@gary-wilkinson This is so much more dynamic. Great choice.
I'm a starting illustrator who wants to make illustrating children's books a career.
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RE: Does anyone know any online CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITING CRITIQUE GROUPS?
@smceccarelli Wow! yes, please. I would love to join your FB group. That would be very helpful. I will also check CritiqueCircle. More eyes the better I'd say. Thank you for the info!
Does anyone know any online CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITING CRITIQUE GROUPS?
Hi, everyone! Lately, I've been toying with the idea of writing my own children's book. Because of that, I would like to ask, you guys, if you know any good critique groups for children's books? Also, I've also been considering putting my book on this forum. Will it be cool with you guys? Thank you so much.
RE: Boss doesn't want me to offer similar style designs
NOPE. NEVER HEARD OF THAT.
He doesn't own your style. He doesn't own your drawing skills. I'm pretty sure that's not legal. If what he means is that you can't create an exact copy of the illustrations you made for them, then that's understandable but your style? That's crazy.
Anyhow, if you continue using your present style and he tries to go after you, don't worry. As long as you don't have any written agreement stating that you're prohibited from using your style for projects coming from other clients, then you're safe.
I hope this helps.
RE: Cover letter for email portfolio submission
@pinky I'm no expert but I certainly think that you should send an inquiry first, asking if that art director/ illustration representative is currently accepting illustrator submissions/applications. You should do this regardless of what their submission page says. Sometimes, those pages are not up to date. This will save you a lot of time in writing letters that they will never even read just because their submissions are already closed or they're not looking for new illustrators.
I also tend to add my portfolio link in that first inquiry so that whoever will read it can have a quick view of my works. Sometimes (in my experience and when I get lucky), if they like what they see, they'll give you the green light and will ask you to submit a CV.
You should try it. I don't think there's anything wrong doing it. The worst thing that can happen is that they still ask you to submit a cover letter.
I hope this helps.
RE: WIP: Knight Bus Catbus mashup
@carriecopa I really like how this is going. Your illustration is so dynamic and full of life! I would just like to point out one thing: that cyclist in the corner could move a little bit more to the side. I think, for me at least, that it's blocking my view of dog bus and it's also kinda stealing attention from the bus. Overall, I like your design. I'd like to see more!
RE: Faeries & Tigers | Critiques Wanted
@ixspen Hi, I love the collage look. It's really fresh.
Here's what I think:
I think the tiger is cut awkwardly. Since you've shown us a portion of the legs, my eyes sort of trail off in that direction and want to see more of the tiger. You can move the tiger more to the left so that it will be cut at the torso. Also by doing this, the tiger will perfectly hit that line of thirds. Lastly, I think that lonely flower in the middle can go. It's blocking the view of the tiger.
The fairy piece is great. I like your designs. I think you can work on the fairy with pink wings on the upper right side though. It's not that it's wonky or anything. It's just that its legs and wings are making a tangent with the moon. You can just move it more to the right.
That's all I have to say. Overall, I like your illustrations. I like the characters. I like the style. I hope this helps.
RE: Some food for thought: Being a polymath artist
I'm currently an engineering student taking up Civil Engineering and I'll be graduating this March 2018. I never really imagined getting into engineering but because of a rebellious streak during my freshman year, I took up engineering as some sort of "screw you" to my mother and to everyone who doubted me. I did very well at the start. I got straight As and I was top of my class. However, as the years dragged on, I slowly lost my interest in my degree. I started skipping my classes. My grades started to drop, I fell into a deep depression and all I wanted was to get away from it all. It was then that I realized that all I wanted to do was art.
Before college, I always wanted to study Animation but because of my mother's objections, I decided not to. They convinced me that doing art isn't a viable career. Instead, they wanted me to get into Education (not that there's anything wrong with that). However, there was this part of me that thought: "I really don't care! I don't care if I'll be poor! I All I want to do is ART." I guess that's why rebelled and got into engineering.
So what's my take on this? If I had the chance, would I change any of it? No. Engineering made me realize what I hated and what I really wanted in life. It made me realize that art is the one path for me. Did it help me with my art? No. It enabled me to grow into a more well-rounded person though.
Would I recommend it to others? No. I highly oppose it. Taking up engineering wasted my time and money, valuable resources I could have put into art school and advance my skills by leagues compared to my current level. If I was able to realize this earlier and stick to my guns, it would've been a whole lot better.
So for those of you out there who are still on the fence on whether you should focus on your art and maybe go to an art school or take another course, go the art route. You will not regret it.
However, if you're worried about your financial future if you become an artist, perhaps you'll do better with another degree and by the end of the day, ask yourself if that course is still something you can see yourself growing old doing. Maybe you'll love it and decide to go with it. Or maybe you'll realize that you don't--- just like me. Be warned though, it will not be pretty. I only stuck with engineering because it would be such a waste to quit just a few months before graduation.
This is just my thoughts. I hope this was helpful.