Here’s my entry for this month, it’s been a bit of an experiment! Lovely to see what everyone’s come up with!
Freelance artist & Illustrator based in Malvern, Worcestershire, UK
I’m a bit shy of posting this one anyway here’s my entry for hidden. She’s hidden herself under the bed from the wild ocean magic that’s taking over her room.
edit the reason I’m shy about it is that I feel like I really got out of my comfort zone for this one
Hello! I’ve been lurking here for a while and thought I'd say hi! I'm Rachel, I live in Malvern, Worcestershire UK.
I'm here because I really want to learn toillustrate children's books, I've got ideas for stories in my head but getting those out of my head into some kind of picture book form is kinda challenging, and it seems like I need to learn a whole new set of skills in storytelling and sequencing images.
So a little bit about me: I'm a recovering fine art graduate, somehow accidentally making a living bouncing around selling paintings & prints at art markets and fairs, and doing commissions for paintings, murals on walls and giant animal sculptures. Which is great but not exactly what I want to be doing!
Every time I do an art market or fair someone says i should be doing children's books, and I do get random unpublished authors asking me to illustrate their stories but I don’t feel confident enough to attempt such a big project without learning a ton of stuff about it first. I also don't know any illustrators offline, so it's difficult to get feedback other than 'that's nice' which isn't too helpful! I'm hoping to get over my shyness of posting anything other than pictures online and join in crits and learn from u all!
Anyways thanks for listening to me ramble, here are some images of the kind of thing I've been doing...
I’ve just been to see a possible client who is looking for an illustrated map of their flower gardens that are open to the public. Squeeee! An actual illustration job!
But. I have never done Anything like this before, my commissions are normally ‘i want a landscape with a dragon and our special car/house/place’ etc.I know how to price that kind of thing and how long it will take me, but this is different they want me to tell the story of the garden whilst also be able to use it to navigate the garden. Which is awesome and terrifying lol!
So I was wondering if anyone had any advice or tips for this sort of project?
If I get it, I’ll be using digital for sketching and developing the composition and then moving that onto canvas and painting with acrylics for the final thing. As they want the painting to hang on the wall in their meeting room then also have it in their catalogue, so it’s got to work at A4 size printed as well as larger, I’m thinking the painting will need to be at least A3 (11.69 x 16.53 inches) or possibly A2 (16.5 X 23.4 in). They want quotes for both sizes.
I’ve got all sorts of information about what their looking for, tons of photographs of the plants and they have a sketched out a plan of the garden, and they like my idea of highlighting different areas with oversize flowers that grow there, I’ve been looking at these illustrations for inspiration of how it can be done..
Any advice, tips and encouragement appreciated!!
Hello All! Sorry that i've been a bit quiet on here for a while, it's been crazy busy in my world, I thought I'd post what I've been up to. Here's a mural I finished on Friday that puts into practice some things I've learnt so far from SVS courses. Its finished not perfect as there are so many things I would just tweak a little if I had a few more hours, however, my clients are very happy so that's good.
The mural is for a child's bedroom, and is inspired by the Fern Hollow books from the 70s/80s with a little wind in the willows mixed in. It took about 80 hours to paint and I've accidentally strained my wrist painting planets on the ceiling! Hopefully I'll be able to be on the forums a bit more now, Anyways here are a few pics (please excuse that I haven't tidied them up in Photoshop yet)...
Also do you think (once I've tidied up the photos) I could put this in my illustration portfolio as well as my mural portfolio or keep it separate?
I've tried to give more perspective to the magic and tried to make the conjured mouse/rat avatar thingy a bit more angry and challenging looking..
What do you think are there any other tweaks you would make?
I've been colouring it in, I want to give the feeling that it's in a polluted city and have tried to use colder colours for the mouse and her magic to highlight her a bit more.
I could just keep painting and painting this one so knowing when to call it done is hard! I kinda want to keep the city loose, but how loose? I'd be grateful if you have any thoughts or if there are any glaring mistakes?
@ShannonBiondi @Heather-Boyd @theprairiefox thank you I'm going to take C1 and mix some of the other bits in like the wand from D1 , I'm trying to work out how to make the conjured mouse look a bit more monsterous here's how that's going so far...