Another mermaid! In the original story, the mermaid is rejected by the man she loves and she suffers from her legs. She tries to sooth the pain in the ocean and cries and turns into foam...
Julia Martin. Ink and watercolors
my scanner doesn't work anymore, this is a photo from my cell phone but I reckon the quality is low. I'll try to scan it over the week end. Thank you Demotlj for the kind initiative.
My fav Australian illustrator Elise Hurst is joining the auction today alongside other Australian illustrators and authors to help Australia : #AuthorsForFireys
Many initiatives are on-going at the moment to help the firefighters, to rescue the injured wildlife and to organise shelters for those who have lost their homes.
I feel immensely grateful that artists come together from all over the world to donate the profits from their art.
If you are one of them : thank you so much for helping us. This is so much needed!
Here in Australia we are not yet in self isolation but most people (when they can) work from home. Since we can still go outside, I am exploring my district and trying to spot homeless people.
They are those who suffer the most when shops shut down and shelters stop running as volonteers are confined too.
I am telling myself, if I know where they hide, I might be able to give them a meal when we are all in isolation and can only go out for grocery shopping?
I don t know... But that s what I want to do if I have the chance. Please, for those already confined, look for the vulnerables from your windows / balconies
So again... not related to art. I am working for one of the essential industries still running despite the chaos. I hardly have time to draw nowadays. I wish I could! Draw on my behalf please
My name is Julia and I am just beginning my creative journey. I all started 5 years ago in Paris when I took some drawing courses taught by a self-made artist. I learnt to observe and played with different media. 2 years ago I moved to Australia. I was lucky enough to take short courses at the National Art School that I enjoyed tremendously.
One day, I was telling stories to my little nephew and niece on Skype: they laughed so hard that I decided to write the text and draw the illustrations. I was lucky enough to find a community of like-minded people who helped me a great deal to be accountable and progress with my drawings. Unfortunately life caught up with me and I am not able anymore to join this community during the time they meet.
Therefore I am hoping to find like-minded people here to help me with my project (it is currently at a stop).
Like many, I discovered this forum through the (excellent) podcasts : although I don't want to be an illustrator, I am fascinated by people who are courageous enough to take that path. It is a door-opener to a new world for me! It seems that everyone is really devoted to their art and talented! I'll be happy and grateful to be among you.
Are you questionning the platform only or the general use of social media?
You said it is nice to get general public attention. It is nice, but is that useful? Depending on your expectations, you might find Linkedin, twitter, youtube, etc. more relevant to you. Have your work been noticed in a way a more traditional method would not have permitted?
I know someone who made immense efforts to build up a large following community in the hope that a certain percentage of his followers would support him on Patreon and help him to switch career towards the illustration industry.
I think you have to see social media as a mean to reach to your objectives and, depending of your goals, some platforms will be more appropriate than others.
By the way... I am on Insta. But I am not a professional! I use social media for entertainment and support (to keep me going). Now, the sense of community is stronger on this forum and I usually discover more interesting artists by recommendations on podcasts than by scrolling down FB or IG.
If I were a business owner (meaning an independant illustrator), I think I will give a lot of thoughts on my strategy (as time is money - strong assessement on time to value is required), taking into account where I am at in my carreer.
I hope this helps!
At the moment, skillshare is having a 2 month trial. You may want to follow the course from Vanessa Gillings called : "gouache illustration : paint a whimsical, colorful chatacter". She uses gouache like watercolor, very diluted. Her method to match colors and tones is just great!
I think it will help you, from what I know of your art.
@LisaF how nice! Will it be avaivable on view only afterwards? It is not compatible with my time zone! I am very very much looking forward.
@gavpartridge hello! I lived in Australia where you have stunning sunrises and sunsets. For me, the difference is, there's less pink during sunrise and the light changes in a matter of minutes. The sunlight on the vegetation is quickly white (not golden). Sunset on the contrary brings a large and dramatic pink sky with different pink, orange and reddish colours and sometimes clouds with even more shades.
Your landscape has currently very much the values of a sunset. Maybe work your shades lighter, your light whiter and brighter and bring a little bit of blue in the sky. Keep the pink, but at a smaller scale?
Of course, I only compare with what I know. Sunset and sunrise skies may be different in tropical locations.
Good luck with the contest!
@Laurasketches hello! I like B and F best : they are the most readable and they capture well the story. Also, I love the laughing monkey! This little guy is smart and worryless!
I don't participate because my drawing skills are terrible but I always give a thought on how I would treat it myself and pic A is close to my idea. I like the monkey playing with fruits. To me, pic A fails because the image is too static with the island in the middle and the monkey is too small. With a different point of view, this idea could work better. In my scenario, I placed the juggling monkey inside the opened mouth of the aligator with a view on the other shore where oranges grow.
There are good things here, good luck for the contest!
Hi Benjamin! welcome to the forum. I am intrigued : what made you start taking classes? Good job by the way, you ll see your progress in no time if you draw daily!
@ArlMon Hello! I just relocated from Australia to Paris. When the situation with Covid 19 settles, I have this idea to make a regular meetup with aspiring illustrators (and frankly anyone who wants to draw!). I was part of one in Sydney and it gave me confidence and friends. I will let you know when I launch it, until then : Happy Drawing! Those two are great, I'd love to see more!
Hello! I have an artist friend who made and now sells his brushes. He makes nice pocket money by selling them but once commented to me "it is not the brushes that make the art". Basically he thinks that people can achieve the same result than his with any standard brushes (that you find included with the software) if you put enough work into it.
I don't make digital art so I am ignorant whether it is true or not, but thought I could share it here before you buy too many brushes or an expensive set.
@NessIllustration another composition that remind me yours and you may find interesting : the cover of the mitaines gang by a French illustrator
I like C better because it is in color; the name is not too small (as opposed to D); the children friendly art environment is very much put forward (I can't really see it on B, which has for now the most votes. Also the pictures on B look too small for a banner : once shrink to the real banner size, we may as well not see anything at all)