@xin-li Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer is an 80-page picture book. That may be a good one to look at.
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RE: Looking for book recommendation: Long format picture books.
RE: How can I generate some money from all the portfolio building I'm doing?
I think this tough to offer advice on because what you should do next really depends on your personal goals for where you want your career to go. It sounds like you're considering a couple options:
- Sign up for a crowdsourcing site to get client experience and income
- Open an etsy store to get "running a business" experience and income
- Keep working on portfolio while querying agents and publishers
Signing up for a crowdsourcing site will get you a ton of experience quoting jobs, meeting deadlines, and communicating with clients. If this is an area where you feel you need to grow this could be a good option. If you're trying to get portfolio-worthy work or make money, these platforms are not the place to do it. Often the deadlines are tight and the budgets are small so you don't end up being able to do your best work. If you are going to join a platform, I suggest Reedsy. I find that site is a tiny bit less of a race to the bottom. There is an application you have to fill out to join, I find this makes the authors and illustrators on this platform less flakey since they've already had to put in some significant effort up front.
Opening an Etsy store is going to give you a whole different experience that's going to be a little less applicable to children's books. (but if you want to sell products this is still a great next step) The kind of art that is great for a children's book portfolio is often too specific to succeed as a print or digital product. You may have to rework/generalize old pieces or make a separate body of work to get your Etsy shop to be successful. The experience you'll get from Etsy is more customer service and logistics/shipping than client interaction.
The third option you mentioned is to keep working on your portfolio and contact agents and publishers. If you want to traditionally publish children's books, this is a good option. Creating portfolio pieces where you are free to take your time and unconstrained by outside influence (like sales numbers or a client) means that you can do your best work and you can cater it to catch the attention of agents/publishers. It isn't going to start generating income for you anytime soon. It takes time for a publisher/agent to notice you and when they do, there could be another 6-8 months before you actually get your first job underway.
If your goal is to make children's books but you're feeling like you aren't ready to reach out to agents and publishers yet, or you aren't getting the response you wanted, another option is to make a book dummy or kickstart your own project. These options will give you more control over the timeline and quality of work than a crowdsourcing site so you'll end up with great portfolio pieces. If you kickstart your project successfully you can end up making some money off of it and you'll have a finished product you can show to agents and publishers.
What's the best next step is really up to you, hope my pro's/con's help you in your decision. I'm sure whatever you do next will be fantastic!
Are you on Tiktok or Clubhouse?
I know a lot of kidlit authors and illustrators are on instagram and twitter, are any of you using Tiktok or Clubhouse for kidlit networking purposes? I'm on Tiktok but mostly just post/watch funny pet videos. I logged onto Clubhouse for the first time today and it looks like there are a lot of freelance designers and illustrators there. I'd love to connect with some other kidlit illustrators if you're on there!
RE: Something is wrong, but idk what.
I think that what you have going on with the path is flattening out the composition in an unnatural way. There is great perspective with the rocks getting smaller but that dirt path isnt following the same logic. It's almost as wide up by the person as it is down by the large rock. The rough edges of the grass should scale too, becoming less jagged as it reseeds into the distance.
Quick fix for the path width could be to take out some of the grass in the bottom left.
RE: How long does it take you to finish one graphic novel page?
In this episode of Graphic Novel TK they go into time estimating and scheduling, may be a helpful refrence: https://soundcloud.com/graphicnoveltk/episode-11-how-to-make-a-graphic-novel
RE: Any Tips and Tricks to Painting Forestry?
@Miranda-Branley it may help to look at some reference of trees and pick out what variety of tree you are going for - is it an oak or a maple? What is the shape of the leaves? What is the branch structure like? I think the texture that you have on the trunk is looking good but what sticks out most to me is the shape of the trunk and the lack of branches. Your tree is very straight, in real life, tree trunks tend to be a bit more of an hourglass shape with the roots flaring out just a little at the bottom and branches starting to come out at the top before you get to the leaves. With how close your foliage is in the foreground, you aren't going to be able to get away with not drawing any leaves but a little detail will go a long way. If you draw 4-5 leaves with a bit more definition and then just suggest the rest of them with some edge lines or texture, I think it would blend a lot better with the level of detail you're putting into the people.
RE: Art schools for me!
@krish-iyer If you are going to go to a liberal arts school with an art program, SAT/ACT and GPA will still play a big factor - you have to meet the general admissions requirements for the school to get in. Some liberal arts schools will look at a portfolio and others will not even require one. Colleges that specialize in art degrees are USUALLY a little less focused on grades and test scores, putting most of their consideration into the portfolio, but it really differs school-to-school so once you find a few you like, make sure to read their specific admissions requirements.
If you want to get into the animation industry, I would look at art schools in Los Angeles, CA. Since the film industry is centered in LA, the art schools there will likely have more connections with the animation studios in the area which will help you get a job in the end. Art Center and CalArts are known to have great programs. Disney is based in Florida and they end up hiring a lot of people from Ringling, so if your dream is to work for Disney, that may be a good place to start.
If you are wanting to go to a liberal arts school, UCLA and USC also have top-ranked animation and illustration programs.
It may help to think about what you would like to do after graduation and where you would like to work. If you have a specific studio or network that would be your "dream gig," look up where their illustrators and animators graduated from. Normally you'll find that 70-80% of them all went to the same school.
RE: Calling for the November ALL STARS!!!
Bummed I couldn't participate in this one but this month I moved cross-country (and we packed and moved everything ourselves to minimize COVID risk). There was just a bit too much chaos for me to get it done in time, really appreciate the invite though!
RE: Help for unique and appealing character design class
I think what you should do depends on your goals.
I would recommend that if you are trying to really soak in the techniques covered in the class, go through the exercises as they are explained. Do the assignments as they are written, afterwords you can apply parts of what you learned into your own art style.
If you just want a few tips on character design and are more concerned about getting pieces for your portfolio than exploring new techniques and developing different skills, then change the exercises to fit your current way of designing characters and do what you need to do to get the portfolio piece you want.
Neither of these ways are wrong but personally I feel like I get a lot more out of a class when I am in more of a practice and learning mindset and focus less on trying to get portfolio-worthy pieces out of the lessons. I find that challenging my current workflow and style biases normally pushes me to make better work in the long run, even if I am not in love with my practice assignments.
RE: What would you ask an AD?
Make sure to ask "Are you interested in working with me on future projects and if so, how should I follow up with you? If not, are there any other AD's at your house that you feel would be a better fit for my work and how can I reach them?"
RE: QUESTION: How beneficial would closed captions be?
For me personally, I'd put it at a 5 or 6. Once I return to commuting to work, closed captions would allow me to watch a lesson while on the train or bus without having to use headphones, but personally I like listening to the audio.
For people that are deaf/hard of hearing, I'd put it at a 11/10. SVS could reach new audiences that do not currently consider your classes or subscriptions because they are video-based and lack captions. If you caption in different languages this could also open the classes up to people who's english may not be very strong.
RE: What print company should I use to make editions of my work to sell?
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.
RE: Got the Kamvas 22 Plus Last Week
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!
RE: I made a book trailer for my first published children's book
this pup looks just like my longest dog! Great animation! https://www.instagram.com/p/CFAuzmyD04x/
RE: Website Portfolio
@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
RE: Ultra last second contest entry feedback more appreciated.
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.
RE: Inktober Book Plagerism Accusations
@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.