Is it past midnight PST?
Well, I'll leave mine here anyway just in case :)
"Atlantis Flight School"
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.
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.
Can I just say how much I LOVE the up/down text?
These are all amazing, seeing your process and the feedback has been so helpful. Thank you for sharing!
As to your questions.... I personally prefer the white border (over full bleed), and would likely trim them to keep the border thickness consistent - like you've done in the collage. Mostly hope that you get the most size you can squeeze out with each format because there are so many wonderful details to look at.
@andyg Kind of related to what Andy said - last year I did a sort of take on Movember and drew all characters and creatures with moustaches (like this armadillo). I think I'll do some more this year and I'll use your hashtag Andy!
@eric-castleman Please do finish it - some of us are watching and love what you have so far, even if we haven't had anything useful to contribute. What Marsha and Laurel said - maybe you just need some time away from it. Don't worry about Slowvember, but please do finish it!
Can anybody recommend good resources for learning some solid basics in color management? I'm interested in useful books (ideally current ones), forums, videos or courses. Everything I've found online is either too complicated, outdated, or doesn't apply to my set-up (see below). Any information, links, or resource recommendations are appreciated!!
I'm a second-career artist and I have no formal training in the mechanics of digital art so my knowledge in this area is very inconsistent despite digital rapidly becoming my preferred medium for illustration.
That being said, in years past I was able to make reasonable prints of scanned traditional work (Epson 4180 scanner) and some digital work from both from my old desktop canon printer and online printers (Imagekind) just using my mac's native calibration tools and some trial and error so I feel like this ~can~ be done. I've also done a handful of digital illustrations for an online publication and as far as I could tell the colours matched up well (e.g. the final product looked good when viewed on different computers and the AD didn't give any feedback suggesting there were issues).
My set up:
For financial reasons I'd really like to use my current equipment which includes:
First and foremost - I want to make sure that the digital artwork I make will look the same on someone else's screen and that eventually if I send my work to people in the biz I won't look like a rank amateur. (My understanding is that this is a colour calibration thing - and so far my default calibration practices seem to have been working).
Second - I have a new desktop printer (Canon Pixma Pro-100) and would like to print some images for direct sale. I could certainly tweak my monitor until it looks like what the printer is putting out now but I worry that will throw off my monitor calibration for sending it elsewhere (for both online viewing and sending to outside printers).
A few other comments:
I realize that the actual answer is that this is way hella complicated and I need a PhD in professional printing and ICC codes - but I'm just looking for 'beginner/close enough' level quality in my desktop prints. I see loads of artists on youtube self-printing for small sales and conventions, The Man Mr. Jake Parker makes his own prints - it seems like it's POSSIBLE.
Canon does have ICC profiles for this printer (which seems like the thing I'm supposed to use) but I can't access them in Corel. The funny part is that I ~thought~ I saw those colour profiles before I upgraded to OS 10.11.6 but at that time I was in the middle of moving and wasn't working on colour stuff - it's possible that I imagined it.
If I have to get a Spyder or Munki or some other screen calibrator I will, but based on a previous thread comment by @smceccarelli I don't know if that's the problem.
If I have to subscribe to Adobe and use Photoshop I will (I used PSP for years until 2016). However, I'm working more in Procreate and would like to continue with that and use my existing Corel Painter 2016 for the PSP-like tools (cropping, colour profiles, etc) which theoretically should be possible. I'm jumping careers into freelancing right now and I have to be careful about where I allocate my savings.
I will be attending the SCBWI winter conference in February and taking the workshop "Digital Pre-Press Best Practices" which I hope will help, but the more understanding I can have going in to that the more I'll get out of it.
If SVS is thinking about offering a course I'd be all over that!
Any input is appreciated!
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