Best posts made by Cory Shaw
RE: September Illustration Contest: Transportation
My son travels by dog, not to clever, just true. There are so many clever ideas in this thread! And fantastic art too.
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RE: Tess's Inktober Comic
"To any of you who may have seen some of my Inktober stuff on Instagram, do you think the descriptions I've been adding are a good thing? Or should I just post the picture and not add to the story with words?"
Hey, Tess. It depends on your goal. I think you should ask yourself, "Do I need words to convey the message." If the answer is no, then leave them out. Less is more, really--silence is beautiful in its own way. Words can draw too much attention to themselves, especially if the text is an afterthought, and ruin the experience of developing a personal interpretation about the story based on illustrations alone (I find it more interesting without words, personally.) However, if the answer is yes, you might have details that improve the story that can't be conveyed visually. Some of the details that you might want to include, such as names, descriptions, etc., are really not that important. Other text such as the gender of the swordbearer "might" be more important since it is not implicit in the illustrations, but may have significance to the story. Dialogue tends to be more important in comics than descriptions.
Hope that helps with your decision! The comic looks great by-the-way, I'm following along the whole way!
Finished Illustration / Exploration
I thought I would post this here and ask for feedback. The problem is often I finish something and I feel really good about it, but then the next day I hate it. I don't know why I don't like it, so I am asking for your help if you have any ideas. There is no specific purpose or goal behind this piece except to explore my coloring and digital sketching process.
RE: Slowvember WIP - critiques welcome
I like your illustration! The seeds blowing through the air is a great image, I like how the girl's hair shows the same motion. I also like the bunnies watching her. Your illustration shows depth by progressively lightening and softening the colors. I think that was done really well.
I agree with previous comments about the tree gap on the far right.
I also think that the leaves on the closest tree need to have some darker shades like the trunk and grass below it.
Lastly the first hill ends right at the fence post, and I think it should extend a little beyond the post. Only because it seems strange on inspection.
RE: Drawing kids, resource suggestions?
Not information on drawing per se, but a lot of Instagram accounts exist dedicated solely to pictures of their children playing and doing different activities, some of them are very good for reference. I like @grimsteadslittlepoppets because the photographer takes a lot of pictures of children with animals, jumping, running, playing (the only downside is there are very few boys featured). @bethphilippidis is good too, especially if you are drawing old-world sorts of things. If you follow one or two of these photographers online you can find similar accounts that suit you better.
RE: Do I need to make a website?
Personally, I've not noticed a substantial increase in traffic since starting a website. However, when I am interested in another artist I like to search their name in google and find content quickly. Artists are often spread out among multiple platforms and I find it difficult sometimes, even when I search well-known artists, to find basic content like portfolios or products (I want to buy stuff but I cant figure out where to get it!!) A website can bring it all together and make it simpler for fans or agents to find what they are looking for.
RE: Some food for thought: Being a polymath artist
I'm not sure about being a specialized generalist. It may work for some, but I suspect that if your attention is constantly pulled in multiple directions you are more likely to become okay at many things and good at nothing. I am an instructor (in a different field) and I've noticed that students who try to focus on multiple subjects at once do not do as well as those that spend a couple years focused on a single subject.
However, as far as school is concerned, I've heard similar advice. When I was in High School I had the opportunity to speak with Orson Scott Card about writing professionally. When I told him I wanted to be a writer and receive a degree in creative writing (like he did), he replied that I should instead receive a degree in something like comparative literature, history, or philosophy. He argued that a writer already writes all the time and likely writes well enough, but still needs knowledge in other areas to inform their art and develop a creative bank account. So that's what I did, and it turned out fine, but I think I could have gone into my career further and faster had I stuck with creative writing. I didn't develop the necessary contacts, I didn't receive diverse training, I didn't get constant feedback on my work--I think I needed those things.
RE: New Live/Interactive Book Cover Illustration Class
The description says there will be one video a week and a homework assignment, that seems reasonable, but can you estimate how much time a student should expect to give this course each week? I feel lame asking, but I want to give it my all if I sign up.
RE: Website critique
First of all, I think it is a great idea to ask for critique on things like this. Second, your website looks great. I like the simplicity, there is nothing to distract from your portfolio. I really like your logo, it is very aesthetically pleasing. I noticed a few things that could be improved, although they are little.
Some of the thumbnails clip your illustrations off awkwardly. The biggest example is the bottom right image. I understand that may not be entirely in your control.
I think an image of yourself would make your about page more personal. The spoons are great too, but your photo should really go there, and the spoons should be an "in-line" image with the text.
I would cut a few unnecessary words from your about page and remove passive voice:
Few days go by that I do not draw, sketch, or doodle something. I have drawn since I could hold a crayon; opting for pencils, watercolors, and other mediums over the years. I live in Florida with my wife and 3 kids.
I create my illustrations primarily with ink and watercolor, though I have dabbled with acrylic, pastels, and digital.
When I am not drawing, I like to carve wooden spoons or work in the garden. And I make some pretty good cinnamon rolls.
To see what I do "behind the scenes", follow me on Instagram.
Hope this helps! Best of luck!
RE: New Live/Interactive Book Cover Illustration Class
Alright, I signed up. Whew!
RE: Sequential art for social media that's not a comic.
It's a really nice idea. I imagine that projects such as this could only help bolster your brand and identity. The only problem with social media is that apps are designed for users to consume media in a particular way and they are not typically very kind to sequential art. On Instagram for example, followers will either read sequential art backwards on their feeds or backwards on your page depending on which one you favor. Also, Instagram users tend to consume a lot of material from many different users very quickly, which means that each post needs to stand on its own. I think a blog would work really well for this, perhaps even Facebook.
I like your art. I checked out your website as well; it is very interesting! The only thing I have to say about this piece in particular is that I would personally never tell my daughter she may not be the prettiest, even if she didn't believe it. I imagine most fathers believe their own daughter is the prettiest anyway.