Hi all, what fantastic entries this month! Here is my traveller, he comes from a town of bee-people who are honey farmers. He can't fly like a normal bee but has a flying hat. Thanks for everyone who helped and gave feedback.
Amazing entries this month again. Here is the The Buzz Inn, it should have everything a weary bee traveller is looking for. I'm uploading to here and the Critique Arena website as I'm not sure what the best plan is this month.
Im doing a business course to push myself as an illustrator and working on opening a Redbubble shop. I’m trying to create a ‘brand’ for myself. Working on a cover image to use on my website/Twitter/LinkedIn as I have been advised to make all sites look coherent. Unfortunately every site has a different size for the cover image so I’m going to have to tweak each one
I also need to practice drawing people, something I put off EVERY month!
I am new to the forums so would just like to say hello. My name is Liz and I am from Tamworth, Staffordshire in the UK. I am using England’s never-ending lockdown as an opportunity try and restart my career and to follow the path that I always wanted to do.
I graduated as a Graphic Designer and have worked for some international design and advertising agencies full-time and freelance for the past nearly 20 years but I feel now is the right time to make the change. When I left my full-time job in 2014 and set myself up as Lizardillo (‘Lizard’ was my nickname and ‘illo’ is for illustration’) I had originally aimed to become more of an illustrator. I have ended up just doing my old graphic design/Artworker job as freelance but now it’s time to work as the ‘illo’ part of my name. When working for advertising agencies any illustration work was mainly for large corporate companies so I had to adapt style to the project and the client, I’m just getting back to finding my own style again. I feel my actual rendering is a bit too mainstream but I like to try and add personality and lots of little jokes/details to my illustrations. I like humour and to try and make people smile.
I have been listening to SVS podcasts and watching the courses for the past year and now is the time to put them into practice.
I have been looking through the posts and absolutely loving everyone’s work and comments. I am really looking forward to joining the community of like-minded people and hopefully contribute some practical advice from my general design industry experience as well as learn from others.
My website is lizardillo.co.uk which is a bit of a jumble of styles and projects at the moment.
Looking forward to joining you all.
Sorry about the long post - here is a duck eating a doughnut (donut?) to say thank you for reading (it’s a Eurasian Teal).
Well after a good few rounds of revisions and changes and tantrums and starting again, I have eventually finished the line work. I may have to go over some parts with a lighter line as the new template is making it a bit fuzzy and it hard to see some details. hoping to get the colour done tonight and tomorrow when I can fit it in.
I'm not sure about the beehive chimneys coming out of the sides of the top part. Should I remove them?
I have been in a whole world of hexagon hell with this. I think mapping it out on a perspective grid has sucked quite a lot of life out of it, I've overdone the hexagons a bit now. I think I need another pass with some more organic shapes mixed in, with a bit more variety of size and a bit more imagination further than hexagons.
I know bees are busy but this is all far too busy now! I also need to find a better way of attaching it to the tree.
I think I'm going to be down to the wire again!
Feedback and suggestions always appreciated. Thank you.
@Joe-Koz I hope that can get added. It's great.
I like the forum format too. It would be a shame to lose the personal touch of the notes and backstories that people add. And the interaction between everyone is wonderful. Plus you can see the uploads in real-time. There are a few on the slideshow I would have missed seeing if I had not gone back today to look. I waited for it to load and scroll right to the end so it looped back to the start.
I personally would prefer the critique arena page to be a list of images (like the format here) so you can scroll up and down. The images are all shown in isolation at the moment, and I feel that they all form more of collection that is nice to be seen together.
Saying that, it's great that this has been created and it's all new at the moment, so happy to go with the flow as it develops.
@Joe-Koz Hi Joe, I've just had a look at the slideshow and I can see two of yours.
I'm not really a fan of the slideshow format to be honest. You can't expand any of them to have a good look and there are some on there that are not on this thread and I would like to see them at my own pace. You have to keep clicking back and forward.
These are the two I can see:
I would be very interested in this thank you. I’ve been a lifelong user of illustrator and Photoshop and have been trying Affinity Designer on and off. I love Procreate but it has it’s limits. CSP looks really interesting and would love to see your process. I will have a look at the link of your existing video tomorrow too thanks.
@Janette good plan. Being able to layout books and send to print is a great advantage. If you are combining all of the text on your site into one bio page I would let people know as it doesn't quite make it clear at the moment on your graphic design page that you have prepress skills. It mentions billboards and email marketing but you may have to say about taking a book to print.
I was advised to have a paragraph mentioning the transferable skills, apparently you want to put keywords in the sentences that would show up in a Google search for SEO which I was not aware I should be doing. If someone is googling an illustrator with print knowledge then hopefully you will show up in a search.
Hiya Janette and welcome
I'm 41 and was worried I was too old. But I have decided we are not 'old' we are 'wise' so go for it!
Also a fellow Brit but still living in my hometown in England (Tamworth, Staffs).
I have had a look at your site and I agree that it would be better to go straight to a gallery your work rather than the about page. I have been told to keep styles separate or categorise them, which I think you have done on your site and also your children's book style seems quite consistent to me.
Your work looks great
Do you want any more graphic design work? If not I would remove it. Although I do need to practice what I preach there... I am like you and have been a graphic designer for 20 years working in design and advertising agencies, also freelance. I have a design section on my site too, which I need to remove but I do feel like I'm hiding 20 years of experience away. I have removed a lot but it's hard to press that button to disable the last few pages, but on the other hand I don't want to create any more logos - I'm all logo-ed out now
I do enjoy working in a lot of different styles too. I think it's because as a designer we have to create illustration work to fit around clients look and brand style and also it has to fit a function, so every brief is pretty different but you have to be able to complete that particular brief to their requirements.
I find it a bit weird that being able to do more than one thing is a disadvantage but I can see the point that art directors want to understand what they are getting as they want to pick the illustrator to the brief. Where as in design, it's sometimes the other way around, you get the brief and it's up to you to create something to fit the brief. You literally have to be able to do everything, and that's what I'm used to.
There is some great advice here and I thoroughly support the professional portfolio critique. I imagine a SCBWI one would be great. The British Isles SCBWI have just released critique applications but I am not ready yet unfortunately. They say what they would ideally like you have in it and I don't quite have it all. I am using the SVS monthly art prompts on here to help me create a more consistent and coherent portfolio of which I am lacking at the moment and one day I will hopefully be ready for one.
@NessIllustration videos are great. I love watching them and recommend. Thanks for doing them Ness!