Can I use black and white ink on toned paper? Purple paper, for instance?
Illustrator and book designer. Lives in a zoo. Wants some nachos.
Posts made by TwiggyT
RE: OCTOBER CONTEST: The experiment worked! Penny was so relieved to have her dog back from the dead.
RE: Would love honest critiques!
Your values are pretty good overall. They could be tweaked more in the image with the cabin, but I feel like they're one of your strong areas now, especially in the top image.
Besides perspective, I think you need to work on making your characters' poses more dynamic. There's a class on posing characters here on SVS.
I hope that helps.
Can I get a critique of my work?
I'm looking for a review of my portfolio to see if I'm on the right track. I want to do picture books. Do my illustrations show that, or do I need to work on redesigning my characters and style? If you don't think it looks like picture book illustration, what area of illustration do you think it would be fit for (if any)?
I haven't won any of the contests, but then again I don't think I've been a subscriber for any of those, so I imagine that has a lot to do with it, but I don't know if I'm on the right track at all. Am I? What do you all think?
Here's a link direct to my portfolio: https://twiggyt.com/lothar/standard/
RE: Serious Critique Request
I've been looking at horror-related children's books illustration. It seems like they're either really cute and rounded (think Will Terry and Bonaparte), or they're out-and-out creepy (like Dean McKean ).
I agree that your niche is out there. My husband does creepy horror work and I don't even like to look at it (because it's so creepy). He puts stuff on shirts and merch and sells it via his website. There's an SVS class on merchandising you might check out. The woman who does it shows how she made one Christmas image and licenses it for a whole host of things. That might be something to look into.
RE: So if I was gonna make a children's beginning chapter book...
I'm pretty sure there's a class about picture books here.
If you're on Facebook there's a group called KidLit411 that has a lot of informative posts. You might try browsing it for info.
Your mouse illustrations will make an adorable book!