Hi Hannah, I just checked out your Instagram your work is lovely. I'm kinda new to the forum too and found it through the podcast, such a great resource. I wish you all the best with the new portfolio and the hunt for a new agent.
Hi, I'm an Irish Illustrator, recently moved from Ireland to Japan and switched careers from Youth & Community work and Graphic design to pursue my passion for Illustration.
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RE: Feedback on little panda design
My wife who I just showed it to and myself prefer the Bean, as pandas tend not to have a very distinct separate head - body. I think this adds to their cute and cuddlyness.
On the Bean design maybe you could have the arms shape flipped, like the shoulder thicker than down at the hands, similar to the legs.
If you want to play with the design you could play with the position/size of the facial features, to see if its better, worse etc. I like the features the way they are but you never know what can come from moving the eyes down giving the character a bigger forehead or making the eyes even bigger. Or smaller eyes and higher on the head, although this may make them look older.
I hope this helps, look forward to seeing more
RE: Top 5 favourite illustrators/artists!
Cool Thread, mine would be
1.Beatrice Blue - colour work is awesome
2.Mary Blair - just an amazing artist and great colour work
3.Dice Tsutsumi - I did the colour and light course on schoolism, his painting approach is so cool.
4.Peter De Seve - character designs are beautiful
5.Bobby Chiu - characters, paintings and generally great attitude - his videos and streams are always very informative.
oh also Stephen Silver
RE: Agent or no agent. How to get work and what's your dayjob
London I believe is a great hub for illustration, I'm from Ireland and a lot of illustrators I know would seek work in the UK.
I joined the Association of Illustrators which is based in the UK, it has great advice and you can email and ask advice on pricing and other things and they'll resond. It does cost to join maybe 180 sterling for a year. Even if you don't join you can purchase directories from them, https://theaoi.com/product/all-directories-aoi-member/ they have 3 (editorial, publishing and advertising) basically they are full of names of commissioners in the UK along with contact details the art directors names and a little write up about the type of illustration they comission.
All the best with your new start in London, put yourself out there. Don't think about "having to be brilliant to succeed" Try stay positive, it will show in your work!
I agree getting a part time job at like a book store or coffee shop would be a good way to help focus your career and give you a bit of security beginning your journey.
I wish you the best of luck
RE: Using a Wacom Intuos to draw with
I think having a graphics tablet for your laptop would be a great investment. It's better than using a mouse,or track pad, even when not your drawing. I use a Wacom intuos pro medium, love it. I had a 21" cintiq, but its back home in Ireland The disconnect from drawing on tablet while looking at the screen wasn't a big change for me, but I understand this could be different for some. You may find it uncomfortable if the size difference between your screen and tablet are very different.
RE: Recommendation for a tablet
I got a wacom intuos pro medium last year and love it, its quite portable slim and not too bulky. It's not huge but I'm comfortable with the size, as I'm working on a 17" laptop.
If as you said it is for your niece, a starter, an inexpesive wacom intuos draw might be a good option. I think they are equivlent to the old Bamboo tablets. under 100 dollars I think.
I have heard Huion are a good competitor now for wacom now and their tablets are quite good quality and cheaper, I've never used them though. Might be worth investigating.