Here goes nothing ...
"She buried her face in the warm comfort of the bear's icy, wet fur. It was bound to be a slow ride, but an extraordinary journey."
Hope everyone had a great holiday. I was given the gift of a stomach virus over Christmas and haven’t drawn anything in a couple of weeks. Feels good to be back at it, but boy do I feel rusty. Here’s my idea/rough sketch for BIG and just because I’m not sure I have added enough details at this point to make it clear, that is a beanstalk the cat has climbed. Any suggestions are very much appreciated.
Okay, this is my first time posting work here. I was randomly inspired to do the Slowvember prompt and threw this together today. I am in the middle of watching the new composition class, so I wanted something to work on to try to implement those principles. And I’m going to attempt to paint it and finish it since I have abandoned my last several illustrations halfway through and my confidence with finishing stuff is at an all time low. I’m hoping that by deliberately working through each step of the process I can break the failure streak.
Any feedback welcome. I already see stuff I want to change. Thanks!
Does anyone paint in gouache? I bought a bunch of paints like a year ago and tried it one afternoon. I had been told by someone who works for Jerry’s Artarama that it’s the medium most similar to digital painting. I had no idea what I was doing. They are very different than anything I have painted with and I got super frustrated. The experience ended with me running to the bathroom to puke my guts out (unrelated to the gross painting I made — it turns out I was coming down with a stomach virus).
But I haven’t been able to look at those tubes of paint since. I literally shoved the entire mess in a drawer and tried to forget about it. Lately I’ve been itching to try again equipped with better knowledge. Does anyone have tips or favorite YouTube channels or books? It seems like the info out there is much more limited than watercolor.
I am setting up my 2019 bullet journal and would like to be more intentional this year about what I’m doing to do to improve my art and storytelling because if I don’t set goals, I am like a chicken with no head. Does anyone have any specific actions they are planning to take? I want to do more SVS prompts this year. I was re-listening to the 3 Point Perspective podcast about filling your creative bank account and liked the idea of coming up with 10 new ideas a day (might try that for a month and see what happens) and reading 3 books at one time. I would love to hear everyone’s ideas.
I have been a member here for a long time, but I have never been on the forums much. I am hoping to change that. I have a problem, but I don’t know exactly how to explain it, so I apologize in advance for the long scattered post ...
Lately I have been really struggling with finishing work. I have always gotten really hung up in the rendering stage of making illustrations. I will make a sketch and refine it until I am pretty happy with it, but once I have to start adding tone or color, I can’t seem to choose a direction and carry it through to completion and I’m never happy with the result. For example, I will decide I want lines, or no lines, or pencil shading, or I’m going to do the digital equivalent of a grisaille underneath ... or I’m going to block in color and use a liftout technique.
And to further complicate things, I will start second guessing my style of drawing once I’m painting. I have been wanting to move toward a more stylized and less realistic style of drawing, but I’ll start thinking maybe my faces shouldn’t look like that. Is the nose too realistic? Maybe the eyes are not realistic enough. By the time I am finished I feel like everything is disjointed and I’m totally lost (or all of my characters start looking like aliens to me) and I don’t know how to find my way out. Most of the time I will just go back to my drawing layer and start again. Once I repainted the same sketch every day for a week until I made it look acceptable, but then once I was finished I had no idea how to replicate the process.
I feel like I have art ADD and I don’t really know what I’m asking for here, but if anybody can relate, or has been through this and has advice on how to focus my work, I would really appreciate it. My portfolio is at www.madmomstudio.com if you want to see it.
There was a time that I had seen everything in the SVS library, but I watched most of the classes in the middle of the night while I was up with a nursing baby, so I have recently started going back through them to try to absorb things I might have missed. If there are any classes you think I should rewatch that might help, I am open to suggestions! Thanks for reading.
I had the same concern this week since I just printed promotional postcards and have procrastinated on addressing them (to me, the worst task ever). From what I have heard the industry kind of shuts down after Thanksgiving so I decided I would just try to get them out before then.
I spend about $70 to print postcards and then I put first class stamps on them, so that’s another $50 or so to mail 100 postcards. The postage really puts you in the hole. I used to send actual postcard size postcards so that I could use a postcard stamp, which is cheaper, but an art director at a conference once mentioned that he likes bigger postcards so I started making them bigger. I don’t know why I listened to him because it probably doesn’t matter.
If you search around there are lots of blog posts that talk about sending postcards in more detail. And there is a SVS 3rd Thursday episode where they talked about them too.
It’s been a long time since I submitted something for an SVS competition. Is this the official way to submit it? And is it due Thursday? Sorry, I’ve been searching and can’t seem to find any info on where and when to turn it in. Thanks @Chip-Valecek!
Hahaha! You have to start small. Like for me, I started with, “no wine until after the school bus comes.” Then I graduated to “wine only on weekends and days that I deem to be special occasions (i.e. Thursdays).” Moderation in all things