Decided to try a salty old lady mermaid. I've never seen one before. I wanted it to look old and crusty. She's worn a place in the rock over the years :-)
Had a great day at the event. I had a dummy critique and got reat feedback. Mainly, I need to cut out a lot fo the text as it was dragging on too much and I need to remove a lot of unecessary parts of the images. I am looking forward to looking at it with new eyes.
Dan Santat was there and had some great points to make. One was that design is equal or even more important than drawing skills when creating a book. I do want to improve my drawing skills but I really want to improve my design skills. He said also that he doesn' follow trends. He doesn't have a style. He does what will serve the book to make it the best it can be. He gave examples of how his books have been designed. Why he did certain things to increase tension, etc. He actually illustrates and then adds teh story which isn't common.
Serve the Story
1 Show, don't tell.
2 Art tells the story
3 Text delivers extra emotion
4 Color used to iterpret mood/feeling
5 Pacing in final scenes to build tension.
Clarity of communication-Strip all unecessary parts.
Symbology-words attached to an icon. You can draw simple symbolic pictures (ex. lollypop trees) and still get a message across. They are recognizable.
My Dummy Critique
(I know these are all things that are well known but sometimes you just have to hear them more than once :-) )
Brian Bowes was my critique guy for Uncle Carl Has a Chicken on His Head
Take out anything that isn't necessary to the story. (Do 50 1 minute thumbnails for each composition).
Find books that I really , really like from the library and copy them.
Cut the story to it's simplest form.
I can crop out a lot of information.
He gave me his post card and told me to e-mail him if I had any questions. I'm going to take him up on it.
He saw the book I made and my dummy and said that the fact that I have done books and don't give up shows that I can handle that part so, that made me feel good.
The girl to my right, Jung Chen, (Lulu) came for the first time. She won the portfolio show so that was cool! She did some beautiful gouache paintings, very colorful. She had a small sketchbook full of them. I was very happy for her.
As for the First Look Prompt, I did much better than last year. I had more than I needed in those too. I definitely need to learn to simplify but, I felt really good about what I learned. I will never be as good as I want to be or the best illustrator, and that's okay. I do know, however, that I will improve. I'm glad I went!
I was very nervous to start with. I had to drive to San Francisco and that is not my favorite thing to do but it turned out I got there early and got free parking by the boats so, that was cool. All the illustrators were very nice but I found that I stuck to myself most of the time. I talked to a few people. So, I discovered that I am more introverted than I thought but I was okay with that.
When I went in to the display room to set up my portfolio I almost took it back to my seat to shove it back in my backpack. There was so much beautiful work there and I felt very embarrassed by mine...I need to get over that. But, I set it out on the back table anyway and I put copies of the two books I have illustrated for children even though I know that they aren't perfect (btw, I just listened to Jake Parkers video on just that subject today which made me feel better. At least I finished a project or two! So, I learned that I have courage because I didn't put it away. Others have gone to thise Illustrator Days for years and still haven't put one out. So, I made a portfolio and put it out accomplishing two scarey things :-) The speakers were great. It was Marla Frazee and her buddy Allyn Johnston. I was encouraged because Marla doesn't know how to do digital but she is still successful. Allyn and the rest of the team and Simon and Schuster give her lots of feedback and she isn't doing it all on her own, as I have been. I learned that it's really nice to have someone that can help you succeed. I learned that I need to allow more people to see my work and critique it before I put it out there for the whole world because I only have two eyes and one view. This forum has been very beneficial to me for that! I learned that you want your action to go left to right in a book. That Marla Frazee uses 500 series stathmore paper and a black verithin pencil. She soaks the paper in water to make the pencil indelible and then staples it to a board. It will hold a lot of washes. I'd like to try that. Allyn Johnston said she was open to submissions from the group there and so I am deciding whether or nto to send in my next dummy when I am finished-even if it isn't accepted I will learn from the process. I learned that it is good to just do things sometimes (Jakes youtube video confirmed this to me). I learned that I still have a lot to learn and I want to view a lot more classes and maybe take one at the local CC in January when I will no longer be babysitting my grandson-design and figure drawing and more water color classes too. I learned how to better use scbwi as a resource. Part of the tme I felt awful and not talented but I also felt hope at times. Just have to push forward and let myself at my level with the promise of improvement if I put in the time and effort. So, that's it. It was worth it (but the drive to find my daughter after the conference was a bit crazy :-) I found her and all was well). Have a wonderful
I did a flower and didn't really care for it. The I got the idea that maybe I could try to copy a master, Lee White, Ha! That didn't work out very well either! I couldn't spend hours on it or it might have been a lot better but, I am posting my embarrassing work anyway. I hope I improve after 30 days!!!!
