@mirkah ooh awesome thanks! I'll certainly check them out!
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RE: Have you seen the new ProCreate update??!!!!!
@smceccarelli Thanks! Yeah from my playing around this morning, the standard brushes look great. It does seem pretty intuitive. Masks and clipping masks will allow me to mimic how I tend to work in Photoshop. There doesn’t seem to be a foreground/background color toggle sort of feature though, which will slow me down in a masking process, but I just created a white and black color palette that I can quickly select from. For me, this iPad is meant to be supplemental to my laptop anyways; primarily for casual sketching & painting initially; though, I’m looking to ultimately do some production at on it as I get a comfortable using it — And the fun begins!!!
RE: Have you seen the new ProCreate update??!!!!!
@smceccarelli I was just about to post asking about Procreate!
Yesterday, I received my iPadPro2 (I've been waiting for this for these past years, especially ever since you, @Will-Terry , were here in Dallas with your iPadPro) I've started messing around with Procreate this morning (Haven't touched Affinity Designer yet). Seems fairly easy to pick up, especially with Google Search by my side; however, it looks like I'll have to work a little differently than I'm used to on Photoshop (which is fine).
So, the question:
Any tips, brush/other-support recommendations, reference sites, etc. for Procreate (or iPadPro in general)?
RE: SVS Online Portfolio upgrade?
@will-terry what a helpful offering to users as well as svslearn itself.
These are key (in my mind):
• " It would enable us to share the portfolios with art directors at various publishing houses"
• "images with the most upvotes to populate a gallery on the front of the svslearn page"
Might be helpful to have "Editor Picks" and/or "AD Picks", maybe even with commentary of why.
Could also be helpful to have categories/tags to apply to uploaded art so that an AD can search through genre type rather than each and every person's work
I'm sure a lot can be gained from how ArtStation & others handle things.
The first key point is "key" to me because there are many places to create a portfolio on, but there aren't many that say "enable us to share with ADs", aside from agents/reps and paid portfolio sites (which I guess this kind of is a little but more of an add-on to amazing content & community).
It would be nice if this had a little something else to set it apart from a personal and aggregate gallery showing. Not really sure what that is — maybe having reputable people such as yourself potentially sharing the page with ADs is enough.
The reasoning: Many of us have a website, instagram, twitter, behance, scbwi page, artstation, deviantart, pinterest, etc. While I personally need to go in and update & manage mine (been busy & lazy to do so), in the end, they're all "just" a gallery of images/casestudies (granted each has a different purpose, audience, visibility, features, etc.). Is there something that svslearn could do a little differently to make this showing unique?
I'll think about it and share if I come up with something, but it would be an extra added bonus if somehow these portfolios could help present portfolios according to the VisualStorytelling & even the learn of SVSLearn (maybe it's as simple as person & art piece categories, like "Picture Book" "Middle Grade" "Graphic Novel").
Regardless, it is awesome to see the continual effort SVSLearn puts into growing itself & its members! Great job!
EDIT: a thought hit me as I was going back to working on stuff: Perhaps there is an aspect of "aided curation" to portfolios. Way too much work for you, Jake & Lee to do, but perhaps community supported. A way for people's portfolios to have insights given from other members on how to organize, where needs improved, or even curated by some sort of voting system within each portfolio (e.g. ranking of one's pieces). I suppose there would need to be some sort of privacy/hiddenness regarding critiques on a portfolio; then again, all other social media pretty openly shares everyone's comments...
RE: Fragmented art time
@nasvikdraws Thank you for posting this and for everyone’s responses. To hear others sharing in the same struggle is such an encouragement. It is something I have been fiercely wrestling with myself.
I saw this a few months ago when posted and kept a tab of it up these months intending to read it; finally getting around to it! Hah!
Truly, it has been incredibly busy with fragmented time when my 10-mo old was born and with acquiring full-time work as well as contract work on the side.
