@MichaelaH Right at the moment Tom Bancroft (!!!!) started critiquing my work, my appointment started and I had to sign off
Hi there! I’m Nadya and I work as a freelance illustrator in my art studio in The Netherlands. Through SVS I like to refine my art, learn new skills and brush up on fundamentals. I’m excited to be here!
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RE: Composition feedback needed for new project
Thank you for taking the time to comment everyone!
@BichonBistro Thank you so much! I find it hard to think of new concepts, so it's good to know that you liked the Tea party in the clouds!
@Heather-Boyd Your suggestions totally make sense! I'll try and incorporate them in my next pieces for the calendar. I think I often have a melancholic vibe in my art, which is probably why the mousey looks kind of sad. But it's good to be more diverse with the emotions and interaction between the characters. To make it less 2D :). Thanks!
@Jean-Gao I agree that the mouse sticks out. I think I will come up with a back/foreground for this piece still! And adding the paper cut style there will definitely help with the cohesiveness too. Thank you, that was very helpful!
@Laurasketches Spreadin Springtime indeed is more of a spot illustration. But maybe this will not work within a calendar, and based upon yours and the other comments, I will look into this piece again! I am currently following the Composition course by Will and hope to be able to incorporate more of a foreground and background in the upcoming pieces, thank you a lot!
RE: Printing Questions
I sell my illustrations as prints, mainly through Etsy.
To answer your questions:
I have most of my art prints printed by a printing company. I'm from The Netherlands, so I may not know your local printing possibilities. I have a small amount of art prints that I do print myself. This is mainly when I've created a new illustration and I want to test the waters on how good they will sell. For this, I use a Canon inkjet photo printer, in combination with Epson Matte Heavy Weight paper. This is a pretty luxurious paper that represents the colors very well.
When testing the waters, this combo is fine. However, when prints get demanded a lot, I just order a batch of them. The professional printing is better in my opinion, you get to choose from a variety of quality paper, and when ordering in bulk (say 50 prints), this is just way cheaper then purchasing ink and high quality printing paper like Epson.
So my printing company has a minimum order number of 1 prints. When ordering a higher quantity, of course the pricing gets way friendlier.
I scan my originals and edit them in photoshop. I also have fully digitally painted illustrations printed. If your work has any relief/texture or paper layers (like some of my original illustrations) you can also have them photographed. The illustrations for my art book for example were "scanned" by a machine called the Art Cruse. It's a gigantic scanner that can scan/photograph your work from above, without any surface contact. Maybe there is a local place in your country that works with this scanning device as well. If you are just starting out and/or are camera savvy, you can try photographing your own work in the right lighting, to start off with.
When I started printing my artwork, I began very small. Just a small group of illustrations. To see if people following my art were interested.
There are pro's and con's in opening in Etsy shop. A huge pro being that they have their own algorithm, through which clients can potentially find your work (IF you use the optimal keywords and optimise your SEO, have the 10 images per listing, etc.). You do not have to build your shop from scratch, and Etsy has an established name, which makes it an easy and trustworthy platform to purchase from for clients. Some cons are that the fees are something to take into account. They charge $ 0,20 per (published and renewed) listing, a 5% fee over the entire amount (so this fee is also calculated on shipping costs). Plus additional costs for the transaction that applies. So I pay Etsy app. 8-9% for every order that is placed in my shop.
You can also consider your own webshop (i.e. build your own one attached to your website or choose a platform like Shopify). You'd only pay the hosting amount/a flat fee per month (given that you build/program it yourself), and the transaction fees. A con here is that you must draw all of the potential customers to your website yourself. So building/growing your online presence on social media is essential here. For Etsy this also remains a key factor though, since most of my sales are made when promoting my shop on social media.
I hope this helped! If you have any more questions, I am glad to help!
RE: Business advise needed😳, reg estimate to illustrate
@burvantill I agree with @MichaelaH,
What you can do is create a list of questions you have for them. You need answers to these questions before you can calculate a fitting price. Important questions that come to mind are:
- Are there any particular illustrations in your portfolio that they’re drawn to?
- Is there a medium they prefer you to use (in case there are several media you normally use like water colors, digital, etc).
- What size will the illustrations be?
- How much detail is involved? (Which kind of illustrations are they looking for as far as the content goes? Small spot illustrations will be less work for you than full spreads).
- Is there a particular deadline involved? When will they need the illustrations?
You can probably even add more questions.
If they cannot answer your questions, you do not have a guideline for the pricing. I guess then it’s up to you to decide how serious they are. Like you said; it’s a lot of work. You want to be certain you have all of the information beforehand. Not only to calculate the price, but to consider if the project is worth your time.
I hope it will be a great project :)!
Composition feedback needed for new project
For my new personal project, I’m creating a new calendar. It will be named “Les Saisons des Animaux”, and it will include whimsical animal illustrations. It will have a seasonal/weather changes theme. The second goal for these 12 new illustrations I’m creating, is to include in my new portfolio, that I want to send to publishers.
I have “finished” three illustrations. One if which is a little simpler, but I am including a couple of simpler illustrations to keep it balanced.
I would like to ask for some feedback on the illustrations, mainly about the composition. Of course if you see other aspects, feel free to give me tips on those as wel :D. I’m currently following Will Terry’s composition class.
About the medium: I normally tend to like to work more with water colors, graphite and/or ink, but for these illustrations I wanted to challenge myself to achieve some kind of analogue effect digitally, after having followed Lee’s “Painting Secrets” class.
PS; the images apparently have a “PHotoshop Express” watermark because I resized them on my phone to fit the forum’s size specifications
“Tea party in the clouds”
I printed them out to see if they look cohesive enough together;
RE: MAY CONTEST: MERMAY!
My piece for this month's art contest: "Message in a bottle"
This was such a fun challenge I seized the opportunity to create something new for my portfolio.
It's the first time I really mixed traditional and digital together and I liked working that way!
Good luck everyone - it was fun to watch all of your entries!