It seems like this is a pretty difficult subject for most people. Including myself. It's like I'm trying to force My round ideas into a square box. they never seem to fit right. I started the assignment over like 10 times. Anyway I think it's looking good. I like how you stuck a teddy bear into the room. I did the same thing. Haha.
Staying safe from the virus and being Quarantined at home sure is interesting. You find time to deal with a lot of stuff, and also concentrate on stuff that you want.
So I have been thinking how can I help in this situation!
In order to help some artists that might feel a bit cornered right now, I am giving away free lineart designs for you to color or tweak however you see fit!
The linearts are mostly Fanart designs, cause most of my Instagram requests were Fanart.
If you have any fellow artist or any child that might feel good with those lines, please notify me!!
Share the word, so that other fellow friend artists learn about this too!
Let's all do what we can for the world and help in any way we can think of!
Stay safe and healthy!
Ps.this is the link of the original Instagram post, if you feel more comfortable communicating from there! I also upload some of the examples! Hope it brings happiness to someone!!
I did BOTH courses earlier this year. Back then I thought HTI 2.0 is a second part, so I nailed the first one beforehand and honestly, they kinda complement each other?
2.0 has much more knowledge pumped into it. There are more videos, excersises and it appears more professional overall, however, doing one right after the other, I've noticed that 1.0 touches on some subjects that 2.0 doesn't. I don't remember what it was exactly, but I remember something was missing.
There is also the pdf file with drawings to ink over. 2.0 has less drawings to ink, the choice of drawings is much better though. Some of the drawings included in the 1.0 weren't really teaching you that much, you know? In the 2.0 pdf, you'll find drawings that are much more versatile in terms of linework which is much better to learn from. HOWEVER, the pdf for How To Ink 2.0 has only one version of each drawing, while 1.0 had a couple versions of each one. Finished outline, loose sketch version, stuff like that. I really missed it in the 2.0 since inking over a loose sketch is SOOO much different than just tracing the finished linework which are offered to you in the 2.0.
If you can afford it, I kinda feel like doing both would be the most beneficial since those offer slightly different experienes and cover a few different things. If you can go for only one, 2.0 should be the option though.
I'm venturing into new territory: printables! I grew up homeschooled, and I'm around a lot of homeschoolers where I live. It's a largely Christian group, and lots of people have told me how hard it is to find high-quality coloring pages (of religious-specific stuff) to print. I've hesitated getting into it myself because spending a few hours on nice linework, only to sell it for a buck or two sounds like a bad idea.
But I've been doing more research into people who sell printables on Etsy, and it looks like it's "a thing." Not like a "quit your day job" thing (because art), but a decent market. While I could only sell my images for like $3, I would only do the work once. No printing, no shipping, no stocking. If I could sell a $3 drawing of a cute angel 15 times in a month, I'd be pretty pleased, to be honest.
In addition to the printables, I want my store to carry the original ink line art (significantly more expensive) as well as watercolor paintings based on the image. It's a weird new direction for me, but I'm pretty pumped about the support and interest I've received from various Christian/homeschool groups. Fingers crossed!
This is a sample of what I'll be selling. After I draw the lineart, I clean it up in Photoshop, and then livetrace it in Adobe Illustrator, so I have a resizable vector file.
To be honest, this looks like the first page of a 'guardian angel' comic, which I kinda want to do now XD Still some tweaking to do, but overall, this is what I'm going for. Does my study of vintage book illustration show?