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 year I'm committing to a 100 Somethings Project called 100 Ravens, and I'm growing my creative bank by going on 50 Artists Dates or outing by myself. I'm also taking classes here on SVS and on creatureartteacher.com with Aaron Blaise.
This Month I'm working on Anatomy with Aaron Blaises Class, in February. I'll be completing the SVS Perspective Classes and in March I'll be completing the Light and Shadow Class on SVS. I work in 3 Month Blocks. So in the last week of March. I'll be planning more for the next 3 Months.
Here's a link to my 100 Ravens Thread here in the forum.
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!
I know it's over, but I wanted to complete my process by posting here.
**I finally completed Aprils Project about Lisa's Robot.
Here are some learning milestones I hit during this time:**
I realized that I need to limit my materials in the starting stage so that I can focus on the drawing only. No paints, No other mediums, etc. This helped me get clear and focus on the drawing first.
I learned how to use gouche a little. I mostly used to acrylic, but I wanted to try something new.
I really loved mixing my materials.
If I'm going to draw my own text, next time I'll make some guides, and draw the text on a separate sheet of tracing paper instead of on my drawing.
Re: [100 Ravens- WIP Updates](/topic/8686/100-ravens-wip-updat
This was the start of this illustration. My beginning sketch.
![0_1581694567728_R14 pale background.jpg](Uploading 100%)
Then fast forward to some color studies. At this stage, I realized that I wasn't really feeling the position of this Raven. So I went back to the drawing board.
![3_1581694664748_The Raven and the Ladybug FF initial.jpg](Uploading 100%) ![2_1581694664748_raven and the ladybug.jpg](Uploading 100%) ![1_1581694664744_raven and the ladybug v day.jpg](Uploading 100%) ![0_1581694664743_raven and the ladybug revized sketch.jpg](Uploading 100%)
Then I discovered the dune grass brush.
Lastly, I added some light and texture, and finally completed this Raven # 3
@Shawn and @sigross Thanks for the help. I got my sisters to help to check all of your suggestions. All systems were good. However, she discovered that my Cintiq wasn't being read or connected. Instead, it was working through a windows paint program. After realizing this, we figured out how to reconnect the Cintiq again. Then it said that the drivers needed to be updated.
So it's working better again. Hopefully, it stays that way. Thanks again, for jump-starting my troubleshooting.
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:
@xin-li Yeah, it makes sense. I hadn't really thought of the emotional impact, but it's good to hear going forward. My main focus was mostly on the Raven, that's where most of that decision fell upon after observing Ravens and seeing how they move in the real world. I noticed that the first posture wasn't something they did in real life. So, I pulled back. It's probably a matter of finding that middle ground between reality and exaggeration. Something I'll focus on in Raven #4. I'll also play with the tilt a little more to experiment. As soon as I figure out how to do that. LOL! Would love to hear from others. Feedback is always helpful.