I started linocut as a new medium this April and I've totally fallen in love with it. This piece pushed the boundaries of the kind of work I thought I would be capable of doing:
Hey everyone! My name is Eric.
I'll try to keep this long story short. I'm just going into year 3 of a 5 year plan to make art a significant (or primary) source of my income.
I'm 42, my wife and I had a baby a couple years ago. I was crazy into cycling at the time, but when the baby came, that changed my ability to just go out and ride. I went back to drawing, my original passtime (I graduated from art school in '99).
About 2 years ago, my wife and I were at a Christmas craft fair, and I made a promise that in one year's time, I would have a body of work, and would be selling at an art fair. That is how I found SVS learn, I was looking for advice and stumbled accross the @Lee-White driven episode of 3 point perspective about doing fairs and conventions. I have been hooked ever since.
I will now be doing my 3rd fair this Christmas, and have since landed my first serious illustration contract for a museum (I'm not allowed to say much about it at this point).
When I negotiated my contract, I employed a huge list of skills I learned from listening to the podcast, tips from all 3 hosts (such as asking them to chose 3 images I made that they really liked, which then helped me negotiate a price).
I think the podcast really resonates with me because...well, in many cases, I am sort of in the demographic that many of the podcast topics are aimed at. I'm late in life, reigniting an old passion, struggling to know the ins and outs, and have a fear of the money, because like many in my situation, was never taught the business side of this. Since I am older now and a little more secure in my life, I have less issue with discussing and wrapping my head around it.
Anyways, big thanks for the podcast, it has been a ton of help for me, and I hope to engage in the community here.
My main focus right now is traditional printmaking (linocut/relief printing). My illustration job is all ink and watercolour. Also have another baby on the way! Super busy!
Cheers, and thanks for reading (if you did)!
first of, all very nice little image. I think 2 & 3 work best, mostly because the darker rock face, while nice, flattens out the image in terms of value/perspective or tonal perspective. Another small issue I have that is slightly flattening the image is that the girl's shadow is casting onto the hill behind her as if it is very close (almost like a wall). I would have it cast, and taper or follow the curve of the hill.
edit: sorry the bush, not the hill, I think the cast shadow of the girl needs to follow the curvature of the bush, I read it as a hill, because I thought it was continuing from the hill with the little stepping stones behind her.