Dream Portfolio Edited and Narrowed Down to the Close to 20 Images.



  • This time I made a list of my favorite Artists and Illustrators and grabbed images from that list. This worked better. Plus a few images are from the same Illustrator.

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    @Heather-Boyd

    Re: Slovember Sketchbook 2019



  • @Jennyann Very coherent! Soft and warm.



  • @Jennyann this is better but still what is your focus? What part of the illustration industry are you aiming at? then you can focus it down even more. 🙂

    First thing I saw was blue, so blues and greens together, blues and purples together and complementary blues and oranges. A lot of vibrant saturated colours.

    You have two of the same works up, the third one across is the same as the last one.

    Eventually you'll be master copying these ideally, so really 20 is good for the max, also the reason for trying to stick to one different artist each. Have you taken Lee White's class on this (How To Discover Your Style?)



  • @Heather-Boyd Not yet, but a great suggestion. I'm finishing up the composition one. So I'll add that to my next one. I did watch the youtube one though and the podcast.

    Other than that, my main goal is to build a portfolio for children's books publications, and arts licensing. Most of my influences are from a mix of fine artists, impressionists, and illustrators. I've always been drawn to diffused light and yellow and blues, and sort of limy greens.

    My next step is to choose one of my Artists, and start to really study their style.

    My top 20 Artists are:

    1. Norman Rockwell
    2. Kadir Nelson
    3. Henri Matisse
    4. Edgar Dega
    5. Maxfield Parrish
    6. David Wiesner
    7. Kelly Murphy
    8. Shel Silverstin
    9. Scott Wakefield
    10. Charles Santoso
    11. Rockwell Kent
    12. Barrington Watson
    13. Brenda Joysmith
    14. Marla Frazee
    15. Mary Blair
    16. Kevin Keele
    17. Mark Burkhardt
    18. Chris Van Allsburg
    19. Howard Pyle
    20. Sally Wern Comport


  • @Jennyann @Heather-Boyd
    Do you think it is necessary to have a focus? I hear people say this but then I see that Jake does children's books and comics. Lee does fine art and children's books. I know others who do portraits and comic art. All in all, though their style comes through.



  • @chrisaakins yes I understand but I believe they also speak about having a different portfolio for as you say one for comic and another for children’s book. Their style will be similar but not exact. The buildings for making good work in children’s books are not necessarily the same for comics etc, the audience is also different. I use to think this limited me but on the contrary now. I’m not saying don’t make other types of work, because I like landscape also.



  • @chrisaakins I think Lee said focus on the industry you want to get into in his class but I could be wrong. I kind of agree though that if you don't want to have a focus you don't have to. You will still probably find common threads that hold the work together and maybe even make some unlikely combinations that could be cool. That said I found focusing in on picture books worked for me.


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    @Jennyann interesting that scott wakefield is on there. I went to school with him and we were good friends in college. He is solid!



  • @Lee-White. Awesome, that's amazing. I love his work.


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