• Hello SVS,

    I have been a fan of Will Terry's for quite some time now, at least a few years.
    I follow Will's Youtube channel, Instagram feed and about a year ago I discovered SVS.
    I am finally joining in on the forum.
    I have not yet taken any classes but I have plan's to do so in the relatively near future.

    I am an illustrator and painter from Vancouver B.C. Canada.

    In 2012 I worked with an author who was creating an Intentional Day Planner for adults, with an emphasis on a childlike illustration to it featuring my signature faerie illustrations.
    This was my first illustrated project for an author and needless to say I am hooked but it was not a project aimed at children.

    I have always wanted to author and illustrate for children and I am working on that goal, always working to improve my portfolio and expand my social network to include artists who are working as illustrators and those who are working towards similar goals.

    I would love to hear from everyone about your unique perspective of the world of illustration.
    Have you illustrated for children? Are you planning to illustrate for children and you are working on your portfolio as I am?
    What is the most important information that you have learned as an illustrator?
    And if you have taken SVS classes which are your favorite classes?

    I hope to meet all of you and join in the discussions in what appears to be a very welcoming and supportive community.

    Thank you,

    Jessica Jolicoeur

  • @jessica-jolicoeur welcome to the forums! As far as my favorite classes, there are two many to pick from. So much information packed into them.

  • Hi Jessica! I'm working on my portfolio too. My favorite SVS class is Creative Composition. Welcome!

  • @chip-valecek Thank you for your reply Chip. Can you narrow down a couple of your favorite classes?

  • Welcome Jessica! It took me a while to get on the forums as well; I used to keep all of my work locked up in my sketchbook to myself. I am a fellow Canadian from the Lower Mainland, now living in Alberta; so its nice to have another Canuck in the mix! I also really enjoy Will Terry; his videos are the best. I learned Procreate from watching his demo. Glad to have you here!

  • I'm just an amateur and after reading comments and questions about finances, schedules, and clients from the professional illustrators on this forum, I'm glad to be just an amateur!

    As far as favorite videos go, I haven't watched a video yet that I didn't get something from but I have particularly liked the videos on color, light, and shadows. I think understanding light correctly takes a painting to a whole new level.

    And I'm not Canadian but live in western NY close to the border so I cheer for the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Canadian athletes at the Olympics, and can sing all of the words to your national anthem! Canadian in my heart :)

  • @tessaw Hello Tessa, thank you. Creative Composition, that sounds like a fantastic class. What was the most important thing you learned in that class?

  • @jessica-jolicoeur

    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!