@Neha-Rawat Awesome!!! What a great piece of news. Your works are lovely. Keep us posted about what happens next! Yeah, for you!
Posts made by JennyJones
RE: A little disturbed
@gavpartridge You mentioned the contests are just fun and it doesn’t really matter. The only reason it does matter is that we are paying participants. There is no one being considered in the judging who is not a paying subscriber. Compared to previous contests, the value is diminished without the critique. It seems to be the general rub from those who responded here that the in-depth teaching via critique is the key missing component. I fully agree that the contests are a blast! I love seeing everyone’s take on the topics and working within a deadline toward a portfolio worthy piece of my own.
Most people (including me) love a lighthearted approach and jokes and fun. Consistency, clarity, and teaching just need a little tightening up especially when the subscriber numbers are higher. I am not leaving or “taking my crayons and going home” as I stated before. I am certainly not trying to spread negativity. I am only making theses statements as I have to consider value and $$ as I am making my choices. SVS is a blast. But I did not join just to have fun. I joined because I am serious about the stated purpose. I want to be better smash those goals to be a working illustrator.
RE: A little disturbed
@carolinebautista Well said. I agree with your views 100%. I have often gone back to those older critiques and rewatched. I particularly loved the one you mentioned with the 3 Little Pigs for the same reasons you mentioned. Sending encouragement as you are leveling up. Keep up the good efforts.
RE: A little disturbed
Just as a point of clarification... my frustration is not about not winning contests. It is more about desiring feedback in hopes of improvement.
The recent critique format is a lot more competition oriented and much less than they used to be about advice for improvement. The current criticism is purposefully short to be able to fit all of the entries chosen. They have been “ say one thing about...this round and one thing the next”. The previous format included draw overs and a solid critique of each of the selected pieces. There were fewer pieces chosen, but those pieces got a thorough going over. That was always helpful to me. I learned a great deal from the draw overs no matter the image.
I realize I am in the minority for not preferring the current format. I remember a poll when the format first began that had a super high approval rating and a really minuscule disapproval percentage. I want to say it was like 2%“no.” I would love to see a few draw over critiques or significant feedback on anyone’s work. It would not matter if it was related to a contest or not.
Anyway...that’s my 2 cents. Again, not trying to be a “hater” because I am truly not. I love SVS and the forums. I value Will, Jake, and Lee’s opinions as well as those given by my fellow artists. When I had the choice to make about school, I chose from fear and got a useless degree. But now I’m choosing my passion without the ability to GO back to school. Trying to learn, level up, and make up for 20 years of lost time.
RE: A little disturbed
@dafoota I agree with your frustration. There were a lot of well done pieces that fit the prompt for positive or negative ideas of isolation. I do think it was a little wrong to only be looking for negative concepts considering the fact that Lee White said he welcomed a positive spin on the topic. I would liken it to asking an art director for clarification about an assignment and being penalized for following that advice.
I have decided to discontinue the contests and continue to work on my skills, composition, color, light, backgrounds, character design. Not in a “take my crayons and go home” kind of way. I appreciate the good skills that can be learned through the classes and I feel like I have learned a great deal since being a member for the last few years. But I feel like the classes are a value to me and the contests are not.
I joined SVS because it was the only place I could find that had a focus on picture book art. Several of the classes are very specifically geared toward picture book artists and picture books or children’s illustration market. But the contests rarely feature works that are more picture book oriented. A lot of what I notice are images that would fit well into comics or a digital animation style. That is fine. I just have to realize that my art does not fit that look or feel and will therefore not be noticed.
I love that Aaron Painter mentioned that SVS understands that people would like their work to be critiqued in some way and that that would add a great deal of value. (Having any criticism given by a professional artist is invaluable to a person just starting out. So I really appreciate the speedy criticism given at the end of the bracket voting section.) *******My suggestion is that it might be a better use of instructors’ time and students’ learning to select 10 or 15 additional good pieces and give those a 30 second critique based in real and measurable action steps. It could be mentioned that if your piece was not selected for an additional critique, that the submission was appreciated but it needs more work. Better luck next time.
I love SVS and I love the forums here. I am not trying to spread hate or be a “Negative Nelly” but I really want to express my frustration here as well. What would the site be if all the feedback Was sunshine and rainbows?! Growing together. Keep up the good work everyone.
RE: MAY CONTEST: ISOLATION
@carrieannebrown they are picked by the judges. They choose based on how well the the piece fits the prompt, composition, rendering, and of course, what they like. The final winners are chosen by votes squared off against each other in a bracket ( like “The Sweet 16”.) That’s my understanding. I hope it helps.
RE: What is your day job? (question for full-time and part-time creatives)
@Mary-Toth I work as a preschool teacher. I began full time and now work part time. I am fortunate to surround myself with my intended audience for picture books. I spend lots of time searching out amazing stories and art to inspire my learners. I can even test out illustrations and story ideas with a built in control group. Even working as a substitute preschool teacher or teachers aide would be a great part time gig. It puts you in touch with a target audience and lets you into the workings of their little minds. They are sophisticated thinkers even at the age of 3. It's wonderful to watch them engage and question or see them totally check out when the books and images are "ho-hum." If you're into picture book illustration you might give it a try.
