Hi Everyone, here is my entry!
Farmers, beware of the black sheep!
Hey everyone, here is my entry!
Hey everyone, here is my entry for the contest!
This is so awesome! I really like see how other people work and love sharing my process.
This piece originated from wanting to have two characters scoping out an alley. Then through exploring ideas turned to the woods, then hiding from someone. Eventually I had the idea of it being a giant crow. Next was to figure out where they would hide. I liked having the characters in the woods but, knew there was a way to up the danger so, I moved them to an open field. Looking to further this I thought it would be interesting to have their only cover by a group of cows that could move at any moment. Lastly I was looking for little story details to give them a reason for running from the crow, the green bag, and the holes in the crown to hint at whats in the bag.
I wanted to have some understanding of crow and cow anatomy so I did a few sketches to give ideas on how to simplify.
Taking the piece to photoshop for the cleanup, value, and color test.
A big challenge was figuring out a pose for the kids. There was even more exploration than this in the digital file.
I hope you enjoyed. I love talking about this stuff so ask away if there are any questions.
Lightbox Expo is fast approaching. Wanted to see if anyone else was planning on attending and I wanted to share my work in progress portfolio for the event.
I'd like to have ten good images, right now I'm at seven but, I'm fine going with less if it means the work is good. The order of the images is important, I'm posting them in the order I think they should go. I want to see if any images are really jumping out at people or if there are some major red flags. The end goal and where I'd like to see myself working is children's publishing, editorial, and private sales.
Hey Gang! Lightbox expo is this weekend and I'm putting the last touches on my portfolio. I fly out in the morning. Wanted to share a couple new pieces I've made and a revised piece.
This had a couple things touched up digitally, I think it brings a little more life to it.
One of the things I needed to work on was some sequential pieces, this one goes with the Crow illustration thats 1. This takes place earlier in the story before they have a run in with the crow. For the image order I want this to follow the crow one, being the new 2.
I had so much fun with this sheep illustration, it had to go in the portfolio. I feel like it's one of my stronger pieces, so I want it in the middle, I'm going to have it follow the taco truck watercolor piece.
This last one is part of the crow illustration series, this would be once they arrive to meet the crow. I'm having a hard time with this one. There's things I like about it, but there's something I can't quite place.
Wanted to see what people thought and if it should go in the portfolio. I'm not sure where I would place it in the order, maybe after the other two in this series? This was laid out with the intent of being a spread. But what do you think?
Please let me know if you think the order of these should be different. If you want to see how they feel in order, I have them up on my site. https://www.normanmoranaillustration.com
Also!! If anyone else is going to be at Lightbox please hit me up, it would be awesome to meet someone from the forum! During the expo I'm more likely to see a message on instagram, and a link to that is in my signature.
I wanted to share my revised illustration from May's Mermay Challenge. First image is the submitted image and the second is where the illustration is at now. The big take aways from the feedback was to vary up the sizes of objects, to use contrast to better direct the viewer, and make the mermaid's pose work in the scene.
I've been chipping away at this for the past month. The biggest struggle I ran into was the mermaid. Originally I wanted her to be escaping from the bowl, then realizing she was being watched. That wasn't reading to people and after exploring more options with that, I realized it wasn't going to work, escaping that way in this situation wouldn't make sense. After going through a ton of poses, I landed on one I think is working better.
Let me know if you think the size of the objects should be pushed more.
Thank you! @davidhohn thats such a good suggestion and takes some pressure off of having to come up with purely new ideas before the expo. In the back of my head I'd been thinking of ways to further the story with the crow illustration, I'll spend some more time on that.
Hi @juliekitzes! you have some great work on here and it's awesome to see your interests cover a lot of areas of art. I've had to go through and am working through what I'm about to critique. A lot of my first thoughts when seeing your site were summed up perfectly by @NessIllustration, to add a bit of my own thoughts and experiences.
Over the past few months I've been going through a major retool of my style, my goals, and my portfolio, and I have to constantly remind myself that in addition to my own enjoyment in making the art, if I want to make a living from this, it has to meet what a client would want. From working with clients and listening to the SVS podcast, clients can be afraid we're going to screw things up. When I look at your portfolio, while there is great work in there, I wouldn't know what I would get from you if I were a client.
Some of the categories are much more related, but things like graphic design and the tattoo don't seem to fit as well if you wanted to do fine art or illustration, and vise versa. It's a real struggle to pick a lane. One thing that may work while you're working through this is completely separate websites, then people may not lose the link. Something like Julie Kitzes Illustration, Julie Kitzes Design, or Julie Kitzes Tattoos. I have a website for my illustration work and another for my day job as a production artist in advertisement, and I don't cross these streams.
One other suggestion, and this is difficult for basically everyone, you have to look at your work and make sure you're only putting forth your very best. If an image looks out of place and doesn't fit with the rest of your style, this may give a client a red flag. Smaller groups of strong images is better than a ton of work that doesn't all fit together. Thats where a blog can come in! You can share all kinds of stuff there and show other interests and experiments.
I hope this can help on some level and doesn't come across too harsh, I say this with the best of intentions. It's really tough out there and sometimes there are sacrifices. Ask yourself a lot of clear questions about what you want.
@davidhohn This is great! I'm going to be on the look out for this on my next library visit.
@lmrush Thank you so much, Lisa! Thats very encouraging
This is a tough one, and I'm not familiar with this superstition. I do really like the idea and the visuals you're describing and showing but, I do think the narrative could be stronger. Maybe try rearranging the elements you have. Like play with where the magpie is. Maybe it just landed on the chair or clock?