@Amanda-Jean I love the textures!
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RE: Little Red Riding Hood Thumbnails - Feedback wanted :)
It has been a little while since I worked on this illustration since I kept hesitating about the thumbs and I also was (am) following @Will-Terry 's Composition class.
So I started from scratch and created a new thumbnail sketch and after that, a value thumbnail for the composition. The shadow did not quite work for me, since I did not want to make the cover too scary for little children.
I would really like to start working on the final illustration and I'm very curious about your opinion and feedback for the new comp :).
I wanted the focus to be on little red riding hood, the wolf being visible at a second glance, fitting right into the space underneath the tree. I also wanted do create a contrast between the right and the left side of the illustration: the further Little Red reaches the forest, the darker the image becomes. The image feels heaver in the right side, but I wanted to even this out by adding the title text on the left. I hope this all comes across
RE: Portfolio website redesign, need feedback
@dorrismillerrr I do not agree completely, because I think the point is to display a range of colors and works in monochrome / black & white can definitely be among them (though not overwhelming) to show what you can do with a limited pallet and they show how well you use values.
@xin-li I think your portfolio looks very cohesive. I would add a couple of artworks and maybe add some additional color schemes in those ones. Maybe some full spreads with text placement.
I think you’re definitely on the right track on the path you’ve set out for yourself, it’s very motivating and inspiring to me!
RE: Character Practice
The colored version of the little boy did not sit right with me, so I decided to start over (still used the sketch though). I started with a monochrome version, just to get the values right. I like it better like this, and I hope I can proceed to create a colored version that looks better than the first one, preferably without linework.
I'm trying to build my kid lit portfolio, through several steps. One of them is to improve my characters and character style. I have always drawn a lot of animals, and mainly focused on anthropomorphic characters. I now try to draw 50 children (and keep improving my animal style too). To hold myself accountable I thought to create this thread to share some of my sketches and finished characters. These are not for a specific project or my portfolio, but just to practice my style.
Any feedback is appreciated
A kid playing hero. I'm really figuring out my style when drawing kids. This was the first kid I was somewhat happy with. I think the sketch turned out better than the colored version though (which I'm starting over).
RE: Little Red Riding Hood Thumbnails - Feedback wanted :)
Thank you everyone for your input and feedback! I think I may go for number 3
Little Red Riding Hood Thumbnails - Feedback wanted :)
So I’m giving myself 6-7 months to create an entirely new portfolio, kid lit illustration to be specific, and then I hope to reach out to publishers. I’m following SVS classes of course, and I would really like to get some feedback on these thumbnails. They’re preparations for a Red Riding Hood themed illustration for my portfolio.
They’re not quite there yet, I haven’t finished the composition class. But the idea popped up in my head and I wanted to put it on paper.
What do you think? Is there a possible candidate between these comps?
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!