Cool guys, so happy to see all your wonderful work!
Hey, I just finished up an illustration and added some dragonflies in honor of you guys and this contest! Thought I'd share it here.
You may or may not have heard about this, but I wanted to put it out there first so rumors and accusations don't start flying everywhere. An artist named Alphonso Dunn has accused Jake's inktober book of plagiarism.
I love Alphonso's work and respect him as a teacher and agree that there are some similarities to the work. In fact, every single book on inking has some similarities. Even dating back to the "Rendering in Pen and Ink" book by Arthur Guptill published back in the 1891.
Things like line, form, shading, texture, and value don't change much from teacher to teacher. Jake puts each of those in his own words in his book. Alphonso puts his spin on it in his book. And of course I put my own spin on those things in my classes as well.
For example, In this image Alphonso compares his image on the right, with jakes on the left. Both of them talk about line, form, value, detail and shading.
If an art teacher can't use the basic terms to present techniques, we are all in trouble. You can't own basic tools and techniques and so I disagree with Alphonso's assertions.
Now the internet is running with this and of course it is nasty. But I ask you that you really look at what is being said before making a judgement. As always, I will be here to answer your questions anytime. : )
Hey guys, on the podcast we recorded two days ago jake challeneged me to paint Batman! Being the overly competitive person I am, I took him up on it. Super fun to try and figure out how I might approach this subject matter in a way that interested me. So I used a somewhat textural and abstract approach to it. I don't think I'll be doing any more fan art for now, but very fun to step outside your comfort zone and what you are familiar with. Both in terms of technique and subject matter. : )
Some changes coming next month in regards to our monthly contest. We are getting a little more serious about them and will be doing things a bit differently. Read below to see!
Contests will be judged by the 3rd day of the month.
Contest results will be posted in the forum, but the crit will be an actual video where I can talk about the different pieces and do draw overs, etc. It will be more more involved as a learning tool for you guys!
The video crits will only be available to active subscribers. We are looking at many new features that reward our subscriber base and this is just one of them.
Only subscribers will be eligible for being judged in the contests. Anyone can post to the finals thread, but only subscribers can win and be in the video.
This will all start with the May contest. The book covers contest and "before the moment" will be judged in a post as usual. : )
Let me know if you have any questions.
hey guys, We are really wanting to up our game here at SVS and one of the things we are starting now is CASH AND ILLUSTRATION JOBS for the winners of the monthly contest! We are going to start THIS MONTH! Here's the deal:
Top 2 finishers will each receive a $75 cash prize
Top 2 finishers will be offered the opportunity to ILLUSTRATE THE GRAPHIC FOR OUR THREE POINT PERSPECTIVE PODCAST!
Considering that our podcast has over a half million downloads, your work will be seen by a LOT of people.
You have to be a subscriber to SVSlearn.com to place in the contest. (Anyone can post to the contest forum, but only members can win). Post your winning entries here: https://forum.svslearn.com/topic/7435/may-contest-mermay/25
Hey guys, I finally set up my youtube channel and will be making new content every other week. My first one is about how to do an illustration that you like every time! Just follow my step by step process! Download is included in the youtube description. : )
Please go and subscribe so I can catch will and Jake. Only need a few hundred thousand new people! haha!
Hi guys, sorry we are running a little behind on the topic this month. Luckily it's a leap year so you get an extra day on it! : )
The topic for this month is: Nightfall
Night (and darkness in general) can mean many things to people. Some people love night and all that goes with it. For others it means hiding out and hoping the bad things don't get you! Let's see what it means for each of you!
More rules will be added here, I just wanted to go ahead and get this thing going!
Cool Thanks for the feedback guys. We will be making announcements soon about what we are going to do! : )
@tomparsonsart Everyone would get individual feedback and instruction.
@jthomas The $250 would be per class. You would have an individual instructor giving you feedback and doing drawovers, etc. it would probably be around 5-8 hours of instruction and crits. etc. But, you bring up a good point, maybe we could offer a discount if you wanted a group of them, etc.
