Art progress


  • Pro SVS OG

    My progress was quite drastic I would say... even back when I was new to illustration, I was getting books to illustrate (for selfpublished authors). I knew my art wasn’t there yet, but I needed the money and wanted to learn. (And was stupid enough to put my name on the cover -I would change that part now, but... oh well 😒)
    Sooo... here’s one of my very first books (about 6 years ago)
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    And here comes the progress - I got to illustrate new story with the same characters after a year or so
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    And how my art looks now:
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    SVS has a lot to do with me being able to choose colours, develop my style, just, you know, be a better illustrator. And still there’s so much to learn! I love it! 🙂 it’s a great time we’re living in (except for the virus and stuff 🤨). I would never had these possibilities of learning from such a great artist where I live. Internet is great! 😆



  • @mag wow you have come far!



  • @Asyas_illos @mag wow! Awesome progress from both of you! Thank you for sharing 😁



  • Holy Moly! Thank you for sharing. It's amazing to see how you've developed as an illustrator. 🙂 Great stuff.



  • I've been drawing my entire life. Since I was 11 years old I've had a pencil in my hand. I am an excellent artist. However I am a lousy illustrator and cartoonist.

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  • I was on the bus in Seattle and I looked out the window and I saw this persons image perfectly reflected back to me. So I took a picture out the window that was reflecting and drew this later.

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  • I saw this guy in the bus tunnels of Seattle. So I drew him. We were all stuck because the a bus broke down and I asked if I could draw him. So that's him. I forget his name

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  • Christmas in Seattle. I forget the year. At the Northgate Malle this guy was sleeping. His hat described him as a vet. Notice the window sign behind him? This image tells a gruesome story of how we're failing our vets and just humanity in general.

    I have so many more drawings. I could post.

    I will never, ever, take up digital art. I am a traditional artist and will die so. So I just started my Yetti house. Wait til you see what I have in stored.

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    This is one of my first digital painting. It is from 5 years ago. I had no clue what I was doing, my process was all over the place. A lot of my digital artwork back then was not completed.



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    This one is 3 years old. My process is still over the place. Back then I would draw the character before I even thought about the background.



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    I had joined svslearn in feb last year. I did this in October of last year. This was the first time I felt like I wasn’t fighting with the artwork. It was also the first time I actually planned out my work and was totally happy with the results.



  • @robbery I can still see your style through each image and you have made huge leaps! Good for you! I am still that way always thinking about the character first instead of background!



  • Thank you.



  • Hi! Long time listener of the podcast and I actually just signed with my literary agent Rebecca Sherman at Writers House! (It might be a little premature to share since I'm still working on getting my info up on their website but I'm very excited)

    Here's a post I made in the forum this year and what my portfolio looks like now. I still have lots to work on, but excited to keep going!

    You can see the original post here
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    And as of today https://www.katiekordesh.com/
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  • @Katie-Kordesh My heart haha. I love your current pieces. It's perfect for children's books and editorial! It definitely packs more punch than just spot illustrations. Could you give some tips on how you come up with your concepts and play with perspective? I've been struggling a lot with doing full spread illustrations 😅



  • Such a curious question! It made me want to re-track my steps as well haha.

    up until July of 2020 I was mainly a traditional watercolor artist but when work started to come in and personal projects needed to get done, I shifted to digital art.

    This year I'm aiming to brush up my portfolio with full paged illustrations showing backgrounds and different perspectives so I could approach art agents more confidently. Definitely watching this thread to see your guys' updates haha.

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  • @mag love it! so jealous of your olor choises!



  • @aska thanks! It helped that I started with traditional so I was forced to limit my palette. My design can definitely use some work though haha.


  • Pro SVS OG

    @aska thank you 😊 I actually struggled with colours a lot (it’s clearly visible on the first Charlie cover). Courses here on svs helped a lot. And I still need to always double check my color palettes, carefully create a color scheme for each story/illustration.


  • Pro SVS OG

    @Asyas_illos thank you! At first, I was more or less ashamed by how my work looks like back then. Now I take it just as a progress. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and at least I know it’s always great to work on being a better artist. 🙂


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