Working on padding my portfolio with more kid lit type stuff. Trying to get a lot more practice with expressions and posture. Did these on my lunch break today.
Posts made by cgordon
RE: Agent or no agent. How to get work and what's your dayjob
Eventually, I found a studio that could hire me part-time, I would work from home and get about 10-15 hours a week of work from them. I took it, and then looked for more freelance work to fill in the rest of my schedule. I found some small commissions at first, then bigger ones. I continually improved my portfolio and kept sending it to publishers, companies and agents. After a couple months, I had enough work to start dropping the lower paying contracts. I got my first book deal. Then an agent I had emailed contacted me back and signed me. Just last week I received my first contract from the agency. I dropped that very first studio job I had because I no longer have time for it. I kind of fell into this freelance illustration thing and it worked out, and now I'm happier than ever! I'm so glad I didn't get a studio job when I so desperately wanted one...
It makes me so happy to hear stuff like this, because this is pretty much exactly how I'm hoping to transition into freelance. It's great to see success stories, and especially that you accomplished all that in 6 months. I'm terrified of failing as I try to get a foothold in the industry, but this forum really helps give me more confidence that everything might just work out!
RE: Macbook vs. IPad (?)
Everybody here has excellent points and I don’t have much to add other than I have an iPad Pro and I’ve never regretted it for a second. It’s super lightweight and thin so I can throw it in my purse and use it wherever. I did a full painting the other day while waiting at the mechanic shop for my car to get fixed.
Like others have mentioned, you can use it as a tablet with Photoshop or whatever, but a better computer will give you better results. It’s a little laggy with my laptop but works like a dream with my desktop at work.
Another thing to think about if price is a concern (and you’re fairly responsible) is you can finance through Apple/Barclaycard and depending on the final cost, you can get up to 18 months with no interest.
My Youtube channel for digital painting timelapses
I hope this is ok to post here – I started a Youtube channel recently just to post my Procreate timelapse videos. I know the way Procreate records timelapses, you don't actually see the brush strokes, but still seeing the process and the steps artists take to build up their paintings is always really helpful for me. I'm still working it out for myself, the best way to go about building up these paintings, and thought it might be neat to document my progress.
I only have two videos up so far, and they're both master copies of mid-century era book illustrations, but these projects are always invaluable for me to learn how to digitally recreate traditional paint effects. Hoping to post some original art on there soon as well.
Anyway, my channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs0Abzne94_UIC7U7piLWnA if anybody would like to check it out!
RE: Hello Everyone...
@inkandspatter Lol are you meee? Seriously the first course I did here was Will & Jake's Composition class. I feel like that's the number one thing I never really learned in school. I feel good about my technical skills, but it's putting it all together on a page to tell a story that I'm not confident.
My goal right now is to just pump out a ton of thumbnails, I think that will be a big help with refining that composition skill. I've been gathering other illustrators' art that I think has really nice composition and tracing over them at thumbnail size, separating foreground, middle ground, & background.
Well good luck with everything! The more research I do, the more graphic-designers-turned-illustrators I see, so that's a little confidence boost that it's not too late to make that change. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
RE: Using a Wacom Intuos to draw with
@sigross Best decision I ever made was getting a matte screen protector for my iPad. It gives the screen a toothy texture like paper, and gives you that satisfying scratchy sound of a pencil on paper when you draw on it. Also your hand doesn't stick to the glass, which is another big plus. If you use it in a bright environment it can diffuse the crispness of the screen a little bit, but it's hardly noticeable at all in a darker room.
@mistadrawbalina I had an Intuos before my iPad, and I know lots of people love them. Drawing on one surface while looking at another is just not for me though! I did really like the multi-touch features and easy access to tools with customizable buttons that made drawing really streamlined. If you do get one and you decide you don't like it, or upgrade to something else later, they have a great resale value (in my experience) if you take good care of it!
RE: Hello Everyone...
Hey Erin! I'm new here too, and we have very similar background and goals. I've been a graphic designer for quite a few years and it's definitely just not fulfilling anymore. It's been a great experience, and I don't think I'd be professionally ready to pursue illustration without that behind me, but I don't enjoy the corporate/marketing side of it, and it's not doing any favors for my portfolio.
I also want to take this year to really kick my illustration portfolio into gear, and I'm working on a children's book as a personal project to get the feel of illustrating someone else's story concepts and creating a layout dummy.
It's really cool that you write your own stories too! I always feel like I'm not creative enough to write, but maybe I can try to do some exercises to flex that some.
What are you hoping to improve with courses here?
RE: Hi from Mississippi
Just for a little bit of context, this is an illustration I did maybe a year ago, and I'd consider it the best and most complex piece of art I've ever made. It's also one of the only illustrations I've made that I'm really proud of. I know I have a lot to improve but I think I've made some really great strides with this one.
Here's a quicker digital painting I did a few days ago that was based on an Inktober sketch from this year. I'm trying to work on experimenting with textures and lighting.
Hi from Mississippi
My name is Crystal, I'm a graphic designer in Mississippi. I've been working in advertising for almost 10 years, but something changed a few years ago when I bought the iPad Pro and Pencil and rediscovered my love of illustrating by hand. It's grown from a hobby to a passion to a very real potential career change.
In design school, we learned a lot about software and grids and type and corporate layout, but things like artistic composition and color theory and lighting and focal points were not really part of the curriculum. My goals here with SVS are to fill in the gaps in my education where I never learned these really important fundamentals, and refine my digital painting style so I can work more quickly and efficiently. Not to mention learn a little bit about the business side of things and try to ease into the world of children's book illustration.
Some of my biggest influences are the mid-century greats:
- Alain Grée
- The Provensens
- Mary Blair (of course)
- Richard Scarry
- JP Miller
And these amazing artists who are current in the industry:
I'm super excited to be here and meet you all and work on improving my skills!