Here is my first ever entry. I love seeing everyones work on this!
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
Here's a quick update for those interested. I took some votes and input from you guys and combined a few elements from all three.
Without arms is just normal mode.
I'm currently 10 years in my career as a Web and Graphic Designer (More web then design though:( ) And I've had a good career. But my love is art. Specifically comic and illustration art.
In an attempt to have a semi-separate career as an Illustration; I'm wondering if I should create a completely new resume thats separate the Illustrator from the Web Designer. I can use my experience to help with the client and business side but I don't want new people to think I am clearly a web designer when I am both.
My guess would be to create a new resume even though I don't have any direct work yet in the industry. I can fill it with some of my design experiences that relate to illustration.
Okay - First I completely understand how you feel about drawing things outside your current skill level and after your attempt you feel its lackluster or not to your expectations. BUT
Thats Art. If you don't try and push yourself each time you will do the same things over and over and only microscopically improve.
Theres a bunch of classes here that break down the fundamentals and you should take time with them. Use them as exercises that build real muscle. Create an Art map of your favorite artists that will give you an idea of the art YOU like to make. Also finding your niche and groove happens by accident you cant force it. Let it flow to you in time!
Sure fire way to improve. MASTER Copies, Tracing (Yes, Actual Tracing* digital and Tradational) and experiment.
When you master copy dont just copy without thinking. Analzyse why you like the art and mimic as close as possible everything you can from it. Lines, color, effects etc
Do a 1 to 1 study. Do one master copy and give yourself time to do it then do your own piece using what you learned.
Create small projects for yourself that go beyound the scope of pin up art. Find other mentors that will deversify your skill set. Join some patreons.
And give yourself a break, Its a sprint not a marathon.
Get feed back from artists underneath you, at your level and beyound you and take all of it at your discression. Non artists arent looking at things the way you are so your Dad is only going to help or hinder you.
I'd like to add (as a newbie) Under-estimating how much work a job will take. Say creating 200 images for a book within 30 days....
It was supposed to be simple black and white images..but there's scope creep with customizing each image even though I am working off of mock up images as a base... sigh
My happiness is valuable to me, and I want to share that value with other people.
This statement hit me hard. I feel absolutely the same way. You hit a lot of points that I'm sure I've glossed over in my own self reflection over the past couple of years or so.
Thank you for making me see things in a deeper more personal perspective.
To answer: What has value to me? Personal growth, fulfillment and sharing adventures with others. I find that life is the best when we can have fun, learn and have healthy contrasting realities.
What is worth spending my life on? That one is really hard to answer but on the surface level, If I had a to look back from an old age I could say anything creatively that helps me bring something to life. Be it characters with personality that reflects some emotional state I've or someone has lived or is living, or events that impact someone or people on a world scale level. I don't even know! That is a damn good question lol. I'll have to set that as a mediation question to go deeper in!
And to your last statement: To me, art is magic. It can make people feel a little better, or a lot better, whether they are the ones to produce it or consume it. I've experienced both sides myself. That's some pretty goshdarn valuable magic.
This! ALL THIS! Lol
Thank you! I really needed to read this! I'll have to join the forums more often. I appreciate your input.
Hello All SVS"ers! Ha
I am building my first art portfolio online. I have a background in website and graphic design but I am used to more corporate/business style sites and I want to make a great art portfolio that feels more personal, professional and fun.
I am looking for do's and don'ts and whats the best ways to gain clients through that channel. Should it be more of a service-oriented site like (hire me because I do this-this or that) or more of a display gallery with a minimal push?
Or do I make it feel like my services are like products? I guess it all depends on my goals right?
I love these and the concept is pretty unique. At least to me. This looks like a wonderful project so far and I can see this as a nice book and comic novel to read.