Really did not think I would make it in time!!
Hello! I'm currently an illustrator working for a children's product company with lots of experience in educational media and magazines. Last year I illustrated 6 books and began co-writing and authoring my own.
My current goal is to land a literary agent and become a published author/illustrator.
Really did not think I would make it in time!!
"Cover your mouth when you sneeze!"
Honestly don't know how the judges are going to narrow it down this month. So many amazing entries~!
Here is my submission. Trying to figure out the balance, between loose, and rough vs. unfinished.
This is my first time participating in a contest here, but I've been listening to the podcasts and lessons for awhile now.
I thought a lot about what subject matter was inspiring to me, and so I chose to illustrate this moment with my kids. I wanted it to feel like the moment I walked in and saw them, so I was going for a kind of private peaceful moment. Also, since I tend to avoid backgrounds I took that as part of my own personal challenge as well.
Thank you all so much!!
I came to SVS about a year ago when I was at a really low point as an artist. It took about six months of listening to the classes and podcasts before I was ready to even pick up a pen again. I really feel like SVS gave me back my passion and love for illustration, and being a featured student is so validating, especially because there are so many incredibly talented people in this group.
So, thank you guys for featuring me, but also thank you to this group for welcoming me into it, and helping me get to a place where I can feel proud of my art again.
@Mara-Price I haven't opened it yet! But I am making a shopify page that can operate as my store and portfolio. I'm going to sell some greeting card prints, stickers and offer free tutorial downloads. Since I have a large instagram following I wanted to have one link in my bio that covers all those aspects, which I wouldn't have been able to get through an etsy account!
@ngrass I'd be happy to!! I just have to try printing and cutting these first to see how it goes.
This might just be my personal opinion, so interesting to see what others say, but . . .
I wouldn't change it. This piece won the contest as is. There was something in it that they responded to and liked (even if you don't share that feeling) You might lose what they liked about this piece when you try to make it better.
And unless you ask if it's okay (or present both options?) it would feel kinda rude to me to turn in a different piece than the one that won.
Now, if you particularly love this piece yourself and want to work on it to put in your portfolio then go for it! But I wouldn't do it just to replace the piece that won. Let this piece have its moment and move on and keep creating new and better art. And instead of beating yourself up because you don't like it I find it helps for me to understand what they do like about it and why so that you can keep what is working when you do move on.
Wow amazing!! It just keep getting harder for the judges!!
@carlianne oh I'm so happy to hear that! I honestly really relate to the feeling.
I agree with a lot of what other people said about those doubts not really going away. So try not to beat yourself up for feeling insecure. It happens to most of us. There's nothing wrong with you. I view it as I have to decide if I want to be controlled by the thoughts in my head, or if ignore them and keep going anyway.
When I was in art school, it took me 3 tries to even get accepted into the program (6 months wait between each attempt). I was not at the top of the class, and I doubted myself often. In my senior year I cried weekly because I didn't know if I would make it after I graduated. My teachers recommended I change majors But after crying (and sometimes during) I'd pick my pen back up, put on my self confidence music and keep going. I was determined to prove my teachers and the voices wrong.
I landed a great job right after graduation and have been working full time ever since.
The only time I had a bump after that was when I got comfortable. I stopped pushing myself and my passion and skill dropped. Again I was told my people in authority that I was no good. That's what let to my recent insecurity.
I realized my insecurity resulted from lack of competence, which in turn resulted from lack of knowledge and practice. That is why I came to SVS.
So being uncomfortable is ok. Failing is inevitable. Beating yourself up is probably going to happen. But if you listen to those voices and give up, then they win. And you deserve better than that.
But don't start on everything all at once. Start small. Just listen at first. Then just do a tiny assignment or drawing. Don't critique it. I think Lee said he allowed himself to have 100 bad paintings before he tried to critique it. So all you need right now is some mileage. Critiques can come later.
One other thing that has helped me is drawing in sketchbooks with a pen. When I switched to pen it forced me not to get detail oriented or try to be perfect. If you mess up in pen you just draw it again. You get really used to accepting bad drawings as a part of the process. I still do all my thumbnails and thinking in pen so that I don't freeze up. Even though I work digitally for the final product.
Anyway that was a lot!! But I hope helpful. Good luck ️
Hi Mike! I am also a full time illustrator, and I recently struggled with not feeling like it was worth continuing as an artist, and thought about leaving illustration to do something else entirely. What saved me was SVS learn. I would listen to the classes with zero intentions to do an assignment, just to listen and learn. ( I would recommend doing the assignments, but I wasn't emotionally in a place that I could). However, as I listened to them, I started to want to try it out. So I started small. Choose one small thing that you might be able to do. Even if it's just drawing a 100 circles in your sketchbook to get better at your hand doing what you told it to.
I also listened to every single podcast. Every time I felt unhappy and upset with myself I would put a podcast on and I'd feel excited about art again, like it was achievable.
Then when I would draw, I would tell myself if I felt frustrated that meant I was learning, because when it was easy I wasn't growing. Every time you fail is an opportunity to learn.
And I never compare myself to another artist, just to myself a few months ago, or a year ago. I look to other artists for inspiration and how to push myself, but not "they're better than me, or I'm better than them" etc.
And finally, don't worry about if you are going to amount to anything. If your goal is to do art that you enjoy, focus on that. If you are making art that excites you, that will show up in what you create and you will push yourself to get better. And in my opinion the artists that "make it" aren't the most skilled, they are the most persistent.
Listen to the recent podcast "dream big" I feel like they touch on this a bit there. And good luck
I hope we get to see you try and fail and keep going.
@Matt-Haggard I totally agree about constraints! I don't think I would push myself as hard if I didn't need to make an income to feed my family, and was too stubborn to take on work that isn't art.
@Will-Terry thank you for this episode, it was truly inspiring but also somehow grounding. Something that I really needed today!
Different indeed!! I'm already excited to see what people do with this