Since I am not yet published, the only failure I can think of right now is when I stopped drawing a little over 6 years ago. We had a new baby, so I lost my office to make a nursery. I think not having my art materials readily available stiffled me somewhat as it was a bit of an effort to get everything to paint set up on my small desk in our bedroom. Fast forward about 3 years, and the bug bit me and I was back at it. While I can't say I necessarily regret the haitus under the circumstances (love my daughter), I wonder where I would be now if I had kept at it.
Posts made by tombarrettillo
RE: Successfully Failing
RE: Website review
Website looks nice. Organized well, good variety of work.
Couple things: I would remove the "Hello, this is a blank space." at the top right. Looks too much like the sample text that might be in a template before it is edited.
If you can, I would turn off the "zoom in/magnify" feature of the gallery. It was too hard to locate the magnify button to "unzoom", and I do not think it is a necessary feature to those searching for illustration.
Article on Mo Willems
Interesting article on Mo Willems. Worth a read.
RE: giving away or selling art but keeping the rights
Not a lawyer, but pretty sure gifting and selling art does not transfer any of your rights as the artist whatsoever to the receiver or purchaser. Obviously they have the right to sell or give it away to someone else, but still, there is no transfer of rights to that secondary person.
The only time rights would be an issue is when you do art for a client. And even then, you still retain the rights to the artwork itself, while giving the client the rights to reproduce it in whatever way was agreed upon at the initiation of the project.
Doing art as an employee of a company is another issue, usually stating that any work you do while employed by said company, belongs to the company.
Probably more than you wanted, but hope that helps.
RE: Trying to get motivated!
Obligating yourself somehow—yes, with a deadline—but to someone, might work. Get your husband involved, or some friends from your writers group, and have them check on you each week to measure your progress. But if this project has become something you don't want to do, then you have to find a way to turn it into something you do want to do. No amount of pushing by friends and family is going to motivate you on a personal project or self-published book unless you, yourself, fall in love with it again. Instead of the work involved, maybe focus on the end product. Keep your eyes on the "light at the end of the tunnel".
You mention re-thumbnailing. You will also have to come to a point where you allow the work to be finished, not perfect. Maybe watch Jake's video again on the subject. Again, not sure if this is about the Uncle Carl book, but what I saw was pretty good. No need to redo anything, just move forward and allow this to be a stepping stone to better work in the future. I know it is "easier said than done", trust me. But you may find that you like the end result as it is now.
Good luck! : )
RE: Looking for critique!
Are you looking for a critique of your style or the illustration itself? As they are now, both look pretty good. One thing I would suggest is that your characters (elf and snail) show a bit more expression in their eyes. Right now the elf is just staring forward, and the snail appears to be looking at the viewer. Maybe have them looking at each other, excited for the apparent journey they are embarking on. A bit more story in the illustration itself would be helpful. Making the leaf look more like an article of clothing would help as well, and make the reins a bit more loose.
Or maybe they have arrived at their destination. You could have the elf leaning forward, pointing at something, with them looking at each other.
Hope this helps!
RE: Photshop trouble with text cursor..help?
Sometimes it depends on the font you are trying to use. Not sure why, but many of the free fonts you might find on the web have weird leading that take the letter forms outside of a text bounding box.
Now, if that is you created a both with one of the path tools, and then clicked to try to type in it, you may have clicked the edge of the path, which would put the type on the path's edge, not inside the box.
Best thing to do is to select the type tool and draw a box with that and your cursor will automatically be inside the box, again, depending on the font.
Lastly, while it may be your only option, I would recommend you find a publishing software to do your typesetting in. You will have more accurate control and less frustration than working with type in Photoshop.