My first submission to the monthly contest! So many great entries already! Looking forward to seeing what everyone does!
I joined SVS yesterday and attended the Dec critique yesterday afternoon (so many lovely works!)
I asked Will and Jake if the January contest was open to realistic art. They told me that they did accept all forms of art, but that the judges tended to favor animated children's book styles. (which I am very much not)
I love all of the works I've seen here (you guys have wonderful art!) but I'm feeling a bit out of place. I'm wondering if my work is really a good fit for this group if it will be looked upon in a dismissive light due to being photo realistic over cartoony.
There's always room to grow and improve, but I mainly came here more to learn about the business side than the drawing side since I already feel pretty okay with my skills. This is an example of my work, please give me an honest opinion, should I look for another place to learn that's a little more oriented to my style, or do you think it matters?
I've had a lot of folks I care about losing their fur babies lately. I always feel sad when I'm painting pieces like this knowing how loved and missed they are, but I am honored that I've been given the opportunity to create something that can bring a recaptured fondness to counterbalance the loss being felt. I hope I did his memory justice.
@Suji-Park I think they both are a very nice perspective depending on what you are saying with the image. If you are expressing an intimate moment in conversation, the cropped close up feels appropriate, but if you are giving a sense of closure (like an ending scene where you are leaving off with a sense of contentment and friendship, the panned out imagine is more fitting (in my opinion of course) ️ Either way, both perspectives are quite lovely
So far for March I've done an R2-D2 playing with colored pencils and a good old fashioned graphite piece of Roy Batty from Blade Runner!
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain."
@Chip-Valecek thanks Chip ️ I appreciate the response!
@carlianne first off, congrats on being one of the winners yesterday! You've got a very fun style, and I really enjoy the colors you chose ️ And thank you for your advice. I'm not really looking to work on children's books over improve presentation of my work through my website, social media, algorithms, etc. My audience is mostly customers looking for portraits of family/pets/fave fandom characters etc. My weakness comes in mostly promoting and finding my target audience better. I am definitely interested in exploring more opportunities to find avenues to create charity auctions to raise money for WWF, climate control, alzhimers etc. And I hope to get insight on how to reach out to people who can help me involve myself in those sorts of endeavors (I'm very much an introverted person, and I am trying to 'people' better! ️
Thanks for the response ️ (your vase is quite lovely too by the way. What medium are you using? I typically use graphite, but I am pushing to branch out into using more paint and colored pencils. Color is always an eye catcher!) It's too bad you keep your realism on the down low, you do it well, but I understand it's not really the brand you're trying to promote.
I'm not really here to become an illustrator over learning how to up my game with selling at conventions and presenting publicly through my website/social media (i.e. SEO algorithms to reach audiences through Google search engines, how to make more dynamic posts to attract a solid audience over a passing one that is only coming for a given fandom, how best to engage my audience and promote... the business side that isn't looking for a publisher/agent.)
My biggest niche is personalized portrait art commissions and fandom at conventions. (Not that your advice on context and concept is not highly relevant and something to hone in on more fully.) It's an aspect most of my work lacks given I am (as you aptly pointed out) usually mostly concerned about the execution and rendering of how accurate the resemblance is over concept. I will work to execute more towards this criteria for any of the contests I enter here. Thank you again for taking the time to read and respond to my concerns. ️
Wonderful job and good luck everyone!! ️️