@Annaaronson oh thank you so much! It was honestly VERY scary for me to try YouTube. I was teased a lot about my voice and appearance as a kid so I had to truly emotionally shut that part of my mind down 😂. Luckily my husband is editing the videos for me - I don’t think I could have done it without him. But it gets easier every time with such kind feedback like yours! Thank you!!
Readability is by far the most important thing about comics. I would highly suggest using a font specially meant for comics, to increase legibility.
I don't think the letters there were too big. In fact, it's better to be too big than too small. I see a lot of comics made with tiny letters and that is just really rude to people with low vision. Also nobody in the world likes to squint to read so go TOO small and there goes your audience as well.
@carlianne I totally see your art in comic format. Would be really interesting reading comic stories from you. I was huge indie comic reader some years back. My passion for narrative art started with reading Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi's biographical comics. I am following Lucy Knisley's biographical comic since 2007 when her first book was out :-). Right now, I really love Grant Snider's comic (he also does beautiful, simple and profound children's books :-).
@Emma-Echter Pedant never, Nerd, and nerd is good 😃 I love nerds and consider myself a little nerd.
Yes I didn't mention the color reference (ColorChecker) because is the only thing that really works great. I love it! ColorChecker are important because camera manufacturers don't make cameras that give you right accurate colors, not even if you shoot in RAW. They compete with each other and they enhance the colors to be more attractive to potential customers. Some brands are known for beautiful skin colors, some for beautiful skies, etc. And then, the RAW issue, the information that the sensor catch in light have to be translated to ones and zeros so there's always a filter that have to be interpreted. Not even different persons view colors the same, so, the ColorChecker creates a Color space based completely in your lighting. You have to make a photograph with it in it with the lighting you are going to use for the shooting and you are good to go.
I don't say it gives you accuracy because I don't think accuracy exist, but gives you consistency. And in practicality it gives you accuracy because the range of change is far from the human brain to notice, I was a little nerd there.
Reworking my sketches because I wasn't feeling happy with them. This character can make snow and ice and he's in the end just a stuffed animal, so I felt like I should be highlighting what makes him special in his poses.
I’m right there with you. I was going strong until last week when one more wrench came flying at me and just smacked me over the head. This year has been difficult to navigate for sure.
I noticed beginning at that day I’ve just been completely drained. I sat down twice at my desk and just got that blank stare at an empty paper and once or twice dragged a listless pencil across the paper but it wasn’t in my heart at all.
The strange thing is though, the couple of times that I’ve had to drive out of the house alone in my car during these past couple days, as soon as I begin I’m energized again. So I know it’s just the monotonous and secluded routine of my life right now that’s depressing my spirits. I do have three paintings to finish though which are pressing down on me and I’m having issues getting the frames for two of them. Ugh.
All that to say - you’re absolutely not alone. I hope at least you can take comfort in that.
In the past when I’ve struggled with burnout I’ve just taken a step back from the creativity I was working in, and shifted my creativity to another outlet, usually one that I haven’t attached my identity to (which really, should we all detach any creativity from our identities? I would love to debate whether this is a healthy thing to do or not...)
Like others have said, reading, writing in a diary, spending more time with family, etc.
Best of luck to you and thank you for being open in sharing your feelings.
Wow you guys, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I am so grateful for finding this community, you are all so kind, and I'm so happy that many of you found this inspirational! I really wasn't sure when I was writing this up if it was going to be helpful, so your feedback is so touching!
@djlambson I AM working on a book with the yeti! I want to do a whole series with him! But first I'm working on a book about how to draw cute art! I even have an agent for it!
I think my next steps are to get a professional portfolio review for guidance. I personally think I need to some character poses on a sheet and two separate illustrations that are a part of the same story. I also want to have a piece with a more dramatic composition.
@carlianne I really like what you did here! She's definitely "clutching those flowers happily", haha. The facial expression is perfect. Maybe if you pushed the pose a little more like in the gesture you did; it would give her that little bit of added energy. You're doing some great and expressive work over here 😃