Feeling kind of ehhhhh about my illustrations lately. Pencil sketches are fun for me and relaxing most of the time. Illustration is hard. Trying to keep my chin up but getting really discouraged. I know it’s that artist brain. We probably all feel it. Anyway, here’s a recent sketch.
Thanks everyone! B seems to be the clear winner. I suppose the white outline worked well with my inktobers because it was just the character and not a full illustration. @TessaW and @Adrian-K here is a version with just the splatters.
@chip-valecek yay cool!!! Yes sorry I wanted to reply earlier but work got in the way. I like the alien with the new colour way, it’s like he has intentionally camouflaged himself to be like the mushrooms, so he can catch his... snacks.... Somehow he pops more too!
I love sketching on my iPad. I use the Procreate program. The time lapse feature made me want to create something that was done specifically to be seen as a time lapse video without any real desire to have a finished "still" piece of artwork. So I took a few hours and sketched, in very sketchy fashion, in the pastel media settings. It was very much like sidewalk chalk art in that I knew every sketch would be temporary and eventually washed away. After I was done it occurred to me that one of my songs might work well behind the video. So, please be easy on me, but I wanted to share the end result with all of you. Hope you like it. (Again, please be easy on me!) Here is the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/bevTkx3tCmc
Good to know! Thank you.
There is one more item then, that I would suggest - BUT - I don't want you to get into trouble with any company you are working for currently.
To help draw it paying clients, you need a way for them to see what you charge, or to request a quote. A professional online portfolio works well for showing off your work, but like a museum with no gift shop, a majority of folks will just look and then walk away.
To get that conversion from visitor to interested party, there needs to be a way for the visitor to get a sample of your prices.
However, I go back to my initial point of "not wanting to get you into trouble". Some companies may have issue with their employees freelancing on the side in the same general realm as they are currently working. (ex. freelancing illustrations when you also do illustrations for a company).
If this won't be an issue for you, that would be my other suggestion up front. To perhaps put a "get a quote" or something like that near your "contact" link.
This is an older piece of mine, and was drawn on a 2.5x3.5 inch (baseball card size) piece of cardstock. It was inspired by the original Spyro the Dragon game, where my imagination considered that the sheep might get sick of being head butted all the time and tell the main character off.
(Feedback is always welcome.)
A frequent bit of advice for illustrators hoping to work in children’s books is to look at the books in the children's section of the book store. So I paid a visit to my local Barnes And Nobles and did just that.
While in the children’s section I could hear a mother and child talking as the child played with a wooden car setup. There was a storm brewing outside and whenever thunder sounded I heard the young Mom say “thunder” and then another word in a foreign language that I presumed meant “thunder.”
Afterwards I went to the coffee shop in the store (Starbucks) to sit by the window with a cup of coffee and watch the rain.
The young Mom and her baby boy came into the coffee shop soon afterwards.
My partner and I then spotted a brilliant full Rainbow in the Florida sky. I wanted the little boy to see the rainbow so I told his Mom about it.!
She looked out the window and, with great excitement, picked up her son and walked outside to let him see it.
Just thought you might like to read this story.
I'd say the first pic would work better in a series of sequential images e.g. comic or illustrated book. It doesn't really work as a standalone image
The second pic... one of the first 'how to' books I read was 'How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way' and the following drawing is vividly embedded in my brain to this day...
If you are drawing an action either draw the very beginning of the movement or the very end, anything in-between lacks energy or impact, which is something other people have picked up on. So if you combine the first pic and the second pic you get something with a bit more movement...
I also made them them look at each other. It doesn't matter what composition you use if there's a face in the image your eye will go straight for it and then your eye will look at what the face is looking at. So when they look at each other it's makes more of a fluid composition
@christopherh After looking at your site, I had a question. The sloth in outer space and “Pigeon Pete” seem like much more confident and developed pieces with a definitive style that I’m not seeing in the other pieces you have in your portfolio. Are those pieces newer than the rest, or perhaps did you simply spend more time on them? If I were you I’d make those pieces the bar of comparison and make sure that each piece you post could be favorably compared to them, being as good or better than as you grow, and remove the less complex pieces as you can. To that same point, if I were looking to hire someone and saw your site, I would have difficulty knowing whether you’d give me texturey colorful sloth style or the more basic “grass is green, sky is blue” airbrushed style that others have already commented on in this thread. Thanks for sharing your site, hope this helps.
Hey there ^^ currently working on this forest lady. I am pretty okay with it so far, but I would like to know your opinion on it before I move to color and all that stuff. I am mostly concerned about the pose and shapes balance.
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