I love seeing all of the different choices everyone made! Especially fan of @Ryan-Ehr's illustration!
Here is my entry for this month.
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!
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!
I'm over the moon with excitement, I just signed my contract with Claire Easton from Painted Words!
I have been a bit silent over the last few weeks, I have been working towards the next step in my career for quite some time now. I finished my dummy with my own story and updated my portfolio.
And I must say... I could not have done this without SVS! I'm so happy, I just had to share the news here
Thank you especially to @Lee-White for the Painting Secret course I followed and the video critique I received this year which both really helped me so much and were of great value.
I can't wait to start illustrating books!
Here is my submission for March! I had a lot of fun with it and it also felt like a metaphor for life right now...
Not so much a critique post, but I just wanted to share my happiness, since my books arrived this week! I worked on my wordless picture book since 2017 and last October I ran a Kickstarter campaign which enabled me to finish and print it. I’m looking forward to new projects after the books have been shipped. Now that I’m following SVS courses, under which Lee’s live course Painting Secrets, I hope to improve a multitude of things my second time around.
I also have a question: I have sold the books through Kickstarter and the overage that I was able to print I will list in my Etsy shop. Should I try to get the books in stores or keep them exclusively in my webshop? I’m wondering if it would be worth the time and effort trying to sell them wholesale in my country - I think the book may be for a too specific target group and there will be not much interest. Do any of you have any experience with selling books after a crowdfunding campaign?
Anyways - thank you for your insights!
I started to make some sketches for a mini story to explain to my son what is happening, because he of course senses something is the matter.
Maybe I will also share this online as a mini story. I'm not focussing so much on a perfect image or rendering, but hope to get a clear message across to help my son (and maybe other kids) understand. I wish I could draw faster and finish it in one day though
I think it is beautiful work! I work with collage often, and I run into the same problems when scanning. When it is possible, I try to photograph the piece, or have it scanned with an Art scanner (the "Cruse") that doesn't make contact with the surface of the artwork. Those are hard to find, I was lucky to have a company locally that does this when I created a book in 2018, but it's quite expensive. An alternative is to photograph it yourself in the right light. This is what the paintings looked like with the scanner without contact: https://youtu.be/xf_zD9T5hSA
The shadows are a bit too harsh there, but maybe this demonstrates what I mean.
I think adding shadow in Photoshop would be a good alternative, if you paint them with subtlety. I think the white lines that light certain edges of the collage, are just as important as the shadows to have it look right.
This is an example of a collage I managed to scan without losing to much of the depth. You can maybe try to elevate certain elements of your work, which will create more of a natural shadow.
I recently funded a Kickstarter campaign for my wordless picture book Oliver finds a friend, and I made a video about the painting process for one of the illustrations. I painted the illustrations in ink and thought to document it, in case anyone finds it helpful It would of course be amazing if anyone would consider subscribing. I'd love to return the favour if you have a channel as well!
You can watch the video here:
I am still a bit hesitant to see if I will continue with my channel because it is pretty time consuming. Has anyone else considered starting a Youtube channel and what were the reasons you decided to (not) move forward with it? I know @NessIllustration just started a great one <3.
@Julia @NessIllustration @Jacy13 @miranda-hoover @K-Flagg Thank you all so much!! It is nice to read your kind words because it always is so exciting to see what people think. Especially with the video, I'm not really all that comfortable in front of the camera
I am uncertain if I may post this - I can of course remove my post if I'm not allowed, sorry in that case!
I just wanted to mention that yesterday I launched a Kickstarter campaign for my new book called Oliver finds a friend.
It is my second Kickstarter campaign and I thought the recent podcast was very useful when preparing this second one! Thanks so much for that (along with the video's on Lee, Will's and Jake's Youtube channels, which were also very helpful).
I'm happy to share my experiences here about the campaign if you have any questions!
If you like to see it, you can visit the campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nadyart/oliver-finds-a-friend?ref=c7kvnl
@NessIllustration I feel that this will happen to me (the comment on every post).
I have received a message every time I used the hashtag up until now, pointing me towards the legal issue. People are asking to change it.
I’m sorry to see that the hashtag has become so tainted, that the challenge cannot be separated from a legal issue that is beween two people.
(I’m sorry if this is a bit off topic by the way).
I signed with my agent in July this year. There is kind of an “on-boarding” in the first couple of months in which I have sent my full portfolio, added a couple of new pieces, and I’m finishing up a spread for my dummy. I’ve been added to the agency website and after the last spread is finished, my portfolio will be sent out to clients.
It was a nice period in which I got to communicate with my agent and got to know how things work. Next I will have to wait and see when and if I start to receive project proposals.
Before I signed with my agent, I was earning my income from my own projects: my webshops, patreon, Kickstarter, private commissions.
There can be some time between signing with an agent and getting project proposals. For some it happens very fast, but I’ve also heard people wait for 1-2 years even before it started to grow. So I would take into account to have income streams as an artist besides those agented projects.
Hope this helps! I will post an update when I’m further along in the process, if that is useful to anyone