Here is my entry (not at the last minute this time!!). If you are going to treat magical creatures you have to be pretty confident :)
Is it past midnight PST?
Well, I'll leave mine here anyway just in case :)
"Atlantis Flight School"
Here's my submission - a halloween parade!
EDIT: I'm traveling away from home and this was the best image of the work I was able to post last night. Working in traditional media this inktober has been a great experience (frustrating at times, but I've learned a lot!).
For this one I used a limited palette of Ampersand inks and discovered sepia ink pens! I was trying to go for a more subdued palette than I usually use. Hope you enjoy!
I would love some constructive critiquing on a piece I'm working on for my portfolio called 'Accommodating Dragon'.
This is a quick digital painting I did a couple of years ago:
I love the idea and decided to rework it. Here is the new sketch with a preliminary start at a value study (though I hadn't planned to push the values quite as much as they appear here):
Before I put more hours into it and start the final rendering I'd love some feedback on the composition and what I've got started with values. I was thinking of going with a similar colour scheme as the old painting.
Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!! :D
Hey guys, I don't know how many of you use time tracking software - but I started using Toggl a few months ago and I'm finding it really helpful.
In the past I've worked mostly in small bits around my 'day job' and have had a hard time determining exactly how long it takes for me to get various art tasks done. Using Toggle (I just have the free version) is helping me to get a more realistic idea of how long different types of projects take, also how much time I'm spending on other work, social media posting, etc.
I just wanted to share in case anyone else might find it helpful.
I'm a total noob here so I don't know if I should be commenting and I hope that I'm not overstepping - but this is such a gorgeous image with so much mood to it I wanted to chime in!
The sunset is competing with the fire for my attention - could you dampen the sun or get away with a more subtle just-post-sunset glow in the sky to increase emphasis on the fire?
Maybe stronger/sharper contrast on the lady's face (the man's and horse's expressions are so clear, I find it harder to see her features - unless that was your intention).
I think if the horse's body was turned more to the left it would read better that they are leaving (I first thought they'd just come over the hill and paused, seeing the house burning). Of course that throws off your reins and other things so maybe not as easy a change to make.
Hey folks! I just got back from a month away from home and am now officially done with my former career...wow. I have ten million things I need to get done, but while I was away I started an illustration for the March 'Old and New' challenge. I couldn't complete it in time to submit, but I like where it is going and would really appreciate any comments and critique the community is willing to provide:
I've been subscribed to SVS for some time and lurking on the forums for awhile so I figured it was time to introduce myself.
This is a big year for me as I have moved back home to Canada and am retiring from veterinary medicine (which has been my career and pretty much consumed me since high school) to be a full-time working artist.
Yup, so that's both extremely exciting and extremely daunting.
~ deep breath ~
I was lucky enough to encounter SVS through Jake and Will's youtube channels (originally from Will Terrell's channel actually - check him out, he's awesome!) and all of the amazing things I'm learning from this community are helping me to find my way through this transitional period of entering the illustration field.
So hello everyone!
Thank you all for the insightful comments!
@Diego_BioSteam I do intend to stay with digital art as a freelancer. I've definitely used GIMP in the past (great program!), fortunately my budget isn't quite that tight anymore :).
@Blessings It's very nice to hear from someone who left Adobe for Corel. In the past I would only upgrade every few years so it was cost effective (at this point I think a Painter update will cost about the same as 1 year of Photoshop - I'm in Canada so I don't get quite the same price as Americans). Now that I am moving toward more professional work am finding I need more from the program than I used to and suspect that I may need to upgrade annually.
@smceccarelli Thank you for the great insight! Some of your comments on other posts are actually what's got me thinking about this more. It is reassuring to know that at the end of the day it's the art that matters most :)
The more I think about things the harder it is to justify being an 'Apple' girl and at the same time being 'anti-big-Adobe' ;D. Ah, self-justification!
My reason for addressing this is that I've been working on developing my workflow habits - it seems that which software I use, and how I use it plays a bigger role in this process than I expected! The past couple of months I've started feeling like I'm creating more frustration and hassle for myself (which means more time spent finding workarounds) by sticking doggedly to Painter.