My time is in the morning rather than at night. In fact, I am pretty dead at night. My eyes in particular (maybe it’s my 41-yr old eyes…) I tend to wake up early (2:45-to-5am; typically 3:45), so that gives me a nice chunk of time “before the world awakes,” as well as having to begin my full-time responsibilities (which are also illustration & design). I believe @Jake-Parker mentioned this being part of his schedule once before.
I resonate with the incremental “keep going, even a little bit at a time,” thoughts others have expressed. While I suppose it’s a marathon & an adventure, it can be frustrating knowing that concentrated time could help move everything faster. (Not to mention the other things that are hard to fit in. For me, it has been exercise & reading that have also been hard to fit in these months — harder to fit in my pants too - hehe).
Jotting down notes & sketches seems to be pretty important, per what others expressed too, as it keeps a log & map to follow
Similarly, “keeping the eyes on the prize” (as the saying goes). It can be easy to get distracted and lose passion over ideas once held dear or over particular paths of improvement, which where the notes and such come in handy.
Perhaps I’m just rambling at this point, but these are some of my thoughts; though, I’d still love to hear from others on how to manage better. Regardless, thank you again for the post; sorry it’s taken me so long to respond
RE: Character Design - Feedback Welcome
@smceccarelli I'd say that #3 seems to have the most spunkiness for me. I think it has something to do with her shorter hair (but it might also be the wider face and/or the posture & way of holding the wood). As a side, I do like how you handled the clothing (shirt stripes & cuff, gloves & tool belt) of #4. I'd kind of like to see that a little more on #3.
RE: If I signed a contract giving ownership over to the client...
@davidhohn I would also add asking for permission to show on social media. There may be permission granted with legal added on the image and/or i the meta data.
EDIT: That is, assuming you would want to show it on social media. Of course, once you have the image on your site, it is available for anyone to share on social media.
RE: Digital versus Traditional questions
@chrisaakins Sure! haha yes I need lots of wife-convincing too! I think all of those areas your students are interested in can use traditional quite a bit — maybe apart from comic book colorists, which may be more on the digital side now (not sure how @Jake-Parker colorized his new graphic novel: https://shop.mrjakeparker.com/collections/comics/products/pre-order-skyheart-book-i-the-search-for-the-star-seed but I think it was digital based on his Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg4G4_tHsIR/?taken-by=jakeparker), but the pencil art and inking would/could all be traditional media work; though inking could also be done digitally. Also, the Anime could use a bit of digital, but the Manga would be similar to American-styled comics with pencil & ink.
Regarding Character Design, I have been enjoying this quarterly magazine by 3DTodal:
It is a bit of money (especially if outside of the UK like I am), but I think they're pretty nice.
Of course, SVSLearn has multiple courses on the above
RE: Digital versus Traditional questions
@chrisaakins There are many illustrators working in traditional media, and I think they do quite well.
While my background has its origin in traditional media, I’ve mostly used digital for many years primarily due to the advantages of being able to more easily make edits or multiple iterations (e.g. make something in multiple color options), not to mention not needing to scan/photograph it in. Of course, I am feeling a growing yearning to do more traditional media. Likely I will do a hybrid.
Photoshop (and Illustrator if you do/need vector) are pretty standard; though, there are lower cost and even free options (like https://www.gimp.org/).
A pen tablet or pen display (like a Wacom Intuos or Cintiq) are extremely helpful (almost necessary) to paint digitally.
The iPad Pro (and Surface too, I think) are powerful enough to do production art in many cases, with apps like Procreate which is similar to Photoshop and Affinity Designer which is similar to Illustrator that are much less expensive too. BTW, I’ve seen a rumor on LinkedIn about Adobe making a full version of Photoshop for iPad Pro too (here’s one link: https://gizmodo.com/full-version-of-adobe-photoshop-is-reportedly-coming-to-1827572583)
I think that—aside from what others have to offer here—more answers may come from knowing what kind of illustration you and your students are looking to do (Picture Books? Editorial? Surface Textile Design? Product Packaging? Character Design? Concept Art? Textures for 3D Models? etc.) This may allow more specific answers as to whether traditional media or digital would be more preferred and what tools would be best.