@Katy-Tanis @Eli thanks so much! I actually played around a lot with the texture until I got it working how I wanted, and by then I had been looking at it so long I wasn’t sure about it anymore 😅 so I’m glad you like it.
Posts made by Sarah LuAnn
RE: FEBRUARY CONTEST
I actually made a piece this month. Considering I gave birth last month and haven't had a full nights sleep since well before then, I think I get a prize just for having something to post.
(Also, those who think she ought to be doing more things with her arms are missing the ENTIRE POINT. Just sayin'. ;-)
RE: Octopus Changing a nappy (diaper)
With two kids in diapers, I definitely relate! Especially with my toddler. She has to be bribed to stay still sometimes.
I had the same problem as @carriecopa --I thought there were too many arms on the baby at first. The hands and feet are drawn very similarly, which I think is part of the problem.
Also, in the pictures I've looked at of octopus tentacles, they just have two rows of suckers along each tentacle, but I'm seeing more than that in your drawing. So maybe you have different reference than what I've seen, but I thought I'd mention that.
Overall, very fun concept and very cool octopus, and overall the drawing is very strong. I'm excited to see the finish! :-)
RE: J.R.R. Tolkien on THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS WRITING FOR CHILDREN
Very interesting—I didn’t make it through the whole article but found the ideas thought provoking. To me, one important aspect of the topic is the importance of respecting our audience as creators. They may be children, but they aren’t stupid. They are as intelligent as an adult, but also less experienced. Creating with respect for an intelligent audience is important, no matter their age.
RE: Kidlit 411 Banner WIP
Looking good! Its fun how they all have hats :-). In my personal opinion, its already an improvement over the current banner.
I'm wondering about size variation, both for accuracy and visual interest--would all these types of birds really be about the same size as you've drawn them?
Also, The lettering seems a little bit blah, like it was just thrown in there--a little time really designing those letter shapes would really take it to the next level I think.
RE: Relinquish all fetishes
A agree with @carriecopa -- its not that these things are inherently bad, its only when you use it as a reason to procrastinate or do bad work that it becomes a problem. If something helps you get into the mindset, lets others know you're working and don't want to be bothered, or just makes you feel happy and creative, I don't think you have to get rid of it. Balance is key. :-)
RE: Children’s book as a main portfolio piece?
What I've been told is it is OK to show a couple pieces from a dummy you hope to publish, but not to show all the pieces and certainly not the entire story. So 2-3 images for a portfolio is OK (as I understand it) but don't put the whole story up for everyone to see.
Personally I have a couple pieces in progress I did exploring my character for a dummy, but they will NOT actually end up in the final story. Once I have them done I plan to display them in my portfolio.
I'm excited to see whatever you come up with, @smceccarelli!
And thanks for letting us know how easy it is to make a process video with procreate @Andyg, I actually just got the app last week and I'm not super comfortable with it yet, but I've been wondering how process videos are made and I'm glad to know its relatively simple. I do most of my work in Adobe Illustrator though, so I'll have to figure out how to show that in a video someday.
RE: New Live/Interactive Book Cover Illustration Class
This class looks amazing, book covers is something I would LOVE to do more of for my portfolio, but its pretty much the worst timing ever (having a baby this month ;-) so I sincerely hope it will be offered again in the future :-).
RE: A Tiny Tea Party... critique?
Thanks for the thoughts, guys, and sorry for not getting back sooner--the holidays, pregnancy fatigue, and life in general happened. :-)
@Jason-Bowen I think you're right--a more animated pose for the rabbit isn't a bad idea. On the other hand, I kind of like the more calm, sedate Victorian feel its got, which I think more animated poses and expressions would fight with. So it's a toss up.
And good thoughts as always, @smceccarelli. I think there is a balance to be found between doing whatever you feel like at the time stylistically, and sticking with a certain process/look until you can be really consistent at it. Consistency is important--as is experimenting and stretching as an artist.
Anyway, I did make a blog post showing the progress of this piece if anyone cares to take a look: [http://www.sarahluann.com/art-blog/time-for-tea](link url)
RE: A Tiny Tea Party... critique?
@pamela-fraley Well thank you! I'm glad you like it. I'm flattered that you would compare it to classic illustrators, who of course are a HUGE influence on me. I think the main one that was in my mind as I drew it was Beatrix Potter, but of course she wasn't the only one--Tenniel is another who I like looking at, so the Alice comparison is also flattering.
Now let me go off on a tangent. This is mostly for my benefit, so nobody should feel like they have to read this ;-)
I'm having trouble figuring out how to market myself and my classic looking illustrations, which is more and more the direction I'm finding myself going. Like... why would someone hang one of my prints when they could get a print of an actual Beatrix Potter illustration?
And while people give positive feedback on my art (including agents and ADs), I feel like it is SO off-trend it gets brushed off--I see so much more stuff that is either super rendered, or really naive, and just not me. Anyway. The question in the last Third Thursday--what to do if you've found a style you enjoy and have good feedback on but aren't sure how marketable it is.... that was mine. I'm figuring it out though... I think.
Answering my own question--a HUGE part of my problem is the need to fill out my portfolio with more stuff people (as in Agents/ADs ;-) really want to see--characters drawn consistently, stuff with a story, maybe a section for black and white stuff... all that jazz. So maybe I shouldn't worry until I've filled that gap. I keep intending too, and then my mind wanders off and comes back with one-off images such as the one above. So the underlying problem to this underlying problem (whew!) is probably discipline, and making myself do the work that will actually fill the gaps in my portfolio.
End ramble. :-)
A Tiny Tea Party... critique?
This is one of those pieces that I just sketched out of the blue one day, thought "Hey, lets see what it would look like if I took it to final" and ended up becoming more than just a random sketch.
So in some ways it was experimental, but also I'm now regretting how I just kind of skipped around my process and played things by ear. Things like value patterning got ignored until too late, etc. etc.... yeah yeah. My fault. But it was nice to try new things too, so I guess thats what happens sometimes--parts of the experiment work while others don't so much.
Anyway, this is where it is now, and I'm mostly happy with it. I feel like there are a couple things that aren't quite as good as they could be though, but I can't put my finger on anything specific. That may just be because I skipped steps at the beginning and its a bit to late now. That said... any help or suggestions to figure things out would be appreciated.
RE: SVS class idea! (How to study others work)
I don't think its bad to look at an artists final work and try to guess how their sketches looked... and be wrong. I think what we really should be thinking (and what is really helpful about the exercise) is "If I were to create work that were like this in thus-and-such a way, what would it look like earlier in the process?" The point being trying to figure out how YOU work...if its true of the artist thats secondary. :-)
Of course its valuable to actually see someone's process, but sometimes that isn't readily avaliable :-).
RE: Book recommendations
I know that this is not at all what you asked for, but I just finished "Art Money and Success" by Maria Brophy and found it very interesting and helpful. It does focus a mostly on the fine art and licensing side of things rather than publishing, so if you are only interested in story art then it may not be the best fit. But if you're interested in learning about other ways to make money from your illustration its a good read :-). Next on my list is "How To Sell Your Art Online" by Cory Huff--I liked what I saw in the sample, we'll see what the rest is like.
Both of those books are $10 for the kindle version, but your library might have them and save you the money.
Don't get me wrong, technique stuff is always great and if thats what you're drawn to right now you should go with that. But figuring out how to be paid deserves some time as well ;-). Personally, I've been thinking more about the business side of things recently, thus my current reading choices.