here's mine. See some great changes from last year's.
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RE: Question on: How to get your First 10K Followers.
I only have 201 followers at this moment, after a little over a year on IG, and I average between 35 - 49 likes per post, whether a WIP or "finished" illustration. I will reiterate what others have said that it boils down to content that is good and relevant to those who follow you. For the majority, that is why they followed you. I don't think I would have as many followers if it was a numbers game. My followers vs people I follow gap was wide when I started, and pretty much still is. If I like a person's art, but their non-art posts out-weigh the art posts, I won't follow them, even if they have followed me. I can barely, if ever, get thru the 375+ people I follow, so I want to know that the majority of posts I see are art-related, and I think most other artists feel the same. Hope that helps!
Hi all! (formal intro)
I have been on the forums for a week or so now, but never formally introduced myself.
I am Tom and am from the SE US. I have been at this illustration dream for the past 8+ years. I had a few years' hiatus in between then and now when my now 4yo third child (surprise) was born. A little over a year ago, I discovered Instagram while showing off my (beginner) handcarved wooden spoons. Along the way, I began drawing again, and soon the draw of illustration overtook me (and spooncarving). I found great encouragement in the artists I met and viewed on IG, videos from @Will-Terry, @Jake-Parker and others on YouTube, and the many childrens books I have read over the past couple years to my youngest. My goal is to have a portfolio done in the next month or so, and cards to mail out sooner after.
If I have learned anything during these past 8 years, and feel it worthy of sharing here, it would be patience. Patience with myself. Patience when the sketches aren't turning out as planned. Patience with daily life. Patience with the needs of others before myself. Patience to developed my art enough to where I am comfortable sharing it with publishers. Is it easy? Of course not! But I am much more content to wait now. I get excited when I look at whatever I happen to be drawing at the time and realize "I'm pretty good at this". That's what keeps me moving forward.
Cheers! : )
WIP - Worst Fear
Here is my idea for the "Worst Fear" contest.
All my life I have been deathly afraid of roaches, even now in my mid 40s. Not sure where the fear came from, but it is real. LOL. I did have another concept of an army of roaches chasing me with swords and all, but I am struggling with drawing these nasty critters, so I figured it best to pare it down to just one this time.
Anyway, would appreciate any feedback on composition, etc. Thanks! NOTE: the face on the left is not part of the illustration.
RE: Self publishing class?
I think there is a stigma with self-published books, but I also think that it is well deserved in many cases. The majority of the self-published books I have seen are dead before they are even opened. There is a reason you don't see a lot of self published childrens books in the stores. @smithdraws hit the nail on the head. A good book (self-published or otherwise) starts with a high quality story and pro-level illustrations. Like comics, you might be able to get away with lower quality drawings, but the story has to be above par. Many a author goes the self-publish route because they are unwilling to change their baby based on feedback from those that just might know a bit about the business. Or they were rejected by a publisher and they go at it with a "I'll show them" attitude, and self publish a bad, unedited story with bad illustrations, and then wonder why they don't sell.
I worked on a book that had tons of potential if the text had been reworded. I actually took the initiative to do just that, to rewrite or re-organize words and it was much better. But for reasons I don't understand, the text stayed unchanged. The client of course was happy, but IMO, published a poor quality story that probably won't sell beyond family and friends, which I think is sad, because it really was a good story.
The best advice I can offer would that you have to put the same amount of work in a self-published title that goes into a traditionally published title, both in the story and the artwork. There is a reason a traditionally published book can take a few years before it is on a shelf. You have to edit, and re-edit, and re-edit until your brain hurts. The art needs to be rendered as professionally as possible, even if that means not using your artistic best friend who has no experience with childrens art. The way I see it, you need to produce something that does not look self published. People buy with their eyes, and if your cover art does not compel someone to pick up your book, they are never going to see the story inside, and it never gets sold.
RE: Art Anxiety?
If I am reading this correctly, it isn't really your art that is causing the anxiety, but your current situation in college. It appears, as you said, that you think you have "to prove [your] place as an artist". Why? Is it because the faculty are critical of your art? Are they saying its not good, or just critical because it isn't concept art or fine art? Are you trying to prove that you can be successful despite your disabilities? Are you trying to do comic art in a fine arts program? If you feel that comics is your calling, then why continue in a fine arts program that is obviously causing you pain? Not sure how far along you are in this current program, but I would say get out and use your money to find something that supports the comic art you really want to do. And I looked back and @TessW covered some of this, but I think it bears repeating as you have not really given a reason as to why you feel the need to continue where you are.
RE: Worst fear WIP
I like the concept a lot, but it looks like the cat is trying to judo kick the shadow rather than recoiling in terror. Maybe make the cat's pupils smaller, his eyes larger, and his mouth open more. Have his 2 front paws stretched out like his back legs, and his tail straight. Below are a few images for reference that might help.
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RE: Successfully Failing
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.
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.