I'm loving the range of styles here! Good job, everybody! Here's my contribution
Freelance Illustrator with a love of Halloween, cross-hatching, and brutal honesty!
Hi everyone! Excellent submissions this month! You all came up with some really clever ideas that I never thought of! Here is my submission
Here's my entry! Happy halloween everyone! I hope everyone has a fun, albeit weird, time this year!
A friend of mine once told me that discontent is a person's greatest asset. Without the desire to improve, you'll stay in one spot forever. That was an eye-opener for me. I revel in it now. As long as I can see the way up, I know I haven't reached the ceiling.
@Heather-Boyd Ha! I'm sorry. I love this kind of stuff. The story is actually pretty funny. This ghost tries to scare the new owners out of his house but they aren't afraid of him and start playing a bunch of jokes on him.
Thanks for the feedback on the compositions!
I'd say that it depends on how good your printer is and what the image is like.
I have an Epson Surecolor P600 which is very good but still occasionally struggles with images that have a very rich background.
Staples is generally pretty middle of the road when it comes to quality. The best service I've found is moo.com. I know you're only looking for 8 of them so perhaps moo's minimums are a little high for you. I think the upgrade in quality is worth it, though. I've used them for a lot of business card projects throughout my years as a designer and I don't know of another company who is quite as good.
That said! If your image is relatively simple and/or on a very light background, this kind of distinction is a little less prominent - at that point, you'll mainly see variation in the intensity of the blacks (if that's a thing you care about).
I've decided to begin working on a mid grade chapter book project to beef up my portfolio and am using Slowvember for my first piece. As such, these will be finished in black and white. I'll be illustrating scenes from The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde.
The first excerpt I'll be illustrating is:
"We have not cared to live in the place ourselves," said Lord Canterville, "since my grandaunt, the Dowager Duchess of Bolton, was frightened into a fit, from which she never really recovered, by two skeleton hands being placed on her shoulders as she was dressing for dinner"
Point of clarification: I realize that the text of The Canterville Ghost is not a mid-grade text but I'm taking the spirit of the story—a ghost trying to haunt a family who is not afraid of him at all—and using that as the basis for these images.
Here are some rough sketches with value. Which is your favorite? Thanks!
I really like the organized chaos of this piece. It has a cool graphic quality. If you were interested in developing more of a sense of depth (not sure if you are, so if you aren't, please disregard..) you could consider adding a bit of atmospheric perspective to the folks in the back - make them a little more washed out/less contrast/less saturation so they appear to recede into the background a little.
10/10! I agree with everyone! Accessibility is very important and I'd love to see these courses expand to meet the needs of as many folks as possible!
@VeronicaMui Thanks so much for sharing this journey. It's really interesting to hear about how different artists handle this kind of a style transition. I'm going through a similar thing in my work these days and it's really nice to see and hear others' perspectives. I think this work has a really beautiful mood. Serene and expressive; I like it very much.