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!
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 have a Patreon too, for some years now. I use it to share wips, sneak peeks, exclusive news and behind the scenes pics. It has grown steadily over the years, but I should really invest more time into marketing my page though!
Mine is www.patreon.com/nadyart
@hannahmarie Thanks so much! This was a standalone piece, at least for now. Who knows! I was approached by an editor, she asked me if this was a standalone piece as well. I'd have to come up with a story around it maybe
Thanks also for your comment on my Isolation piece, I had a lot of fun making it
@Ryan-Ehr I must admit that I also thought your piece was a very strong contender!
I understand that the concept of my own piece was not portraying the prompt very clear. I do love to have it in my portfolio though :).
I really appreciate the challenges and the time the instructors invest each time.
Personally, I have been less fond of the voting. I liked it much better when the judges decided who’d win. Not because I don’t value the opinions of the voters - I do. But when looking through the monthly contest topic, there are always pieces that are very popular. Not all of these pieces get selected by the professional judges - which is totally fine. But then when the voting starts, the roles are turned again, and the voters decide. The outcomes seem a tad doubtful to me, because it depends so much on who can be available at the Live session, can someone remain online for the complete voting session or has he/she voted a handful of times before they need to go offline, is the voting working for everyone consistently, etc.
In the end it is of course about having the chance to practice creating pieces around a prompt and creating valuable portfolio pieces, that is the most important.
However the current voting structure makes less sense to me than the judges making their selection and narrowing it down to 2 winners. Just my two cents
@Jose-A-Nieto Thank you! The texture in the water comes from a water colour painting I made. I have scanned that painting and put pieces of it as an overlay layer on top of the illustration. It is not at 100% opacity. You can also tinker with the other layer options besides overlay for other effects.
@Mike-C Have you heard about the books of Austin Kleon? They are full of wonderful anecdotes and ways to break through creative blocks. Their titles: "Steal like an artist", "Show your work", and "Keep Going". The last one being the best for your particular questions Good luck!