@tessaw Love the addition of the sprinkles!!
Posts made by K. W.
RE: Artistic Output and Mental Health
Sure, “just doing the work anyway” is something that can be effective if you’ve dealing with mild anxiety about not being good enough at drawing or something. But that sort of anxiety isn’t a mental illness, that’s just part of being human.
What it sounds like @christopherh is asking, is: “How does someone deal with a mental illness that significantly affects their ability to function, while working fulltime as a freelancer?”
Sadly, I don’t think that’s always possible. If anyone reading this doesn’t understand why I might say that, then I’d encourage them to watch “The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive” by Stephen Fry. If you broke your hand, you wouldn’t be drawing until it healed. In a similar way, if you were experiencing a mental health crisis, your energies might be best put towards getting better.
That doesn’t mean that a having a mental illness would necessarily prevent you from creating excellent, meaningful work, or even necessarily from working as a professional. An example of someone with clinical depression who earned a living as a creative writer was Ned Vizzini, who was one of my favourite authours as a teen and sadly committed suicide in 2013.
I don’t know if I really have much advice, other than to be realistic about your limitations, and take care of yourself by working with a licensed psychologist.
Not everyone can handle the same pressures or an intense schedule. If you have a mental illness, you may need to alter your art goals to accommodate your treatment. You may need to develop your drawing skills at a slower pace, by working in bursts when you are able to do so, and taking breaks when you need to focus on your health.
A therapist would probably be able to help you deterime whether or not pursuing a freelance career would be a good idea when dealing with your specific illness.
RE: New App for iPad: Affinity Designer
Haha that’s awesome @DOTTYP ! I’m glad you’re finding it more intuitive, and I hope you have fun with itl
I’m just getting around to using it today, and I already love the gesture controls. Omgosh I’m kerning on my iPad by tapping and dragging!!
New App for iPad: Affinity Designer
Just wanted to pop in and say that Serif has just launched a version of Affinity Designer for the iPad!
Those of you primarily using the iPad Pro and Procreate might find Affinity Designer a helpful a tool to have, since it has excellent text and print layout features, which are not present in Procreate. Oh, and you can work completely in vector in it, if you want!
Here’s where you can find more information about it: https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/designer/ipad/
I use it on my computer for professional graphic design work instead of Adobe Illustrator, and it does everything I need it to do, really, so I’m super excited to be able to have it on my iPad!
Like Procreate, it’s not subscription based. And it’s 30% off until July 25th!
RE: I need to finish this piece.
Firstly, your work is amazing and I’m a huge fan. Seccondly, everything about the kids poses/expressions is perfect and hilarious. Just love, love, love them! And the dog’s happy-to-see-you face with his beard covered in red icing is just great haha (the cute little pawprint is an adorable detail, too).
Thirdly, my crits (take ‘em or leave ‘em):
I agree with @Concept about the dog butt table tangent. I think, in perspective, the back end would be raised just a bit higher and be slighterly further back (it looks small/short atm in comparison to the front) perhaps, and that would fix things?
At first I thought the floral wallpaper was bits of cake, possibly because the flowers are just close enough to pink that you wonder, and because the entire wall isn’t covered evenly with the pattern.
I don’t think we need to see the dad’s face, or his eyes bulging (it looks a bit odd anatomically), because we can tell he’s surprised already from the pose and the kid’s expressions. I prefered pose D because his body language felt more instinctual, as though he were placing his hand on his chin to pause and take a deep breath of horror at the realization that he would not be bringing this cake to the party lol. The spatulata in a fist by his hair (which might have icing in it from doing that) feels a bit stiff/unatural, and more like anger/frustration than the initial shock you’d experience in the first moment of discovery. Just my opinion, though.
Even if you leave it as is, I love this piece. Best of luck finishing up your portfolio!!
RE: Perfectionism, over studying and overthinking drain and burn me out and then I never draw anything (recently: made 30+ concepts for treehouse contest and now can't even start drawing a damn treehouse)
@collector said in Perfectionism, over studying and overthinking drain and burn me out and then I never draw anything (recently: made 30+ concepts for treehouse contest and now can't even start drawing a damn treehouse):
Maybe a mindset so analytical, in the end, is really not fit for art?
Having struggled quite a bit with analysis paralysis myself, I think that it's important to differentiate between your analytical personality (which, imo, wouldn't be a barrier to creating art at all) and anxiety, which can be the result of putting to much pressure on yourself to achieve an unrealistic expectation (and is the root of the paralysis).
There are many different techniques you can use to deal with this kind of anxiety (which can sometimes be most helpful to learn from a licensed psychologist, especially if you're hitting a wall you can't seem to get past on your own).
But how would you feel if you chose a mediocre tree-house thumbnail, followed through by finishing that illustration, entered the contest, and did not win the contest or receive finalist status? Would you still want to have completed that illustration and entered the contest?
Personally, I'd say yes, because just facing that anxiety about imperfection would be a huge step towards making more art, and having more fun doing so.
But I agree with Aska and Matt that it might help you to get started if you shared your thumbnails. Would you like to get feedback on those from the forums?