• Hi there!

    I'm new to the forum and I'm excited to be here! My main goal right now is to create a picture book- and I know I'm going to have tons of questions along the way.

    I was looking into signing up for the SVS courses, can anyone give me any feedback on how these courses have helped you?
    I did go to school for art, but I got my degree in printmaking, so I am interested in what SVS offerers.

    Here is a link to my website, if anyone is interested in offering critiques and feedback; https://juleesatorres.com


    (also, I was listening to B-52s, and thought of the question from the last episode of the podcast about illustrating a song, I thought "Dance this mess around" would be fun. I did this little sketch and I kind of really want to do the rest of the lyrics now...- a fun dance book!)


  • @juleesa I'M NOT NO LIMBURGER! Yay, B-52's!
    Welcome to the forum! I checked out your stuff. LOVE!! The illustrations are great and the comics made me laugh.
    As far as the courses go, I've learned a ton from the few that I've completed. I definitely recommend the subscription. SVS has helped me in so many ways. I am FINALLY going to learn this digital thing, ha! I've improved my drawing skills and am working on my process, especially with composition, and also idea generation and thinking outside the box to come up with fresh and unexpected ideas and solutions in my art. There's a lot I'm working on and a lot more I want to work on.
    (and if you illustrate more from "Dance This Mess Around," please post it!!)

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    @juleesa welcome to the forums! I see you are from Chicago, there are a few of us on here from the Chicago area. I have not listened to the latest podcast and thats funny they talk about illustrating a song because I was just talking about doing that.

  • @Juleesa Hey! Welcome! I'm new too 🙂 (and the leg shaving comic on your website is totally me too) hahaha 😃

  • @Eli thanks! And thank you for letting me know about the classes- composition is something I really need to work on also. Thank you for the feedback!

  • @chip-valecek thanks, yeah it was an interesting idea, fun to think about

  • @lei thank you! 😃

  • Moderator

    Welcome! Your comics are hilarious!

  • @burvantill thank you!

  • SVS OG

    Welcome! Your artwork is fantastic! There is a really nice variety of classes on SVS. I would highly recommend a subscription, you can't beat the info for the price. Out of the basic art classes I really loved "Creative Composition," and the one on Visual Storytelling. But I think the most unique are the classes that help the business side, things such as "How to make money in illustration," or "All about Agents" for example. There are even classes on different paths such as licensing your work, editorial illustration, how to draw comics etc. I haven't tried the live classes yet because there is so much information with the subscription. I have been very pleasantly surprised.

  • Hi @Juleesa and welcome to the forums. I think that as the courses on svs are geared towards children's illustration, they are a great resource and will help guide your work to be suitable for the illustration market no matter your style (Will, Jake and Lee, along with a bunch of other amazing illustrators all contribute to various courses).

    You have some nice work in your portfolio, but one thing I am noticing is that there is too much variety in your illustration style. If I saw these images in a google search I might guess that they were made by 6 or more different artists, just on the illustration page alone. It's nice to show you can do different styles, but it's best to be the master of 1 or 2 rather than trying to be the best in such a large range of styles.

    btw, loving the cardboard pirate ship 😉

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