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.
@Neha-Rawat heartily congrats! Your pieces are just as you say : expressive and colourful and amusing. Well done!
I follow a watercolour artist on Instagram and I remember she said she enhances her work digitally on a software otherwise she can't render the subtility of the true colours and the transparency. I don't remember how she does it unfortunatelly...
But it seems that's the path to follow.
Look at @Nyrryl-Cadiz posts too. She got an agent recently!
@Annabishop ah ah!! No challenge, no reward! You re heading in the right direction. You ll be learning stuff along the way, so it is already a win!! And with a strong concept, it can't be a total fail anyway. Good luck! I am sure you ll master the execution
I think there are a number of threads on this forum tackling the agent issue (how to get one, the value of it, etc). From the top of my mind, I think @NessIllustration is knowledgeable in that field and gives good advices. Have a look! Good luck!!
And don't worry about getting only 100 likes/post on your insta (ny the way I think it is very good already). It just needs one image getting viral and it expands exponnentially! Besides there is some strategy behind the successful profiles too. I haven t seen your insta, so I don t know in which extent you follow the most common tips. A good one to look at is the IG from the Australian artist furry little peach. She is good at it!
Hello!! The agenda looks fantastic ! I am highly interested!
I am more of a tourist here* (real amateur doing art on the side) but tried (and failed) to build my own website. Would I be eligible to participate? I can throw some dollar amount into the tip jar!
(*) well... touring for 2 years now!!