Research & Development
Some Slowvember Notes for Raven Life, Habitat, Behavior, etc.
This time I made a list of my favorite Artists and Illustrators and grabbed images from that list. This worked better. Plus a few images are from the same Illustrator.
So, this week I realized after reading, watching documentaries, sketching, and studying Ravens that my Slovember piece wants to go into my Arts Licensing Portfolio, not my Children's Book Portfolio. So, that's the plan.
Then, yesterday after listening to 3 Point Perspective "The best Illustration Assignments." I decided to draw 50 Ravens to help me understand movement, gesture, etc. It worked. I plan to do this again, but to render them a bit more.
My next steps are to do my thumbnails and do my top three.
Ideas and comments are welcome, especially around gestures and poses.
This is my first time making digital drawings. I don't have a tablet or a pen yet, but I do have a touch laptop. So I found this online drawing pad called sketch.io, and made these.
I took the drawing animals mammal edition class, and these are some practice sketches of bears. Practice! Practice! Practice!
Just saw this section. So reposting here.
I had a week of technology fails last week. Issues with my cellphone and then my computer. Cellphone is resolved, next is the computer. As soon as I receive the new computer I ordered. I'm going to start posting all of my work and progress here.
I received a message from a self-publisher to possibly illustrate their children's book. However, I've tried to go this route years ago, but many of the self-publishers back then wanted to give a ridiculous payment amount for my work. This time around I want to approach it the right way. So I am wondering what questions do I need to ask for a self-publisher in order to get paid a fair amount.
Here are some things I've already thought of. Could you help me add to it?
Also what key things should be in my contract?
I'm looking forward to hearing your responses. Thanks.
@anya-macleod Thanks for the information.
@Heather-Boyd Not yet, but a great suggestion. I'm finishing up the composition one. So I'll add that to my next one. I did watch the youtube one though and the podcast.
Other than that, my main goal is to build a portfolio for children's books publications, and arts licensing. Most of my influences are from a mix of fine artists, impressionists, and illustrators. I've always been drawn to diffused light and yellow and blues, and sort of limy greens.
My next step is to choose one of my Artists, and start to really study their style.
My top 20 Artists are:
I finally finished my final sketches for the Seven Ravens. I'm building a portfolio for Children's Books and for Art Licensing. Those are my thoughts. I had trouble coming up with backgrounds, but I hope to change that once I begin the background class. I could really use a critique, and I'm open to feedback. Thanks so much.
-+Re: Slowvember Update WIP
I'm behind with the Slovember Challenge, but I feel I'm getting closer. However, I've been sketching to develop some ideas. I also went ahead and did 50 sketches of Ravens in Flight as well. This process is really helping me to discover my personal timeline for projects and how much time I need for myself to flesh out ideas. Feedback is welcome!
I'm also drafting these ideas for pillows. The portrait is my first attempt with digital. I'm still getting used to it.
I made a few alternations. I shifted the main characters to the right a little and added a few more asymmetrical lines to the figures to sharpen the silhouette. I also added a background since that was fuzzy. So, I went back to my research on the story of the Seven Ravens.
There's a scene where the main character goes to a glass mountain to find her brothers. I immediately thought "iceberg." So I wanted to see how the image would look with an iceberg in the background.
I'm thinking of this image more like a teaser image for a cover maybe, or an altered story where one Raven ran away to find his sister because something terrible happened to their brothers. Results in them taking the journey to find them again. Like part 2 of the story, where him and his brothers are suddenly transformed again.
Lastly I did some value and color studies.
Feedback is very very very welcome.