I've collected links to useful places on the internet over the last few years or so and I thought I would share them to save anyone else the bother and time. I think I should just get on and work on my portfolio and training for now, but a lot of the information I've collected from many of these places has helped me. Hope it's useful to someone.
Best posts made by Christine Garner
Illustration Resource Link Collection
My Sketchbook Blog
I started a Tumblr sketchbook blog a while ago to put my experiments and learning on: https://thimblefolio.tumblr.com/, I'm also making videos on youtube of some digital painting practice from time to time: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsIe97Cz4J0iz_sW0FiTQtg
New work in my portfolio
Hi again, I haven't been here for ages sorry, it's been a weird year so far. I've kept making new art pieces and updating my portfolio but I'm still trying to figure out whether I'm even doing the right thing with my life, so I thought I should come back to the forums and ask for so me honest feedback. Here's some new stuff: please let me know what you think. I'm still developing as an artist and eager to learn.
My website is at https://thimblefolio.com/, I updated it and changed the design around the start of the yer and I keep tweaking it every so often.
RE: Need Help with a price quote for a book deal
Perhaps you can negotiate to license just the rights the author needs for the publishing of the book and also the specific rights if she wants to sell merchandise without assigning all rights to the artwork (when I used to be a member of the Association of Illustrators they said never assign all rights if at all possible- if the book is a success you will be annoyed, and if it isn't you can't make any money on any of the work you did for yourself in the future).
Not sure if any of these links will be useful to you but here's some on licensing and related to this:
Art Archaeology session 1
I thought I'd share some of my old Illustrations I have with you. There are definitely a lot of things I would change now or try to improve, but the weird thing is I was doing more narrative story based stuff based on my interests and having more fun with it when I had less pressure on myself and was doing it as escapism... I'm hoping I can get back to that feeling again soon and do more story based things.
One of my first Photoshop Paintings
Those leaves were annoying to do. I liked putting faces in everything.
This was based on a story I wrote and lost.
I still like this one.
My emo stage (still in it)
Adventures with Vectors
Hi again :-) I thought I'd share some of my recent pictures I've been doing.
I've been learning more vector techniques and mixing them with raster as well to get the texture. I also found a free software called FotoSketcher (on portableapps.com) which I've been experimenting with.
I'm working on some tortoise character designs next.
Hello, glad to be here :)
Hello everyone, I want to introduce myself. I'm watching the classes at SVS and loving them all. I hope to learn the skills I need to make my Illustrations better and get the hang of this more as I'm self taught. I'm committed to this full time now and I'm eager to help if I can and hopefully get some feedback on my work as well.
My website is at thimblefoliopress.com
RE: Christine's Test Stuff Sketchbook
@evilrobot Good idea, thanks for your feedback I will have a go. I find the digital good for colour tests but I admit I have been in conflict with it because I love the pencil look myself. This is going to be hard...
Just on a sidenote, what do you think of these goldfish I did? they are really popular on my Behance page, but I went for a more digital painterly style with them. this is closer to the sort of final digital look I would have been going with...
RE: Art Anxiety?
It's a shame there is still snobbery about comic art in the art world. I think Raymond Briggs did fine art but he is well known for his graphic novels / comic style.
I get anxiety as well, sometimes it is really stressful. All of this art stuff is very uncertain, I feel lately it may be a waste of time, or may never get me anywhere, but I have no alternative. That is causing me a lot of stress. I'm finding that exercising every day helps as well. Walking, bit of yoga etc...
Happy Families: Squirrels
I decided to finish a project I had started ages ago called happy families. I decided to do this instead of starting the bigger Baba Yaga project because I'm pretty new to this to be perfectly honest, and it seemed less intimidating.
I've decided to go with a simpler and cleaner rendering style for the final illustrations on these than my usual thing as I want to get them done by the end of the month and I think it will look better for printing on small cards and making into patterns for fabric. I'm really not sure if I'm on the right track with these so I would like some honest feedback please on what you think.
RE: Seeking feedback
Hi and welcome.
I like the top Illustration the best, great sense of movement and storytelling. I know how hard it is being self taught and having a less than encouraging family when it comes to art (until i had a mental breakdown a few years ago LOL just kidding...sort of). My advice is keep going with it and study the fundamentals like perspective, anatomy, composition and colour etc... but also do stuff you enjoy and have fun, don't worry too much about criticism, it's not always good, it can discourage you.
RE: Is vector illustration important for illustration
I wondered exactly the same thing as you a few years ago whether vector art was worth doing or not after looking at artists online and decided to try it as well. I had tried Illustrator and Corel Draw before but I hated them to be honest, then last year I tried Affinity Designer and it seemed a lot nicer to use.
You can mix raster with vector in Affinity Designer- so you can get clean lines and textures as well. I followed a few free tutorials which helped me to begin with from tutsplus.com (https://design.tutsplus.com/categories/affinity-designer) and Frankentoon (http://www.frankentoon.com/).
I think you just have to try different things and then decide whether or not to use it or not.
RE: Is Age just a number?
Thanks for making this post, I've been thinking the same and feeling old lately at 35. When I was doing my foundation art course in 2014 all the students thought I was still in my 20's because I still look pretty young, but then they found out and started teasing me a bit that I was old enough to be their mum (in a friendly way). There was one lad there who was only 20 something and he was depressed that he thought he was too old... crazy stuff. I had a long chat to him and helped him with his sketchbook and then he started painting every day after college as well and he improved like crazy in no time. I think it's just down to mindset not age.