across this article by Kyle T Webster link text. I also subscribed to free email course 'Discovering your Personal Style' by Amy Pikaland.
@bdonoho We discussed timelines in terms of an entire project. The entire book is done in chunks (draw thumbnails for yourself of ideas for all the illustrations, then make polished sketches you would show the client for feedback, then work on finals) so I'm not sure on the timeline for just one illustration. A book project could be anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months depending on the scope.
For practice, I'd give myself a week or two to go from thumbnail to final on an illustration. 2 days to collect reference/brainstorm/draw thumbnails, 2 days to make polished sketches/value studies, 6 to make the finished piece.
I have been working my new original comic book, Battle Chronicles for a few months and just recently purchased and created my website through SquareSpace. Currently, I upload 2 pages every Friday, but I am wondering if I should change my strategy?
Here is a little background information on what I have done so far:
Issue I (34 Pages+Cover) - All pages available for free since I started my website in June.
Issue II (22 Pages+Cover) - Finished and currently being uploaded two pages at a time every Friday.
Issue III (24 Pages+Cover) - Drawn and inked, need to be colored and lettered.
Issue IV (24 Pages+Cover) - Currently writing and working on thumbnails.
Should I change things up, or just stay the course? I am still new to this, but I just want to make sure that I am constantly self-evaluating and pushing myself for the best results!
Here are the covers for Issue I and II:
If you would like to read more here is the link: https://www.tylerjhallstrom.com/
Thank you for taking a look!
Thanks for posting this!
Lack of tilt sensitivity is a killer for me. I don't really resize my brush, I just tilt to change size.
I had similar feelings regarding a Huion 22 inch tablet; not bad, but only if you've never used a cintiq.
Interesting! A great way to experience and internalize the difference between the camera and the eye. I’ve found verbalizing character descriptions to help me when trying to draw a consistent character too—I wonder what other ways using verbal descriptions could help in creating visual art. 🤔
This is not a movie review. But, as I watched the scene where Gotti's children were talking to their father about what they wanted to be when they grew up, I wondered how he would have reacted if one of the children had said, "I want to be an illustrator."
Is anyone else going to the workshop in Long Island? I'll be in the US for a month and I decided to go to it, but I'm trying to find if anyone else is going and would be interested in sharing accommodation since Long Island isn't so cheap haha.
I painted some today. I should have spent more time on the composition but.....I didn't. I think I need to darken up the background for more contrast. I'm sure there are some other suggestions? Thanks.
Well, I can't seem to post it today. I put it on the facebook page if anyone is interested.
@carriecopa yep - the story spine they called it. We did that in our Second City improv classes as well but that was so long ago I needed a refresher.
@C-Davies thanks for the additional resource - will take a look!