Posts made by dickdavid
RE: Which sketch to move forward with?
Clearly, the second bus sketch is working harder to tell the story. You still get the sense of a cold morning, but it reads much quicker. I love the visual connection you make with the 'awake' girl and the bus.
On the flower people sketch, I didn't get "menacing" from that cat.
RE: Ipad Drawing Board Solution
I spotted this device, called a Sketch Board, on Instagram. It's a little pricey, but I couldn't find anything that does exactly this, at this quality. It's basically a miniature, adjustable and portable drafting/drawing desk that goes on any desk or lap and puts your drawing angle at the right position. They're expensive, because they aren't mass produced.
After several months (and an online discount), I broke down and bought one. Overall, I love it. However, it's not as portable as I thought. The solid wood which makes it so durable, also makes it a bit heavy and it only fits in my big messenger bag. The magnet page 'stop-stick' at the bottom holds paper, thin sketchpads and my iPad, but struggles with a heavy/thick sketchpad.
RE: What To Do When You're Between Jobs
Another great show. Sorry Will was dropped.
I feel your pain, Jake, about clients/people not valuing your time and talent.
Lee, as a graphic designer/art director at work, I used to get lots of folks wanting free design work. For some reason, folks think the "FREE" in "Freelance" means no charge.
I'm glad Jake held to his rate and didn't let them use the COVID excuse for bidding him down.
Here's an old but classic parody of the client relationship:
RE: WIP - Bongo & Clyde - Feedback Wanted
@theprairiefox forgive me if I went to far in the weeds with that. I hope I didn’t get to prescriptive with my comments. I don’t usually say much, but when I do, sometimes I can’t turn it off. Hahaha.
I’m looking forward to seeing the final spread.
RE: WIP - Bongo & Clyde - Feedback Wanted
@theprairiefox Sorry if I'm late for feedback. First of all, I love your process and all the steps you took to get to the paper cut-out phase. This is going to be a cool piece. The illustration is fun and really pulls me in.
As a designer, I do have some thoughts on your type.
I'm glad you've made some improvements from your original type placement. I agree with the feedback that Johanna Kim gave.
Looking at your latest type treatment, I might have some additional thoughts. First, wrapping text around objects is a craft and is as equally important to a page as the illustration.
In the first paragraph, the rag you have around the tree needs some love. My suggestion would be to drop 'so' to the next line to help fill up that negative space right after 'He passed the...'. I'm also worried about that widow (single word) at the end of your paragraph. We want to do everything within our power to avoid them. Perhaps tracking your type out a bit to force another word or two to drop and share that last line?
On the third paragraph, I would try to avoid breaking any important words with hyphens. A soft return to get 'Alligator' to the next line should help.
The rag on the paragraph below Clyde is perfect! I wonder if you can track that first line in, to bring 'closest' back together. No worries if you can't.
The last paragraph has an odd break at the first line. Seems like there's some negative space after water.
^^^^ These are all minor tweaks that you can make to get your type in a good place. I can't wait to see the finished piece. Great work!
RE: Procreate vs Adobe
Being a graphic designer and art director for most of my career, I've got years of experience with Adobe Photoshop (but not with a pen). I have to say, I love Photoshop, but not for the purpose of digital sketching. Instead, I love the simplicity of Procreate on my iPad. Sure, it's not as robust like Photoshop, but it has enough to keep your work process streamlined.
Also, for me, it's also hard to see Photoshop as a different tool than what I use for photo manipulation—to actually use brushes for more than retouching, etc.
My only hope is that I get as proficient with all the functionality of Procreate.
I also like that, after paying for the App, Procreate is much cheaper than an Adobe subscription. I don't like that you need to be a subscriber to work in Adobe products. I only wish there was a desktop option of Procreate.
Working on an iPad is another story. I love how portable (like a sketchpad) they are. However, the screen is slick so you don't get that paper-like feel, unless you invest in a really good screen saver. I've got a cheap one that works, but still isn't the same. I've never used a Wacom tablet, so I can't compare. That's the next big investment in my digital art journey.
