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!
@Valerie-Light It runs 10 weeks in total, although you can go at your own pace. The zoom session will be at different times to accommodate different time zones and countries. They will be recorded so everyone can see them though.
I just found out that our early bird launch for the Children's Book Pro class is on TUESDAY! We are so excited it's finally here! The first spots will be restricted to people who are signed up at www.childrensbookpro.com. We are limiting space because we are doing live weekly zoom sessions with the students. Should be a ton of fun! Hope to see you in there!
Let me know if you have any questions at all! : )
Yep, it's posted on the www.critiquearena.com website
THIS MONTHS CHALLENGE!
Our Fairy Tale Traveler is in a situation!
For this month’s prompt, your mission is to draw our Fairy Tale Traveler in an environment, in a situation. The enemy is coming down the road and now our traveler must decide whether to face the adversary, flee or hide. How will our traveler get out of this situation??
In March, we designed a Fairy Tale Traveler. In April, we designed an inn for our weary traveler to sleep for the night. And this month, we are creating a full page illustration featuring our traveler.
For this challenge, the image must be a full page illustration, and the dimensions must be 9.5 inches high x 10.5 inches wide.
Just to clarify: don't worry if you haven't submitted in the previous Fairy Tale Traveler contests, you can still do this prompt! Just treat it as if it's a stand alone prompt
I am literally drawing a demo on that exact topic as a lecture for our new Children's Book Pro class right now. How do you draw a background so it has the most narrative punch it can? You can't just think about filling a scene with stuff. Everything needs to help the narrative that you are trying to tell. In my demo, I am using red riding hood as a story basis to show how to let story drive the content. It's so fun and best of all, when you approach it in the right way, the background will sort of let you know what it needs! : )
Yes! still adding a lot of new things for svs! In fact, advanced perspective just wrapped up this week! should be out soon!
We will not be taking any courses away!
SVS is going to be targeted at getting a VERY solid foundation. With the ability to branch off into other specific "majors". Obviously children's book is our flag ship so that is being developed first. SVS will be expanded to have a "workshop" component where studets get feedback from instructors. That is starting VERY soon with an emphasis on the curriculum classes.
@kylebeaudette I think it will be! This is the class I wish I had 20 years ago. There is a lot of stuff we cover that has never been taught before. Jake's massive page on how the book publishing industry works has to be seen to be believed. My "8 steps to stylizing environments" is content I've never shared before. A lot of the class is that way. We spent a year figuring out the content for what we have included.
We also try to include many "check lists" that you can use when making a book that really speeds things along.
Hey guys, many of you are asking about our new program and we have some info for ya!
The price of the video version of the class will be $497. It will consist of between 20-30 hours of instruction and will have quite a few homework assignments, etc. for you to do. When you complete the class, you should have a full portfolio you can use. We wanted to keep our class cheaper than a traditional college class at a top art school which can range from $2000 to $5000 depending on which school you go to. But our instruction is better than those classes. I feel confident in saying that because you are getting all three of us showing you how to do it vs. just 1 teacher (who may or may not even be a working illustrator).
The class will "drip" content weekly. If you staying on track with that schedule, it will take you 10 weeks to do it. I think it will take you longer though to actually finish the work since you are going to be creating a full picture book dummy in addition to a bunch of other stuff. You will own the content so you can take as long as you like. It is not a subscription.
There will be a guided version of the class in the very near future. We aren't totally sure on that price as we are still signing on teachers, etc. One thing to note here, you can sign up for the videos first, and then add the instruction later once that is offered (in other words, you don't have to decide on one or the other).
We will be limiting enrollment on this first round due to the fact that we will be doing a live weekly zoom session with the class. This won't be a critique session per se, but we will be fielding questions and trying to help you out. To be a part of this first rollout, you need to be signed up on the website: www.childrensbookpro.com
Let me know if you have any other questions at all. This should be releasing SOON! We are very proud of it and hope you will join us in this journey! : )
Hey guys, I thought I'd chime in here and answer some of your questions.
Price: This class has been a massive undertaking and we are still building it all. It is a LOT of content and we have a full team on it. So the price has not been advertised yet because we want to make sure its all locked down. We are comparing this class in quality to the absolute best instruction available at the college level and we will be cheaper than any college class out there.
SVS includsion: this is a stand alone system and has it's own site and price. We wanted to do it this way because otherwise we would have had to raise the price on the svs membership (which we did NOT want to do).
Free Videos: If you sign up on www.childrensbookpro.com you will receive 6 videos. These contain some pretty good content that is just a very small sample of what we do in the class. It also puts you in line for the initial class offering which will be limited to an "early bird" group. If you miss this window, you will still be able to take the class down the road, but some things are just for this group. For example, We are doing a live zoom session weekly for Q&A. This is not a full crit session, but it's a way to ask questions where we can hopefully help you out.
Schedule: The classes will "drip" content weekly. You can choose to follow along with that schedule or go at your own pace. You own the classes forever once you purchase it.
Let me know if you have any more questions at all. I'd be happy to answer as best I can. : )