They could be a halfling, elf, human, or animal.
I chose vegetable.
Basket Case. I am a Rock. In the Sink. I'm Still Standing.
Some believe the Tasmanian is a savage tiger. Others want it to behave like a proper wolf. The formally extinct marsupial knows itself as Albert.
*edit note: I've updated the original post to correct the mispelling of "Tasmanian" in the image and writing.
*edit note 2: I’ve been wanting to include a statement with my piece and finally decided to add it in. Here’s my elevator pitch:
I couldn’t help from contemplating on the darker aspects of a common story trope: a minority taken from its environment to be civilized. I crafted a story of zoologists ‘recovering’ a once thought extinct animal from its habitat. In their minds they’re saving a species. The clothing it wears (a cap) represents its domestication. It frequently pops off. The humans perceive Albert to act mischievous because it does not follow Anglo-Aussie social rules.
I thought a thylacine would be a great representation for a non-binary character. The thylacine has been nicknamed a tasmanian tiger and a tasmanian wolf but is neither species. Would people take the time to learn what a thylacine is or will they nudge Albert to act like a feline or a canine?
Thirdly, I think parents and guardians are in a constant battle with children to reject barbarism. So, having a wild character would be relatable to toddlers (though not the best role model). Thanks for reading
@Toony-Days I want to offer a marketer's perspective on this subject. My notes from a recent social media workshop for businesses may be of help to you.
You've examined yourself as a creator on social media, but have you also looked at yourself as a consumer? What content impressed you enough to hit the like button, repost or even subscribe to that person long-term? Whose SM accounts would you identify as a peer and/or competition. Are you able to identify their successes and failures?
Since you say your current goal is to gain followers, I will write this… Shift your SM account’s focus from your artist journey to the customer. SM users are looking for content that is aspirational, inspiring, relatable. Create content that people can repost to tell others ‘Hey, this is sooo me!’
The finish works you’ve uploaded are nice, but, thinking as a salesperson, it could be ‘repackaged’ into a sellable product. For example, could the karate squirrel piece be re-worked as a one-panel comic, animated gif or karate school poster?
At your current career phase, I would discourage uploading work-in-progress images and black + white pencil sketches. These behind-the-scenes content are insightful to a niche group after you gain a reputation. It won't earn followers and it may even work against you. I love pencil sketches, but over the years I accepted the average person don't see it as art.
Also, perhaps change your target audience from fellow creators to a consumer-community. Unless you intend to being an art guru/influencer, I don’t see a mass of artists following a fellow aspiring kin. Take time to identify your customers: list their demographics, wants, interests and dislikes. Appeal to your base first, then later broaden your demo.
Your artwork has a classic animation/newspaper comics vibe. Maybe start with that fanbase? Back in the 2000's the it place was DeviantArt and Newgrounds. These sites still exist, but it's been 20 years... You'll have to find the contemporary equivalent. Look up a professional artist with similar style and see where they pop up online. Send a DM or e-mail asking for advice (most people are nice). If you can invest your time, regularly participate in group shows (gallery shows, art magazines, community art contests, etc). Build your rep to earn a shout out on bigger accounts.
If it helps, think of your SM account(s) like a school newspaper. If the editor gave you space on the paper, what would be appropriate for the entire student body and will earn you respect amongst your classmates? Wouldn’t you want to publish something relevant to your shared lives as students, as teens, current events, etc?
Hope this was helpful to you. Best of luck on your career journey.
What is going on here? Way different vibe from the last few contests. Lets keep this creative energy going for next month. Please excuse the following lengthly list of shout outs.
@jdubz Nice incorporation of a selfie photo. I think we creators should remind ourselves our characters ought to mirror contemporary children's habits. Capybara is a great choice.
@Larue I'm getting aesops fables + Fantastic Mr.Fox vibe from your work. Nicely done.
@Tiffany-Thomas Your presentation sucessfully promotes a product to the viewer. I learned a lesson-of-the-day from your piece. TY.
@alicepelot I like your method in depicting the satyr's hair and fur, as well as the character's clean shape.