Here's Lees beautiful illustration: https://www.leewhiteillustration.com/work/copy-of-follow-the-light-1
How does he get those colors and make it glow!
These are my friend's three cute boys. They all wanted to wear T-shirts with their monsters today so she made them some :-) Just thought I'd share. They described their monsters to me and I drew and painted them :-)
I just wanted to encourage any of you who may be hesitating to post on these forums to go ahead and do it. Even if you feel your work sucks or that your questions are dumb...or whatever. I have a lot to learn but, I have gotten so much great feedback and advice and encouragement here! None of us are perfect yet, that's why we're here. Sometimes it's hard to hear corrections and critiques but that's how we become better. You aren't being criticized, you are being blessed with insights that those who are more experienced or who have honed their skills for detecting problem areas are giving you. I'm almost done with a 30 day watercolor challenge. Some of my work was better than others and I got super burned out BUT, I did learn a lot from others comments. One thing I learned is that I can use my time better, personally, by NOT doing 30 day challenges. At least at this point in my life, I need to build my skills in other ways that are less stressful and use my time better. I have been given advice on where I can better spend my time and what areas might be most beneficial for me to work on. THANK YOU to all of those who have been so willing to share and take time to help me. I hope to one day be able to give back more than I am recieving as I learn more skills and have a better eye for design, etc. Thanks again and to all those out ther reading this long post. Take a chance and start posting!
I haven't been involved in the forum or anything else with svs for a few months! Just wanted to check in and see what I've been missing. Am going to MN for the rest of the month and plan on getting back to work on my next book: Uncle Carl Has a Chicken On His Head. I hope to finish it by the end of this year or sooner. I might try createspace this time....... I haven't done so well on selling my last book since it first came out, have been concentrating on enjoying my 3 year old grandson before they moved. I will do some work in MN while I am visitng my old (90 in July!) mom :-) Except for some daily doodles I'm getting a bit rusty! Hopefully I can figure out how to post things on here better and get some input from all of you talented artists!! Happy New Year!
Draw 50 Things. Is it supposed to be in a room? I just really doodled a pictuer with 50 things. It wasn't really planned, I just added things as I went and it wasn't in a room. Haven't finished it yet. Thinking I might need to redo or change it. Hmmm....
That really WAS a challenge. It bugs me that it isn't perfectly the same as the artists :-) That's a tall order but, here's my attempt to paint in color after greyscale. After the illustrator: Chihiro Iwasaki from the book: Tsuru no Ongaeshi (in Japanese) It means something like Crane returns a Kindness.
Is it okay to show off my daughter's painting video?
Started painting today in my class. Thought I''d share. First we did letters from some stencils. I added the frog-like characteristics and a fly.
Then we painted oranges. It is a class with all levels so it will be interesting what kind of assignments we get as the class continues.
Sorry it doesn't have my name on it. I had some trouble with writing it in photoshop and uploading it here (file too big). I'm not trying to be negative but I am still learning and don't expect to be up at the top yet....so, I don't think it matters too much if my name is on it. I'll just share it anyway. Hope that is okay. The original has been turned in to class. Thanks.
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