Posts made by Simon Prime
RE: Need some advice
1 - It depends on what your contract states and what you have agreed to.
2 - It depends on what your contract states and what you have agreed to. If you have agreed to work on it until the client says you're done, you've left yourself open to this sort of behaviour. I write my own contracts stipulating what I will do and what the client gets for the money.
3 - You write your contract to stipulate your expectations/conditions. The client agrees to that by signing the contract. For myself, I offer three submission stages per image (sketch, colour rough, final) with one round of revisions per submission stage. Extra rounds of revisions are charged. No stage goes forward until the previous stage is approved. I also do not start work until there is a 50% non-refundable deposit in my bank account. If, at any point, the client asks for anything beyond the scope of the contract, I politely point that out and let them know how much extra it will cost to make that happen. If the client is not paying for revisions, they have no incentive to stop asking for them which leads to endless tweaks and a bad effective daily rate.
Am I right in thinking that you have submitted your milestones on time and that the client hasn't paid you?
RE: Looking for critique
I like the ink and composition.
The lighting needs tweaking though. The ball of flame is the main light source but looks darker than the face. It doesn't stand out against the character.
A useful technique for lineart is using a screen layer to colour the line. This might help the illusion of light in the flame.
RE: Music WIP - Pied Piper
@rachy I like the feeling of the rats concentrating on the piper. You're successfully communicating the mesmeric quality of the piper's music.
I'm not really getting consistent size cues from the rats. For example, the rat on the right sticking its head out of a window is behind the piper yet seems to be the size of a dog. The rat across the road seems as big as a person. The background rats make the foreground rats look like huge rats close to the piper rather than regular size rats close to the camera.
As the rats are such an important part of the image, I'd suggest some more character development sketches of the rats starting with some studies of reference photos. This would help to flesh them out a bit, make them pop.
RE: Help with Photoshop Canvas Size and Resolution
@moonaticdestiny I generally work on an A4 canvas at 150 dpi to block out/sketch then upscale to 300 dpi to do the final polish & detail. Sketching at 150 dpi lets you lay down big broad strokes with speed and fluidity. Once you know where the detail has to go, the upscale gives you the resolution to make it pop.
My name is Simon Lissaman. I'm an illustrator looking to learn more and develop my skills. I have a background in games development (concept art) but have found some success in commercial and technical illustration. I've been drifting a bit lately and I'm having a bit of a creative slump. Anyone have any advice on shaking it off?