No form in these and the kids have strategically placed hands so I wouldn't have to draw them. Lol.
I was in a critique group meeting with @Tannie-Smith and @beckporter and I was showing them examples of my old art to prove that that I used to make some fairly bad things not very long ago. This particular image of mine (from only 3 years ago!) had us in tears. You are welcome to use it, or anything you want on my instagram feed @kristinwauson (hopefully something old ). You have my permission to screen shot, or I'm happy to send you anything you want in higher res if you let me know what you want to use.
This is so hard and something that should be talked about. Really unless you know the person pretty well, it’s very hard to know how they will respond to a real critique of their work because even when some people are asking for a critique, they still do not respond well to critical feedback. I am guilty of avoiding commenting on posts when I see that there are a lot of things that need work because I don’t want anyone to feel discouraged and I have been in critique situations where people have gotten angry, cried, etc because they didn’t like what they were hearing. But really that says more about me than anything. I would be super bummed if I posted something for critique and did not get any comments, so I am going to try harder to comment on more posts. I think SVS cultivates a culture where critiques will be more positive and constructive than most open critique situations or the internet in general and we need to trust that the people who are asking for feedback here want to benefit from receiving constructive comments and the ones who cannot handle receiving feedback will stop asking or leave.
I did not know her at all, but Will’s post on Facebook shocked and devastated me. I am so sorry for him and his family. Unexpected losses always seem to hurt just a little bit extra because they are so hard to understand. I know by the way he spoke about her, he loved and respected her very much and her absence will undoubtedly leave a hole that can never be filled. Will - I hope you are able to eventually find some peace and that your wonderful memories of her live on forever. You have such an enormous community of support here as evidenced by the overwhelming response to today’s bad news. You are loved by so many people. You are not alone and I’m sure that I speak for many in saying that if there is anything you need, we are here for you.
First of all, please share your twitter so we can all follow you.
It’s suspicious that he would say that if he was not following you on Twitter. I recently added a statement to my website that says I don’t work with people who are self publishing or those wanting to collaborate in the hopes of getting published. I get emails from people pretty often who want to hire me to do work outside of traditional publishing and I have probably wasted weeks of my life stressing over emails from people who are not ever going to pay me ANY money to do anything for them that would be remotely worth my time.
Most recently I had to fire and block a crazy person who would not stop emailing me asking me different questions and trying to get me to agree to illustrate her book project, even after I told her I did not want to do it. She would email me and say, “What about this? What if I only needed you to do this? Would you do this?”
If it were me I would run away, but that’s just based on my having zero positive experience with these kinds of jobs.
Hello there! I was just gifted a 32” Cintiq pro after working for the last 4 years exclusively on an iPad Pro. For those of you working on cintiq style monitors, if you could purchase the ideal type of computer to use with it for the most streamlined setup, what would it be? Im a Mac user and I’m not really looking for any technical specs, but trying to decide between a MacBook, an iMac or even a Mac mini. I feel like I could get the most bang for my buck in an iMac, but a Mac mini might make for less desk clutter. I just don’t know if I need the additional screen or if it gets in the way. I have an iPad so I don’t need my computer to be mobile either so the portability is the MacBook is not really important to me. Thanks in advance for any advice or thoughts.
@Kristin-Wauson Oops! I was rushing to finish this before going on vacation and now that I'm home I noted that there are some stray marks that must have appeared after I rearranged some layers. Here is the updated version. Not sure if I should go back and delete the old one.
I use squarespace and I think images just have to be under 5MB. I don’t resize my images before I upload them unless they are double page spreads because those are usually too big. Squarespace sizes the files correctly for you when you upload.
I do watermark my images with my name and website, because if someone downloads one of my images, I want them to know who made it and how to find me.
I was recently told that you should make your images downloadable because some art directors will move on if they can’t save your images and put them in a file on their computer. Also, have your email address somewhere on your website. As far as organization, keep it clean and simple and let people see your work with as few clicks as possible.
You will find a very solid foundation if you go through the courses on SVS and take them seriously, put in the time and do the homework. And it sounds like you have the right mindset!. But, art is a lifelong learning process and there is no complete education you will find anywhere. There will always be more things to learn elsewhere. Maybe I’m biased because this is where I began, but to me there is no better place to start than right here. And use the forums. I waited too long to come here.
Very cool concept! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!