@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
Scuse the verbiage I’m the title. Spent the morning creating a coloured pencil for Procreate to see if I can do my current gig on the iPad only.
The a bit of a blend in there, and an optimised Seemless texture of Fabriano watercolour paper, hot pressed, that I use.
I’ve got it set to work at 600dpi - I checked it by setting my canvas to the same resolution as a photograph of my real world pencilling, then fiddled until everything played nice.
Yoda finished. Mace Windu up next (thiugh will need some text to explain the odd direction). Basically I’m imagining what if the dark side of the force was dominant and visibly corrupted everything.
I can explain more here by why I think this isn't much of a ripoff. The big thing in my book is context. In terms of context, you have a monster under the bed. The bed is made for sleeping at night. People snore at night. So it's not a big stretch to think that the idea of the monster snoring loudly would be a logical choice by anyone drawing a story about a monster under/in a bed at night.
With a real infringement case, it would need to be something that ISN'T linked by logical conclusion or context. For instance, If the monster took the kid to Las Vegas to gamble. That (albeit insane) idea is very specific and non linear in terms of what people think of with monsters under the bed story. So if two artists had a monster taking a kid to vegas, then we have a real case of plagiarism or influence.
So the idea of a logical (or generic) conclusion vs. a specific creative choice or detail makes a big difference. Does that make sense?
To add to this, the character design can be broken down in the same way. Things that are inherent in monster design: Horns, claws, fur, fangs, etc. Colors vary, but are typically very standard yellow or blue, or green, etc. So we have two pretty predictable monster designs here. But they actually aren't that similar. If we were to break down specifics (as applied to infringement) it would go something like this:
Are items similar?
Color: Yes (generic)
fangs: sort of
drawing style: no
So you can see there are more "no" answers here than yes answers. Now, if we are talking unexpected and specific, you would have a different story. For example, If the character was blue with polka dots on the arms and had red stripes on the legs while wearing a magician hat and holding an umbrella, that would be much more protected. It would be easier to make the case of infringement. So this is a way to see how close you are to someone else's work.
The other thing about thinking in this way is it stops you from worrying about other people writing or drawing the same thing as you. For example, I'm writing a story about the moon. THere are a bunch of children's books about the moon. So I need to make sure my solutions are specific and don't overlap in meaningful ways from what's out there. But the typical or generic information about the moon is available to me since that stuff is not specific to an individual story.
Have a look on Ebuyer, they have some monitors. I got a dell ultrasharp about 7 years ago and its still as good as new so I can vouch for the quality, but there are much cheaper alternatives available now, and the dells are cheaper nowadays too. My sister has the 24 inch dell ultrasharp which is also very good and rotates as well as tilts. They come ready calibrated with colour preset profiles- adobe rgb which is handy.
There are loads of alternate monitors that would probably be great too https://www.ebuyer.com/store/Computer/cat/Monitors/subcat/24"-Monitors?sort=rating+descending
@Andyg No problem, Here is the website link for them www.kleinimaging.com, They do Giclee printing on different types of paper to fit particular needs. the paper I am going to be using from now on is the HAHNEMÜHLE GERMAN ETCHING 310GSM. it is really great texture and quality and the printing colours are accurate and rich. They are ibased n Manchester and they allow you to go and visit them as well, which I still need to do
Cool that's a good business deal to get to sell prints of one off the pictures and to get someone wantng to sell them s well!
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.