There are so many neat entries this time! This trading of lunches is called "Fishing."
Trying out mind-mapping from the Visual Storytelling Techniques class by @Lee-White. That is a fantastic class that I highly recommend. Here is my brainstorm from the Travel prompt. Did I miss any big categories that you can think of? Feel free to add to it, or use it for your own ideas if you haven't started yet.
@nasvikdraws I sympathize! I have had a lot of kiddo time this summer with not a lot of time for projects. One thing I have noticed is that spending time with children is great for my creative brain. When my kids were little I got in the habit of jotting down little notes about what I was noticing, funny things that they said, or situations that would make great story starters or comics. Sometimes I would just sit and watch the way they moved and laughed and played. Now that they are bigger I have a treasure trove of ideas and experiences to draw from. Even though I wasn't illustrating at the time, I was observing and enjoying and it was filling my creative bucket all along. Those notes still contribute to the kind of art I do today.
On the business side, I have a lot of questions surrounding how to reproduce quality artwork in a time-and-cost efficient way. It seems like there are several pathways depending on how the art is produced. A class that explains each one with the pros and cons would be really helpful!
For example, if I am producing art traditionally, is it:
Or just figure out digitally how to create it?
Once I have a file, what do I look for to get it printed?
Do I go through a shop that does professional photography or fine art?
Do I buy my own printer?
Are there places that do both? What about shipping, packing and matting? Are there industry standards, expectations or shortcuts?
Sometimes from watching videos it seems like artists sketch digitally, then print onto paper, then ink, and color and then it is all digital again. What kind of paper and ink and printer does that? What are customers hoping for in a quality print that they have purchased? Do they need to be numbered? There are so many possibilities. A class on the process of reproducing art, and equipment basics would be great. It is hard to know what to invest in. If this is already out there in a class please let me know!
This came across my news-feed today and I wanted to share. Please forgive me if it's already been posted. I'm assuming it's current, because I just found it, but I couldn't locate a year either. I think it would be awesome if someone got picked up!
This was a very timely episode as I am doing my first art/craft fair this fall. My biggest question is about printing. In the podcast you mentioned that it is can be really cheap to get prints made, and also that it is important to produce a quality product. When I am researching all I can find are fine art/giclee printers that are very pricey, or companies that primarily advertise printing things like flyers and brochures. What are some good strategies to find a decent print house for an illustrator since I am not ready to buy a printer?
@evilrobot Keep us posted! You are inspiring for trying! I love your enthusiasm, and the birds are darling.
I really appreciated the part about phases. It helped me to have a framework for the information that I am learning. Here is just one small example: Common advice for successful portfolio work is for it all to have a consistent theme and style. Don't dilute it! This has paralyzed me in the past, because in my journey I am not there yet. I am exploring multiple techniques, subjects and styles. Do I need to just pick one? How do I know what to pick?! The phase framework, however, allows me to label myself as being in phase one, mastering my craft. That means social media showing progress is just for me. I can save the excellent portfolio advice for later, when I am ready.
Help! I have been trying to learn how to size and re-size artwork and am struggling! Does anyone have a great resource where they learned how to save artwork so it will be both high quality printable later on, and re-save to look great on a screen now?
I am specifically wondering for comics, but I think it applies to everywhere. What are the principles to understanding pixels, dpi, points, inches, and other saving options? Is there a thread or book or maybe someone here can explain?
@Amber-Lynn-Benton @StudioLooong THANK YOU! These are such great responses. I am printing them off for reference.
I didn't realize that posting something too big can actually make it look worse because info will be dropped for me. Saving an untouchable master copy is a genius idea. There are so many hints in here. Thinking printing size first is a great way to go about it. I think my stuff has been waaaay to small. You spent a lot of time typing this out. You are both my heros! Thank you!!
I am just learning Photoshop and I feel your pain! That being said, You already have some beautiful brush work. It does not look like a first try. Well done! I really like the bark on the trees! I love the concept. And the idea of cool colors for the sad bunny and warm for the bear that is coming are great! I like the magic of fireflies and balloons. Since we read from left to right, what would you think about reversing the image? Sad bunny on the left, and help coming on the right. Then we would see the bunny first and feel worried for him, and then see the bear coming and feel relieved. Maybe put the bear a little farther back, around a bend in the road so that we can see him coming, but he is far enough away for the rabbit to not yet notice him.
One more @Will-Terry. I would love a class on illustrating some of the beautiful diversity of people in this world. Including, different ages, abilities/disabilities, races, and ethnicities. I know it can be a tricky thing because there is some inherent sensitivity. People want to be portrayed in a good light, but not stereo-typically, or unkindly, or inaccurately. It seems like in books for school especially, it is becoming more important to be able to portray lots of variety in skin tone and body type. I am excited about this because I really believe there is beauty everywhere, and kids love seeing themselves in books. But I also want to do it well and gracefully. Any help is is appreciated! References, guidelines, pitfalls to watch for etc. Thanks!
How about understanding copyrights? Sometimes the prevailing message is that work is automatically under copyright protection. But every once in a while it comes up in a way that makes me worry that I am missing something that I should be doing. For example it is mentioned in the class about understanding contracts.
Calling all artist friends! I need your help. After struggling through the Travel prompt I decided once again that I am probably doing this the hard way. I am self taught on Photoshop through trial and error and a lot of tutorial videos, so I am sure there are some tips and tricks that I am missing out on that would save time as well as elevate my artwork. I am looking for any help that you can give! If you can please answer the following...
My Photoshop art jumped to a new level when I figured out ____________________________. (insert the name of the tool, or strategy so I can look it up)
I also thought this specific tutorial was great________________________________.
Thank you in advance for your help!!
This is such a cute idea, it made me smile! I agree that I thought that the mother was really funny as well. My only question about her, was that her teeth are obviously not taken care of, so why would she care so much about getting her son to cooperate?
Wow @Chip-Valecek you have an awesome amount of experience in a lot of different areas! You are super talented. I think @Concept nailed it that your biggest challenge will be to send a clear message about your product. It also took me a while to notice the buttons, mostly because I was looking at the great background. The about page made it sound like what you really want is illustration, so if were looking for help in another area. I may be hesitant to ask.
What do you think about a splash page or just a home page that asks them to choose what they are interested in, and then sends them to that portfolio? Maybe "Welcome to c-shell media! Would you like web-design/branding or illustration?" Then tailor an about page, and contact page, etc. for each path. To me character design, Simpsons style, inktober and fan art are all sub categories under illustration. And Web design and branding could go together.