Our SVS Virtual Studio MARCH ๐Ÿ€ 2020 ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ˜ฌ


  • Moderator

    Did anyone feel like they got a whole extra day in February? Me neither. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    What is everyone working on this month? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Imagine you are walking through a studio silently looking over peopleโ€™s shoulders at their work. This is NOT a place for critiques. You may applaud, encourage, ooh and ah only.



  • Still working on adding texture and developing my style. I think this is a style that I am liking. I think it is taking the trendy shapes with lots of texture and adding it to my strong preference for highly-textured linework. I kinda like the loose messiness of it all. I think it could work. What say you?

    This is Reb contemplating the cheese he has with his ideal.
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  • @chrisaakins I love this! Not only because of the beautiful illustrated mouse but the cheese-comparison image is lovely.



  • nothing new but picking away at a few pieces I have shown before. On the dinosaur one I added a bit of a haze to the background to maybe push it farther back, deepened the cast shadow on the dino and tried to pop the girl out a bit more from the tree (but not too much). With the mouse I am doing more painting and toouchupps and kind of losing the line work that was there initially.

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    I'm on Spring Break the week of March 2-6, so I've been listening to a great deal of podcasts and vidcasts lately, drawing as I go. I finished a little dress ditty a couple days ago, and now I'm working on a swamp image with a lost little boy. I'm also working my way through the Digital Illustration Process class with Shaun Keenan.

    One of the vidcasts that I watched was by Cory Kerr, and I threw together a little "concept sheet" of the things he talked about that are relevant to me in that episode so I could share it on my FB, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Thought I'd share that here as well.

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  • working on my first spread
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  • SVS OG

    Happy March everyone! I'm stoked for spring. I really struggle with art during the winter months. I'm finally getting around to finalizing the first piece in an art trade project. Still lots of work to do on it. The title will be the hardest part. It makes me want to take a hand lettering or typography class sometime down the road.

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  • This last weekend I went to a day-long workshop with a herpetological illustrator on drawing alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles from life. It was a Christmas present and not something I would have thought of doing otherwise. It was really cool!

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  • @neschof nice!



  • I polished an illustration I did last fall now that I understand photoshop a bit better ! Getting ready to have a website going

    pattern-take2redo2.jpg also was working on losing the linework a bit. I'm not very good at linework and I like working on edges so am learning to lean into that a little



  • Hi everyone, here's what I'm working on at the moment. I'm trying to create a more cohesive body of work to re-do my website to more of a portfolio format.
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    www.rachel-horne.com
    www.instagram.com/rachel_horne_art


  • SVS OG

    I havenโ€™t had a lot of time this winter so Iโ€™m trying to do spot illustrations to improve my line and wash. This is watercolor and pencil on hotpress paper.
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  • SVS OG

    @neschof Sounds like fun. I wish there were things like that around me.


  • SVS OG

    @TessaW itโ€™s nice to know someone else struggles in the winter. I love the snow but by March I am definitely feeling cabin fever and a resulting loss of creativity. Unfortunately where I live March is Mud Month and can be pretty dismal. Hereโ€™s hoping the sun decides to shine!


  • SVS OG

    @demotlj My area gets fairly cold, but not too much snow. That is a blessing in some ways, but also feels like a little bit of a let down. If it's gonna be cold, let me at least be able to build a snow man! Bring on the sun! โ˜€ โ˜€ โ˜€ I hope both of us are very productive and creative as it starts to warm up and dry out. ๐Ÿ’š



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    Another pet portrait! Working on ideas for March contest too...



  • I've been working on my taxes. Yikes! Like most farms, my farm usually just gets along but I was a sub-contractor with my goats on a huge, federally funded, project last year. A gift from God. It came out of nowhere but luck favors the prepared. So this is the first time I've had to write those huge checks to the government, just as Lee describes in the life of a free-lance illustrator. Don't spend the windfall until you've paid the tab.

    So now, I'm free to work on my illustrations. My first project is illustrations of my horse, Lucy, to give away as thank you gifts to people who donate to the cost of training Lucy to be a therapy horse. I'll post some pix when I have them. Cheers!



  • Working on an entire series of water safety collateral for work. If I can swing it, Iโ€™m going to do the whole campaign in illustrations, so it should be fun. Concepting some kids before jumping into Adobe illustrator.
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  • @neschof How fun!



  • @Coley beautiful! I love to do pet portraits. Haven't done one is years.


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