I thought it might be fun to create a character who was writing the alphabet prompts that I am planning on doing.
Besides, I like mice and a lot of my followers like them too. Gotta keep the fans happy, right?
I'm going to give it go! It was my first year last year and I didn't quite get to the end, so this year I'm going to try to be a bit more prepared 🙂 I like the idea of taking the character we're doing for this month's prompt and creating a story for them using the Inktober prompts. 🤔
Loving your idea of the alphabet poster @chrisaakins!
Since my fairytale character made it in the final 16 in March, I thought I would let him get another go at it. Here is what I have so far. It’s done for the most part unless you see something egregious. What do you think?
@chrisaakins I’ve also had better luck uploading everything to a file on Google drive first and then giving them the shared link, for some reason that doesn’t take as long as it does when you attach it to an email, but check to make sure it doesn’t compress the quality!
Thanks everyone! I listened to everyone and made some changes. I changed the eyes but kept the boots. My faun has feet that end in hoof toes, not hooves. that may bother some but that is my creative choice, right? 🙂 I appreciate the brutal honesty. It was hard to hear sometimes, but it did help me put together a piece that I am really happy with even if it there might be some small issues with it. I gotta get to work on actual paying gigs now so I am calling it finished not perfect! @Asyas_illos a special shout out to see the missing eyebrows. Haha!
@chrisaakins just wanted to offer some support and say I feel your frustration! I got really frustrated one month after I worked so hard on my piece to make something more detailed than anything I'd ever done and didn't make it but a piece was chosen that looked very naive and simple in a child-like style. It made me realise I was maybe barking up the wrong tree with children's books as my work isn't loose enough. The prompts became more enjoyable when I put the focus on them as a brief to help build my portfolio, rather than a competition.
Gordon C. James illustrates books with expressive brushstrokes. The backgrounds get very loose and abstract. The about page says he’s inspired by impressionists and artists like “John Singer Sargent, Nicholai Fechin, Henry Ossawa Tanner.” He also has a section of his website dedicated to fine art, so he does both as his career.
Maybe I’m taking your question about “fine art” to mean “painterly style.” I think there is room for this in illustration. If not many other illustrators are working like this, it could be an advantage for your pictures to stand out!
I think the difference between fine art and illustration is not the style, but the process on the business-side. Illustrations are usually commissioned by an art director to tell a story, and fine art is more self directed art for art’s sake.
“Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” Gordon C. James 2017