Here is my entry!
Hey, I'm Taylor Ackerman, I am a children's illustrator making work under the name Studio Looong (an ode to my small, horizontally-gifted studio mates). I love making work that is whimsical, easy to relate to, and just a tiny bit off-beat. Knobby people, bug-eyed creatures and quirky narratives are some of my favorite subjects.
I graduated from Bradley University in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and now I work as a Designer at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. I spend every minute I can outside of work drawing and illustrating. I strive to become a published illustrator, specializing in Children's Publishing.
Here is my entry for the June contest!
For Mermay I am drawing an unconventional mer-granny and her cat-fish. I want to turn this into a little series where I have this piece and I draw a handful of catfish portraits like the ones behind her in the sketch as stand alone pieces. I'm not sure how I feel about the catfish I have on granny's lap. I feel like it's lacking the character that the other two have. I might re-draw it.
My friend Hayden has revamped and relaunched his character design challenge and is putting out one character description a week, this is my take on the first one; Ozmo, leader of the merchant guild. Adding color later this week! if you want to join follow @cqprompts on twitter or instagram.
I've used El-co color labs in the past, they have a poster special on larger sizes and a quantity discount that would make 8x10's $1 a piece. All archival, really good quality photo prints.
I got a desk arm mount for my kamvas so I can tuck it up out of the way when I'm not drawing, I highly recommend getting a good arm mount for people who want the 22" but don't have the largest desk. They should be compatible with all the same ones as Wacom cintiques are so look up reviews - there are plenty!
this pup looks just like my longest dog! Great animation! https://www.instagram.com/p/CFAuzmyD04x/
@Ari-Sorokin I think that wix and squarespace are the two most popular among the illustrators that I know. Squarespace is actually pretty good and easy to set up. They have some really nice templated options. I use webflow, it's a similar price and setup to squarespace but it's aimed at people who know a little more code. You could use wordpress, not sure how much coding you know, if you want to go that route and don't want to code it yourself, it pays to invest in a good template. Adobe portfolio is easy to set up and free, but it is strictly a portfolio. If you are wanting a way for people to pay you on the site I don't think that platform allows for it.
Here is an article that breaks down some other options you could look into: https://medium.com/@josephloveswp/best-8-squarespace-alternatives-for-2019-267cad239534
I love it, I'd suggest making the water a tiny bit more blue or the darker trees a tiny bit more green. Right now they are reading as the same color to me and it was a little bit confusing. I didn't get that the fish were in water right away.
@jdubz Alphonso has released an hour long video detailing his argument as to why the book is plagiarized, if you want to see for yourself, I recommend watching that.
I understand why he's upset, but to me, it seems like they are two different books covering the same niche topic. A lot of the things he claims he came up with, and Jake copied, look a lot like things that I studied or did in my intro to drawing and 2D design classes in college (years before either of these books were published). If someone is unfamiliar with other drawing fundamentals books and watches Alfonso's argument, it definitely looks like Jake copied, but if you take a minute to compare Alfonso's book to all the other books out there on drawing fundamentals, you'll see that may of the concepts that he claims that he invented predate him by quite a bit.
@chrisaakins that's great reference, I think I need to soften the beams above him a little and push the lighting on him and the dragonfly like @carolinebautista is describing with his body taking on a bit more shadow in places.
@theprairiefox I like the suggestion of having an open frame for his new catch, I'll have to see if I can make room in his office where you can see the opening, maybe he will have to clear some space on the shelf behind him