Hey Jason! - I like the movement with tilted angle to the piece, really shows off that sense of danger. I think the biggest thing for me would be that the painting looks really soft overall and the background colors are competing with your main focal point. I'd love to see a bit more definition on the squirrel and the robin. I'm enjoying the story telling part of this, as I look at it. I'm curious as to why the robin doesn't just fly away from the fight, maybe it because it's so enamored by the squirrel's killer mustache. (Which I love by the way! The squirrels face is great)
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RE: open for critiques on my moment before entry ;)
RE: Will Terry's wife passed away last night
Will, there really are no words to convey the feelings in my heart right now. Over the years of listening to your stories, your podcasts, youtube videos, and teachings on SVS, I feel like you are a dear friend. Even though we have never had the pleasure of meeting, I want you to know the community you have created holds you and your family in our hearts and prayers. It seems so unfair that the world moves around you when your life has been stilled and your hearts broken. I'll be praying that during this difficult time, all the lives you have impacted over the years will be able to bolster you as you travel this path of grief and loss.
RE: Our SVS Virtual Studio 2019!
This week I've been stressing myself out with getting my portfolio ready for my first SCBWI event. To help with the stress I put my hat in the ring to participate with local artists in an outdoor piano painting exhibit. Have you even heard of this?? I guess it's a thing. Anyway I've been selected to present my concept for the final selections. (I'm 1 of 10 artists submitting, and they will pick 8 to actually paint)
Here is what I came up with... I did two concepts (You see I've got 3 year old twins. One is a boy, one is a girl)
What's your vote??
Anyone going to SCBWI - Utah Conference?
I know a few of you are SCBWI members and I was just curious to see if anyone will be attending the SCBWI - Southern Idaho/Utah's illustrators conference this Saturday?
This is my first SCBWI event that I've attended and I'm feeling nervous and excited. I'd love to meet up if anyone else will be there.
RE: FEBRUARY CONTEST PROMPT "LOVE"
Grandma's have a way of making us feel like we are the best thing in the world.
Thanks for all of your suggestions and help on this one forum friends. You guys are so supportive! I really appreciate it.
@Jason-Bowen - Grandma went to the gym and bulked up her arms a bit after your suggestion! Thanks for the paint over.
I'd "Love" some help with color WIP
Okay forum friends,
I just finished up my painting for this this month's prompt... but I'm struggling figuring out which color situation I prefer. I feel like I'm getting in my own way at this point and would "love" your input or paint overs.
Option 1 - Darker, but I like how it draws the eye and feels a bit more intimate.
Option 2- Bright and feels lighter, says more Valentine's Day with that pink/purple background. (Maybe more kid friendly??)
RE: When are you most inspired and creative?
Totally not weird!! I find I usually do better under time crunch. (Doesn't give me much time to put things above my art, and I know that I have "X" amount of time to finish the project in.)
If you find that you work better with some kind of prompt and deadline you could check out artprompts.org. If you are feeling in a rut of drawing the same old stuff and need a little nudge to try something new it's a great resource. It has different categories to pick from: character, creature, environment, object, situation...
You could set a time frame for yourself by making an announcement on social media, or letting your family or students know that you want to show them what you have worked on (for the accountability part, and then set up your time frame, monthly, weekly, etc...)
Also, @smceccarelli had a great idea to use story dice (story cubes) to get some ideas flowing.
I also find I'm more creative when I'm around creative people. (Yay for the SVS Forum) I love seeing others styles, and views of the world, art, music, food, writing. I also really take inspiration from learning weird facts. Last night I found the engineerguy on youtube, who has so many fascinating videos on how things are made. I'm not exactly sure how that helps my art, but I think it has something to do with the idea of innovation, and that someone tried something new, and it was successful.
RE: Successfully Failing
I really appreciate this episode for so so many reasons. Thank you for your honesty and candor, I imagine that it wasn't easy to share some of these stories. Failure is part of life, but in a world of perfect social media posts, and facades, we rarely see the "process" of failure. It's so easy for us as listeners/learners to forget that even the three of you make mistakes and still have moments of doubt.
Someone said "FAIL really stands for- First Attempts In Learning."
I also listened to a TED talk, in which the speaker said that every evening around the dinner table her father would ask, "how did you fail today?" To which each family member would share in a positive, excited way, how they tried something new and learned from it.
I laughed out loud at Lee's story about his mom, and the dog picture. I just finished a business card design that I was really really proud of, and then I made the mistake of showing my parents. They said, "oh you're getting better, I think one day you will make it..." Then my dad started talking about how many talent people are trying to make it in the industry. I think I've learned where my, cough, cough, "realist outlook" comes from.
I also feel that for me, as a creator, I go through cycles of highs and lows. One day I feel like I can accomplish anything, ideas flow and I'm stoked at where my journey is headed. The next day I loose a handful of followers on Instagram, I talk to an acquaintance about my goals or ideas, and they ask how many children's books I have published, and then say " illustrator don't make very much money do they?"
Then I guess at that point I get mad enough that I tell myself "I'll prove'm wrong!! And I keep working at it anyway." And the cycle starts over again.
At the end of the day I always come back to this: If I give up on my art now, where will I be in 5 years? No better than where I am today, but if I keep working at it consistently for the next 5 years, surely I will become better. And if I'm only on this art journey for the sake of everyone else, then I loose out, because my art is part of who I am, and I'm not really willing to cut that out of my life, for fear of failure, or because someone else didn't like what I created.
Thanks Will, Jake, & Lee for your knowledge, humor, and awesomeness. What a great resource you have become in my life. I'm seriously thankful that I found SVS when I did!