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  • RE: How to plan book illustrations when you have a very tight deadline?

    in order to really give advice, I'd need to know how this situation happened. Doing a finished book by january is not really practical by any standard. Normal turn around times for a book is a year. When it's rushed it's 6 months and the fastest deadline I've seen is 4 months.

    So, how did this deadline happen? Are the sketches done and approved? Did they just approach you for this job? Or did they sit on sketches for a long time before approving you to go to final. If either of these is the case, then you should push back VERY hard on the deadline. Push for a April 1st deadline or later if possible. Many publishers will push their books to the following season if it's behind schedule. And this one is definitely behind schedule. I just turned in final art for a book that is coming out fall of 2020. So this one coming out in March 2020 is not realistic at all. So it makes me wonder if they know what they are doing? Is this a publisher or a self pub.?

    In any case,, I would STRONGLY advise making a case for a fall release. They are asking for trouble trying to hit a march release. Even if you get the book to them mid-jan., they still have to get the book to printers, get proofs and edits, and then do the actual printing. That process can easily take 8 weeks of time. Then there is shipping, etc. to stores, etc. They are asking for trouble with this timeline. And everything will suffer trying to hit that deadline. Art will be weaker, printing will be rushed, fees will have to be paid to hit those times.

    Good luck, I don't envy this situation. If you have to do the art, I'd tell them what time you will need to really do your best work. If they say they have to have it by mid jan, think about using another name on the book and just banging out something that you don't care about just to get it done.

    posted in General Discussion
  • RE: Slowvember progress.

    @Braden-Hallett I don't think I have had anything to say negative about your work. I like your color work and of course your line work. I feel like I am in the same boat trying different brushes to get that texture is right. I been keeping my favorties but introducing new ones. I have found a few I really enjoy using and I think that is the key right? Find what you enjoy to make it fun.

    Of course I look forward to seeing your progress!

    posted in Slowvember

    @Inge-Permentier if you are a SVS subscriber you will get an email the morning off or possibly the day before with a link to register for a ZOOM webinar. If you are unable to make it then it is recorded and put up on the SVS learn site.

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: Greetings From Texas!

    @Jeremy-Ross welcome to the forums!

    posted in Introductions
  • RE: Greetings from Sweden

    @bugeyefly welcome to the forums!

    posted in Introductions
  • RE: Hello from the Purbeck Isle in the UK!

    @mamadraw welcome to the forums!

    posted in Introductions
  • RE: Hello from Orem, Utah. I'm new to the forum. Feedback appreciated.

    @todd-wilson welcome to the forums! I have no addtional feedback that wasn't already given. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    posted in Introductions
  • RE: My style discovery

    All three sets are amazing. There are some really stunning pieces in the 1st one. I love your inktober pieces. You have a great style right there, huge fan already.

    posted in SVS Class Work
  • RE: Dream Portfolio and growing as an artist.

    @Meta I usually mess around with the levels and saturation at the end of a painting. I think it was more of my color choices that went wrong with it.

    @peteolczyk I did a sketch first, then values, and then color layer on top.

    posted in Projects
  • RE: Dream Portfolio and growing as an artist.

    @Meta I have a few process videos on how Matt Dixon goes about painting. His process is sorta hard for me to do. The process you speak of is the process Aaron Blaise uses. I learned how to do that from him and find that is the easiest way to paint but not always are the colors correct when I do that. I learned that lesson on one of my last paintings where all the shadows got muddy.

    I am trying to stick with how Matt Dixon process is for my next master study. So far its working. I hope to finish it this week.

    posted in Projects