I am very tempted to draw Will Terry into this image......
Best posts made by Kasey Snow
RE: JANUARY CONTEST: The tracks in the snow were unlike anything Will had ever seen before.
My 2019 Christmas Card Art!
Here it is! The art that will be going out on my cards this year!
A little background on the piece: I was lucky enough to witness a scene similar to this one a few weeks ago. Our local elk herd was coming down into the valley during a cold front that eventually turned into snow. The herd huddled up near the fence I was watching them from behind and the colors of the grass and mountains were so striking behind them, I just had to paint it. Have you ever seen animals like this up close in large numbers? It's so impressive!
If you'd like one, feel free to sign up at any level on my patreon by the 5th of December so I can get them all ordered and sent out in time for Christmas! It will come with a little handwritten note from me on the inside as well as a quick doodle.
RE: SEPTEMBER CONTEST: Everyone was shocked to see her show up to school with...
My entry for the September contest - Everyone was shocked to see her come to school on a gryphon!
RE: Our SVS Virtual Studio December 🎁 2019
After thinking about it, I think my favorite piece this year was the one I did in March for Sterling Hundley's Live Ideation class here at SVS. I didn't get to go to art school, so working with someone like him was something very out of my reach. But because of SVS I was able to have a little slice of what that experience might've been like, and I learned so much in such a short amount of time.
RE: Need Help with a price quote for a book deal
Just wanted to post an update to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who responded and gave input to this thread. Because of your advice I was able to successfully negotiate a new contract in which I have rights to my artwork, and adjust the payment for the project to $6000, double what she originally offered me. I would not have had the direction to achieve that without your help, I am most grateful to you all.
RE: Do you have an image I can critique?
Cool thread! I'd love a critique, if you need an image for a video please feel free to use this one. My instagram is Rainechaser, probably the best place for people to find me right now.
Concept: Rhys the gryphon has just landed on an unexplored island when suddenly two long shadows appear on the sands before him.
My Draw Fifty Things Piece
Hey all! I'm working on my piece for the Draw 50 Things challenge and here's the comp thumbnail that I've got right now:
I've been staring at it for a couple of hours now working on it and would love some input. I feel like it looks a bit dark at the moment, but that will be changing with color. Here's a quick thumb of my plans for the lighting/hues to illustrate kind of what I mean, though I'll still probably lighten it a bit underneath:
I am mostly concened that I am overlooking some proportion/perspective/tangent issue that I just can't see because I've been too close to it.
So instead of sleeping on it and looking at it tomorrow, I'm just gonna submit it here for you guys to tell me what you spot, haha.
Dark Fairy Tale Book Illustration
Working on a piece for a recent book commission. Am still mostly at the thumbnail stage, just started the paintover, but figured I'd share since it's been a while since I've been around. Missed this place and the community, my life has just been nuts.
Concept is a creepy retelling of classic fairy tales. This one is a vampiric Red Riding Hood. This is my first time working with an author, it's been...interesting. But they approved the thumbnail, so I'm rolling with it, haha. Definitely some stuff that still needs fixing such as Red's arm and the placement of the cape which I'm not happy with. And still messing with lighting, but overall I'm moderately happy with it so far.
Kasey's December 3rd Thursday Attempt
So, I'm off to a bit of a late start with this. I had another design for the contest I was working on, but I hated it after a while so am starting fresh. I've been studying birds a lot trying to work on this project involving gryphons, so I've had them on the brain. Plus, who doesn't love magical creatures and Santa. Hopefully no one else has had this idea yet, I haven't had a chance to look through all of the entries to see what's up around here. Busy times.
I will be working on this and posting as I go in the next few days. I must love punishment to start over this close to the deadline, but oh well. e____e
RE: 5 STEPS TO SUPER PRODUCTIVITY!
I've been doing your 50 minute blocks strategy for a few weeks now and it's been doing wonders for my to-do list! Definitely wish I would've heard about this method earlier in my freelance career.
