Do you think it is necessary to have a focus? I hear people say this but then I see that Jake does children's books and comics. Lee does fine art and children's books. I know others who do portraits and comic art. All in all, though their style comes through.
I finally have gotten time to put this together. Here is a dream portfolio for me. Some of my artist influences are Bill Sienkiewicz, Peter Stier, Chris Van Allsburg, Graeme Base, Pascal Campion, Karl Kopinski, N.C.Wyeth (my favorite!) and a few others.
Here is what I noticed that they have in common:
dramatic lighting and value contrasts
lots of texture
detailed backgrounds or conversely abstract backgrounds
limited pallet with a splash of bright color(this was a surprise to me)
dramatic compositions that almost become a central focus in and of themselves
So what do you see? Here is my portfolio (limited and unpolished as it is)
@Kevin-Longueil Took a bit time to answer, sorry! Thank you Kevin, this is helpful! Critique is always welcome I am going to redraw her completely and post her here. Yes, everything was slightly squeezed, which I noticed when I mirrored her. I gave more space to the ear in the bottom drawing already. It was based on a really fast sketch.
Warmer skin tone in dark areas - this is interesting to me, because I used to choose a colder tone for shaded areas as this was what I learned to see. (reflection of blue sky light). I will experiment with that. Making the eyes pop =
@Kevin-Longueil said in Going Digital ... Feedback, please!:
just checked out your Instagram - some really nice stuff!
I haven't posted in here for a while!
So this month is a busy one. I've fully completed Inktober, which is all up on my website now. In fact right here, if anyone's curious.
Now I'm prepping a set of art prints for a couple fairs and conventions at the end of the month, doing a few commissions, and trying to do slowvember!
So for slowvember I want to do visual research and exploration of a vague book idea I can use to make some mock spreads and covers.
It's gonna be called "Juniper in the Jungle House", about a girl that visits her ex-explorer grandma who lives in a house full of potted jungle plants grown out of control! Throw a tabby tiger cat and a parrot in the mix.
So today I did some visual dev for the cat!
Even though I've been adding more hatching and pencil textures, I'm still afraid my art is too digital looking for a children's book market...but im struggling with the idea of changing it up too forcefully, because I like it! And this style still comes naturally to me and feels right.
@chrisaakins @charitymunoz This is basically what I did this Inktober. I'd just like to not that there is ink, which dissolves in water once dried; and indian ink which stays as it is. For this technique you need indian ink, otherwise you wash away your drawing or painting with every new layer.
Chris, I saw both of your coloring techniques. And liked more the copic version. Good thing about the digitally colored illustrations is that you don't loose color information with fotography. If it is better when looking cleaner, or less clean, is a question of taste and the story you want to tell, I guess.
I used to do both cover and main illustrations in original size. But the picture book I've made ended up to be illustrated smaller then the printed version of it. This was due to the publisher who liked much more of my thumbnails then my finished illustrations (!), so that I was using a process of increasing size of small drawings on the computer, printing them on proper paper and then colorize them. I've never heard of anyone illustrating a book like this before Wasn't my choice either. The paper had to fit my inkjet printer, but I had a very good scanner so the increasment of size was no problem. (Here's the cover.)
So, basically it depends on your equipment if you can increase the size afterwards. Some scanners just interpolate the image if you go over a certain value of dpi. You could try by just scanning any of your images with 900dpi, and print it three times the size of the original to see if you remain the quality.
@Braden-Hallett yeah, I haven't pulled an intaglio print off with it yet... just got to keep experimenting. I used an acrylic plate this time, but I think the engraving was too deep to get it to work.
I am going to cut a shallower plate and see if I can pull it off. If it works I will post a copy.
Here is my progress! I feel like the feedback I got helped me a lot to make this better...so thank you all for sending your suggestions! What's missing now is just fine-tuning some values in the scanned version....maybe still not perfect as I imagined it, but I am happy about the journey and the things I have learned!