I needed to do a vignette for my portfolio so I decided to try something more simple/personal this month. AND I finally got to bust out my watercolors!
I love how whimsical everyone has gone this month. I feel so much envy.
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.
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.
Still rough, need to paint the trees, not sure how much time I'll have to tighten things down.
@Braxton I ran with your idea a little bit!
Okay so here is my dream portfolio:
And here are a few of my pieces (I'm re-doing my portfolio in a new style so I don't have very many yet)
So I began the process of redoing my portfolio in a new style and I hadn't fully done the dream portfolio because I was too confused about what I liked and wanted to do in the beginning. Now that I feel like I sorta know the direction I want to go in I'm taking a break to put this together.
It seems like I prefer a mix between muted and colorful pallet if that makes sense? For sure I prefer stylized shapes, and an almost decorative, graphic detailed texture?
When I look at my work I feel like it is missing the detail and graphic texture most of all, and maybe also more movement? Also it's clear I like watercolor, so I would like to try some pieces in it. I just have to figure out how to set that up with two toddlers in my apartment.
Is there anything else I'm not seeing? I'm really trying to improve in this area and feel like I'm struggling so critical feedback is welcome.
I think the new muzzle looks better! You should proabably to do the same thing to the teeth though. I drew an example for you to see below. I try to think of how these shapes would look if they were in a rectangle in perspective.
Also, for the eye it didn't quite look like it was looking all the way over at the carrot. So I tried pushing it over more to the side.
I think the pencil work is super convincing and I love the subtle use of color on the carrot. I think that technique looks very sophisticated. Great work!
I love the concept and imagery! I would love to see a snippet of their story. Right now these are more like just a characters in a cool environment ️ so if they could be doing something, or something just happened or was about to happen. That would make it now engaging.
@Pamela-Fraley I asked a friend of mine that question recently and he said he will put this thumbs into the computer and print it out large, then he rubs the back of that print out with charcoal/pencil. He then places the charcoal side down on his new piece of large paper and traces over the image side. Essentially tracing his own carbon copy.
Continuing to work through this one. I wanted the yeti to make snow when he sneezes, would like to know if that's clear! Should I add more toys or stuff around the scene?
This is my rough color pass, will clean up and detail and some shading.
@LisaF I think tomorrow is the 25th? Your title says the 24th.