I found you on YouTube and I've been watching loads of your videos - very insightful indeed. I wouldn't actually call myself an illustrator per se, as I'm really a graphic designer. However, I have done some illustrations for a few clients as part of my design work and I'd be interested in moving further into illustration.
In fact I've just been asked to illustrate a short children's storybook by a local lady, which I've decided to take your advice on - you've suggested that it's quite rare for an author-illustrator partnership to be picked up by a publisher, but also that it's worth taking advantage of any opportunity to get more experience and add to your portfolio. Also, i'm not getting paid much, so I'm going to do mainly spots and vignettes, but in any case, I'm going to make sure that I work like I'm getting paid £5000, even though I'm only getting £500... :)
Anyway, I'm glad I signed up to the SVS Learn forum, because discovering an opportunity to have you critique one of my illustrations would be absolutely amazing, as I'd love to know what your thoughts and suggestions might be.
This piece was based on a short story, 'Who is Leonard Bopper?', by the singer from a local band. The final image was used as the front cover of the band's album of the same name, and then for a website, which told the story by zooming in on various sections of the one image, using basic CSS animation techniques to bring the images to life.
The story is about a private investigator in a filthy city full of organised crime, trying to save a damsel in distress, which turns into a revenge thing. This image portrays a moment when he confronts a suspect in a dark alley.
I really hope to hear from you...
All the best,