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!
Hey everyone, sorry for the delay. I've been neck deep in a really tricky new book project and am just now coming up for some air! Whew!
And what a breath of fresh air it is! Your work for the contest is lovely and I spent a lot of time pouring over the images. This topic is a tricky one. It's hard not to be too cliche' with the subject matter because we have been saturated with overly sentimental images for years and years. I think you guys did a good job of putting a new spin on a very well traveled topic.
I noticed a lot of new entries and I want to really encourage all of you new faces here. You are doing great! We had over 80 entries this month so I really had to sit with the images for a bit to see how they held up over to multiple viewings. I think I've managed to narrow it down to our winners and honorable mentions.
in terms of what didn't make it, here's how it broke down:
Concept being overly sentimental images or cliche': Even though many of them were sweet, just painting two people/characters interacting didn't have enough originality to win.. (still nice images though!). Need to have some kind of new twist on that to do well here.
Technique: I saw a lot of good ideas where the execution wasn't quite there yet. Keep at it, this part is the easiest to fix.
Now on to the Winners:
1st Place: PETE OLCZYK @peteolczyk
Gorgeous painting here in our top spot. Great concept and absolute control in color and light. The beauty here is there is actually a LOT of detail in this, but it's all controlled so well it looks simple and sweet. Great job Pete.
2nd Place: ERIN CORTESE @inkandspatter
I love Erin's concept here. It's so funny and spot on. This is a nice way to take a cliche' idea (like giving flowers to a valentine) and to spin in and make it new. The cool blue palette is a nice choice here. Keep it up Erin!
3rd Place: EVA ELLER @Eva-Eller
Eva's piece this month is SO COOL and very unexpected. I love the editorial take on the subject and we can read so many stories into what is taking place here. Nice use of silhouette and scale. This is how it's done folks!
Runners up (in no particular order): Note: I thought I might offer some light suggestions here if that is ok. These suggestions are not guaranteed to make it better, but it's a place I would start if I was working with these artists in a classroom setting.
NIKI STAGE Really sweet image that is expertly done. If I had to offer some advice here, I might like to see this palette and value keyed to a blue to simulate a night scene.
JOHANNA KIM @Johanna-Kim : Johanna has been in a contender in almost every contest and this one is no exception. Really great. Especially if this is traditional watercolor (it looks like it is). The only crit I'd have here is the glass between the characters isn't reading at all and sort of needs to be read a little quicker. There is a number of ways to pull this off (try in photoshop first to make sure it looks good, then add to final piece).
JESS ERSKINE: @CrunchyBunny Nice looking nigh scene here by Jess. this light and color are gorgeous. Everything seems to be working really well here so it's hard to think of anything I'd add here. The way to make this scene have more interest could be to play with what is happening with the characters. Right now they are saying hi, which is sweet, but we probably need to add some kind of tension there to add interest. This could be making the main character seem like he is struggling to get home. Or he is cold, etc. But that is getting nit picky. This is a great image.
NADYA BONTEN @nadyart
Pretty and sad image by Nadya and I really love all the stylizations going on here. Nice take on the topic too. Only thing I would suggest is possibly some different composition studies. Right now our main character is too centered and I think it could be very interesting to move it off center. Note: square formats are VERY tricky because it wants to make you put things in the center...
LI XIN @xin-li
This is really a sweet piece that adds a nice twist to the Love theme. I love the color balance and characters here. My suggestions would be to think about detail hierarchy. What that basically means is figuring out what the image is about and emphasize that and dial the other detail back. Right now we have the star constellation (which is the real focal point), and then we have the shooting stars which distract from our focal point. And then there are the lightning bugs too. So basically if we calm that other stuff down, the intent of the image will come out a bit more.
BRADEN JALLETT @Braden-Hallett
This is a fantastic concept and pulled off quite nicely. The mark making and design are pro level for sure. My only suggestion is similar to what I said in the previous piece. We need to control where the eye goes a little more and that can be done with value and contrast control (Will Terry is a pro at this). If you squint, you will see that the fridge is one of the first thins we look at due to it's light value. I think if the rest of the scene was toned down some with a soft glaze over everything except our focal point, it might resonate a little more. Still, you did an amazing job Braden.
ASH WEAVER @Ash-Weaver
Really cool retro styled image here. I really love the design of this piece and the attention to detail. The storytelling is great and builds nicely as you roam around the image. It's hard to offer suggestions here because it's so well done, but I might want to see some other sketches to try to get more attitude on the character. Something as simple as tilting her head up can do wonders for giving a character a bit more personality.
ALEXANDRIA FARRAR @avfarrar
This is some stunning character design here. Great control of value and hue as well. The concept is great and I really love it. The only snag for me here was the tall character in between our two love birds. She looks out of place in the image and her expression isn't as well crafted as everyone else. I think just lowering here down in the composition and working on her mouth area would solve the problems there. Amazing job though. That's a lot of characters! : )
Before we go, I wanted to offer a moment of silence for a loss we had in our SVS family. Rich Cartwright passed away last month and it hit us all really hard. Rich was a constant presence on the forum and a great guy. He will be missed. I really loved this image Rich did for one of our contests:
Okay everyone, that's gonna do it for now. Keep up all your hard work. It's paying off and the work keeps getting better and better. If you are struggling, just try to get a little better each day and it's amazing what you can accomplish. I can't wait to see your book covers next month!
Come hang out in the studio tomorrow with David Hohn and I. We will be talking about the process for making his new book. This is for subscribers only, so you will be getting an email with the zoom link later today or tomorrow morning.
It will be at 2:00 Mountain Standard time.
So excited for you @xin-li ! You deserve every bit of it! Can't wait to see all you do in your career. : )
oh man, this is a good one! I side with the photographer as well. I mean, this screen shot in the lawsuit where she is TRACING the photo is almost enough by itself! haha!
ok, here's two examples. The shape breakdown is basically a way to control composition and see what groups together. Note: you can have as much detail as you want, as long as it groups to that shape. So typically each area is marked off as a basic 'group' of items. Like a group of trees that go together or a group of characters that are all in the same value range. The sky and ground need to be considered as their own shape too unless they blend into something, etc. So in my examples below, if you were to squint and blur your vision a little bit, this is how the shapes would group together. For example, This idea helps me know how bright to go on the sunlight hitting the houses. If that value were too bright, it would start to break up that shape. So I keep the contrast low there and it holds together as a mass.
This concept is at the basis of Will Terry's "draw 50 things". Even though you have a lot of stuff in there, it needs to group well to control the image. Hope that makes sense! : )
haha! That is so great! Love to hear these conversations. : )
The real truth is that the rabbit was their guide for the journey. He comes in the window in the beginning and the room has some stuff in it, but not that much. Then he takes them on this fantastical journey and all the stuff from the journey ends up in the room. I wanted to keep it ambiguous on if it was a dream or if it really happened. So the open window was a way to suggest that. : )
It is a strange concept. A magical rabbit guide coming in your room and wisking you away. I can't believe they went for it! haha!