Awesome read! That's cool that you actually try all the suggestions thus giving your creativity a wider range. And nobody wants to hear that they're a thousand hours away from realizing their goal but what would be doing a thousand hours from now if we don't go for it?! Very inspiring! Thanks to both of you!
I'm a family man trying to hone my skill set to be a better husband, father, and illustrator.
Posts made by Jon Anderson
RE: SVS Artist Interview with Braden Hallett - Art of B
RE: I want an online presence but my real name is WAY TOO COMMON
I know how you feel. I'm by far not the only Jonathan Anderson and another one already has a corner in the design field so I don't want to be misassociated. I had my tag as ArtisticMrJ and I kinda like it but it lacks the professionalism. No I go with jonandersonillu after what Lee White does but it still hasn't grown on me enough to be satisfied with it. I also thought about initials and my middle name but J. Douglas A. Sounds too dapper and J.D. just isn't me. At least not yet.
Wish I had some answers or other suggestions. Hopefully someone can chime in with some insight to help the less uniquely named among us.
RE: SVS Online Portfolio upgrade?
I love the idea and greatly appreciate the opportunity for the paying students. My main questions are based on exposure. How long will a portfolio remain available after the student stops being active? Is length determined by subscription or activity? In other words if the student gains work and essentially "graduates" to the point of inactivity will the portfolio remain so long as the student keeps the subscription active?
The other question is how will the AD's and others see these? Will it be popularity based like Instagram, timing based like Etsy, or a mix of both? The concern being that one student's portfolio style may not be popular with the voters but might be exactly what an AD or editor is looking for and be hard to find.
Thanks again for considering this awesome opportunity for your students. That is much added value and a bigger incentive to level up our work.
RE: Vis Dev job - just let me freak out a second
@smceccarelli I'm not familiar with the industry so I may have misunderstood the scope of this opportunity. Is it a one shot thing or does this one opportunity consists of several phases or rounds of sketches per se? Hopefully if there's another go at it you'll feel much better about the work. You contribute so much to this community and we are all so happy for your opportunities and to likewise encourage you when we can.
RE: Barrel Racer. (Watercolor horse) would love feedback or crits!
This is a nice piece! I realize it's found it's new home and hopefully the owner really does enjoy it and you think she did. For future reference (and I have NO idea how to do this in watercolor) as I see the post it seems that it's lacking either some area of saturation around the main focal point or lacking warm colors in the same area. I could be wrong but even the brown tones in the horse feel cool (maybe that was intentional). I can't decide which it is but hopefully that feedback can help on some future piece you work on. I'm a complete rookie in watercolor and I'll be the first to admit I can't match the level of skill you put into this one. Color me impressed!
RE: October challenge WIP
Man this is top level work! I was researching some chapter books a while back and this piece totally fits in with that and even blows some of what I saw out of the water! I want to be doing things similar to this it's just taking me some time to stumble on what works. If you don't mind me asking, what's your recipe? Are you using a color layer over the grayscale? I tried that for the first time on my misunderstood monster pic then added highlights over that on a normal layer and while it's not perfect it was like something clicked in my head. Anyways, love your work and good luck on the portfolio!
RE: Inktober over- now what?
Congrats everyone! I still have to do my last one but after that I will have done one for everyday. I think this is the first time I haven't missed a day or gotten behind. And after that.... SLEEP! I learned how valuable drawing every day is because I could see improvement and likewise also how important it is not to rush (because the quality dropped drastically). My main focus of improvement going forward should be the thumbnail and design phase. I waited too often until the end to think about values and lighting and of course those pictures weren't nearly as good. I'll be a new dad again within a week so I may have participate in Slowvember by necessity but it's all good. I want to revisit some of my Inktober ideas and make them stronger and build up a portfolio.