It's looking nice I'm on the iPad so can't upload images but I'd check out the concept art for Disneys Brother Bear, they have wonderful shapes for the bears! I'd keep playing with the characters in different positions and situations to really help bring out their characters, by repetition you'll refine the designs. Remember the three basic design shapes, a circle shows easy going, friendly characters, a square shows stern, stubborn characters and triangles show energetic, edgy characters. Keep up the good work!
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RE: Character Design Feedback please
RE: Confessions of an Unsuccessful Artist
So I've started a little sketchbook, I'm struggling to figure out what to draw but I'm trying to keep it causal, trying not to worry about it too much. My next step I think is to get into the community and get onto helping others where I can (: Consuming content has taken a bit of a back seat, I need to make time to get reading / watching! It's been good being able to write this stuff down, it sort of solidifies my thoughts I guess.
@Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen I really like that term 'fail forward' I'll have to keep it in mind! Thank you for the encouragement
@Washu I think something that I'm missing in my life is other people who create art, like you hadn't had in your early years. I'm so happy for you that you've found what you love again! (: I'll give the video a watch, thank you!
@RHirsch Yeah it's hard but necessary I think to grow as an artist, thank you for the reply (:
RE: Confessions of an Unsuccessful Artist
Thank you for the amazing replies, I appreciate the time you've taken to do this, it's so good to know I'm not alone in this! I feel the main starting steps is to immerse myself into the SVS community, make time to consume for the ideas/visual bank, and start to create for myself.
@Durribie I dig the courage to go independent! And feel you're pain with the lack of gigs, having to have the other half pay for things. I'm sorry to hear your story from school, but warming to know others used art to escape as kids. I like the attitude you have now! From what others have said it sounds like the right way to pursue this crazy career! Thank you for sharing!
@Eric Castleman Those are some cool insights into these stories, it's interesting how deep meaning and metaphors can run in them! I guess for me it's about trying to figure out what I want to say. I think you're right in post my work and getting involved with the SVS community, which I hope will give me confidence to go into SCBWI, or whatever art forms equivalent I go into. Thank you for your kind words
@Missmarck I love the story about find a photo of your younger self, it made me laugh, I think it's so great! Something I have noticed is that over the last few years I've consumed less and less stories, books, art, films, etc I guess making the time to consume as well as create is key. I don't think I have seen that video, I'll dig it out and give it a watch, thank you!
@jasonandroosmith I really get the bit about thinking how competitive it is, it does gets me down quite often, from what you said at the end and others have mentioned I think it's key to enjoy creating and purpose will come - I know that I had read style being like that, and so have tried not to pay forcing any particular style on my work, however I never thought of purpose in the same way, thank you for throwing another perspective on it!
@stringfellowart I appreciate you sharing, it's been such a good feeling finally getting this stuff out, and to know others go through this! I like the idea you mention that each form of art you take on it leaves an impression on you.
@RHirsch these do sound familiar, the wording has helped me understand how my mind works these things out and gotten me to think about how I can start to overcome this. Thank you for welcoming me in, from what you and others have said I feel I need to get on board with getting involved with the SVS community, I dig the idea of getting a sketch and just starting to sketch, going back to basics and seeing how that develops. I'll make it my first task to get one and start tomorrow, thank you
@TessW Yeah I'm amazed at the awesome responses from everyone, there's so much people have to offer and I'm so happy we're willing to share! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it is very much appreciated I think you're right on the different types of artist and that I've not explored my own ideas. It's interesting talking about other people being in creative work but not liking what they're doing, I had three university friends come visit me some months back, they all managed to get into the industry they wanted in some form however none of them said they were happy with what they were doing, this is something I'd forgotten about until now. Your last paragraphs inspiring, before when I was trying to figure out a product to make it was so focused around what I thought other people want, I feel I have such a better grasp on the concept now, I'll need to re watch that video again! Thank you for your reply!
@Leontine Thank you for your encouragement! I can really understand the '..more then not trying at all.' Idea, it's how I put other things in context in my life so this has really clicked with me! I the main pointer I've got from these great responses is to get hitting that post button more, and getting into the community. Thank you for the reply
@Renduin I'm very sorry to hear about your illness, I am glad you've shared the perspective it has given you, it's a wonderful insight into stepping back and seeing what really matters. Thank you for the advice and responding to my post!
