@Lee-White Thank you for continuing to field these questions.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who is trying to schedule time for this class around our work and family obligations. If we're 10 days out from the first video class being launched, can you tell us what weekday the Zoom sessions might be, so I can make sure I don't miss them? For me, the thing that has me most interested in taking this class is that real-time zoom component.
And, do you have an info sheet that tells us the plan for this class vs the Instructed version, and compares the prices? I'm really trying to make an informed decision.
Watercolour and ink of my characters. I used to draw these as rats, then little devils/creatures. Theyre fun as foxes, think I'll stick with that. Maybe do a Busytown style series of drawings, but the town is horrible.
@Toony-Days I'm not sure how old that class is, but social media has changed a lot even just in the last couple years. There was also a big algorithm change not too long ago that really affected artists. It's difficult for artists to post every day as the algorithm would like, we would end up just posting a bunch of crap and not attracting followers anyway. I've noticed that artists who do best are the ones that share a lot of stories and reels on Instagram. Their followers engage with that, so they get shown their posts when they do post. Reels are also new and really taking off lately so it can bring you a lot of views.
But I've noticed you Instagram is so new still! You only have 6 posts, no highlighted stories, and you're not even using hashtags or keywords in your post descriptions. I'm sure Jake has advice on that. There's still a LOT of basic advice you can be implementing before going into advanced strategies, and 6 posts is really WAY too soon to be deciding that what you're doing isn't working! You have barely started your journey yet, you're not even out of the parking lot so don't discourage. Building social media takes a long time, so you have to have patience. But as long as you start actually following the advice from the class (more than just putting "aspiring illustrator" in your bio) you should start gaining a following slowly but surely
I am grateful that you shared this song. My mother used to sing it to us while we were driving to visit the towns where she and my father grew up. I hope you won't mind if I copy this book to share with my extended family to help us remember our mother's singing of this song on our family trips. It's charming!
@mag I have several videos on my Youtube channel you might enjoy
Illustration process of a book: https://youtu.be/JH6lX5Bxv1Q
(new!) How to thumbnail a picture book: https://youtu.be/E7ZWGrzUkPE
How to format a book spread: https://youtu.be/DpBlHLzR_Gg
Working with self-published authors: https://youtu.be/pXflCwRyIV4
Thanks, @Meg-Clayburn! I'll look up some reference and see what you mean.
Hi folks, here's my container ship. This shape was pretty challenging probably because it was just so massive. I had trouble breaking it down into basic shapes.
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@NessIllustration and @Valerie-Light
Thank-you both so very much for your insight. I think you're absolutely right, Vanessa--I've always struggled trying to figure out where I fit. I have to answer that question first before I can do anything. I've figured out that there are specific industries in illustration that I don't want to go into (gaming, movies, animation), but not enough information about where I do think I want to go (prints, merch, self-published stuff). It's "safe" when you tell yourself you're still a student and you still have a lot to learn--no illustration is in the wrong direction, and everthing is an opportunity to build skills. But eventually you actually have to pick a path, and start investing time and energy in that. I need to research the path I want, and do work appropriate to it.
And Valerie--thank-you for such a valuable approach!! I'm going to look at my body of work in that light... I know there are pieces that came easier and were more pleasurable to create. And others that (on balance) were more of a struggle (albeit, at some point on each piece I felt "in the zone" to a certain extent). I know I have preferences I felt I couldn't indulge when I was making a LOT of those pieces. What happens when those constraints are off, and I create what's in my heart and just let it go? I know I felt that way on some of those. I think you're right--I need to look at those pieces closely, especially in light of the path I select.
Thank-you both so much for your help. I needed to hear these things. I appreciate you advice. And now I have a lot of work to do.
@Sabrina-Gosselin that right hand definitely needs to be bulked up I was thinking that when I drew the initial sketch on paper but totally forgot when I transferred it to digital (thanks for reminding me!). I was also toying with the idea of a more hunched back or giving this guy a bag of half eaten fish to give the silhouette that more hunched shape. Thank you for your thoughts!