@tom-shannon Thanks Tom! :)
I am a canadian/Acadian children's book illustrator by night, doctor by day. Represented by the Bright illustration agency
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RE: Tom Shannon prompts
@tom-shannon Hi Tom! Nice work :) It's good to give yourself "assignments" and create pieces from these. Is the goal to create portfolio pieces ? Or just to practice ?
The one for the prompt "space" is, in my opinion, not as strong as your other two... I think it has potential to be so much more dynamic simply by changing the angle of the astronaut and his pose (I would put one of his arm pointing up in the sky and tilt his body at a 45 degree angle). I also think adding planets of various size would add a LOT of interest.
I think having simple prompts "one word like space, giant, etc" is good. But your next step maybe should be to develop a story from that prompt. Who is the astronaut/giant, what is he doing, why, where, etc. This would make more interesting story and this is the basis for an interesting illustration :)
I think your piano guy is quite nice! I like the combination of big-med-small shapes, and it's funny!
I hope this helps!
Nice work :)
Are you reworking your old illustrations?
I am in the process (it's actually a never ending journey) of updating my portfolio. There is a few illustration in there that I like, but would need significant reworking to not end up in the trash. Do you usually rework old illustrations or do you just do new work from scratch ?!
I know @lee-white is a proponent of reworking old piece; I just wanted to see what others do :)
RE: Just Finished this one!
Great work :)
I really love a lot of things about this piece! The drawing is very good. I love the characters and expressions. And your line art is awesome!
2 main problems in my opinion (since you asked for a harsh critique ;)
Values - If you turn this to grayscale, everything is pretty much the same value except the big yellow horns (as mentionned by someone else). I think it's ok to change the horns, BUT i think you need to have more variation of value between the three characters AND between the characters and background.
Story - It took me a very long time to see the mouse trap. I am also unsure of what's going on in the scene. Where are the dragons? Why is there a mouse trap? Why is 1 dragon bored? (seems a little out of place). WHAT IF, the room was full of mice trap (like several lying on the floor) and both the purple and orange dragon where scared of stepping in a trap? But of course that's just one idea, there's probably several other way to make this work story wise!
Anyway, like I said, I love a LOT of things about this piece. I think it really have potential :)
RE: Why does my illustration in Ipad look different on laptop?
@nyrryl-cadiz Hi Nyrryl!
I also work on a Ipad pro. On mine, the color calibration is pretty much perfect, however, the image looks much brighter on the Ipad vs my computer. I think it's simply because of how bright the screen of the Ipad actually is... I didn't find how to fix it, but I now try to reduce my screen's brightness to 75% -80% when I work. Seems to correlate better to computer screens....
Hope this helps!
RE: Questions about agents, educational illustration and more
@smceccarelli Thanks Simona! Great insight as usual! :)
Questions about agents, educational illustration and more
I know I haven't been very active recently on the forum, I am working on several project/commissions and I also took a class with CGMA which was quite time consuming so I didn't have much time for anything else.
However, this is my safe place when I have questions about anything art related and something HUGE just happened in the last week and I wanted to have your very valuable input.
I was approach by an agent from a very reputable agency that is interested in representing me if we could use emojis on the forum, I would include every happy/surprised/crazy emojis possible here!!! I am not sure I am allowed to say which agency (although I don't see why not..) but let just say some of the illustrator I admire the most are represented by them so I am kind of flabbergasted by all this haha!
However, I don't want to get TOO excited, we are still very early in the process - She gave me some briefs and I have to do sketches and send them to her by next Monday and then we'll see!
Anyway, we spoke over the phone for about 45 minutes today and I am very, very, VERY excited by pretty much every aspect of what she was telling me except one thing. She was mostly talking about finding me work in the education market initially. I was very clear with her that my goal is eventually to do trade books. I was under the impression that for her this was a natural first step toward eventually getting commercial/trade book projects. I just wanted to hear your opinion on this.
I remember one class by @Lee-White where he was talking about educational work and I was under the impression that you can't really get any portfolio quality material from this kind of work (mostly because the turnover is very fast...) He was also saying that the pay is usually bad, but that's not so much a concern for me at this time as I have another full time job that pays the bills.
Honestly, I had a very good feeling when I spoke to her today and I think I would sign any contract she send my way if she does decide to be my rep (I would fell like loosing a HUGE opportunity by turning this down) but I still wanted to have your opinion on the educational work aspect. Are you doing educational work? Can it really lead to trade picture book? Any other thoughts?