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  • SVS Virtual Studio OCTOBER 2022

    Blind our eye with creation drawn from the deepest pit. Blacken our world with light hands and dark ink.
    Welcome Inktober.
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    Just imagine you are sitting in your open studio while your friends look over your shoulder at your work. Don't hide it, but lean back and share it with them. Us. Your friends.

    This is NOT a place for critiques. You may applaud, encourage, ooh and ah, only. Relentless kindness.
    =)x

    posted in Artwork
  • RE: SVS Virtual Studio SEPTEMBER 2022

    @rubeda GORGEOUS!!! What a wonderful character!

    posted in Artwork
  • RE: I get to write and illustrate a middlegrade novel!

    SOOO GREAT!! Congratulations! Please keep us updated on your experience so we can live vicariously through you. πŸ˜ƒ

    posted in General Discussion
  • RE: I get to write and illustrate a middlegrade novel!

    That's awesome, Braydin!!! Congratulations!!!!

    posted in General Discussion
  • RE: Will AI Art Kill Artist's Careers?

    I'm not at all sure corporations will rush out to use AI-generated artwork, as they ultimately won't have the capacity to do with it what they want. Why would anyone use AI art for anything identified with a brand (or frankly, anything with any specificity) when they can't control the use of that imagery? Anyone can then use that same image, modify it however they want, and sell it. There's no point to using it--you can't do licensing and you can't sell it in stores fast enough before knock-offs are generated, you can't develop and own looks or styles or characters or... It's just not viable.

    Could there be children's books with AI art? Self-publishers and companies that produce public-domain stories with public-domain art might try, but why bother when anyone can reproduce it and sell it themselves (at least as I understand it right now)? Those sales are very very low hanging fruit... I'd think it could only be a novelty for the same reason those kinds of works aren't mainstream and taking over the market today.

    The plethora of public domain artwork available for free already is not really a viable corporate resource...

    At this point, it feels like AI art is sorta the Crown Books of art resources.

    posted in 3 Point Perspective
  • RE: SVS Virtual Studio SEPTEMBER 2022

    I am giggly. I created my first special effect lettering this evening. Nothing spectacular, but effective, I think. Hee hee. I am very truly enjoying every aspect of comic making. Here is the finished page with the SFX. =)x
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    posted in Artwork
  • RE: SVS Virtual Studio SEPTEMBER 2022

    @kylebeaudette OMG! I want to be this nerd dragon. πŸ’›

    posted in Artwork
  • RE: Who is your favorite illustrator and why?

    I am a huge fan of:

    β€’ RogΓ©rio Coelho because of his expressive shape language, textural drawing and rendering, and fantastical compositions

    β€’ Pamela Zagarenski because of her mystical/lyrical compositions and layered multimedia textures

    β€’ James Firnhaber for his wonderful use of light, his line quality, and his compositions

    β€’ Frederic Pillot for his everything

    β€’ Arch Apolar for his capacity to channel J.C. Leyendecker

    β€’ Johan Egerkrans for his mythic storytelling poster prints, his style, and how he is a working artist marketing his own stuff as much as he is a freelancer working for others.

    I find more favorites every day.

    But I should point out that at no other point in history are we, as artists and illustrators, exposed so easily and completely to the portfolios and bodies of work of so many other artists... Unlike just 25 years ago, most artists found other artists through books, libraries, periodicals, and museums. They might peruse several industry-oriented "collection volumes", but no one could pull out a phone and stream through the best works of an artist they just discovered 2 minutes ago. Multiply that times millions of artists both professional and amateur...

    I have to wonder what that's doing to our internal understandings of how we're inspired, what we prefer, how we study those we like, what we learn from our inspirations, and how we then in turn create work that so many others can see so very easily and quickly and then move on... That hasn't ever happened before... On a smaller scale with advertising and periodicals, of course, but never on the scale and magnitude we can find in our own back pockets on our phones 24 hours a day.

    Newer illustrators of today aren't developing in the same way they did a couple decades ago. They're experiencing a very different path that is sometimes hard for older artists and illustrators to fully comprehend.

    For me, personally, I think it makes it harder to make choices. It feels harder to have clear favorites, and to emulate those favorites. And It affects my capacity to deeply contemplate those favorites because there's so much more to look at.

    Food for thought.

    posted in General Discussion
  • RE: SVS Virtual Studio SEPTEMBER 2022

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    Almost done with the color! 2.5 pages left and 2 covers. Yes, I'm doing two covers. I like to pretend that I'm a superstar and that people want to see as many covers as I can make. LOL.

    posted in Artwork
  • SVS Virtual Studio SEPTEMBER 2022

    Happy September! (a day early rather than a week late😜).
    I don't know about you but the hot weather here has me dreaming of Fall. Cool misty mornings, colorful leaves on the ground and a whole lot of black ink on the daily feeds. Time to start prepping for that 30 day marathon they call Inktober!πŸ˜ƒ

    Just imagine you are sitting in your open studio while your friends look over your shoulder at your work. Don't hide it, but lean back and share it with them. Us. Your friends.

    This is NOT a place for critiques. You may applaud, encourage, ooh and ah, only. Relentless kindness.
    =)x

    posted in Artwork