@MattBaker I just love the atmosphere you've created here, the light coming through that tree is beautiful!
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RE: Godzilla WIP. Feedback always welcome!
Oh wow, I actually love all 3 of your compositions, they all look so fun! I think my favourite is the robot one, i just love the kids face in the foreground and all the little details you've put in - and i've just noticed Godzilla's silhouette in the background, AMAZING!
RE: childrenillustrators.com portal, does anyone ever try?
I was a member of that website for about 5 years when I was with my last agent (you had to be a member as part of them representing you for some reason) and to be honest, I didn't really get any work from it. BUT, I think my last agency wasn't that great so maybe that was the reason instead, or no one liked my style at that time? That's only my personal experience anyway.
Maybe it's worth signing up for a year if you can afford it and see what happens as I imagine it is a great website to help promote yourself as it's very established and well known to MANY agencies and publishers, so there's no harm in being a member
I'm sooo surprised you haven't hear back as your work is amazing! It has so much character and your imagination is great! How long ago did you send agents your work? It can take them months if they're well known as I imagine they get submissions all the time. Maybe think about sending some postcards aswell as another email with your website? Just to remind them that you're still there
RE: Our SVS Virtual Studio JUNE 🌞 2019
Finally got this finished, thank god! I really struggled with getting the lighting right on this, I wanted it to look like it was later in the day so the sun was low. I know it can really be improved as I'm not 100% happy with it, but I think I need to move on to something else now or I'll go crazy!!! Finished not perfect right?
RE: Feedback on my Website?
Hi I think you have a lovely website there with a good chunk of work to look through, I think I would put your 'Illustration' and 'Kidlit illustration' sections together as they would both work for children's illustration in my opinion But they work separately too
I think I would also lose the background image , to me it distracts away from your other pieces in your portfolio and makes the whole website seem a bit dark and muddy. Maybe a plain colour background, or just white might help to really bring attention to all the great details you have in your work
RE: Getting your drawing mojo on after a day's work?
@ShannonBiondi That's a really good idea and great to hear that you have a goal for this year so you know what to focus on when you feel like drawing
I'm not too sure what would help with drawing the human figure, are there any life drawing classes near you? They really helped me when I was learning to draw people, or maybe asking people at home to pose for you sometimes (not nude like in life drawing obviously haha)!
I think it just comes down to practice, which is what you say you're going to do this year, so I bet by the end of the year you'll be a pro at drawing the human figure
RE: Getting your drawing mojo on after a day's work?
I completely understand where you're coming from, it really is such a hard thing to do after a long days work and after you've fed yourself, done chores etc, how is your brain expected to then sit at a desk and draw amazing stuff?!
I had a hard time getting the motivation and will power to do some drawing each night like you, but recently I've gotten into a routine by starting off just doing an hour a night and working where i feel most comfortable, which at the moment is on the sofa with the tv on. I know some people would rather have no distractions and some quiet, but maybe it's the idea of having to go and sit in a separate room that is off putting for you?
I tend to do all my preliminary work in the evenings during the week and then at the weekend I start my final piece so I don't mind sitting at a desk in a separate room.
You could maybe try giving yourself nightly tasks, like "tonight i'm going to draw 10 rough character ideas" (or something) and just do that, so it doesn't feel like too much. Then the next night you will develop 5 of them further etc etc. Or just one night when you're quite tired, just list ideas instead. That is always beneficial as it saves the trouble of coming up with ideas later on when you're staring at a blank page
I tend to do this on my breaks in work ready for the evening so i can get straight on with it!
If you need any help coming up with tasks, I don't know what level of illustration you're at or what you'd like to achieve, but I LOVE writing lists so always happy to brainstorm with you
RE: Portfolio piece- Anthropomorphic Animals- WIP
This is such a lovely piece and it's been great to see your process, you're so good at lighting scenes
I personally like the nighttime one with the spotlights, it really helps to make the two main characters stand out - maybe you could make the spotlight on the couple at the back just slightly lower opacity so that we can really focus on the main characters. Apart from that I think it's such a great piece!
RE: Work / Life Balance
@Juleesa I'm in the same boat too and it is really hard to fit some illustration work into eating/relaxing/exercising/socialising etc all around work hours! But recently I've tried getting into a bit of a habit of working for at least an hour EVERY night. Even if its just writing down ideas, or doodling or working digitally.
I'm trying to create a brand new portfolio so it is taking longer than usual, I've only managed to create 3 fully finished pieces this year but it is important not to burn yourself out otherwise you won't want to do ANY work, that's why I've limited myself to only an hour or two each night. There was a time when I was coming home from work at 6 and then starting to illustrate from 8pm until 2am, then up for work again at 7! Urgh!
Maybe you could take your sketchbook to work with you if you're able to? Then you could plan what you want to work on when you get home in the evening
RE: Business advise needed😳, reg estimate to illustrate
Everyone has made some excellent points already here, you have every right to ask as many questions as you need before coming up with some prices. I would definitely ask them what work they saw of yours that they liked and what they intend to do with the book.
If they're not legit or worth your time, then they probably won't be able to answer these questions. If you do go ahead with them, I would definitely make sure you have a signed contract with them, a kill fee and maybe even an advance seeing as though it's a LOT of illustrations!
RE: How To Price (As A Newbie Freelancer)
Can I ask what the commission is for?
If it's just for a portrait or something then those prices seem fair, but if it's for something more then your prices seem a bit low to me. If you don't have much time of your hands then you need to think if that $150 is worth your time? Will it make you stressed and tired? Will the fact that you don't have much time impact on this work? The last thing you want is to produce something you're not happy with AND the client aren't happy with.
I've just been asked to paint one of those head in the hole things, you know the ones you get at the seaside that you put your face in? No idea what they're called. They want it 140cm x 110cm and I've charged £300 for 3 days work on it, which includes the idea stage, preparation and then completing the artwork. I've also added on £60 for materials which I've asked to be paid upfront.
They haven't got back to me yet, but I was a bit worried that that price was too high, but then I just think, well this would be my weekend time they're paying for, time that I value a lot as i work all week and rest at the weekend, so I'm going to charge a price that I think is worth my time and effort for this project.
I hope this helps in some way!
RE: Hello, I'm Cassandra. Finally joined, so excited to be here!
Welcome to the forum Cassandra! Your work is amazing, I absolutely love that little white creature with the toadstools on your website All of your work is brilliant so I have no doubt you'll be producing amazing new work soon enough!
RE: What’s not working here?
Hey I think this is a very common problem on Instagram these days, there is just so much being uploaded every second that stuff just gets swallowed up!
Are you using hashtags on your illustrations? I think you can have about 30 so make sure you use them, and try out posting things different times of the day to see when most of your audience is engaging with your work. I think to get a big following and interactions with people you have to be posting things everyday which is hard to do if you work/have kids/other obligations etc!
I think your characters are great, their faces especially, and I love what you have going on in the scene, but like others have said, it needs to have a bit more story and maybe change up the colours. At the moment they look a bit muddy to me and I don't like the bright yellow, red and blue on the umbrellas, there's too much red for a start. Maybe his shorts could be orange or purple or something!
This is a great piece that you should be proud of though, whether you get likes on social media or not, I fully understand how disheartening it can be when you upload something you're so proud of and it gets nothing back. But apart from a couple of colours I think this piece is brilliant