Sure, I think the big thing is just to keep writing and approach it in the same way as art. What are the fundamentals? And then how do I build on that? Can I do master copies and analyze great writing the same way I do artists? What writing appeals to me and what doesn't? And why it why not?
Just being analytical and moving forward in an organized way
@tombarrettillo I love your goose! Thank you so much for your time and suggestions. All great points! I redrew my image from Lee White's suggestions in his draw over in the Art critiques: spring 2016 it is at around 49 minutes- Thank you again for taking time to help :)
@Lee-White Awesome Thank you Lee! I was trying Arches bright white but it was hot press, I usually use Arches 140lb cold press (had never masked over color before though) I Love, love the trick you shared about fixative over my pencil lines, it is awesome not to have pencil smear :)
note: illustration board shouldn't have a gloss to it. It does have less absorbency than watercolor paper, etc. It comes in hot press which is smooth and cold press which has a slight tooth to it. Strathmore 500 series is the best you can get. It works for most media, but it's a little pricey (but worth it).
Congrats, Joy! I just now saw your winning entry on the SCBWI website. It's a great illustration! In the past I have wondered about their criteria for choosing winners, but this time they were spot on.
I have been keeping up on everyone's fifty things and wishing I had time to join, then I came across an old illustration that has 50 things so my challenge "when I have time" is to go back and improve the image with all I have learned since I made this one, values, focal point ,blurred lines, etc., Happy Monday everyone!