Still running a day behind. So day5, long (John silver).
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RE: ALL THESE LOVELY NEW INTERACTIVE CLASSES...BUT...
@lee-white thanks. Well if you ever consider putting out a ‘’lite’ version, happy to be a bottom feeder at the base of the tank.
Throwing a hi from the uk
I've just signed up to the svs courses. I've been illustrating for....well too long. But never taken any formal classes, just learning from books. Though I've got art teachers in the family. Illustration isn't my only line of work, but next year it'll be my main support so time has come really to become much more professional about it. It's only ever been a side line. Though I've done some books and stuff.
I got put off from courses when twenty odd years ago I took a course and the teacher said i knew more than them....I walked out.
Delighted to say I am already discovering things I didn't know. And for about a uk tenner a month....cool!
So with all your help here I'm hoping to push my illustrations way further than ever before, correct some bad habits, get some new picture books done....
Just finishing a current commission, so here's a picture of that, and another commission form last week. First one is coloured pencil, A4, just on the iPhone. Second is digital painting on iPad. My preference is for the second style, faster, more fun. Would like to get away from the Quentin Blake look however! So looking to keep the fun but make it a bit more unique.
RE: Possible Post Card
@eric-castleman there's a good few Christian publishers out there. Look internationally too. Though be aware that pay rates are a bit in the low side. They aren't being mean, just they sell thousands not tens of thousands of units to make it worth it. (I should mention I worked for one of those big publishers,,.)
RE: Your Dream Portfolio!
Mines down to 20 images. And I've already started playing...here's something I drew to night as a result of portfolio building, and it's a style I've not explored in a very long time. (My picture, not a masterwork...I'll hack that next)Hugely rewarding. Wife loves it. heres the link to my portfolio: http://pin.it/xEeq4Lr
.should we start commenting on each other's portfolios do you think, to see similarities and so on?
Social building observation
During inktober I know loads of us are using social media to post our work, to get more eyeballs at the very least.
I mess with social stuff a lot, and have friends that do, so I’ve been running a few tests to see what’s happening....
I’ve been publishing at the prime time for me, which is so that people can read my stuff over breakfast. I’ve tested different times, and for me that’s best. If you’re new to this, do the same thing I suggest.
Page or personal. Personal gets more organic sharing and likes on fb. More on that in a mo.
Pages....well you may not get many views. Fb wants you to pay. If you want to out a bit of money behind it, and it’s not a huge amount, then you will se results and be able to see what people like. I suggest though as use the personal profile method first, and then republish to your page and pay for only the successful images. Paying gives you data as to what is the best time of day, and as you build y9our following you’ll see who likes what. And the gender and age of your following.
So personal timelines. You will need to make them as public as possible. Big risk of course but i find it the best way of building my following.
Make sure you are interactive and comment and like posts of people who follow you. The more you interact with them and they with you the higher fb will push your posts on their timelines. So don’t just post your pictures, put other things that will interest them.
Post native. That means, when you do out pictures up do so within the app OR use Instagram and auto-post to fb. I’ve tried putting links to art work elsewhere (Patreon) and it seems that it just doesn’t get the views. I guess that fb don’t want you to move away from fb land...so they devolve your posts.
I’ve also put videos on YouTube and linked, same thing. Upload natively whenever possible.
I’ve also tried a native upload and putting a link to the full size images on Patreon or my website....again, same thing! I know this because close friends have told me that they haven’t seen my posts for some reason when I put expternal links on.
The other thing I’ve found, which I am not convinced of but I’ve noticed patterns, is when I request a like and share again it doesn’t go up people’s timelines.
What we do need of course is likes and shares...because this will push the picture up in timelines, even of those people who don’t follow you all that closely. And I’ve had people who don’t know me discover me that way too because someone else liked my post. So just produce good art.
I’ve also experimented loosely with a street team, as they call it. I say that of people leave a comment, not just a like, then I will tag them each time I post so they can follow along. A few people have left comments, and so I’ve got a building group of people who will be notified I have tagged them, and then automatically share to their timeline.
Of course all this is just fb. Hope that helps....it’s all by observation, and things are changing all the time. Do leave your own observations belowof things that have worked for you, or what you are currently doing. And of course, disagree with me!
RE: "Finished not perfect", ok....but when is "finished" finished?
Yep. There with this one. But oddly some people want more detail, others less. Scribbles are most popular, but working with people they often want more. It’s all over the place.
From experience, my suggestion is stop when they love it, but make sure you’re still producing the ultra refined stuff. Not for glory, or even for portfolio, or the desire to be what you wish you were doing. But rather for a couple of years I was just producing the rough stuff and when someone asked for more refined it took a lot of work to get the old muscle memory back. And I mean months. And I got really worried I couldn’t do it anymore.
It also means that when fads change you’ve got the skills still there to flex and change. IMHO if course ;-)
RE: December 3rd Thursday: Ask us Anything!
Practical question about colour and characters for whole books. When I am working on a book I use clear colour character designs (as in character A has certain colours...character B has certain colours...) which is great if the whole story is in the same lighting, say normal daylight. But if I put the same characters into a different lighting they will change. Moonlight is easy as it’s blues and greys...but what about other effective light conditions. I get confused as to what my choice of colour will look like under that new light condition. Do you have any tips for working out what the new colour should look like without losing too much of the original colour design?
RE: ALL THESE LOVELY NEW INTERACTIVE CLASSES...BUT...
@lee-white awesome! It’s nice to finally get the education in art I desperately wanted nearly 30 years ago, but couldn’t find anyone who taught it. Svs has put flesh on the bones of what I’ve figured out and scavenged. I tell everyone about how much I’ve Learnt here.
Zbrush maquette experiment
Watching the maquette video gave me an idea. One I toyed with for the past few years and never got around to. Till today. What about using zbrush to create maquette? (There's a cheap version....even a free version:scupltris if you fancy a crack)
Steep learning curve. I learned the system years ago. Forgot it all. Now learning the update. Not perfect maquette making or, for that matter, drawing. But thought it worth sharing my early explorations.
The head took me about 15mins to make in zbrush, then I used it for my model. Oh, and no, I didn't just trace over. Of course I could have done, but it kind of would have lost something in the art. Even if it ain't bang on!
And the maquette....
Colour confidence wysiwyg
Just a bit of encouragement here.
For a bit of pro bono work a few weeks ago I used just my iPad Pro. Well I picked up the commercial print today and apart from a little bit of barely noticeable saturation (print a little more saturated), the colours are spot on. Which means for pure digital work which doesn't need to be too clever, I can just work on the iPad.
It also means a second way of checking proofs. Anyway, just thought I'd feed that in in case anyone was wondering.