Here's my entry for this month. Fantasy is not necessarily my thing, so it took me a bit longer to find an idea that I thought would work.
Ok, going to call this done.
Here's my entry. (When I thought of this idea, there was no way I could NOT do it.)
My submission for the July 2019 contest. (This was partly inspired by a “bad design” image I ran across a while back. Here’s a link if you’re interested: http://bit.ly/design-mixup)
Here's my entry for December. I remember that feeling ... not fun. But now, all these years later, it can help inform a piece of art. So, there's value in all experiences I suppose.
Ok, last day of the month and I just finished it up. Here's my entry.
@Kevintreaccar I see what you mean, thanks!
Also, I've been out of the loop over the past few months on SVS contests, so I didn't even know that the December 2020 contest was for a character design as well. Looks like the guidelines for what they are looking for are basically the same too. I'll look through those submissions too and see what kinds of things others did. (I could also watch the critique arena for that one as well I suppose.)
@Braden-Hallett Yeah, it was mainly to set up the story a bit, so that when you see the character you know what kind of world and situation they are in. (I know we have the basic story of goblins invading a village, but since fantasy isn't so much my thing and in an effort to differentiate I'm considering pushing the strict interpretation of the story.)
Does anyone know if we can include some text with our images? As I'm coming up with ideas, I kind of have to come up with the basics of a larger story to give the character context. When I present the character design I'd also like to have a short synopsis to give some context as to why the character looks the way they look. Or, are we to just let the images themselves stand alone???
Maybe it's up to us? In that case, is anyone else planning to include a bit of story with their images?
1. How have you improved this year thanks to SVSLearn?
The main way I've made use of SVS this year has been submitting artwork to the monthly contests. Getting critiques from professionals during the monthly critique arenas has probably been the most valuable thing for me. It is also interesting to see how others approach the prompt and how the judges react to those entries too.
2. How did SVSLearn impact the creation of this piece?
While I do know that things like composition and color choices were impacted by what I either picked up in SVS courses or in monthly contest critiques, the thing that stays with me the most is the idea that WHAT you draw is more important that HOW you draw it. I'm not exactly sure where I heard that – an SVS course, the podcast, or maybe during the critiques. In fact, the sentiment has probably come up in all three places. So when I'm brainstorming ideas for the monthly prompt I'm always trying to find a unique or interesting take on it. For me personally, the April 2020 prompt was a good example of this. I discarded a number of early ideas, but I eventually landed on this one that I was pretty happy with. (For reference, the April 2020 prompt was "Lisa's robot invention worked great, until it did this...")
Getting this one in just in time. I kicked around a few ideas for this, and had two of them pretty far along. But, in my infinite wisdom, and with a bunch of other projects happening, I decided THIS PAST WEEKEND that I just had to do this other idea I had. It's actually kind of a "sequel" to my April 2020 entry with the prompt "Lisa's robot invention worked great, until it did this ...". (So, maybe the robot wasn't such a good idea, so she moved on to a mechanical dragonfly suit instead. What could possibly go wrong?)
I think you'll also see this referred to as "errors and omissions" insurance. I do have this, mainly because when I was setting up my business I saw enough suggestions to get it. I didn't get it due to a contract requiring it though. Is it overkill? Could I get by without it? Possibly. But, I like to err on the safe side usually, so it's a worthwhile business expense for me.
Ok, going to call this done.