I NEED YOUR HELP! Portfolio WIP
@Asyas_illos My friend i fully understand what you mean. It lacks a "WOW" factor. I feel like my heart breaks when I think about it. I think you are absolutely right and I want to keep pushing my work further. It's just that i want the work in order to do that as well. I know that working will allow me to keep improving. I need that critique you know? What about my work do you think needs more improvement? Any advice would help.
@neschof hmmm very interesting. I had a subscription and now I am regretting taking it away. I think I'll look into that. Because you're absolutely correct. I'll need to add more if that be the case
Thank you so much for your input.
@Kori-Jensen I think in particular, I’d be exploring different brushes. I think the the bushes you’re using make it feel more amateur-ish, which I know that’s what we are but, be we don’t want anyone else to, right? Branch out from those airbrushes an such, I can see so much more potential but I think you tools are hindering your talent.
@Asyas_illos hmm sounds like I need too push my comfort zone then. Thank you so much this is good stuff!
@Kori-Jensen do you do any traditional work or did you start with digital?
@Asyas_illos I had started when I was 8 and haven't started digital until 2016
@Kori-Jensen what mediums are you comfortable with traditionally?
Maybe finding the right tools to mimic that, might help you move forward. I know it did for me.
@Asyas_illos Thats smart but I was only prevalent in pencil and ink. What are your thoughts ma'am?
@Kori-Jensen what software do you use? I use procreate, and I just started digital last year. For me moving to digital was totally foreign, and super frustrating. It wasn’t until I discovered different brushes that I began to feel more comfortable. So I would do some research on brush sets that are compatible with whatever program you work with and just have fun!
@Asyas_illos Well you did mention air brushes and I experimented. I don't know how I am going to incorporate it into my drawings but I am excited to find out. I use photoshop, but originally I was all about illustrator and flat design. And like you I knew nothing about photoshop and it was awkward. I got a cyntique though so I'm a bit more comfortable.
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@Kori-Jensen you can probably make a good start on your own list of things to include by looking at your favourite children's books and/or the portfolios of your favourite children's book illustrators.
@neschof Also a very good idea, but I like knowing the ins and outs of why certain things are important in the portfolio. That way I can better aim my portfolio correctly. Does that make sence?
NO airbrushes! LOL I’m sorry you misunderstood what I meant. Or I wasn’t clear, but I meant, try to to avoid the airbrush and similar brushes because they seem very stagnant to me, but that’s just my opinion!
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Hi @Kori-Jensen, Firstly, bravo for taking the step to request honest feedback. That’s tough to do for so many artist because of the sense of attachment to their art.
3 Things I Like:
- Your single ghost piece is my favorite. I like the color and rendering style. It’s awesome!
- Your depth and atmospheric perspective is good on the forest scenes.
- You seem to be comfortable working with color harmony. I like blue and green hues in many of your pieces.
3 things I think you can improve on:
- You appear to lack consistency in your pieces. If I were an art director, I wouldn’t be sure you wanted to make picturebooks based on the single character designs, especially ninjas and game of thrones character. I would think Character Designer.
- None of your pieces, with the exception of the book cover of the tattoo guy and cat, tell a story. I’m still learning this, but portfolio pieces need to tell a story to avoid having potential clients guessing your message. You obviously have skills, so focusing on storytelling will help you tremendously.
- You need more pieces, and stronger pieces that demonstrate your highest skill level. I realize you chose 12 pieces based on common advice, but I believe you can make 12 stronger pieces than you have on your site. Again, focus on storytelling. I suggest you find your favorite artist and focus on master copies to help you learn and problem solve.
Remember, even your favorite artists had to start somewhere. Perhaps create 12 new pieces each 6 months as you continue to develop and improve.
Personally, I’m probably not the best person to give advice because I’ve been rejected by many agents for lacking art skills. I don’t care because I’m having fun and trying to get 1% better with each piece. I just don’t have the miles yet.
Hope this helps!
@Jeremy-Ross Sir! You are a gentleman and a scholar and I so appreciate your help. I have been so fed up with the fact that I wasn't getting anywhere and I think I am ready to be torn down to be built back up again. As it is with any renovation. I hugely appreciate your help sir.
I think my work lacks a lot of dimension and it hurts knowing that, while at the same time I am glad I can be honest with myself. I am glad you like the vibrancy in my work. I am proud of that for sure.
Your right I do need to tell more stories. And I also need to learn how to do that. THANK YOU once again!
@Asyas_illos Stagnent? how so?
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You’re very welcome @Kori-Jensen!
I made a promise to myself to enter every SVS Monthly Art Contest with “storytelling” in mind. Although I only made sweet 16 cut twice out of many-many tries, it’s a great motivator to try your best work. I suggest you try the same if you’re looking to reinvent yourself.
I believe Jake said if you consistently make top 16 and win multiple challenges, you’re pretty much ready for the big stage. From the winners of the last 20 plus challenges I’ve participated in, I agree with Jake’s assertion.
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@Jeremy-Ross this is how to give good feedback!
Jeremy said everything I was thinking but much better than I could say it.
I’m not sure how how to describe it and it is just one persons opinion, some people can rock it for sure, but to me it seems just very stiff?, maybe is a better word.? Kind of like too much of a good thing is a bad thing I feel like it just gets built up and something that’s meant be smooth and flowing, loses its essence. Maybe I just have that feeling because I myself don’t understand how to use it and use it well? I do agree with what others have said as well but knowledge of those elements I think fall into skill as well, knowing those storytelling aspects and composition and so forth. I am having to discontinue my subscription as well do to changes in my life at the moment, but I really wish I didn’t I have learned so much and there’s still so much I need to learn ! If you’re able to I would sign back up and keep taking classes that interest you or that you think you need work on. Cool? Hope to see more from you in the future! By the way I always loved that book cover, it’s definitely my favorite!
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Hi Kori, Just wanted to throw my two cents into the ring! I am no expert so please take my opinion with a pinch of salt.
I think you are doing lots of things well and you have great skill in your anatomy and colours. I think your problem is content and consistency of style.
You say you want to focus on picture books or middle grade books. If you are focused on picture books these are aimed at 5-10 year olds and are heavily story driven. You only have one image with a child that looks the appropriate age. You also only have a few story driven images. Can you write a sentence to describe what is going on for each piece? Do you want to know what is going to happen next in the story? I would add some images that are before the action, during the action or after the action.
Take your samiri cat for example. I personally love this image but if it was in a children's book the cat needs to be doing something. How about drawing the cat 6 times in different poses cooking or cleaning or fighting or something? A character sheet is a great portfolio piece.
It looks a bit like you have a few styles. I see a line art comic style, ones like the haunted forest one and the fang and mitton one. I love this book cover by the way! It totally ok to experiment but keep looking for something that doesn't fit. If you couldn't see it in a picture book or middle grade book then however lovely the image is take it out.
Like your Dex Van Staten piece. This is great and the detail is lovely but can you see this in a picture book? A middle grade book maybe but even then it would have a younger character alongside it to give it context plus some interaction and story.
Have you ever tried illustrating a fairy-tale or preexisting story? Try a book cover and some internal illustrations.
I look forward to seeing how your portfolio develops. Keep going. You are doing a great job.
Check out Will Terry's portfolio course for some great tips.