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!
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!
Although I read all the comments from week to week, I haven't participated yet because I haven't started yet to read the book! I am trying to save all my spare moments to draw nowadays... unfortunately it comes over reading.
This question "who are the only people whose opinions REALLY matter to me?" does puzzle me. Yes, who are they indeed?
I usually don't share my drawings with my family (unless I specifically need support!) because they are too kind and lack of critical view.
I came to the forum to find a community and to get the help I needed to make progress. However, people here are really good! I felt I had to improve my work and learn from my obvious mistakes (ie the ones I can see) first before I could submit my work to such an experienced crew.
Then I started to share some small pieces on Instagram. Of course, there is a bias because people who follow me (or are kind enough to "like" my posts) find something in my work they respond to. But they are random people. It helped me that my family was maybe less partial than I thought and may actually like my drawings.
Hence I think the only opinions that really matter when it comes to art are... my own! In the end, it is all about how I perceive the opinions of the others. Realizing this has helped me to be less judgemental about my work and also less sensitive to people's opinions. Some may like my drawings, some may not, yes, I still need to make progress but it's ok as long as I am happy in my journey.
This is a bit of a long story as well as a recent findings. I hope it resonates with others and I hope it helps you Annemieke to take your own journey.
In addition, for a more modern look, you can use sites providing photos free of right such as :
not perfect but adding variety to your resources
Show us what you create! See if you surpass Carl Larsson!
@teju-abiola very true! I am not confident with colors but I can't imagine the book without! I tried color pencils (I thought it was an easier technique) but it doesn't look as nice as watercolors. I guess I should postpone the coloring part until I run enough tests to be satisfied. Today's experiment was a disaster
The highlight was, I find a book with an inspirational color theme!
@nasvikdraws you're maybe behind but you're making 4 pictures each time! and the quality is still there. Keep it up!
Hello Judy! I am really impressed by your project turned into product. Awesome! I like the first picture (orange) better : it is more eye-catching and joyful. I would maybe change the font? To me, the font is working on white and green, but not on orange.
@lauraa it looks better to me! but if it doesn't look right to you, then don't listen to me Let's see what others think!