I love it! And thank you for sharing your process!
Veterinarian turned artist.
And coffee addict.
Posts made by Pam Boutilier
RE: Looking for critique - "Witch Shop"
@evilrobot Thank you for the insight!
Your question about trying to get rid of the linework vs. keep it is very on point - I am INCREDIBLY torn as to which direction I want to aim for and this piece in particular suffered for it.
I love the look of digital paintings and keep trying to go in that direction - but I really lose something in the rendering. This particular piece was really caught in the crossfire - every time I tried to render it as a painting it just...wasn't...working. So I fell back to the linework/comic style.
They say artists are either 'line' or 'shape' oriented and I think I'm maybe 'line' (my fine art is in scratchboard... so I guess that shouldn't be a surprise to me).
I worry that doing illustrations with linework is not something that publishers (picture books, early chapter books, covers) are looking for so much. It's also fine for character studies but gets much more difficult when doing larger, complex images with backgrounds. And yet... it's what I'm drawn to.
Maybe I should double-down on my linework style and put my effort into improving that instead of trying to turn myself into a painter.
(I went through years of finding my style with scratchboard... and now I seriously feel like am starting over completely with the digital medium! Yikes!)
RE: Looking for critique - "Witch Shop"
@aska and @kat thank you so much - I'm not very confident with light, I always seem to overdo it and have too many distracting highlights or go the other way. I'm going to try to incorporate some of your comments and to a revised version of this one - if you have any reference illustrations that might help please post them!
@demotlj Good point! There's a bunch of dead ceiling space up there too - I'll try cropping it down more from the top.
I really appreciate this feedback!
Looking for critique - "Witch Shop"
Hello SVS folks! This is an illustration I made of a little witch character that I'm developing. The original inked sketch started as an Inktober drawing that was also a 'draw 25 things' as a practice for a future attempt at #Draw50things.
I struggled a lot with the rendering and must have restarted this one half a dozen times. I'm reasonably happy with the final outcome, but I really want to take my illustration skill to the next level.
Please share any insight you have as to how I could have done better, or things to watch for in future illustrations.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide!
RE: iPad pro screen - finally a solution
Yeah, I started using that same protector a couple of months ago and I LOVE it.
I also have found that I like the feel of the contact better when I've worn the nib down -
and when I went to replace it the new one felt all slippery again.
Here's my current nib (Bottom, top is a fresh one):
I'm going to have to change it out at some point, but at least I know that it may take an adjustment period when I do!!
RE: Art Shipping Q's
Hey @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen, I hope someone with more knowledge than me pipes up because it's been years since I worked in Pastel, but I can give you my 2 cents for what it's worth. Shipping pastels was always nerve-wracking for me, which is honestly part of why I moved away from that medium!
In my experience the surface makes a huge difference - when I worked on a less toothy paper like Canson the pigment stayed on tighter and I was able to pack those in a variety of ways. When working on a super toothy surface like Colorfix the pigment would come loose and I ended up only shipping those ones framed under glass with spacers. So if you haven't packaged and shipped one in this way before, maybe try out a test wrap before you ship your finished work? Package up a little 5x5" with some crisp lines and edges and toss it around, stack it, throw it.. all the things that are going to happen to it during shipping, to see if the pigment moves on you.
I think if you aren't using a spacer/glass then the biggest thing is that ANY movement of the material against the surface of your artwork can lift and smudge the pigment. I've used glassine for this a couple of times (never used newsprint so I can't comment on that), but it always made me nervous. I think that if the boards holding the pastel work are secure enough, shipping something else with them (if also well secured) would probably be okay.. but if you want to err on the side of caution just ship the books separately.
I don't know if that helps at all, but there you go!