This is a fun ride, and I'm so grateful to have all you wonderful SVS folks willing to share your wisdom! Thank you again!
I've used Procreate on an iPad air 2 with an Adonit Jot Pro pen (which gives you pressure sensitivity). It worked quite well for me for quite some time but the iPad pro with apple pencil takes the experience to a whole new level (and as others have stated, the apple pencil will only work on the iPad pro). For what it's worth - it was no problem to download the Procreate app to our iPad pro, even though I'd originally purchased and used it on the iPad air.
I love your dragon with the mandala background. I've been trying to figure out how to incorporate mendalas and the way you've done it really helps to emphasize your focal points.
I am a bigger fan of cons than art/craft fairs (as @Pamela-Fraley said, at many fairs you are competing against food and jewerly, and my observation is that a lot of people like to look at the art but aren't there to buy it). Although at cons the art/print competition is really fierce. In all, I find cons more fun (I guess that's personal preference) - please note, I've sold at art fairs, but not cons so my opinion is worth nothing. That being said...
@Will-Terry has a series of great videos on YouTube that go into detail about his experience with selling at cons
(A summary one is HERE but he did one for each con he attended and gives real-world advice about them).
Also, a great podcast for independent artists in the fantasy genre is One Fantastic Week. They recommend attending any con you think you'd want to sell at and get a feel for it and where your art would fit in before you invest in a table.
I agree with the others, and your instinct - it feels like it might be even more distressing with cute illustrated critters than in real life. Also though, if the goal is to hit on the abandonment theme I think that having a back turned/ignoring the lamb would pull my heartstrings more than aggression, visually speaking.
Curious too see if there is an 'industry' answer regarding this as well!
I second that!
The way the SVS posts load in my browser I seem to always miss some of the art when I scroll through the thread - your slideshows let me see all the amazing entries and I REALLY appreciate that you take the time to make these slideshows!
Not disheartening at all!!
@Gary-Wilkinson and @evilrobot thank you both! I truly appreciate you taking the time to make insightful comments, they are greatly appreciated (I'm in a 'leveling up' stage and really want good, honest feedback).
@Gary-Wilkinson I had to laugh at your comment about it being dragons - the real reason is that I like dragons. The more complicated reason is that animal and fantasy creature characters are my thing, so right now I'm working on using those elements (which I have more fun with) to create illustrations to work on my technical skills. I also play lots of D&D and the older a dragon is the more intimidating they are - so the idea of a granny dragon showing the wisdom aspect of an ancient dragon was a fun idea to play with. HOWEVER - your comment is spot on because I struggled with whether to make them play chess or some imaginary game. In the end I thought chess would be a relatable activity for 'old mentoring young' (plus I used my social media fanbase to give me the actual chess board setup - a little easter egg for those who might look closely at it). I will think more about how I can make the setting and game situation integrate with the characters being dragons.. I have a couple of ideas percolating already!
You were also spot on with the linework comment - I am really struggling with how I want to develop that. I'm drawn to line (not great at it, but drawn to it to the point that I am starting a graphic novel project to learn more) so at the moment my goal is NOT to try to retrain myself to full digital painting, but rather figure out the best way to use my linework without having the entire piece in full, lined detail. I liked the outcome for the piece below and was trying to recapture some of that feel. I think the lighting and contrast were stronger in the piece below, and the linework not as heavy handed.
And lighting. So important! So not my strong suit!
I think it's time to go redo some of the SVS courses on light and make sure I'm really doing the work and not just passively watching!
Thanks again! All further feedback is greatly appreciated!
(LOL - nobody commented on the fact that the chess pieces are all leaning a little bit to the right... which I ~just~ noticed now).
(Also - @Gary-Wilkinson I love your 'Octopus Selfie', it made me literally laugh out loud!)
@tazzyartist it might help for you to play around with placing different vanishing points and draw your tables as boxes until you have the sizes and orientation the way you want then just erase the extra lines.
I mocked up something quick with a more horizontal horizon line which reads more as a front-view instead of top-down angle.
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