@tessw Thanks so much for the kind words about my website and the featured project illustration. I really appreicate that.
And honestly - the course is well worth every penny you can save. I learned so many great things during the 10 weeks and absolutely can not say enough about how fantastic Lee and David both are in this course. It's really great stuff!
@Lee-White Thank you for going to the trouble to re-record! I so wanted to attend the webinar but couldn't due to a last minute conflict. I have just downloaded the PDF and will be going over it today :-).
I'm having a similar discussion with myself regarding a comic I'm working on. The conclusion I came to was they're for two separate audiences. Art/comic consumers and art directors so I decided to keep them separate brands. I would say this applies more to you as it's writing. If the promo images are brand appropriate to the illustration brand and audience use them. Good luck with both endeavours!
Everyone has made some great points already. Here are my two cents.
I can sympathize with your questions and reflections on "if only I had done this. . ." I would say, that if you had carefully selected an art program that was actually good and suited your needs, if you had the time and mindset to work on your studies intensely, and if you had the means to support yourself at the end of your education while trying to jumpstart your art career and keep producing art work to get there without giving up. . .then your chances on getting art assignments may possibly be better today as a result.
The question is, how does what-ifs help you today? How does knowing that you could possibly have a fulltime career in art today, if you had made all the correct choices back in the day, help you at this moment in time?
Here are how my reflections of my past has helped me today.
Reflection: My decisions in the past were based too much on other people's validations and approval, and as a result I tried to take my art in a direction that was not "me".
How does that help me today: Do the kind of art I want to do and know that it's worthy.
Reflection: I could have gotten a lot farther if I had worked harder when I didn't have the responsibilities that come with a family.
How does it help me today: Work hard for my goals, with the little time I have now. Shift priorities so I can have more time for art.
Reflection: If only I knew how to use the internet for my benefit in the past, I could have discovered the drawing fundamentals I needed to make my art better. I would have learned that you need a lot less talent than you think, and you actually need to know what to study and then work hard.
How does it help me today: Use the resources the internet has to help me improve. Work on my fundamentals now, and my work will progress.
So anyway I'd encourage you to use your past to help you now, and not just to dwell on what could have been. What you can learn in knowing your career in art could possibly be better if you went to school, is for you to answer as I don't know your life or your situation enough to help you find those answers.
Thanks so much for your answers! I've already watched all Third Thursdays and other critique videos available here. They are great and I learn a lot just from watching other people's work being improved and talked about.
Thanks Will! I'm looking forward to that! Does it really sells so quickly?? By the way the link to SVSlearn facebook page doesn't work. It says that it is broken.
First I would like to say your work is really lovely,but 2-3 weeks please dont do this to yourself it will be too stressful. I dont have any book illustration experience ,but it just sounds like too much for anyone also there are always problems and changes -sounds like the person who is hiring you has let his own deadline fail and now has to rush everything.
Work in the past. Clients look at the range I do and choose a style. Or because I can duplicate most styles we work it out together starting with them finding a kind of mood board of styles. If they aren't sure then I suggest ideas and come up with something new for them. Some have seen work I have done and ask for that style. Everything on the website portfolio has been commercially published.
Preferred style are these ones:
Rather than repost the rest of your advice as a reply, I'll just say a huge thank you for your direction! Brilliant advice. I'll finish the book I am working on this week, then tidy up the website.
@smceccarelli So useful!! Thank you so much for this wonderful insight.
A few responses:
You are absolutely right. I have no story art work to show at the moment. If I decided to go into that, I'd be building from scratch. Characters tend to appeal to me more. But, I am open to learning new skills... I'm on the fence there.
Great info about the online courses. Thank you!
Games are certainly on my radar. I know how hard it can be to break into Pixar/Disney/Dreamworks. Definitely keeping the door open.
At this point, I can relocate and my boyfriend and I are planning on moving in about one year. Destination is open... I just want to get out of DC. So geography is not an issue. And we don't have kids (nor do we want them)... so the time is now!
Thank you again for your advice/information!
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