"Love is magic."
I got lots of help from the SVS family in the forum with this piece. Learned a lot. Thank you so much.
I am late with this. Hope this painting will make its way to Will somehow. In this piece, I used the texture Will painted, and shared in one of the SVS class. I also used a lot of tips and tricks Will taught in various classes. Thank you, Will.
Thank you @ShannonBiondi for organizing this.
I am a newcomer on SVS forums.
I decided to join Inktober this year to improve my drawing skill in general.
I always struggle with visualising drawing in perspective. Even though I have been going through some of the SVS courses on the topic of drawing in perspective, and I try very hard to draw through the shape, I still make loads of mistakes that made my drawing flat. Any feed back are welcome on the 5 pieces I have done so far.
My inktober drawings are fairy themes. Each piece has a small back story, if you find the motif interesting, you can read the stories on my instagram account (which I update daily during the inktober time.)
Here is my submission of Misunderstood Monster. Happy halloween
Happy Easter, everyone. Here are some of my ideas for the April contest. I am aiming for a piece that leaves room for interpretation of what happens next - a bit ambiguous on whether the coming event will be good or bad for the character. What do you guys think?
Thumbnail #1: a night adventure in the forest.
keywords: conspiring, sneaky, lost
Thumbnail #2: bedtime reading
Keywords: sneaky, curious, quiet moment before the storm
Thumbnail #3: a nap during a journey far far away from home
keywords: calm, the quiet moment before the storm.
I think I finally made most of the major decisions for this piece. From here, I am going to paint and tweak. I followed the process from the turbocharging class, but I still feel I don't really know what I am doing most of the time. I guess it really comes down to do this process over and over again till it becomes second nature.
Here is a selection of my thumbnails for LOVE.
Which one makes you feel more "LOVE"? Which one is your pick?
I am taking @Lee-White 's painting class right now, using LOVE contest as an opportunity to practice my speed painting from my own design (rather than copying a photo or an artwork.). So I will probably trying to paint all of these thumbnails, and send in one for this month's contest. Would be really lovely to hear from you guys which one is your pick.
Here is my first painting:
I feel like maybe it is 85% done. But I am not sure what I should be working on on the last 15%. Any suggestions?
Thanks for all the comments so far. I decided on working with the first idea. Made progress on this piece slowly during the holiday time.
Not entirely happy with the posture of the girl, mainly because I have a bit of a hard time deciding how the girl is feeling at this moment. In the current sketch, she is a bit lost. I feel like the character could take on a number of directions. She could be scared, or overly confident. It would be a very different story depending on the emotion I assign to the character.
I am curious what is your interpretation of the story in the current sketch?
When do you guys call a painting done? I always have a problem finishing a painting. The last 10% often takes 50% of my time, then I would end up feeling I have overworked a painting. Does anyone have thoughts on how do you know when a painting is done?
Is there anything I could work on a bit more before I submit?
Hi, guys. I am in the process of putting together a new portfolio website. Here is the index page mockup so far. I will work more on the header typography, and personal logo etc. I also plan to have a project page for each thumbnail presented here, some have a seriers of images, some shows process of how I made the images, some have both. But I am curious on how you guys think about the illustration curation so far. I am interested in knowing:
Yes. I also feel the way you do all the time. I am glad to hear other people say it is okay and normal.
A few things I find it helpful:
One famous writer once said (I think it was Ursula Le Guin, not 100% sure) - the story is about the telling. It is not so much about coming up with a completely original idea; it is about how you carry out an idea. I think @Lee-White also said something similar in several lectures "Do the common thing uncommonly well." But to do a thing well, one must do it over and over again. So do the thing, an don't worry about the originality too much in the beginning.
It helps to do a bunch of small projects which are in the direction of where you want to go. Completing small projects helps to build momentum and confidence that you can finish a project. It is also much easier to test stuff out with a small project before you commit a significant chunk of time on something. If you are into comics/graphic novels, for example, try to create a few short stories before committing to a 200page graphic novel. (I made that mistake a few times during the last 4 years, hard lesson to learn)
Try out some ideation techniques. Find some methods that can generate a lot of ideas without you invest much time in a specific one. In addition, try to find techniques/tools that allow you to explore an idea from different angles before you commit to it. The process of exploring different ideas and exploring a single idea from different angles will make you feel much more confident with the final idea you committed to. I took a class with @Lee-White and @davidhohn on SVS recently. Their thumbnailing and concept mapping technique was very helpful for me to generate ideas for an illustration piece. I am sure there are ideation techniques out there that work for story writing as well.
This was a long reply. Hope it makes sense somehow.