A first entry..I'm sure I'll do better next month!
I've been a member for a little while without a post of my own. So I guess today is the day I share. The talent in here is amazing and quite intimidating.
I've been a glass artist [my own glass beads for jewelry] for years but did do watercolors for several years before the glass. Earlier last year, I fell into illustrating [2 so far] childrens books for a brand new publishing company and just enjoyed it so much, the glass is put away for now. One of the books will be out next month and I'm in the midst of working on the other at the moment.
This is a watercolor I did of my grandson scanned into photoshop and worked on very minimally [this is not from either book or even the same style] and although Im not really looking for critiques, Im always wanting to learn and improve so if you feel so inclined, I won't be offended. I know there are many flaws..but it is, at the moment, a personal best.
Im just learning digital art..a brand new language for me and I'm so so so excited to have stumbled upon SVS, a WEALTH of information that I'm trying my best to drink up and apply to my work. I can't seem to sketch right in photoshop..its easier for me to start with a scan. I played with some brushes to see if I could improve upon my little boy..and I think I did. I do love this new to me medium and see where if I can improve upon this now with my extremely limited digital skills, it might get pretty exciting in the future!
Thanks so much for looking and any words of wisdom/advice you might have. I love the vibe at SVS..I feel like I can do this little show and tell without too much anxiety!
I deleted a previous image.. I rushed the submission. I puttered some more which resulted in a better [to my eye]image. Lesson learned. Put it away and look with fresh eyes in the morning before submitting it as 'finished'
Cropped the image and worked some more with the value. Much better and that's it.. Finished, not perfect.
Ive been working on an illustration which will be given to a writer to come up with a story for it. I can't wait to read it. Illustration and accompanying story will then hang in the library in Albuquerque along with several others for the month of September. The theme is 'Lost and Found' ..I entitled this 'Isla's Pearls'
Dragons are everywhere, I suppose I was influenced.
It's really nice to have confirmation in life that we're doing the right thing or at least headed in the right direction. I enjoyed the podcast.
I think the greatest advantage an older person has is that wonderful gift of time. With less required of us..I'm speaking from a mothers perspective.. more of our time can be devoted to our own pursuits. That's my story.. there are times I do feel I've missed out in many ways, but I try to remember that my only limitations are the ones I put on myself. It may be that I will never be a superstar in the world of illustration [!] but I don't ever feel that the reason for that might be my age! We're very lucky in that, this industry, as Will Terry mentioned, doesn't require muscle so much as it does vivid use of imagination and hard work. You can develop those traits well into your senior years. How fun is that. Thanks for another informative, entertaining podcast guys..you work great together.
She's a remarkable little artist! I think those skills for 3 are quite advanced..the lips on the Mom figure I think it is? that's pretty observant for one so young, and all of those amazing little flying floating creatures are just delightful. You're right..the freedom expressed by such an uninhibited young mind is very inspirational. Great reminder this morning..thanks for posting this.
I love movement too..it catches my eye as I scroll. I think you have to be careful though..not too fast and not too many images. Although Im not sure we're talking about the same process..that link took me to a slideshow...unless I missed something?
I was a glass artist for several years..[glass beads and jewelry] and once made a gif image of my hands making a glass bead in the flame. It was extremely crude animation and because of that I kind of loved it. I thought it was more interesting than just a video. Anyway, all of this learning and testing out is fun, isn't it.
Link to the pinned image from my website:
There's also Blurb which I've not yet used but looks interesting..
wow..your character looks very consistent to my eye.. I think she's adorable. I'm also working on the second only ever but the art director is very easy to work with. Maybe getting 'broke in' with someone who is a task master is better! My little tweak might be as @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen pointed out and now that I see it, I think..are they hair strands? look like hand creases which makes the hand look twisted. Maybe just making the strands a bit thicker would help..not sure. Good luck!
I posted in gd about submitting an illustration that will be part of a month long exhibition. This is the first time I've participated in anything like this and need some honest, skilled peepers looking at this for me!
I will go in and detail her feet and hands and his talons. I'm undecided regarding the background. Would you recommend detail, blurred detail, or leaving white. What about the beast..will I knock back the detail a bit? I will be more careful with the scales in the final rendering I think..maybe less so on the body with greater care on the head. I'm debating turning the girls head somewhat toward the viewer so as to capture more feeling..
Just looking for some feedback at this point! Much appreciated.