@chrisaakins We need more African fairy tales. Props on exploration.
@ruth OMGosh. This is giving me Don't Starve PTSD. Love it.
@CLCanadyArts Dinosaur! Neander-gob! I'm jealous?
@Jeremiahbrown Great presentation. The water-crossing shot really sold it for me. Potentially marketable to readers who live in flood-prone areas.
@avfarrar Thank you for the compliment. I have to confess that I "borrowed" the idea of dirty feet from the character Mebh from Wolfwalkers.
On the animation industry website Cartoonbrew I came across two educational articles. Enjoy!:
‘Toy Story 3’ Screenwriter Michael Arndt Teaches How To Write A Pixar Movie In This Free 70-Minute Lecture
(Click here to go straight to the video hosted on Vimeo.)
‘Wolfwalkers’ Story Artist Iker Maidagan Has Written A Priceless Account Of The Film’s Development
(Click here for the direct link to the Medium article.)
Can anyone else recommend an article or video on refining a story?
@kylebeaudette I can't say what trending styles there are for children's books, but I could list a few for illustration in general.
Like how there is a Spotify style for music these days, Instagram has made in impact in art history (can't wait to read about it in the next volume of Janson's History of Art). It has define how a portrait looks and composed these days. There's the rainbow-colored filters (in the olded days these would be glazes and varnishes). It might be too soon to say, but Tik-Tok may influnce how video fine art is made.
The interest in kewpie dolls of the early 1900's lives on today as "chibi" characters. You see it as Funko Pop figures and there are many Western display toy competitors trying to play with the forumla. Skottie Young made an industry for himself in the comic world; both Marvel and DC are hired upcoming chibi artists to create superhero stories targeting young children.
In the gaming world, after Blizzard's Warcraft III and World of Warcraft were released it has defined how modern fantasy characters look like today. They went on to define series like League of Legends and DOTA, which in turn inspires new games such as Smite. I see some imitators of Fortnite (urban teen fashion for lack of a better word, silly mascot-esque costumes) so we may be entering a new art era on that front.
In animation, the Cartoon Network style remains strong. This is because many current showrunners had worked for a previous property. It's been argued Family Guy maintains the traditions of Hanna-Barbara. The Pixar style is the new Disney style. Many animators that have worked in their studios have moved on to NetFlix projects and are working to build the foundations of 3D children's movie industy in China.
Do you remember how many ealy 2000's sci-fi/fantasy movies had a lot of true black in its cinematography? There were several reasons for this. Concept artists love chiaroscurro and went overboard with it in Photoshop. The darks also helped to mask poor 3-D graphics at the time. I'm happy most directors moved on from this style. We're rediscovering how shadow can be colored in blues, browns, etc. Now, if we can get rid of the de-saturation filter...
I could go on, but I best stop myself
I want to thank those who've voted for my piece on Critique Arena. With all the great designs entered I was surprised to have been selected for one of this month's Top 16. I also want to congratulate @baileyvidler for advancing into the Top 8. Her piece made for a tough competition.
Did anyone else watch the documentary that aired this week? It was a revelation to learn of Baum's life's experience (marketing, stage acting, reporting in a frontier town) and influences (his mother-in-law's views on feminism and theosophy) went into making The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It proves our best writing and art comes from what we know. And it's okay to fail, alot (so long as you have family wealth to fall back on )
In case you missed it, watch the full episode on PBS (expires 5/18/21)
@ambiirae You're really close to great piece. I tried to preserve your style and chin is untouched (we need more diversity in portraits).
For the face I..
I played around with shadows under the neck and blush on the face for rendering.
The fur texture looks good to me. All I recommend is to add line work to unify the piece. I just drew in the lines freehand; no method (I did a lazy execution, but you get the idea).
As for the hair, I think the bangs are too thick. Maybe make it a more stringy, add gaps. For the bun part, the lines need to less conformed and should follow the skull shape. Be conscious how hair can be light in some areas, weighted down in others.
@brettb_draws I also attended this year's LightBox expo and watched all the VizDev seminars. So inspiring.
