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.
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.
hello! I am the same.
18 months ago I started to draw a children book, having no real background in drawing. I was quickly stocked and could not solve any of the problems. Because I relied so much on the photos, the hero of my book looked stiff and the composition a patchwork of items. I thought, at that time, that I was lacking in fundamental skills and I started to draw a lot (from real life models, from photos, I did urban sketching, botanic illustration, etc).
I gave another attempt this week and a friend of mine, looking at me trying to design a character (from photos again) stopped me and told me to sketch very quickly my character (since now I have a good grab at how crocodiles should look like, having drawn hundred of them from photographs) and use the first sketch as a base. The next sketch would be the same sketch, but moving a leg, then the tail, and so on. After that, still from memory and still very quickly, he made me change the angle. Honestly I was amazed : not only my character has its own design without even trying (meaning I was able to draw a "children friendly" character), but also the drawing is very energetic and very true despite imperfections here and there.
The lesson is that you learn by experimenting. I was so unsure of my skills that I was afraid to do anything else than copying (also, I really really like being in control). My advice is : be bold and be uncomfortable. Get out of your comfort zone. Try things that you find silly. To tell the truth, I was quite annoyed by my friend at the start until I recognized the benefit of it. It has definitely unlock something and I am now able to take up the project again with more confidence.
@Coley hello Coley! Why illustrations for children should be with line work? I think, as long it conveys an atmosphere (and your illustration does!), it is working!
When I go to bookshops, all the books in the front shelves are those with a strong unique style. The fact that you come from oil painting is definitely an asset! Use it!
My fav children book illustrator us Elise Hurst and she now does her illustrations on big canvas (like a painting). The paintings are photographed later for the editing of the book. It is probably way more unpractical and it takes longer than usual illustrations (especially digital work) but the outcome is uniquely great!
Thank you for reminding us that small steps are ok! I like the "to be continued" 5 pages story. Sometimes it feels that you are not skilled enough to climb the mountain but there is also a view to admire mid-hike. I will listen again to this podcast when the shade of the mountain becomes too dark!