Back to your question as to investing and learning Adobe programs. The good news about Procreate, is that some of the basic functions of Photoshop are built into the App - mostly layers, color editing, masking and exporting. If you have an iPad (doesn't have to be a Pro), it's a cheap entry into digital illustration, with a much lower learning curve than Photoshop. That makes the transition into Adobe is a bit smoother.
Anybody else excited about Will Terry's new book on Kickstarter?
Apologies if this was posted somewhere else.
Although I've been in the creative industry (advertising) for years, I'm excited about my new journey into learning more about illustration. I've been trying to soak up as much information, knowledge and inspiration as I can, with my limited free time.
That's why I'm excited about Will Terry's new book: "What They Don't Teach in Art School"
Not only does this look useful for me, but also for my kids, who are both studying in different creative fields.
Looks like it'll be available on Kickstarter, soon.
RE: Licensing, Copyright and Piracy
@NessIllustration Good story. Thanks for sharing. I'm glad you were able to resolve those issues.
An in-depth reverse image search seems like a great service to start up. I'd love for somebody, much smarter than me, to offer a service/app that you can apply to your own images that would work as an internet watchdog for anybody using, sharing, or profiting from them.
Licensing, Copyright and Piracy
Greetings again. I love this show and I love listening to Jake, Will and Lee. They cover lots of topics that are relatable to anything creative - not just illustration. It's also rare that I actually laugh out loud with a podcast - which they make me do from time to time.
I'm looking for a 3-Point Perspective show, with their thoughts on licensing, copyright and piracy. I've listened to every episode, but can't recall this topic covered. If so, please remind me of the episode.
As we share more content on the internet and the world, these works become open to unauthorized misuse. What should illustrators and creators do to protect themselves and their work? Lawyers are too expensive, so what options do we have available. I'd love to know what resources folks use, not only to protect their work, but also go after folks that steal their work. Also, what are your thoughts on Creative Commons licensing?
One personal example is, I did an piece (during Inktober) that I donated the 'usage' to a local, non-profit organization so that they can make t-shirts and promote an event. A person saw that art on that organization's Facebook event page, downloaded and had a tattoo made from it. At first I was flattered (still am), but I'm also a little annoyed that they used my art without permission, let alone compensation, and even worse without attribution. You'd think the tattoo artist would even raise the question as to the origination of the art.
This is a minor example, but I've heard stories of people getting art/photography stolen from IG and Flickr then commercially produced as totes, t-shirts, etc.
RE: How to Launch a Book
Another great show! Great content. I'll never look at a book signing the same way again.
We did have one bad experience with an author at a bookstore. He was really putting on the sales pitch—mostly to my son (who was about 10 at the time and the book was targeted to his age group)—and kept at us to get the book. We really felt the pressure to buy the book and gave in.
I think, instead of building his fanbase, he ended up giving off a bad impression.
BTW. I LOVE THE ROCKET ^^^^ Will Terry!
RE: Howdy from Texas
@TessaW Thanks. A friend of mine bought the original as a gift for his boss. I didn't charge much only because I'm a little too unfamiliar with this world of taking money for something I had fun making. Hopefully, hanging around here, I can learn a few things and possibly understand the value of making things.
The one thing I did learn, from another thread, is that I still retain the copyright.
Howdy from Texas
Greetings everybody. I'm Richard from Richardson (Texas). I found out about this forum and the 3 Point Perspective podcast through my following of Jake Parker on social media. I've been lurking around for weeks trying to get comfortable with joining the conversation.
I'm not an illustrator by profession, but I do sketch, doodle and draw art. I've been doing it most of my life - and I still find myself learning something new.
To use and analogy from one of the podcasts, I'm pretty far up the mountain of art direction, graphic design and advertising, so a career path in illustration seems like a distant peak on a different mountain, that I may be too late to climb.
I do love this community that SVS Learn has built, and when I feel confident enough, I'd love to participate in sharing feedback on your work, and maybe eventually, post something of my own.
RE: Got a little bit of disappointing news this morning
Sorry to hear about the cancellation of your project. Looks like some really fun work. Since they're doing a different menu design, does that mean they're changing their brand as well, or just trying to keep costs down?