All that said, I am working hard to get myself home and creating full time. I have worked in early-childhood education for 19 years teaching children with special needs as well as typically developing children. Sometimes the job, children's needs, and extra stress that goes with teaching can wear me down or stress me out. I find that when I am home in the evenings I have a hard time letting go of my teaching day and getting into creative mode. As a teacher, I guess we are always thinking of the students and the classroom. Or maybe that's just me not being able to separate my realities and get into a disciplined frame of mind.
Good luck in your searching. Follow your passion. That will always bring joy while you are working toward full time illustration.
RE: Texture and moonlight...trying new things and needing help
@chrisaakins Thanks. I think I will deepen the shadows and fix the shadow of the boat too. Thanks for the comments guys
Texture and moonlight...trying new things and needing help
I’ve been trying to work with much more texture and build my portfolio. I have a serious lack of night scenes and no real lighting focused pieces. So I am attempting to fix that. My problem is that I am not sure I am doing it successfully.
“The Owl and The Pussycat”poem by Edward Lear is my inspiration. In this part of the poem the owl and the cat sail away together in a pea green boat and the owl sings/ plays guitar to the cat by the light of the moon and stars. Those are the essential pieces that I needed to include. ( I chose to include a cuddle rather than singing- but I did include the guitar)
I had a real problem with light and reflections from the moon. I decided to play back the stars a bit and make them more primitive. How does the light look? Are there glaring problems I am missing?
Also does the piece work as a unit? Do the drawing style and rendering style and textures work together? I tried to follow some of the pointers from Lee White’s YouTube video as I missed the live demo last week.
Any help is much desired and appreciated.
RE: Request for Critiques
@carolinedrawing I loved your entry in the contest for the drawings of the children and the old fashioned look. I was glad to see it mentioned. I was a bit confused about where they were and what exactly was going on but I assumed it was a frolicking dance of some type.
I encourage you to keep up with this line of images. The NYPL is so iconic that it would resonate with people who have been there as well as those who have not. The image including ghosts might need some explaining, but if you are working it into a picture book I would assume explaining would take place. I adore the child asleep lion paws. She is so sweet with that finger in her mouth and so little compared to the lion. Love it a lot.
You may be trying to tell too much story in one piece. I find myself doing that at times. If a piece is for a contest or for my portfolio I cannot help but dream up a whole story to go with what is going on in the illustration. That’s good, but then sometimes I get stuck thinking that I need to tell every piece of the story in one image. If I was making the image as a part of a whole (such as a book or series of images) I could just tell the pertinent parts. Does that make sense?
I would not worry too much about not doing better in the contest. To be mentioned is a pretty big thing, and yours was. I take an honorable mention and any piece of criticism as a win.
Keep up your work. I, for one, really want to see more.
RE: Spots illustrations that focus on characters for my portfolio - critique please
@xin-li I think that WAY back in Christopher Denise’s instagram feed there is a process video or two. I love him too. His characters are so cute and I love his color.
I’ve been experimenting too. I want my pieces to look traditional but I enjoy the convenience of digital.
I love your style and have been enjoying seeing your work evolve.
Edit: sorry I lied. There are no full process videos on his feed. There are several partial ones but not for color. But I know I did see one at some point. He was coloring a bear. I’ll have to look because now I NEED to see it too.
RE: rising from the ashes
@Kim-Bieri Welcome! I know you will feel at home here. Everyone is on an artistic journey and so willing to help others along the way. I find this forum to be a safe place but also a place full of fellow artists willing to tell you what you need to hear to help you reach higher. Keep up the great work. Welcome again.
RE: March Contest finished a little later than I wanted
Well I got to thinking about the changes I could make to the image and I just went ahead and did it. I love it now and am looking forward to making the next pigs images.
Thanks again to those who helped me come up with a few changes. I intensified the color in the blue pig, took out several sticks and rearranged a few to be coming ground. I added one breaking the grid above the umbrella. I completely changed the tree and took away the visual clutter there. I also took away the extra flowers from the flower bed and toned down the stepping stones’ color. Fixed a few of the shadows too. Now it is more like what I was hoping for.
RE: Uploading images to the forum=frustration HELP
Thank you @carolinedrawing and @TessaW I’m trying again. I changed the pixels. I hope that works. Thank you. I guess I need to do research more so that I can professionally load images. Bogging down after creating art is a bummer!
Uploading images to the forum=frustration HELP
I cannot seem to get an image uploaded to the forum. I am sure I’m doing it wrong. I have compressed my photo, sometimes twice, and I still says there is an error. There are tons of images uploaded daily so I’m sure there is an easier way that my brain just doesn’t know.
Can anyone help?!?
RE: March Contest finished a little later than I wanted
@TessaW and @Neha-Rawat thank you for the input. I was concerned about there being a bit too much clutter too. I guess I could ease back on some of the elements and add a bit more focus on the main action. I want to add the piece (tweaked perhaps) to my portfolio along with a few others in the little pigs storyline. I want to be able to show the progression of a story and sustain a character. But I could reserve some of the elements I included in this illustration and tell pieces of the story or concept in additional illustrations. I really do like the concept with the blueprints. But putting it all together has proved a little daunting for composition.
I’m going to take a small break from it and work on a robot piece for this month. But then I am going to do some tweaks. The pigs and I need some time apart