Been less active here this month, but have been reading the forums... ran out of time for the March prompt. Work, life, you know how it goes. This is a sketch from the prompt generator by @amandalo which is simply brilliant!
This is fantastic, thank you!
@Larue Hi! well, ironically, this is the one I was 'resting' my brain on! It started out as a room inside a lighthouse, but then I wanted to add some kids, so of course, they have to be doing something - so cue a spaceship. Really, this was mostly a colour/rendering practice piece.
This is the one I was resting from;
Hi @Michael-Angelo-Go In this case, I would think about your main application for the logo - I imagine it is primarily for your website?
If so, you should look at what format works best in that application - it will likely be the horizontal version (D).
If you go with a rounder format (A or when it scales down to fit at the top of your website the text may become too small for legibilty, or alternatively, the logo will need to be so large that it will push your initial website load content down to 'after the scroll', not ideal.
I'll just point out that this reads differently than the others eg. just 'Michael Go Illustrations'. You could always move the face to the left, if you want to add the rest of your name. This would then allow you to easily separate the text from face image for applications if need be down the track.
The 'swoosh' in A pulls your eye through the cover and is dynamic. You want someone to look through and 'read' your design - not get stuck. B and C both lack this movement and dynamism.
If C was pushed a little more to have some more dynamics to the robot (?) it could work.
But A defines your hero characters better, they have a lot more agency in this setting.
@Valerie-Light I still like A. I like the silhouette, without the background it is easy to read. And, is most definitely a spot illustration.
Hi everyone, some great work posted this month.
I've been working on some characters this month too. Haven't specifically done the class work, but really happy for the 'bean' shape tip
This is an idea I'm playing around with for the SCBWI prompt 'my secret identity'; a masquerade party for kids. I'm also working on the Plum Awards - Jason and the Golden Fleece.
And I will get onto that pesky yeti cooking, honestly, I'm finding the yeti theme quite difficult. Better get craking - February is slipping by....
@JuliAnneMcEvers Spot on, me too - I turn 40 this year, have worked in graphic design for a lot of years now, and really want to make a go of this illustration dream I've had forever. I decided this year is the one, I'm pushing hard to get a portfolio together by June/July. I work full time and have a little human who just started her first year of school, so time is hopefully (I think) going to become more structured... we'll see.
I often sneak 15-20 minutes of lesson video with breakfast while everyone is asleep in the early hours. Chipping away at it.
Currently finding myself torn this way and that with all the different challenges, and various incarnations of inktober. I've got to sit down and decide which I can realistically complete, and which push me towards my goals. I also have notebooks of stories, google docs, domain names, all sorts of things brewing away in the background!
I do agree with the hitting your stride in your 30s and 40s. Especially coming from a design background; criticism is easier to take, and familiarity with composition and the digital technical side of things is invaluable. Practice practice practice, just didn't have the years of it earlier
I'm in Australia, so it's a very small publishing industry by US standards. I may be jumping ahead of myself, but honestly, I'm not planning on focusing my efforts locally. I will try local of course, but I have my eye on the UK market for children's book publishing.
@carlianne I feel you on the rent, we're in Melbourne, and it's crazy. We have moved a lot to chase the cheap rent... we dream of living out of the city, but not quite there yet.
I like the purple #3, the darker plant life helps define the glass shape...
It's amazing what working 4 days a week can do for your side interests! I did the same for a while last year, was really helpful having the time to develop and practice techniques.
Software development can definitely be called an art. Is the definition when there is more than one way to do something and you choose to do it a certain way? Does that make it an art?!
I'm a Graphic Designer by day, and have some cross over into web development (very limited), and I'd definitely call coding an art. The same way that any language is.
Welcome, and love your pics. Will check out your insta later too!