That first week I was so productive and got so much off of my list that I became almost terrified because I had so little lined up to do for the following week, haha. It was like, "...now what?" After living for so long with a huge to-do list that only ever seemed to grow, I was at a bit of a loss for a minute as to how to move forward without being in its shadow. A strange, but good, problem to have.
RE: Need Help with a price quote for a book deal
@smceccarelli Yes, I watched the video you're talking about and you're totally right. I think the lowest I'd be willing to work on this project for would be $4500/$5000, though maybe I'm still underselling myself? I would like to do the job, it's a fun premise and would give me more work to put in my portfolio, but I also don't want to feel like I'm getting intern pay to do professional work that will consume my life until it's done.
@Christine-Garner Absolutely. I learned the hard way many years ago to never start work on something you haven't been paid for. With this I would ask for payment up front or at the very least half up front and the other half once I have completed a few pieces.
@NoWayMe Yes, the rights thing bothers me too. How do I ask for some rights insofar as being able to sell prints at a con? I know her concern is that she wants to be able to use all images/character designs for merchandise down the road, but I don't think she understands what is typically done with artists being able to at least sell prints of their work. I was thinking of offering to put her business cards with the prints that sell or something so that people will be redirected to her book site if they buy a print, but I don't know how to work that out. She has a lawyer and I do not, and the lawyer friends that I did ask didn't have any experience with this stuff so didn't see anything unusual about what she was asking.
RE: Kasey's December 3rd Thursday Attempt
Ran into a lot of trouble getting this "finished" yesterday/this morning due to a combination of personal obligations and technical difficulties, so it's not really to the level of completion that I would like...but I went ahead and submitted it anyway. I actually worked on it a little more after submitting it and like this newer version better but I don't know if it will go through since it's now 40 minutes past the deadline. shrug Oh well. I really wish I would've had this idea sooner so it wouldn't have been so rushed. I just find that I have a hard time making up my mind...but maybe I should've just gone with the original idea I made weeks ago if for no other reason than to have something more complete.
Oh, and thanks for the suggestion Bobby. I chose to keep the dark silhouette because I didn't want to lose the strong contrast elements...and painting transparent things is not my strong suit right now, though it is something I'm working on.
How do I submit my portfolio to boardgame/card game companies?
I am in the process of sending out postcards to publishers and I was wondering if I should save a few for boardgame companies. Or if that is even how that works with getting your work in front of them.
I've been interested in illustrating for board/card games for a while, but I really don't even know where to start with applying to do that kind of thing. Is there a collection of addresses somewhere that I could send postcards to? I imagine there is nothing like the SCBWI Book for the industry, but I just don't even know how to get the ball rolling on it.
Note: not necessarily looking to illustrate for personal project/kickstarter games as I've heard too many horror stories. At least not unless they've successfully run a crowd funding campaign before. Mostly just looking at companies (both large and small) that produce board and card games.
RE: Kasey's Sketchbook
Thank you all for stopping by, I really appreciate the feedback. I'll try and be better about posting more frequently around here now that I am all moved in to my new place and (mostly) settled.
@Jonathon-B Oh man, I dunno if I'm a good gauge for what you're supposed to do digitally. My work never seems to reach that "finished" stage and usually retains a lot of that sketchy looseness when I feel like it's completed. I don't know if it's that I just have a hard time pushing the finer details or if I just get bored with it once I feel I've gotten the message across. Maybe a bit of both. But I guess if it is of help to you to see someone else who has no idea what they're doing, well, then I'm glad to be of service!
Here are some warm-ups I've done over the past couple of days. I'm doing this thing called the 100 Palette Challenge and chose gryphons as my topic since I have a side project going with mythological creatures. Figured it'd be a fun way to stretch some creative muscles.
I haven't made it back around to work on that black and white winged deer sketch I had posted earlier, but I should probably work on that so I can show some progress.