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!!
My story is about a fairy whose village is under attack from froggy invaders. She has to travel across the island - through frog territory - to the ancient lemon tree. Her village needs the juice from the lemons to ward off the frogs. Will she make it in time?
(just noting I just edited the file so it's a JPEG now)
Hey everyone! So when I started taking SVS courses two years ago I couldn't crack over 150 followers and was unhappy with my art and my career with myself etc. And honestly can't describe how much this community and the courses have helped me and countinue to do so.
But one of the super cool things was following the advice from the How to get your first 10k followers class and it totally worked for me! I wanted to share with you all a video I made sharing some of my biggest take aways from the experience here:
(I'm almost at 1000 subscribers on YouTube now as well!)
But mostly I wanted to share that I thought I wasn't growing on social media because my art wasn't good enough and I found that it's less about technical skill and more about how you can connect with others with your art and looking for ways to help others on their journey as well.
Hi all! So last year I started working on my portfolio with the goal of having ten completely new pieces in my portfolio. I competed in every contest from November through July. Of the pieces I made I had one win and got a critique of some sort in the arena for all but one. So now that I'm pulling the final ten together for my portfolio I'm making the edits from the arena critiques. I thought it would at very least be interesting, and possibly helpful to see them. Happy to hear and additional comments or feedback!
Here we go:
The feedback from Lee here was that I left a huge empty dead space in the middle . The suggested correction was too either crop in on the kids or add text. I tried cropping the kids but it just made me miss seeing the bedroom! And it felt to centered and symmetrical that way. So instead I'm adding text and claiming it as a book cover
December: “...as she listened closely, she overheard them talking about her...” So this one actually one that month and also had the biggest critique! I was still trying to figure out my style here and it was very rushed . Feedback from Will and Jake: Spend some more time on the character design of the yeti, the scarf doesn't make sense and the feet could be more well defined. The background feels like a cafeteria but seems empty. The wall behind them is necessary but isn't reading correctly.
“The tracks in the snow were unlike anything Will had ever seen before.” This one made it to the arena and did well. There was no negative feedback. Lee said it was just "luck of the draw" So I did not make any edits to this one.
February: nightfall. This was a failed style experiment. It's been sent to the land of illustrations past. R.I.P
March: “Everything was rattling, falling apart and breaking!!!”
This one also made it to the arena. Feedback: Everything is spaced very evenly and are similar sizes. Maybe move the girl to the right and vary more of the size and spacing of the objects.
April: "Lisa’s robot invention worked great, until it did this…"
This one also made it to the arena and was given the "luck of the draw" feedback, so I didn't make any edits.
This one did not make it to the arena, but when they did the quick feedback for everyone it also received the "luck of the draw" feedback.
And then I took a break in June so I could open my online store and spent my time focusing on smaller spot illos. For my current portfolio 6 of the 10 pieces came from the contests, and one from the podcast illo I got to do as a winner. So 7 of 10 came directly from SVSLearn prompts.
My take-a-ways from the experience: I was struggling to build my portfolio because I was lacking ideas and inspiration and I personally really need a deadline otherwise I procrastinate forever. Doing the contests were INCREDIBLY helpful for building my portfolio and I do feel like I've improved from doing it.
I also listened to some of the classes while I worked on these pieces and instead of doing the homework assignments I applied the knowledge from the courses to the pieces as I went. This helped since I work full time and have two toddlers and I do freelance projects. I really needed to prioritize my time.
Having a critqiue group is AMAZING, posting stuff here is helpful and awesome, but being able to have a group of other artists that you can quickly show ideas or see if something is working was VITAL for me.
My least favorite piece was the one that won (It was really rushed and I didn't feel confident in the final rendering). But this really taught me how truly valuable concept is over technical draftmanship. However, even if you have a fun idea and good draftsmanship, everyone has a personal aesthetic and you might not make it into the arena or win. That doesn't make it a bad piece, and it may even be some peoples favorite piece. In someways that makes me feel frustrated like shooting without a target, but then I remember that I'm making these pieces for me and my portfolio and it's OKAY. It's a lot better to make pieces that I'm excited about and are fun for me personally, than to try and appease everyone or to make art for the purpose of winning.
"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~!
@Nyrryl-Cadiz I like the fishy too!
For the font though I still find your name a little hard to read.
Since you're name isn't part of the title I think you can make it smaller / not the same width as the text above. It'll help it feel like it's own entity and The "nyr" part of your name is hard to read over the busy dark green leaves anyway.
@davidhohn regarding work for hire while working full time at a company - it has been my observation that those contracts usually stipulate that they own EVERYTHING you do during or after work hours wether done in house or not.
I've rarely seen that enforced by a company but technically they could claim ownership of your work done outside of company time.
I'm not sure if there is a different term for contracts like that or if it is simply just written that way
From my understanding, Work for hire doesn't mean you're an employee, it just means the work you make is owned by the person doing the hiring. This means you won't retain ANY rights to it. For example you wouldn't be allowed to show it on Instagram or your portfolio unless it's written into the contract that you're allowed to do so (usually after it's been published).
Work for hire is very normal in freelance business so you can still take any other jobs.
Although it isn't common in traditional publishing I have seen a lot of self published authors request work for hire contracts. From my personal observation it's not uncommon in the self publishing world. It does make things much less complex for the author.
Personally I'm not sure I'd even trust a self published author to be financially keen enough to share royalties anyway - but that's just me!
@bridgetbick I do feel the same about the faces though I agree it could be a stylistic thing. But I'm wondering if maybe the faces are more realistically rendered than the rest of the image so that's why they feel out of place.
I also agree with Jeremy you have a consistent style which is not easy to do so well done there!
Are there artist's that you are looking at that use that style? I find Lee's tip to put your art in the middle of a grid surrounded by professional artists with a style similar to yours to compare is the most helpful to figure out what areas we can use to improve
Hiya! I would recommend the Creative composition 2.0 course, specifically the section on "Emphasis"
I think this image is a great example of where you could improve on this skill !!
When I first saw this image I couldn't distinguish the yeti from the background because the values are so similar.
There is also more contrast in the background than the foreground, so it feels like the yeti should be the focal point since he is so big, but becuase of the value patterns it's unclear where to look.
The best trick it to look at the image really small, like thumbnail size and see if it all blends together or if you can still make out the basic shapes.
If we were to adjust the values, like this the yeti pops out as a focal point.
If I left the values alone, and just adjusted the colors, making the red a focal point and pushing the bright red colors in the back to a blue, now our eye is still directed towards the yeti who is the most saturated and has red in it.
Of course you could also do value AND color to really make it pop
Your image on the left vs adjustments to color and value. This was quick chop job, but I think you can see how the yeti is now a focal point on the right vs the left.
I love your work btw! I actually got a similar bit of feedback from Will last year about improving my value range. It's challenging with a beautiful pastel style likes yours, but the composition course gives a lot of other methods like sillhouette, color, lines etc to create focal points.