Had a blast with this one!
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So I had a sort of epiphany recently and I thought I would share in case it can help others as well.
So I’m often dissatisfied with my work because I feel like the skills I need for my piece to be what I want it to be are always just out of reach. I was reading a book yesterday where one of the characters say something like "she is always unhappy about the skills she has not yet learned rather than joyful for the skills she has gained". This made me realize that I think the reason I often feel like I don’t have the skills that I need is because I am constantly in the mindset of pushing myself. I am almost never in my comfort zone because I am constantly pushing myself outside of it which is great for growing and learning but because I haven’t allowed myself to settle into the skills I have conquered I have continued to make work I am unsatisfied with. So I’ve been dialing back the difficulty of my drawings, creating drawings that are easy but make me feel more accomplished than the ones that pushed me.
So for whoever needs to hear it. Take a step back. Stop pushing yourself for a bit, moderate it. The person who works non stop but never rests will not grow as much as the person who balances work and rest.
RE: JULY CONTEST: Design a book cover for the Wizard of Oz
Can’t wait to notice all the changes I want to make the second after I post! Had a lot of fun with this. Also want to note that I am indeed a member but I’ve had wonky things happen to my membership before and not been considered a member for some reason. Just want to make sure I can count towards the final picks if I make it that far!
Zero skill techniques
I’m hoping to create a thread where we can all list techniques we have learned that require zero skill.
Let me explain. A zero skill technique is something you learn that you do not have to practice, it is simply a tool in the form of knew knowledge. For example: having cool lights and warm shadows or warm lights and cool shadows. When I learned this I was amazed at how much it improved my paintings. It did not require any skill or practice really, it was simply a matter of having that knowledge. What are some zero skill techniques you have learned? I hope by sharing our pools of knowledge we can all help each other grow even just a little bit more. This stuff can seem pretty simple but at some point we weren’t aware of them but just having that awareness can really change ones artwork in my experience.
My list of zero skill techniques:
Cool lights and warm shadows OR warm lights and cool shadows
Making a multiply layer at a low opacity and using a dark blue or purple to creat shadows (also applies to traditional work but varies depending on medium)
Thick outlines and thinner internal lines
Drawing objects as less defined and/or with thinner lines the farther they are in the background
Turning off saturation so you can see tones more clearly and adjust them for better contrast ( @NessIllustration )
Looking at your piece from far away or making the image smaller to see how readable it is
I’m sure I have more that I’m forgetting, I’ll add them in if I remember.
Last minute yeti home feedback
Just looking for any feedback before I submit this.
Here are some things I’m wondering
-should I crop in just a bit on the right and and bottom
-Should I make the inside of the windows lighter or darker maybe (I’ve messed around with both a bit but couldn’t get something to work, let me know what solutions you might have)
-add something more to the sky? I do like how barren it is but maybe it needs just a smidge more?
Another slightly different thing. My images always post slightly blurry but when clicked on they look fine. I post in 300dpi, 5" on the longest side
That’s mostly it, let me know if there is anything else the stands out to to you that may need some attention
RE: how do you find a good reference to a pose you have in your imagination?
For the most part drawing a pose from your head is a very high tier skill I think. We are all so familiar with the human form that if it is the slightest bit off it can really stand out. Because of this it is very challenging to draw without reference. For a lot of people I think drawing without reference is a big dream goal but read into the work and processes of great illustrators and you will find that they almost never go without reference. Norman Rockwell was obsessive about his references. His work is so amazing because he always had such good reference!
So my advice is don’t push yourself to go without reference too much. It can be great practice but can build bad habits if not balanced with using references. I like to start by drawing very roughly without reference and then I will pose myself for reference and see how far off the mark I was. My first reference source is the internet, if it’s a really tricky pose I’ll try to do it myself or ask someone I live with to pose for me. There are also some action figure-like tools for reference that can be really helpful in a pinch.
RE: Feb contest WIP: Rene the mouse - feedback requested :-)
- Yes, I don’t think knowing margritte’s work is essential, it’s more like a fun little easter egg!
- Character design is not a strong suit of mine but I would suggest doing a whole bunch of sketches of this character. I would try 20 or 30 and really push yourself to make decisions you might not normally make. When I do this for any concept I often find the best designs in the last few that I thought I didn’t have in me.
- I think you should try playing around a lot with the picture frames, widely varying shapes and designs. I’m also struggling to see the window as standing out from the frames. I think the image might be a bit too linear at the moment. Try some thumbnails with different angles (I’m a big fan of perspective so that would be how I would explore it).
- Not sure if I’ll be much help with the paintings but I will say that I don’t think they should ask, be surrealist paintings based on cheese, just a handful I think would be perfectly effective.
Hope this helps, let me know if you have questions about any of this!
RE: Anyone else stuck?
You are not alone. I 100% feel the same way. It can be so overwhelming to know what to work on sometimes. Here are some things I keep in mind when trying to break the cycle. Try an art challenge, change up your medium, do master copies or any copies really, and one of my favorites is to get the biggest brush or marker or whatever you have around and just let loose with it. Something interesting almost always comes out of.
Feedback on character design
This is my first character design in a looong time. I’m pretty happy with it but with that happiness I think there can also be blindness sometimes so I want you to be my eyes!
In the first few seconds of looking at it what stands out as needing improvement?
After looking at it for a longer time what are some of the more secondary things that could be improved?
Also does anyone have tips for building a good color palette? Colors are TRICKY
Howdy good folks of svs!
I have made revisions to my website based on feedback from the last time I posted about it and would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on the new version. My main focus at the moment is having a strong bio. The bio I am referring to is just the first bit at the beginning of my about page. My concern is that it might be too general in terms of what work I am lookin for but at the same time I really am interested in lots of different work like book covers, spot illustrations, advertising, really anywhere you might see an illustration.
Another concern I’ve had since I started my site is that I’m basically using the same design as Jamie Green’s website https://jamiegreenillustration.com/ . I’d like to do what they have with their name written out at the top but I just feel like I’d be stealing their whole look. I’ve asked others about this and they have all pretty much said I’m crazy and I have nothing t worry about with using the same design as them. I can understand that you can’t really own a website design like you would an illustration, plus there’s not much design to it, it’s just clear cut and minimalist. I would just hate for someone to feel like I had copied them. Would love to hear what you all think
RE: Frustration - Help with way of working, please
@Rachel-Horne big improvement from the original I would say!
RE: Hello, Im new member, looking for artists mates :))
Gorgeous work, mate! Glad to have you join the community
RE: Should I send my portfolio to publishers right now?
Looks like others have already said a lot of what I would say. So in short, yes you should send it! I'd say this is a relatively low risk thing to do so go for it!
RE: March WIP critiques needed.
Right now my eyes are drawn to the large, grey area below the jump and the trees in the background. What I do when I’m feeling really stuck is just go back to square one, as painful as that might be sometimes. Do some thumbnails, maybe 10 but you can ever do too many thumbnails. Then pick a couple to refine and keep it narrowing it down until you have the composition you like. Next block in just the values and finally move onto color.
More specifically for you’re piece I would suggest playing around with camera angles. What are the top three or maybe just two elements that you want the viewer to look at. From there you can create thumbnails with that in mind.