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RE: Help for mock-up book cover!
This is what I have so far for my first mock-up cover. I would say it's 90 % finished. I am still fiddling with the final details. Any thoughts before I call it done ?!
Also, I started working on another one, this time for a slightly lesser known story called the valiant little tailor. I am at the color comp stage. Any comments/critique would be greatly appreciated!
RE: Looking for some feedback on hands
I think they are really good! The first one looks a little awkward, but the reference looks awkward too.
However I think with hands the trick is not to draw a few really detailed hands, but hundreds roughs sketches. It'll be much more useful if you want to pursue illustration (which is probably why you're here to be able to draw hands in any positions than to render a hand very realistically! Although there are certainly things to learn with detailed, carefully rendered drawings (and they can be fun to do!) if you want to get good at hands I would draw sketchbook pages full of hands doing various things. And even after doing that, you'll probably still find them hard to draw haha! Hands are really tuff.
But again, I think your studies are quite good!
Help for mock-up book cover!
Happy New Year
I was wondering if I could get your precious feedback on a piece I am working on? I asked my agent for a portfolio review recently and she said I should: 1) add more pieces with heavily characterized characters (giants, Vikings, pirates, etc) AND 2) do mock-up book covers, using existing stories that I love.
SO, to start, I decided to combine both and do a mock-up book cover of Jack and the Beanstalk. After a few rounds of thumbnails, here is my very rough sketch!
RE: New recruit with a question about how to get started/set up for digital illustration practice
Welcome to the forum!!
Another option would be to invest in an Ipad pro and apple pencil. I used to have a Cintiq and sold it after buying my Ipad. This thing is AMAZING. You can buy the procreate app for about 50 $ and honestly, with the recent updates they made, it's getting pretty damn close to photoshop.
If you want more info on the Ipad I'd be more than happy to answer questions!
RE: Backing up your work/computer - Techy question
@Aaron-Pierce EXCELLENT! That's what I wanted to hear! Thanks!
Backing up your work/computer - Techy question
I was in the process of cleaning up my computer and started thinking my backup process is probably not the safest/most effective. As I am doing more and more client work these days, I feel like I should have a bulletproof backup system (if it exists...)
What I currently do is keep pretty much everything on dropbox. I usually do a back up of my computer (mac) with time machine once every 1 month or so, but it doesn't back up the stuff that is only in my dropbox and not synced to my mac... When I am working on a project for I client, I usually copy everything on a USB periodically, although if dropbox would collapse in between two of these extra USB transfer, I would loose sooooooo many hours of work!
SO! How do you backup your work? How safe is dropbox? Any tips?!
RE: Social Media: 2019 Update
@smceccarelli Thank for this intro to Behance Simona! I will have to look into it now! I also keep thinking I have to dive into the other platforms more. I try to share as much as possible on FB and Twitter, but my number of followers isn't going anywhere (while IG keeps slowly growing). So I guess there are some different strategies I don't understand for these platforms. Linkedln I have absolutely no idea what to do with! I don't even have an account.
One thing I am always wondering about is - if you have limited time for social media (which we all have!) is it better to focus your energy on one or 2 platforms and have them grow well or to have a presence on all the platforms but not doing good on any of them (or doing so-so)
RE: Critique on a portfolio piece in progress :)
You guys are awesome!
When you work for too long on something you kind of get a blind spot. I was really happy with my sketch but then reading your comments it felt so obvious something was missing! The main point is the foreground. It makes a huge difference I think. Also you correctly spotted the the white lab coat was way to much competing for attention. The only thing I am not sure about is the perspective on the man's face (@Bob-Crum ) Since he is looking down, I am not sure we would see up his nose... Anyone else has thoughts on this?
Finally, I am still not sure what to do with the lights/candles. I tried having several candles producing very faint lights so it would compete less with the magic bottle. What do you think?
Thanks again for the help!!
RE: Ipad Pro Durability
I have used my I pad pro daily for almost 3 years now. It's been in countless backpacks, suitcases, etc. I don't have kids, but I'd say it's pretty tough! And I don't have any specific issues with it so far. I have been thinking of buying a Cintiq for the last few months because I want I bigger screen, but honestly the Ipad is so good that I can't really justify buying another tablet... I had a older Cintic before buying my Ipad but sold it because the Ipad was 100X better. I also looked at several knock-off. The one that seems to come the closest to the Wacom is the Kamvas pro 22, but still, it doesn't seem to be in the same league.
Hope this helps!
I have a question re: consistency of instagram feed. I have been steadily gaining followers over the last 2 years (using @Jake-Parker 's tips) I have just reached 6000. I shared ALMOST only illustration stuff (sketch, WIP, finish stuff). Recently, I started exploring fine art stuff a little more - landscape sketching in watercolour/gouache, and I want to dive back into portrait painting. Should I create a separate Instagram account for that, or share on the same account ?! Any thoughts ?!
RE: Conferences and Workshops in 2019
Oh!! What a nice idea!! I would love to go to the N-Y SCBWI (although just thinking of it gives me a panick attack) I remember reading one of your post on how to prepare for a SCBWI conference... I would love to find that again!
For sure I will think about it. I agree that knowing someone there would be great!
Thanks for starting this thread
RE: SCWBI narrative contest. See any last minute fixes?
Hi @Art-of-B !
I see 3 things
- Same as @rcartwright , I don't understand the location. The first image he looks in a cave, but not the other two...
- I did a paint over for this one bacause it was hard to explain, but the way the dragon mouth is in the 2nd image, it looks like the dragon is about to eat the egg... I think the composition would read better this way :
- Very quick fix. There is something a little....... phallic about the guy's chin in the 3rd image...
Othewise, great work! Awesome design
RE: Fall WIP (leafpile)
Agree with everyone else: amazing line art, great composition, great character design. The thick line art on the tree and the unclear boy trajectory (doesn't look like he is coming from the swing) are the only 2 things bugging me
The tree is kind of separating your picture in half. I am wondering what it would look like if you moved the tree to the right and have the swing the same side as the boy. I honestly think it would fox all your problems...
RE: Character Design - Feedback Welcome
The first or last one! Or maybe an in-between ? I like that the BG is pulled back on the first two although in the second one I feel it's definitely too much. The first one is better, but maybe still a tad too much ? Or maybe the FG character is a little too saturated..
I love what you came up with for the character! I was too late for the pool, but my pick were also 5 and 3. I love how it turned out!
RE: Portfolio Pieces? Feedback please
I agree with what was said before. A lot of great thing in your work! But what I think is missing is story... currently they look more like pieces you would hang in a kids bedroom (which is not a bad thing!) but not really something you would see in a kid book. I think part of the "problem" is also the foliage all around the image, makes it look more like a decorative piece then an illustration you would see in a book. For your next serie (I love the underwater idea!) try maybe coming up with a simple story to illustrate! Story in always the key in illustration!
Also, I think it would be a good idea to ALSO do digital - However, it is not necessarily easier. And I would give up acrylics, I think is looks great! One way you can use digital to make your life easier without giving up acrylics is to sketch digitally (I find the undo button and transform tool SO helpful for sketching!! But then color in acrylics
Hope this helps!
RE: Hello World
You could try doing a monthly challenge? Maybe draw 30 animals, or 30 children ? Or if you want a bigger challenge do @Jake-Parker 's draw "100 something". @smceccarelli did 100 children recently and did pretty awesome work! If you share the work here or on social media it gives you accountability (that being said, I started a challenge like that about 2 years ago which was drawing 50 animal characters and never finished it, but I did about 20 and it was still fun and kept the creative juice flowing). What kind of illustration would you like to do? (kid lit, editorial, ?)