I don't have any criticism on the designs, but I do have a question. Are these chefs brothers? They each have similar facial features with another. I recall the panelists say to make up a background story for each character, so can you share what your character's story?
@Katherine I see you incorporated some moth wing texture at the tips of the cloak, but I think you can dial it up 120%. Instead of flat black, how would the character look if their attire is entirely moth inspired patterns? Could her bunny slippers look a bit more DIY?... And a bit morbid? But maybe that's not your thing
@jthomas I personally think the action could start at around four or five. If the story has a good hook and flow, I flip through pages quick. What troubles me is I don’t know who Jaz is as a person. From the first chapter I get his strong sense of justice and can be headstrong, aka a hero type. But what makes Jaz 'human'?
You don’t have to answer all the questions in chapter two. Having a mystery can foster audience retention. It would be better to allow Jaz to have his adventures before reintroducing the mother. To show how the crystal got into the pod, the easiest thing to do is show the antagonist exit the pod bay and then setup the charge. No dialouge needed.
Speaking from personal experience, I think you should move on to working on chapter two. It's better to have a draft of a completed story than to risk a project get stuck in development hell.
Hello Tora and welcome to SVSLearn Forums. I haven’t been a teen for a long time, but use to hang in the same social circles <insert Steve Buscemi skater meme>.
You’ve likely already started doing your research about animation courses and how the Japanese industry is like, but I would like to drop a few helpful links:
YouTube: Animator Dormitory Channel Here you’ll receive a working Japanese Animator’s honest discussion about pay and work conditions.
NHK World – 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki A documentary that follows Miyazaki as his studio was creating Ponyo. He's is retired now, but the workplace culture he fostered must still be present.
YouTube: Software used in the Anime Industry
You may want to do research on the studios that are working on the latest animation series on Netflix, Hulu, etc. It may be easier to break into those places first. Also, Ghibli recently released their first fully CGI movie. Perhaps they need more 3D animators?
Lastly, LightBox Expo, an event for those who want to get into the animation and video game industries, is happening now, running to Sunday. Check it out. Some videos are being recorded and living on YouTube or Discord, free to watch.
Best of luck to your career. がんばって！
BTW, have you read or watched Beastars ? It’s Zootopia for an older audience.
@jthomas Very nice work. I currently have similar goals, so kudos to completing your first chapter. There were some items I want to highlight, and I hope you interpret the notes as suggestions from one storyteller to another.
As for the 'airbrushing', I think the technique is a fine choice, but you'll need to practice rendering form. I'd recommend you push forward with the next chapter, develop your craft as you make more comics. Hope this helps.
Wonderful detail. Lots for elements for a child to wander around.
My recommendation is to change the position of the text on the first page. It sits awkwardly on top of the house, wedged between the animals. It reads as an afterthought when text should live harmoniously with the illustration. I would move the text to the grassy area. Yes, that unfortunately means sacrificing some of the detail work. Secondly, placing the text near the road helps visually guide the reader to the next scene.
If you're able to, I would also recommend moving the first line of page two to the first page. This way the reader can experience the moment (a voice off screen) the same way the main character is. Starting with the second line ("Nanny! I found you.") would be more impactful.
I had a work colleague who referred their mother, a working photographer, to photograph their sports team. There was contention when the mother insisted on having her signature on the digital prints. It’s a position I empathize with but also question its practice in contemporary times.
Ensuring credit remains on an artwork could be resolved by embedding metadata or adding either a visible or camouflaged QR code. Other than copyright, an artist can choose to include their business address, website URL, keywords, etc in this format. But, I acknowledge the artist wouldn't be immediately visible to the viewer.
Some illustrators have adopted creative alternatives to identify their work and circumvent art thieves. A few of my favorite comic book cover artists have incorporated their brand logo in the image (the graphic on the character's clothing, store signage, etc). Some like to insert their brand mascots or self-portraits into crowd scenes. One can also incorporate their signature in a texture, ie a cat’s fur. It would be so boss if one could hide their signature with the anamorphosis art technique.