When I saw this I wondered if maybe it could be a two-page spread. The words of a story set between the kids and the dad. I could totally see him off to one side, so the focus is still on the kids.
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RE: Art challenges
@misteralexdavid I don't know about what they show, to be honest. Life happens. The more you have on your plate, sure, the less time you have to devote to anything else that takes time and attention. However, these are called "challenges" for a reason. They are not "reasonable" in terms to time or constraints, if they were, they wouldn't be a challenge to complete.
However, it depends on the "rules" of whatever challenge it is you are trying to do. Or what additional rules you are applying/assuming to the challenge you are attempting.
I see people doing full-blown graphite drawings, or fully detailed pieces and calling them "sketches" for "Sketchtember" while others are doing two minute quick doodles. The term "sketch" varies from person to person, in this example.
Same for Smaugust - I've seen fully painted and done pieces, while others just sketch out their drawings. shrugs The only rules I know of for this one is - draw dragons, 1 per day at least, every day of August. That's it.
Time, discipline, or overburdening oneself might be an issue - or it might not. I think people get too hard on themselves sometimes - as these are supposed to be fun and as a way to give us something to do. Honestly, at the end of the day, priorities have to be made, and these don't tend to be a high priority - unless the artist in general makes it a priority.
RE: Laughing Furball
Ah! Cute. Well, except the experience of braces. My sister had them and hated them. But, teeth need to be straight right? heh.
That's Photoshop? I'm more and more amazed at how real-medium-like Photoshop is able to create in images. I thought it was something like Krita, or Sketchbook.
RE: Website review
My initial reaction to this was "wow". Bold, bright, clear as to what the site is up front, easy to find the core information for the most part.
I do have a few questions about intent, so that I'm on the right page with my other comments. I don't want to critique something from a look and feel perspective and find out something was 100% intentional.
This site is purely a portfolio site, right? The core intent is to show off your work, correct? Is it just to show your work? Or, are you looking to produce other leads (possible other freelance work)? Would you want to use it to possibly sell prints/merchandise/etc of your personal work?
As it stands the way it is now, the one thing I would suggest is to have a link in your link row above the art, that goes to the "about"section. Although most modern internet users understand that there is additional information in the footer of the page, not everyone does. While the older Art Directors are aging out, there may still be some who don't "get it".
Overall my initial reaction is very good. (And your art is really beautiful!)
New Artist Intro
I'm a single mom that recently lost her job. All my creative life has been a struggle to make work that I can show in my portfolio. With NDA's, or subject matter that is NSFW, some of the work I've done is not suitable for public consumption.
Recently, I was commuting an hour one way to work as a UX/UI Designer turned Business Development Coordinator. So time to do work for my portfolio was extremely limited.
Now that I need work, I need a strong portfolio.
I've been loving the content at SVSlearn, and it has helped me rethink my situation. I am hoping to build something, but am not sure what I need to start freelancing/getting hired as an illustrator.... Portfolio wise that is.
RE: The 3 Phases and Style
@cam-royce I'm in the same boat. For me however, there are 3 added layers.. Author, animator, and web designer...... So I feel your words with deep empathy!
sighs I'd love to know too, what I should do. ^.^ Right now, I've just given up having "just" an illustrator's website. Or "just" a web designer's website. My Behance portfolio shows only a tiny sample of the things I've done.
I just want to create. I've not found something I'm GOOD at so much that I get "known" for it. On top of all that I had a 7 year relationship where I was basically bound to the house, stay at home mom, in a toxic relationship. I couldn't get time to draw much, even when I put my foot down. 7 YEARS is a long time where I could have found my "thing", developed a fan base, gotten my art into the marketplace.... etc.
I'm in my early 40's now, having done a variety of jobs, and currently career wise in the tech sector as a UX/UI designer. This is not the art career I envisioned. >.>
RE: Should I freelance as an art student?
I echo the sentiment that not a lot of people can handle the commission process at that stage in their life. The fact that you had done commissions since earlier on gave you a foot up. Your personal experience was significantly different from many of your peers.
I think it's this experience that makes a big difference.
Also, remember too, that everyone has walked a different path in life, have had different experiences, and thus their "filter" of "how to do things" and "what to do versus what not to do" is based on this. All said, this is true for everything in life.
I don't like blanket statements, as it utterly ignores the outliers, the random bits of life that do not fit into any box.
That said, my sentiments come from my own college experience. In, of all things, an Art History class, a teacher had us do a poster project. He wasn't grading us on the art, per say - but the process. 1 out of about 20 students in the class got the "A", and that art piece violated certain rules he had in regards to the project (like no printed out font, it had to be drawn). The piece was no where NEAR the quality of the others.
The best individual piece in the class, got a D.
There is a fine line between bowing to a client's whims, and doing what you know in your heart works best. It's a dance. Not a lot of people understand this dance, and either ego or fear ruins it. Most college artists don't have that experience, that insight, or that understanding. Those who do side commissions (like fan art work, or convention table work) will learn it eventually (or maybe not). Everyone is different.
That's what he was testing us on, our ability to interact with a client. 1 out of 20, in ONE Art History class Mixed bag class of various majors, mixed genders, mixed backgrounds. He told me later that he only had two people get A's in the four Art History classes he taught that quarter, and he'd only had a handful in the last two years. Think about those statistics.
My personal advice in regards to such things as taking freelance work is simple: If you know how to do it, and it's not too much on your plate, do it. If you have to choose, weight your options carefully base don your priorities.
I had two fellow classmates who quit school as a freelance gig turned professional-long-term on them. shrugs One eventually came back and finished their degree, the other kept going with the company that hired them.