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RE: Need help to make "fake" projects for portfolio
you need to try to get over your fear of over expectation, etc. Coming up with your own projects and assignments is something that you need to figure out how to do. Other people can't help you too much here.
So my advice is figure out where you want to go in terms of illustration and come up with some assignments that sound interesting to you. Then, once you have a group of ideas, post them here and see what people think. That is the best route to go and you will benefit greatly from it.
Watch the finding your style video and you will begin to find your way. : )
LIVE HEAD AND HANDS CLASS!
Our new head and hands class is now enrolling! Space is limited to the first 18 that sign up. This should be an amazing class!
RE: NEW LIVE CLASS: DIGITAL PAINTING
New head and hands class just went live! Enrollment will be capped at 18, so hurry if you want a spot.
TRAVEL CONTEST WINNERS
Hey everyone, sorry for the delay on the results. We are in the process of recording a lot of podcasts and class building so we are a little behind schedule.
There were some REALLY good pieces with this month's contest. It looks like you guys had fun with the topic and I enjoyed looking through the entries.
Here are the results:
**1st Place: Johanna kim @Johanna-Kim **
This piece is so stunning and I just love it. Beautiful color and controlled technique. I want to know more about what is going on here. Please make more images to go with this story!
**2nd place: Gary Wilkinson @Gary-Wilkinson **
Gary keeps turning in killer work month after month. I imagine his portfolio is starting to look really good!
3rd place: @JDRpictures
This piece is so cool! I love the silhouetted birds and all the cool design work here. Good color balance and composition too. Solid!
Honorable mentions (in no particular order):
This one could have easily been top 3. Great story telling image and looks like a scene from an animation. Very professional looking image.
Lenny Wen @lenwen
Gorgeous! I looked at this image for a long time and just soaked in all these crazy colors that somehow look perfect together. Very hard to do that! This is another that could have easily won the whole thing. You guys make this so hard to judge!!!
Rachel Blackwell @rachy
I am digging this quiet little mouse adventure. Color balance is so nice and this image is just so sweet.
Niels Waller @nielswaller
I'm so glad to see a black and white image done so well. it's so easy to add color to an image on the computer and I'm always reminded how beautiful a black and white image can be. very creative scene with perfect control of the detail.
Ashely Moore @artwithashley
love the viewpoint and perspective. this is exactly what it feels like right when you enter a new city. Nailed it!
Love this ship design and painting. Captures a classic feel of an adventure story. really great lighting.
Misty McKeithen @Misty-McKeithen
this retro inspired piece is just stunning. Very vintage and modern at the same time. Delicate line work and great design sensibility are what drew me to this one. Great work Misty!
After showing a lot of complicated images here, Yolanda reminds us that sometimes simplicity is the way to go. This character would feel at home in any Miyazaki film. Lovely!
That's all for now guys. Keep up the good work and keep entering! I'm going to take a month off from the contest while we move across the country and also ramp up some more contests. I'll announce a new topic on june 1! : )
RE: Self-publishing: Is it worth it?
there are pros and cons to it. here's some thoughts:
It gives you the chance to test out doing a fully finished project. It's amazing how hard it is to actually want to do something, then do it all the way to completion. Most people stop a big project at 50-75%
You learn the ropes and it might give you confidence to do a real project once a client comes asking. it will also alert you to your real working time line and you will be able to estimate your project both financially and time wise a little better
it will show a potential client that you can finish something and what that process looks like when working with you. Save your sketches and be sure to show that work as well.
It is fairly easy to do the work to self publish a book (provided you know how to finish projects). The hard part is actually selling a book. This is what most writers don't understand when they try to self publish a book.
It can shake your confidence if you aren't able to finish it. it's hard to work on something alone and without real feedback the quality can suffer. Your family and friends are terrible guides to quality. You need to find real crits from people who are more experienced than you.
It will probably end poorly. Most of the projects get a lot of attention early on, but as the project labors on most people lose interest or fail to have the actual time to finish it well. All the time you are working on a self published book could be spent actually shopping your work to agents and real publishers.
Stock. if you go the route where you are printing actual books, you need a place to store them. Books are heavy and take up more space than you can imagine.
So that's my quick short list. I'll add more if i think of anything. : )
RE: NEW LIVE CLASS: DIGITAL PAINTING
@lauraa most of the in depth classes from now on will start as a live class and run 1 term, then will be put in the subscription. They will be offered as live classes as well.
david hohn's head and hands class will be the only live class that runs this summer. Then the others will run in the fall as live versions and be put in the subscription after that.
NOTE: we just launched a new video for subscribers yesterday too! A Jake Parker sketch video! : )