I think I am late but here ya go anyway.
I am really enjoying the challenge of creating a piece from a specific font.
It is a nice way to get some experience creating an image from parameters that have been created by someone else as it would be if you were in a working relationship with a client.
And I love to see everyone's submissions as well.
With our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend over I can focus on Inktober again.
But I had to catch up so I did all of these last night quickly and on one page to save hours and size on the photo.
I kind of like this faster sketchy kind of style, I actually think a few of these could be expanded on for a proper illustration or would be appropriate for a kids book.
I am doing Inktober so I wasn't sure if I would be able to do this but I thought i'd try anyway.
Hey there everyone,
This year is my first Inktober and I am trying to stay committed to doing all of the prompts and posting a photo of each image every day or posting a couple of them every few days.
Here is Day 1 and Day 2.
Please let me know what you think.
Thank you for your reply Jenny.
I have been doing a fair bit of research and I do realize that digital art has quite a large influence in children's literature so I am sure that in the not too distant future I will be working with a digital format of some kind.
I have been doing research and I have heard about procreate quite a bit.
I love traditional media so I am reluctant to get into a digital format but I also want to see what I could do with it.
I think it looks great. I love narrative pieces and I think you have a great thing going here.
Can I ask what you use to illustrate?
I am a traditional artist using color pencil, watercolor and graphite at this point and painting in acrylic but I feel that it might be a good idea for me to start using a digital platform for my work.
I love the concept of your current project and I think you have a strong sense of what you are communicating.
I can imagine this being interesting to kids.
I just saw this post today about your video critiques of all of the submissions.
I was captivated by your suggestions to each image and watched the whole thing through.
Thank you very much on the critique, I do use traditional mediums as this point and I am investigating digital formats to bring my work to the next level and hopefully increase interest in my work for children's illustration.
Thank you very much for your comment.
I think you are right, I do tend to worry about having different styles but I do think that having a wide variety of styles is ultimately beneficial.
I love to do watercolor flowers and botanicals but I also love to do flowers and landscapes in acrylic paint.
As far as illustration goes, I enjoy drawing more photo-realistically in color pencil and graphite and I am writing a story that I intend to illustrate aswell that is about a group of farm animals and would be drawn in a more photo-realistic style, some viniettes in graphite (think Beatrix Potter, those little drawings that are headers for each chapter) and including full color images done in watercolor.
I do plan on trying to get this story published by a larger, established publishing house. I am not sure how possible it is but I have to try.
As far as the Faeries go, I do think they would lend well to a zine or small book but I think my target audience is children although I think they could be interesting to the tween and older female crowd as well.
I am considering creating and publishing a few copies and selling them locally in my area to get them out there and gauge the interest, we have a small bookstore chain that might be able to carry them as my small community has a lot of resources and support for local artists.
I think they would lend well to a kind of daily inspiration card deck.
Something with a small poem about each faerie and how you can be inspired by the message that faerie brings to you for the day.
I will take a look at your Etsy shop and see what you are talking about.
My only concern about selling them on Etsy is the time that is required to manage the updates, photos, editing, posting and then ultimate shipping.
It seems to be a lot of work (I have an Etsy shop for my accessories) if they are not making enough money for it to be worth it.
I will give it some thought. I suppose I can't know if I don't try right?!
Thanks again for your comment.
I use a few different mediums depending on the subject matter.
I love using color pencil and watercolor and I am dabbling with the idea of using digital formats for my art.
Ultimately my goal with these images is to have them published and in a book series.
My target audiences are children in the six to 13 category and mainly girls although I am interested in creating a line in this subject matter that is interesting to boys as well.
I don't really want to go the route of selling prints via online store as I feel that it would practically be a full-time job and would take away time and energy required for building my illustration style and writing.
I feel that these faeries and that silhouette style have scope within a broader market.
I can see them lending well to books, art prints in kids rooms, prints on fabric for clothing and bedding.
That may be a stretch but I don't really think so as other artists who do faeries such as Linda Ravenscroft has created a whole market with her art licensed to different products.
If you are not familiar here is her website https://www.lindaravenscroft.com/
She now owns an entire beautiful shop in the U.K.
I am not really quite sure how to get my style out there, ideally, I think I need to start by gaining some interest from publishers who see the validity of this style and who feel that it would be popular for them to print.
The faery market for products and books and all things faery is quite big and more popular than ever and my style lends well to other creatures in this area like mermaids and other mystical creatures.
I will look into that course that you mentioned.
Any ideas on how I get this style published and looked at by publishing houses is greatly appreciated.