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August 3rd Thursday!
So this is where I started and I really liked where I was going but felt it didn't fully answer the prompt and I didn't want to keep moving forward with other characters if I was already thinking this may be going in the wrong direction...so I kept sketching...
And came up with this:
I started thinking about what if I took 4 of the most unlikely characters (well to me anyways..) and put them in a rock band called "The Ruby Slippers" or "The Yellow Bricks" idk (working titles lol) of course they will have character elements that will tell you who each one is meant to be but I just really liked this idea and thought it could be developed into so much more down the road... I did start adding some color but I thought I would get some feedback before moving to a finished line up.
3rd Thursday: September
Happy Thursday everyone! I did a couple of sketches… I like both but I noticed that a few people have done the “rope about to snap” idea so I think I’m going to lean more towards the forest design. For the forest one I thought about having some creepy figure behind the kid but then I thought what if I have silhouettes of the kids that put his shoes in the tree somewhere in the background getting ready to go mess with him again...So I sort of did a sketch of both. I also did a color test….
RE: August 3rd Thursday!
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I think I took a little bit from everyone's feedback and adjusted the design: The image below is what I turned in. I was really liking the first round of color comps I did but ended up running out of time and had to re-adjust my style a bit. I still like the outcome but just wished I gave myself enough time to really achieve what I wanted to do...
@smceccarelli This is such a great project and your characters are so wonderful! For Billy tho, I feel like you might not see that much of his ear on his right side(our left if looking at the screen)…I know his ears stick out a bit but it seems more like it’s leaning/bending towards the floor instead of sticking out like the other ear. I did a little Photoshop placement mock. I don’t know if this is really correct but it just feels a little better to me…also try doing the pose and then take a picture of yourself doing it, you’ll have instant reference and get a better idea of what it should look like!
(But then I think it makes his arm look off now....so ok to disregard..lol)
RE: How to Find a Mentor?
@amberwingart I'm not sure if this will work BUT when I was in college I had a mentor class and my professor told us to just email an illustrator we like/admire and ask them to be our mentor.....so I did, I emailed Dan Santat and he said yes and I also emailed Selina Alko and she said yes (but I had an in, in that mentor-ship with her as I interned for her and her husband Sean Qualls a few years earlier so idk if that counts). Now it might have been b/c I was in college or I wrote as really great email but either way there's no harm in asking. Please note that I'm not saying to email every illustrator and send multiple emails constantly asking for them to mentor you. If you don't hear from them after some time move on and use a different route to find a mentor. This just one way that may or may not be helpful...
RE: Nana character design for new book dummy project
I always love your sketches/line work! I think #1, #2 (maybe with some adjustments, to make her seem less shy), absolutely #6 and #8 have great potential for the character you are describing. I agree with Kevin, that #6 has the most personality and I want to know more about her!
Agent /Contract Question...
My question is: Is it common for the artist to be responsible for promotion cost, such as hard copy portfolios the agent may keep on hand, direct mailers or agent website access?
Is that why some agents take a lower commission rate? B/c the artist is putting money towards those other fees? And then agents who have a higher commission % tend to roll those fees into the commission?
I may have more questions later but thank you in advance!
Workflow process/project management process?
How to work through a picture book project- Workflow: what is your workflow process/project management process?
Awhile ago Jake did an Instagram story about working through The 12 Sleighs of Christmas or Who’s The Grossest of them All (I can’t remember… or it was a mix of the two), he did a breakdown from contract to finished book. He showed how he tracks his time in a chart and showed the book cover process. I was wondering if there could be a podcast or even a class about managing projects, a more in-depth version of what Jake did on his Instagram? Like how to stay organized with multiple projects, how you setup every project to make the best use of your time and stay on track.
I know everyone will have a different way of working but I’m finding that this is the one thing that worries me the most about getting book assignments, not setting myself up for success from the start of the project. I really just want to know the best practices when getting a book contract from start to finish. I think this is something I never got in school, really knowing how to work through job and organizing yourself/process to stay on track and giving yourself deadlines so you can meet the publishers deadlines.
I hope that made sense.
Does anyone have this fear or have any tips or advice when starting assignments and having a process to keep them organized and on track to meet deadlines? Do you use an app or create a chart for each assignment?
Oh, I did watch the Illustrating Children’s Books Part 1 & 2 and while watching Jake work through the book dummy was supper helpful I don’t think they touched on workflow much outside of creating art.
RE: Workflow process/project management process?
Bumping this up to see if I can get some input from @Jake-Parker, @Will-Terry, @Lee-White, and @davidhohn, to get their thoughts on the topic. If workflow has already been discussed please share a link to the thread, I would love to read it!