Very fun story! I do have a two things: in the first panel, the dark hair of the sister on the left gets lost with the bag strap. Maybe shift the sister more to the left so she isn't in line with the strap. (I also don't think you need the left door jam showing...which would give you more room for the left sister.) And in the second panel you may want to draw a little more of the body. Right now it looks like a floating head--but that may be because it is halloween and I'm surrounded by that sort of thing. ;) It looks great, as usual!
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Posts made by Joy Heyer
RE: Critique on memoir comic
RE: What is your favorite part of SVS and what can we do better?
Okay, You twisted my arm. I'll teach. I can do a class on how to be a full time mom and illustrator. Lesson one: "I can't clean the messy kitchen. I'm using it as reference!"
Kidding aside, I love all of the suggestions above and have two to add. As suggested in another thread, it would be great to have live, in-person events with SVS students and (if available) faculty...much like your open house. I would also love a way to organize smaller critique groups. I do hesitate suggesting "closed groups" because I would hate for anyone to feel left out, but it is easier to get/give feedback when there is a smaller group to get to know and understand.
I've been taking classes from SVS for a long time--near the beginning, I suspect--and every change has improved the learning and SVS community. Thank you!
RE: September Illustration Contest: Transportation
This was a fun prompt!
RE: SCBWI agent day
Based on what I've learned talking with agents and published illustrator/authors, a good agent will sell you as an illustrator, an author/illustrator, and just an author...(if you are willing to let someone else illustrate your manuscript). If there are agents who won't pitch you as all three, you may want to keep looking.
Those same agents and illustrators advise creating a dummy with rough sketches (the degree of rough is up to you) with 2 finished pieces. But you don't really need more than 2. Most agents and editors don't want more than that because they are afraid you will be too attached to your book illustrations to accept request for changes. They are looking for your ability, not a book....if that makes sense.
RE: Enrolling now: Illustration 1: Turbocharging your creativity!
I agree with @Rich-Green, @kimchizerbe, @Lynn-Larson, and @lmrush. This class is amazing. It focuses less on how to draw (which is very important and SVS has a ton of amazing classes that teach this) and focuses more on how to create what to draw...which is where I always got (notice the past tense) stuck. @Spencer-Hale - I started with gray markers and discovered I was lousy at them. So I ended up just using pencil on copy paper and digital. The first few assignments really allowed me to explore different methods so I could find the one that worked for me. And now I have some gray markers for my kids to use ;).****
RE: Nana character design for new book dummy project
These are lovely! I instantly care about Nana and am a little sad about how it appears the story will end! Nicely done.
RE: Reworked piece after Wills critique
The changes are a great improvement on what was already a lovely illustration! I do have 2 suggestions...1) add subtle fingers to the girl's hand holding her IV--like the boy's toes. And 2) try a different color for the walls. I know Will suggested green, and green is a better choice than your tan color, but this green feels a little too sickly for a hospital. I suggest trying a pale blue-green. Color pick the doorframe and then desaturate and lighten it. Make sure it isn't as blue or as saturated as the boy's pjs. You could even explore putting a darker shade under the wainscoting...as long as it doesn't blend too much with the boy's pjs. It really is a lovely illustration!