Such a fun idea for a children's book, and I feel like you did such a great job of depicting the hair. I love the contrast of the warm hair color to the cool background. Everything pops real nicely Something about the first page feels different to me than the other pages- too me it doesn't pop quite as much as the other images, and I think it may be that there's a little too much black used to create shadows?? To me it feels like using more blues and purples would give your page some great color while still helping the reader see that the boy is entering a dark room. Just an idea And you did such a great job of the images on page 18 and 19 I like the energy you created by giving us various close ups of his hair running a-muck! Great job, and best wishes!
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RE: My first Children's Book - Bed Head
RE: Severe artists block! HELP! :(
I have a couple thoughts that have worked for me. I don't know of a "cure"..for me it's more like waves. I'll slump into a creative block and then feel like I slowly work myself out. Hopefully some of these will help you out.
1.)Step back- Take a deep breath. There's nothing wrong with you, you're just about to stretch as an artist. Take some time to meditate and think about why you feel the way you do. It it the style, or the medium? The story or concept?? There's a book called "The artists way" by Julia Cameron. It's AWESOME, and will help you with these feelings and so much more. Give yourself a set number of days to not draw. Get out with a friend or significant other
2.) Get a fresh sketchbook, whatever size you like or want to try and write the purpose of the book in the cover. I like to say things like "No one is allowed to see this sketchbook. There's no strings attached, no expectations, nothing. This is for me to explore.This thing should look like a war zone. I can copy artists work, steal, tear out bad pages, I can do whatever I want." When I start to get anxious about my work, I read the front page and remind myself that there's absolutely nothing to worry about. Seriously, this is your book. You don't need to show it to anyone. If they ask or start trying to guilt trip you, you just say "sorry. nope!" Start someone in the middle of the book. I even take a brush pen and make random marks on some of the pages as I go so that I don't feel like I'm "ruining" a clean page.
3.) Find a simple project you'd like to do. Focus on the enjoyment. Pick something you can finish, but make it simple. Example: I decided to take a simple one sentence story, and tell it in X number of pictures. I told myself that it was for fun, that none of it was for money, I could try however many styles I wanted, and that I needed to finish. For me, finishing it will mean printing the final work in a book , and printing all the thumbnails sketches on a poster..I guess it will sort of be a trophy to myself showing that I really can finish things, and that I am a master of my creativity; my creativity is not a master of me.
Just some thoughts. Keep us posted on how your're doing! Best of Luck.
RE: SO....With ink or without ink?
Great piece. I feel like the inked version allows my eye to settle easier than the uninked version, but I also feel like it changes the feel of the piece. (Not in a bad way at all, it's just different)
You could go a little lighter of the ink and just put it around his face/collar. It wont be as dramatic, but would create an easy place for your eye to rest. You could get the best of both worlds-the power of the ink, but feel of the first piece.
Just some thoughts, I hope that made a smidge of sense, haha.
RE: FALL WIP: Pecan Tree Paraglider
@debra-garcia I think you're doing a great job of getting across the feeling that you're going for. And I think you're going at a good speed. To me, it looks like you've done some good prework and you're confident in the way the final is coming along.
The right hand corner looks awesome to me...and I don't think im seeing what you're seeing the right edge. Have you looked at it more and figured out anything that was bothering you?
Keep it up!
I'm an artist in Provo Utah, taking up @lee-white's networking challenge! I wanted to throw some drawings/sketches up here and see if there was anyone that would want to get together for a cheap lunch & draw. I'm not currently in school and would love to talk to someone who is currently in a program and see what they like about it, what challenges they have, etc... OR, talk with someone else who isn't going to school and hearing their challenges/what their loving about the work as well! I guess in general I feel alone as an artist, not being in a program, and would love to just have an hour to connect with someone that might be going through similar things that I am as a creator.
If this is a completely inappropriate way to go about this, someone feel free to let me know.
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RE: The 3 Phases and Style
Finishing things is such a struggle some days...(most days, haha). I've actually done t-shirts before, a couple logos, and even working on some album art at the moment. And yes, it done feel so good to have the closure of finishing something and then putting it out in the world. I really like the idea of a small 10 page comic. Seems like a good way to test the waters.
The 3 Phases and Style
In the Podcast "Am I too Old to Get Started?" Lee, Jake and Will talked about the 3 phases to becoming an artist. I loved the clarity in each of the phases, and I feel like it's a great way to move forward.
I feel stuck. I've sold art in various styles since I was fairly young, and I'd like to move forward and continue being an artist. My problem is that I feel like I have so many styles, and I'm not sure what I really like the most. One day I really love movie concept art, another I feel more interested in children's books...and lately I feel drawn to comics. I feel a bit like a chameleon. If I look at Jake's art, or Christian Ward, Jermoe Opena...I want to draw comics. If I see James Christensen or Tony Deterlizzi's work, I want to dive into a children's book. And after a good movie, I get thrown into concept art mode. I feel like I can mirror so many styles, but still feel lost as to what my strength is. Because of this I have mountains of pre-work for various projects, but barely any finished art.
I want to move forward and grow as an artist, but I feel like I have a foot stuck in each of the 3 phases. I can draw ok, but I could still use some basic skills from the first phase. I also feel like I'm in phase 2, but just can't decide where I want to put my effort in making a portfolio. (unsure of what interests me...cause everything sounds awesome depending on what day it is) And phase 3...I have stories that I'm dying to tell, I've done concept art, I've filled sketchbooks with ideas, but I really don't even know if I have the artistic strength to portray those stories.
If you had the patience to read through this, you're golden. Does anyone have thoughts or advice? And apologies if this is a ridiculous question.
If I haven't been detailed enough, let me know. You guys are awesome.