What if you had the child holding some of the figures? That way, they could be facing upward if the child is holding them tilted back in their hands. I guess it would make them upside down in the picture (if you are looking down facing the child), but you could see if that works.
You could also try a side view looking down at the child (to avoid the upside down view).
@lee-white Thanks again for your responses! You sharing your knowledge and findings are much appreciated. After responding to your last post I went on You Tube and found a lot of videos on story boarding and also videos on portfolio submission and what they are looking for. I guess the last time I really looked into it I couldn't find anything that was really helping me. It is also hard when you don't know how many jobs are actually involved in the process, so thank you for pointing that out in your last response. I hope that this conversation also helps other people find some answers. I have watched some of the classes you taught and I appreciate what you know and how you share it.
Most of us just want to draw for a living and don't know the ins and outs of any part of the industry. With Google being so prevalent now, I don't know how anybody did it before. I'm not that young, I still remember writing papers using an encyclopedia and actually looking at books for resources in a library. I remember when I was a kid I just wanted to draw. I just wanted to make cartoons. I never actually did it until I started working professionally. I didn't finish a comic book until I was already a graphic designer. It's too late for me to go back to school to get a degree in animation because I already spent all the money I could getting a degree in graphic design. Now I have to focus on learning through other resources like SVS, You Tube, and Skillshare.
Basically I have the mind set that I'm not going to give up. I know it's easy to say that, but once I really put my time and energy into something I see results. When I was 19, I was a delivery driver at Domino's pizza. I worked my way up to store manager and then decided I didn't want to spend the rest of my life making pizza and running a restaurant. It wasn't until I decided I was going back to school that I was able to make a career change. After a year in school I got a job at a sign shop as a print tech. I then worked my way into the design department after 2 years, before I finished school. I know I can do it once I decide to. I really wish everybody that wanted to draw for a living would do that. I always have it in the back of my mind that I may not be the best artist, but I won't give up.
I am sorry for the rambling, I just wanted you to know some of my life experiences. Thanks again for responding to my post. I'm glad there are people like you that are willing to share what you know.
@miriam those are great Ideas, and no I haven't watched that video, I will do now that you've pointed it out. drawing same characters in different angles and poses is a really good Idea too! thank you so much for sharing :) x
I found my writing critique group via the SCBWI BlueBoards - you have to be a member to access the online critique board and the critique group board where you can search for others looking for critique groups. I highly recommend joining SCBWI even if just for one year. It's been extremely helpful moving my writing/illustration career forward. Kidlit411 also has suggestions for finding a writing group: http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/01/critique-groups.html. I think Kidlit411 and SubItClub both have a second Facebook group for finding critique swap partners. Other options for finding critique/writing groups include 12X12 and Storyteller Academy if you are interested in taking courses &/paying for memberships.
@dottyp thats brill. I've been doing some more digging around and was going to put on here about the splatter and the fractal variants. I will have a proper play later and if its what i want will put an image up here. thankyou :D
I agree with @LauraA - A and B are my favorite and I think read most clearly, I like A for facing fears but it would possibly be more dramatic if it was clear that the skydiver had faced the fear and made the decision, maybe mid-step out of the plane?
@pam-boutilier I really can't give you any advice on portfolio pieces and what should go into them. I would say whatever style you are happy working with, go with that. You want to be happy with whatever you end up doing otherwise you will eventually regret it.
I really like the style and render in your final render of cozy cuppa. It feels warm and fuzzy. FYI The work on your Instagram is amazing. Whatever you decide to do, i wish you the best of luck!
Sorry, I'm pretty new, too & I'm not developed enough to think about selling anything at this point, so I haven't looked into it. It sounds like finding a printer in the US that could ship directly to your customers here would be a good option for you though.
The only experience I have that is remotely related is that I've printed a couple of mugs through Costco.com for gifts for family members & the printing was great. (They sell them as photo mugs, but I just sent a .jpg of my drawing instead of a photo.)
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