That is wonderful! What a milestone. Congratulations.
Posts made by Jake Parker
RE: Higher Education...
I had the opportunity to get an MFA, but ended up declining. I needed one in order to teach at BYU. After working for them for 3 semesters, I decided I didn't want to teach for a university, and therefore didn't join the MFA program.
There's a lot of reasons to go get an MFA. But in my 20+ years as working professionally in animation/publishing the only place I've heard of that requires you to have an MFA in order to work for them is a college campus.
Every other place, from publishing to comics, to video games, to animation, just wants to see a portfolio.
Getting an MFA might get you the portfolio you need to get the job you want. If that's what you want, then I would look at schools that have professors who are currently doing the thing you want to do. I would also look at recent graduates from those programs and see their success rate at getting the jobs they want.
If it all adds up, then perhaps the money and time will be worth it.
There's nothing like carving out a few years of your life and devoting them solely to education without the need to make money.
That said, I think there's cheaper and faster ways to build a killer portfolio.
RE: LightBox Expo- Tell me your story
Thanks for sharing your experience. I wanted to go this year, but my schedule didn't allow it.
We actually had an SVS booth, paid for and everything, but then decided not to go because we weren't sure if it would be worth the time. Luckily we got our money back.
Curious, should SVS set up there next year? And if so, what would be the most beneficial to the attendees?
We were thinking of doing portfolio reviews.
The Style Episode
Art by Marek Halko.
Our newest episode just dropped! It's all about style.
Click here to listen to this episode and to see the episode links.
How do you find your style? For some it seems to come naturally and for others it can be a source of great stress. Hopefully this episode helps give you some ideas for how you accelerate as you develop your own style. In this episode we evaluate each others styles, share our influences, discuss ways to foster and grow your own style, and the importance of style as it relates to your career goals.
Feel free to use this thread to have a discussion or share what has/is helping you develop your artistic style.
Transitioning to a Career in Art
Art by Braden Hallett
Our newest episode just dropped, click here to listen to it and to see the links from this episode.
Feel free to use this thread to share other thoughts you have about transitioning to a career in art, success stories, or to ask questions!
Thanks you guys, we hope you having a great rest of your week!
When Did You Know You Would Make It?
Art by Kerisa Greene
Our newest podcast episode has launched.
Getting started in a career in art can be a bit nerve racking, there are no guarantees. In this episode we share about the beginning of our creative journeys and some of our insecurities and self doubts, we will also share about what gave us hope to push on and when we knew that we would be able to make a career out of art.
Click here to listen to it and to see the episode artwork.
How to Social Media
Art by Pamela Fraley
Our most recent episode just dropped! It's a good one, we go over some helpful advice on how to more effectively and wisely use social media.
Most creatives feel a pressure to be active on social media and to be building a following around their work. In this episode we talk about how to determine which social media platforms are best for you, how to use hashtags wisely, and how to best leverage the strengths of Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin, and E-mail.
To listen and to see Pamela's awesome illustration click here!
Feel free to talk about any other advice you have about using social media and building a following here in this thread. Also, let us know what you think of us making a book based off of the first year of the podcast. Would that be something you'd be interested in? Have a wonderful day!
How to Change
Art by Cory Shaw
Our most recent episode just dropped, to listen or to read show notes click here.
Everyone wants to improve and try new things, but why is change so hard? Sometimes we box ourselves into a certain identity or style and feel like we can't deviate, or we get comfortable and fear failure. In this episode we discuss why consistent improvement and change is so vital to creatives, and go over practical things you can do to create lasting changes in your life.
Feel free to share in this thread thoughts, questions, or ideas about this topic!
Thanks everyone for making the SVS community such a great place, you guys are awesome.
Pricing Your Work
Art by Tanner Garlick
Hello friends! Our most recent episode just dropped, click here to listen or to read the shownotes. Feel free to discuss any thoughts or questions related to this episode in this thread. Thanks for listening!
"How much should I charge?" This is a common question that every professional artist needs to confront and understand, yet it is often talked about so vaguely which leads to a lot of confusion and mystery. In this episode we hope to shed some much needed light on the subject. We go over day rates, how much beginning children's book illustrators typically make, things to consider when pricing your work, negotiation tips, whether or not you should do work for exposure, and the benefits to having an agent.
Post Graduate Advice
Art by Tanner Garlick.
This is the season of people embarking on the next step of their life journeys, graduating from high school, college, etc. In today’s episode we discuss ways you can move forward in your creative journey, discuss the need to be focused, the importance of craft, life experiences, personal projects, and sharing your work. Great advice for any recent grads or really anyone who wants to improve as an artist or person.
Our most recent episode just dropped! We offer 5 points of advice for anyone who is studying art, just graduated, or is on the creative path, essentially this advice is for all of us. If you have a 6th point that you'd like to add, feel free to share and discuss it in this thread.
Click here to listen. Enjoy! Thanks for making these forums such a great place!