Confessions of an Unsuccessful Artist
This terrifies me, to put out here all my artistic insecurities and horrible habits, but I have realised I can't do this on my own, that I need help to understand and grow better. This post is for all the people who almost push that post button, but never quite have the confidence to hit it, I hope we both can get something out of this ramble. TL;DR below.
I'll start at the beginning of my art life. In school my art work was always the one that got picked for demonstration, always told that I was talented. Told that I'll get far with my art, but never told how. I have been through several different types of art education, both through an animation degree and online. I have learnt techniques, design, theories, branding, but nothing has clicked with me about creating art for a living.
A few years back I left university, newly married and desperate to start making money to support myself and my wife. I found that I ran through loops of attempting different job roles (storyboard artist, vis dev artist, animator, illustrator, graphic designer etc) or styles, but never getting anywhere with it. I feel because I would find a job post and rush to produce a portfolio that suited that role, this has never proved to work. During this time I ended up working part time in Asda (Walmart) to pay the bills. I created small character paintings of my DnD games, or worked on pretend projects to buff the portfolio, however I would always end up feeling that it's a waste of time, as it's not serving anything.
My biggest confession, something that I have always been ashamed of, and is something I never know if I am in the minority or majority with (speaking to the silent numbers, the people who read these forums and articles but never post). Is that I rarely actually made (..make) art, I'd be lucky to produce something once a month, I try to put so much effort into figuring why I'm creating this I burn myself out from over thinking, but really I don't want to make excuses.
Jake's video came out about having a product rather than a project. When I finally stepped back and decided to do what I wanted to do, I found I still had this problem. I went from wanting to produce a board game because I love them and I enjoy creating games, to wanting to make children's books because I want to push good morals onto young people, to acrylic painting because I could understand the concept of people buying this form of art, to refurbishing furniture again because I can understand why people would buy this product. But nothing came out of this because I always felt there was no purpose behind what I was doing, it's not going to change anything. This, I believe, has had a side effect of not joining in with communities or going to conventions because I feel I have nothing to offer.
From what I remember as a child I liked to draw because it was a way into 'the zone' where nothing around you matters, your mind goes blank and all there is you and the art. I still get a kick from this but feel it's not enough anymore, I need meaning and I don't know how to find it!
In the last month my wife and I have separated, which sadly I guess has got me to finally hit that post button. I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter of meaning behind you making your art, what drives you? I have spent many years quietly reading through hundreds of articles and videos about art, producing art and selling art but I feel I am missing something in my understanding.
I'm sure this could have been more refined, but I just needed to get it out there!
TL;DR - Why do you create? What purpose does it give to you?
RE: October 3rd Thurs: Progress
Thank you all for the support!
I've been so busy over this last week it's insane! I'm thinking my plan for next month is to get it finished a week ahead ~lets see how that goes!
I can see what you mean Ben (wouldn't let me tag you?! D:) I've tried to change the gnu's face shape in the the version below! (:
So here's a rough / getting done version - plan to do some more tonight and little tomorrow before the deadline!
Lemme know what you think and I'll see if I can fit any changes in -hopefully next month I'll get things together quicker!
RE: October 3rd Thurs WiP
@Jiří-Kůs That diagram for the tree's is brilliant - it's kinda flipped a switch in my head! Thank you!
@Lynn-Larson It's looking awesome! You can make it! Don't forget this is for fun, don't stress too much over it - even if it's not done for Thursday it'll be a nice piece for the portfolio! (:
RE: October: 3rd Thursday- feedback please...
Agree with Kevin too - I'd suggest maybe pushing the moon out the composition (but keep the rim light that it's giving) . With the monkey in the foreground I'd black (or darken) him out, and perhaps a bit of a blur to give a sense on depth - and I'd face him the other way with a bit of profile on the side to keep some of that great expression in. (: Also keep an eye on the perspective of that railing compared to the block and Zoo sign.
I really like all the animal's expressions and you've got a nice flowing composition and it feels appealing to me which is a great!
Keep us posted! (:
RE: October 3rd Thurs: Progress
Thanks for all your comments guys! Apologies for the absence, but I hope you like what I've been up to!
Firstly I should note - being from a animation background I'm trying to develop the characters for my portfolio, it's given me time to think about each animal, their personality, and dig into their design.
So I'm going with something like the composition #10 (above). In a bathtub and balloon for an aircraft, escaping from a safari taxidermist or coming out an abandoned old house (again in the safari) ~ not quite sure just this minute!
Now the majority of design work is done I'm confident to have the final piece ready soon - I can't believe the deadline's next week, the month's gone so fast! (: