I don't know if it's just me but the episode sounds glitchy and sped up? Just wanted to check if anyone else was having this problem...thanks!
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RE: Episode 12: A Day In the Life of an Illustrator
Thank you for this! This is what I needed when I was in school, just a realistic day or schedule breakdown of a working illustrator. I recently started freelancing and also signed with an agent and when work started coming in I felt like my head was going to explode with all the things I didn't realize I'd have to think about to create a productive workflow and meet deadlines. My school never explained how to handle all of this, so thank you for taking the time to talk about a day in the life of an illustrator! If there happens to be a part 2, that would be cool!
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!
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: Agent /Contract Question...
Thanks Lee, this is very helpful! I did re-watched the 3rd Thursday agent video. You mentioned having a budget for advertising and how some agents cover 0%, 50% and so on, so I wasn’t sure if it was a red flag that the artist might have to pay some promotion fees. I guess I'd rather have some promo/advertising fees than have a higher commission % with no promo/advertising fees.
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!
RE: Cintiq purchase
I have the Cintiq Companion 1. I did have the plug in not charging issue but Wacom fixed it right away and I haven’t had a problem since. I love being able to work wherever and whenever and since I use all of the express keys, the small tool buttons in photoshop and illustrator don’t bother me at all. The express keys are one of the reasons I went with Wacom and not the other brands. At my day job we just got upgraded to the 22HD Cintiq and I love that too. Having the bigger model to work on has made me a little spoiled when I use my Cintiq Companion b/c there is less space/surface to move around on while drawing. I would love to get the 22 or 27 Cintiq in the future for my home studio.
I think whatever size you go with it should work great, I think it's just, knowing what your needs are and how you work. Do you like to stay at your desk? or do you like to move around and create in different environments? I liked to move around and work in different spaces so the Cintiq Companion was the best option for me at the time. Plus it's a stand alone computer so I only need to bring one machine and less cords with me wherever I go.
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!
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...
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….
@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: Juggling work and illustration. Creative careers and career changes
Hi @sarahelliott489! I went to school for illustration(at FIT) and I currently work as an in house illustrator for a t-shirt company…and even with illustrating full-time I find it very hard to find time for my own work. B/c being creative all day pushing someone else's dream is getting harder and harder for me to start pushing my own. I find it hard to find the time to work on personal projects. Since I’m being creative at my job all day when I get home working on my projects is sometimes last thing I want to do. There are times when I have to force myself to get my own work done and then I wonder if I’m making the right choices for my art b/c I’m forcing the work…But don’t get me wrong I do like my job I draw everyday, I draw things I would have never wanted or thought to draw and I’m get to work on composition and text treatments. But I know that the art I’m creating for my day job is stuff I would never put in my personal portfolio straight out so b/c of that I wonder if it’s worth staying…And with the time 40+ hrs a week I spend at my day job I do feel like I'm moving so slow in my own personal career goals. I recently had a conversation with my wife about goals and where I’d like to see myself in the coming year. She made a great suggestion to write down my long term goals and then write down the short term goals that will get me to my long term goals and take it day by day. Eventually I will have checked all those short term goal boxes and reached my long term goal. I think the toughest thing is being patient and knowing if you do the work and take the time you will get there. Jake has a great video about achieving your goals and ways to make time so you can check off your goal boxes: Achieving Your Goals - https://youtu.be/ALQ3gjRpmXQ
Quitting Your Day Job-
I always reference these videos whenever I need a career/goal/life check!
RE: Photoshop or Illustrator?
Hi Djmittenzz! I have to agree with smceccarelli it does depend on style. If you are looking to illustrate for t-shirts Illustrator is the way to go as it is the industry standard. Unless you plan on digitally printing the designs on the shirts/items. With digital printing you would be able to take your painted Photoshop illustrations and print those on the shirts but again it depends on the printing method digital vs screen-printing. If your are looking to do more painterly illustrations Photoshop is where you want to be (or a similar program). I'm not sure how far you can really get in illustrator to really get a good painted look, a lot of the time people use illustrator for clean flat shapes and lines using limited tones and gradients. But you can absolutely get lots of detail and textures in illustrator but for t-shirts you have to pay attention to layering and also the amount of colors play a big factor in your illustrations, sometimes you have to pay by the color b/c of the amount of screens a printer might have to use to transfer your design to a shirt. But this also depends on the print shop. Brandon Green has a couple of great videos on using Photoshop vs. Illustrator and the kinds of looks you can get with each program.
Character in Adobe Illustrator :
Style explorations with some gator sketches:
I hope this helped!
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...