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.
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).
Here is my Great Crested Newt. I wanted to try and show how they can stop building development as they are a protected species but my idea of him standing in front of a bulldozer from a dynamic angle was just too much to do today. So he's just holding a sign.
Hi all, I'm having a go at the prompt this month because I like the format of creating a character and following it through to the other prompts. It's something I missed with the yeti as I joined on the house prompt and something I need to practice.
I struggle with human-like characters so being more of a creature seems to help. If it was just a dog or a dolphin or a skiing penguin I would be fine I'm sticking to quite a simple design to start with. I'm hoping I can use this as a base to start attempting actual humans.
I might be going a bit over the top but I'm really trying with this one to create a character that could support a narrative. I've been studying design principles, shapes, proportion and watched/listened to tutorials. I've drawn boxes big/med/small, though about silhouettes, I've drawn shapes in the boxes, I've drawn pages and pages of characters that look exactly the same and got frustrated!!
I stopped and decided to create the story first:
I would love to know if I am going in the right direction for a brief like this where the prompts may follow the style of the yeti ones?
I have narrowed the character down to a few ideas and used a few refs to look at key features like his fluffy bee mane/collar thing and little bee hands and feet. Not sure if antennee are needed or are just an extra complication as he's not an actual bee.
I normally wimp out with faces and tend to use black ovals but I'm forcing myself to use actual eyes. I'm trying a 'marvel-hero-looking-up-determined-small-stature-big-heart' kind of pose. I would love him to have a personality but would also like to keep the face simple and innocent looking. Mainly so I don't have a breakdown trying to create expressions! I'm not sure if I'm achieving this.
I was thinking of giving him a little companion that is a firefly to help him in the dark.
Please excuse how messy this is:
I'm also trying to tweak the proportions. I think I like 2 best but it's a bit dull so wondering if 3 would be better? There isn't much difference between the big and medium proportions but I'm not sure I want him to have a head so big he can't hold it up
Any feedback would be really appreciated thank you. I still have to refine pose and add detail and traveller props but this is the general direction I am going in. I'm not really too knowledgable on all things D&D and I last played Zelda on a Nintendo 2DS so I'm a bit out of the loop.
Thanks for reading
@LisaF Thank you for uploading. Just watched it, it's really good thank you all.
@ruth thank you. I was a real test for me this month, I'm so glad you like it. It's my first time ever posting a WIP and the support was amazing. I can still see lots of things I would change but that's something I can work on in the future.
Right now I am actually re-listening to the 3PP 'Building a Strong Portfolio' podcast while finishing off this month's art prompt (I'm like the person they describe who has no idea what their goal is!). After this I'll have a bit of brain relaxing Lo-Fi beats playlist on Spotify. For a little treat I have a break where I watch an episode or two of Hey Duggee cartoons on BBC iPlayer. (It's for preschool but I think it's a master of simple animation and theres loads of jokes that adults will get in there! I love watching all of the little details added in.)