Here is my first ever entry. I love seeing everyones work on this!
Comic Illustrator turned web designer and back to Comic Illustrator. Follow your real life!
It's been a long journey to get here but I launched my first comic book! It's the insights I learned from SVS and everyone's great advice in the forums here.
Also a direct download from Gumroad: https://jeremythomas.gumroad.com/l/XXdnA
If you check it out, let me know what you think.
I really dislike this cancel first culture. Here is a podcast about the subject I think needs to be passed around to people that aren't fully invested in learning more before they pass knee jerk judgments
Stolen Ideas About Originality - David duChemin
Hello all! First time poster here but I've been a lurker for awhile.
I have a question that boggles my mind at the moment. I've been illustrating comic characters, superheroes, manga characters and such for the better part of 15-20 years off and on and never really "made" anything (to me) of substance. I would love to create stories but as an illustrator I wonder how do I create value with my work?
What criteria would my work fit in that would be of service someone? How do you create work that people are willing to give you monetary compensation for providing value?
I'm currently working in the marketing field as a web designer/graphic designer and I haven't even figured out how my work provides value there. I mean it does to an extent. It serves a purpose as advertising but to me that always felt hollow.
How do professionals like Jake, Will and Lee and some of you freelancers define how you provide value?
Hello! Would any willing soul be willing to give my little comic some feedback and critiques? Feel free to be as honest as possible. I would love to hear it! Thanks!
@Jeremy-Ross Thanks, Fellow Jeremy! lol I'm proud i got it done
@Jeremy-Ross Thanks so much! That was excellent advice! I might have to find a new mentor! Thanks!
That's an awesome idea. But would the cost cover all the classes or be individual-based?
@willicreate Thanks for your thorough feedback and this was what I was hoping to receive. High detail on where my weak points in storytelling are.
A few points.
I was afraid that if I dragged out the initial setup and didn't get into any action I would bore a certain type of reader So I was aiming for a setup that had loose main story points, in the beginning, intentionally making plot holes to fill in the Chapter 2. Things like: How did the Crystal get into the pod? Who is Jaz's mother and why is she so strong? The Rabbit's name and species.
The loss of Mom...is kind of a Red Herring to a degree. Not trying to Trick anyone but she's strong...And resourceful..
There were a few points I missed that could have been more humorous. Like the drinking Gulge. Good points!
All your other points are correct. Thanks for the feedback.
I see most of the Questions I left unanswered might not warrant a follow-up in another chapter. Do you feel the same?
At this stage, I'm not sure if it's worth redoing altogether or moving on to a new book?
Would it be advantageous to fix these points?
lost and found edges
Here is an example of what I am going for.. would this be in the same category of too much airbrush?
I would just redo Jaz's head on the cover.
Awesome! Thanks for the feedback! Not really harsh at all! Lol
I would just redo Jaz's head on the cover.
Would you say its the head shape or the Facial Expression? - I was going for a sort of Confident/playful look but I think it doesn't express the "World" he is in at this stage of the cover is in. I see your point!
And I would ditch the airbrush shading
So I've heard this A lot throughout the SVS community. I get it's not the desired look. But I want to dive deep into this and ask is it more so a "Children's book Illustrators perspective" or an Artists in general. Traditionally a lot of art is hard-edged shadows (especially in Animation art) comics sometimes do this as well with the Cell-shaded look mirroring Anime.
My attempt was to show depth without taking multiple coloring/rendering passes as I'm the only one doing Everything in my book. Penciling, line-work, backgrounds, flats, text/dialogue, graphic design. I need the quickest way possible to color with the exception of being lazy. It's an "attempt" at finding my own coloring style. A mix of cell-shaded with a mild painterly approach. Think Anime cell flats mixed with a bit of Concept art.
I will look up the lost and found edges you mentioned. Everyone really hates the shading. I'm just wondering exactly why. Is it just the audience or is it wildly hated by nonartists as well?