Whew, that's a tricky one! It is definitely 2 separate one point drawings within a 2 point perspective system. All objects within a scene can have their own vanishing point, and those points will move along the horizon line. know that in photos the lens that is used can wreck havoc on trying to line up vanishing points in a easy to understand way. Wide angle lens vs telephoto will yield VERY different results for a scene.
This image is further complicated with a triangular building right in the middle so there is that to deal with as well. Let's ask the master: @davidhohn what do you think?
Hey guys, I have been tasked with building out some of the interactive components of our curriculum. So I wanted to ask for some feedback if you don't mind. The thing that we are contemplating is running 2 day "workshops" for the individual classes in the curriculum.
For example: "2 day Light and Shadow workshop". There I would go over some additional samples of light and shadow elaborating on what is in the class. Then you could submit your work and I would do some lecture and draw over on how to fix it. That would be recorded content so you could watch it at your convenience. Then the next week there would be 2 zoom sessions (one in the morning and one in the evening so it works for different time zones). In the zoom session you could ask questions or show your work, etc.
Cost would be around $250. We would offer workshops for all the classes in the foundation. Let me know what you think. Love to hear any and all ideas. : )
@TaniaGomesArt that is a great story! I would like to elaborate on that point. Many times in the class the person I think is the "best" will not be the one with the most developed skills at that point. Their work wont be as polished, or as accurate, but still there is something there. Sometimes I can see that "x factor" even in a total beginners work, it just hasn't been totally exposed yet.
@davidhohn I also used Gango for a bit and loved them. I used my same files that I print from on my Epson 880. All those files have had an increase in contrast (using curves) and an increase in Saturation. Both of those probably increased around 10%. This is needed less if printing to glossy surfaces, but I print on their more textured watercolor paper. So you need to punch up the darks and the colors need that extra bit of "pop" with the increased saturation.
I took a look at your site and you have lovely work! I love the style you have and your drawing is very good. Your characters are appealing and your composition is fantastic. Color choices are solid too! I think your work looks very professional.
I do agree a bit with what Jeremy was saying. Your outlines on everything give it more of a "cartoony" style (which leans commercial). You also have fairly solid fills that look digital and that can definitely lean the work more commercial. So if you want outlines, I'd experiment with breaking them up and not having them look so even everywhere. And maybe add some interesting texture in your colors too. I think those two little things is all you need.
@Nathalie-Kranich Yay! so glad it worked out!
I didn't fully. understand the project was TOTALLY finished and done. Revisions are tricky to deal with any time for sure. I think you handled it great!
Good to be having this conversation. I hope I can add some to what has already been said here.
For these particular changes, I wouldn't even think to put up a fight. These are common and should be expected. You wouldn't believe how many revisions I've had to do on books. My last one had at least 40-50 different things I was asked to change. Most I did without any worry. But a few I pushed back on which I'll go into more detail next.
The way to have the conversation about changes is to bring up the reason that things are being changed or the reason that they should stay the same. Changes I push back on are ones where I say "I drew it this way because I wanted the scene to feel like _____________." Or "This character should stay this way due to them being a particular way."
The wording I like to use is to really lay into the word "SUGGEST". Example: "I'd like to suggest that we keep it this way because the characters need to blah blah blah". You can also use "WHAT IF" a lot. Example: "What if we keep the characters on this page, but move the type to the next spread?" etc. Remember that it's a conversation, not an order. You need to understand why they are asking for what they are asking for. They want you to be happy with the art. Many times they just don't know how to properly ask for what they want, so it just sounds like an order.
Once you do that, then have them outline the particular concern and then you can solve what that concern is in a way you feel comfortable with. I have redone full spreads because I think there is a better way to solve it than what they are asking for.
Pick your battles wisely. If it's something pretty easy or doesn't change the content or story too much, I just make the change and move on.
Good luck! : )