My interpretation. Tons of fun doing this and I love seeing everyone else’s take!
My interpretation. Tons of fun doing this and I love seeing everyone else’s take!
I’ve only been around here for about a month and this is my first time to enter the prompt contest. I’d love some honest feedback on this piece if you see any areas needing improvement or perhaps suggestions on how to approach future prompts. Going through this exercise is teaching me a lot about illustrating text and it’s also a lot of fun!
Hello everyone, it’s been a busy few months so I haven’t been around much but I did manage to color this piece from October. This is my first picture book portfolio piece and will probably get pulled as soon as I get a few more but could really use some honest criticism to improve this and point me in the right direction for the future. Thank you
Warm light/cool shadows or cool light/warm shadows is a principle but not the rule. Think of it like this- there are two light sources in your painting. The first is called the "direct light" and this is typically what we think of as the light area. The second light source is called the "fill light" and this gives the shadow it's color. If there were no fill light the shadows would be black.
So, if you go outside on a sunny, snowy afternoon you can see the direct light and fill light working in nature. Everything the sun's yellow warm light hits is in direct light. The shadows would be a blue because the fill light is the blue sky. So this setup is definately a warm light/cool light situation.
But... it's up to you. You can also have a warm/warm or a cool/cool and it helps to think of it as a direct light color/fill light color relationship.
To me this kung fu panda art looks like warm light/warm shadow. All that said, I am open to learn if anyone has something to add to this or if I've gotten it wrong. I'm also self taught and nowhere close to where I'd like to be as an artist
Hi, so my goal is to create a brand new portfolio starting next month (maybe I won't be joining in the inktober fun, after all) and I was wondering if you'd all be so kind to answer a few questions I have.
You don't have to answer all three and I'm mostly curious about question number 1 Thanks!
Hi, I'm Zach. I just started watching the SVS classes. I'm from the US but currently live in Korea with my wife and son.
I've been drawing for a few years now, and feel it's time to take my skills to the next level. I have a lot of musician friends but not many illustrator friends so I am happy to be here. I'm looking forward to taking part
I can't speak on contracts because I have worked with self publishers on book covers, album covers, and interiors for chapter books but always faith based. I was never screwed over so that's lucky and I'll definately use contracts from this point on.
Here's some things I learned that may be helpful.
~Get as much info about the kind of drawings, how much detail they want, agree on how far you're willing to take the art beforehand because you don't want to agree to a price and find out they want a lot more than they originally asked.
~Ask how much creative control you have. You want to get portfolio pieces from it as well as payment. Also probably want to make sure that there vision for the project is an art style that you'll enjoy making.
~I've heard some people set limits on the number of revisions. I had someone come back to me after 6 months for a revision. I did it without complaining because it was an easy fix but I wasn't excited about making the changes.
~If the budget is small, consider offerering simpler versions of what they want. Like black and white or simple spot illustrations. That's if you really want the job.
~I would ask what piece of yours they saw and liked so that you have an idea of what they are looking for.
~Negotiate for half up front if you feel that's right.
~Most of all, get all the details of the job first. I know I said that but a few projects turned out way bigger because I didn't know how to interview clients.
So this is a lot, and I am an amateur with little work experience but these are things I wish I had done when I worked with self publishers. Will Terry and Tyrus Goshay have a really good video on youtube about working with self published authors.
Still in progress. Can I have some feedback on the concept and composition? Everyone was really helpful in the sketch phase. Also, does this picture make sense outside of the context of the contest? I want to know if it is worth painting for a portfolio piece.
I've been thinking about this for a couple weeks and would like to hear some other artist's opinions on the subject. I know characters and things getting lost in the gutter is bad but what about when the focal point of the image purposefully crosses the gutter? When do you think this is okay, and when is it not okay?
I'm new to picture books, so I'd be thankful for any thoughts or opinions to help guide me as I start down this path.
@TessaW 1, 2, and 3 nailed it on the shelf. Looks great!
My gut says go with 2.
Number 1 is my favorite background but I feel like the empty chairs and space are arranged like a stage in need of action. Without anything going on there it could be a distraction that leads the viewers eye away from the focal points. (If, however, the living room/fireplace play an important role in the story and you want to allude to that number 1 might work.)
Number 3 is a nice drawing but paints a completely different picture. I like the cluttered mood of the first design, it has energy and give me the impression that the girl is really lost in the book.
That's my take on these. Really cool work!
Here’s the final (for now) @jbleau and @xin-li I totally agree with the a lot of your ideas, and I think going more night and more moon would have made this piece more halloweeny. However, I am ready to move on to the next piece and didn’t want to go through the major redraws needed to make that happen in a way I’d be happy (I’m slow when it comes to painting recently)
@Phil-Cullen I drew the paw probably 30 or 40 different ways during the sketch phase and to tell the truth I never found one I was completely happy with. My biggest challenge was having it not look like a cat. I may revisit this in the future but for now it’s time to move on.
Also just want to say, this forum is great! Thank you everyone, this is definitely my best illustration to date and it’s 100% due to the feedback I got here. Thanks again!
@Daniel-Grissom great sketch! I hope you win the contest. You said you want to put the focal point on the lemur and anteater but I feel like the most natural focal point would be at the cash register. The reason I say that is because there is a comfortable space around that area, especially the kid while the rest of the image is busy. Wherever you put the focal point perhaps add a bit of story or amp up the emotion that contrasts with the rest of the scene. I hope that made sense.
With color, I find it best to start almost monochromatic and with desaturated tones. You can slowly build on top of that adding more color and saturation as needed. All the color classes here are worth taking. Once again great sketch!
You have a lot of great work in your portfolio and I love this piece! It’s simplicity is beautiful. The boat looks a little small. I feel like it is close to the beach so it looks like a toy boat. Maybe you can try pushing it back further in the distance.
I’m pretty new to the forum but I would say create a new thread for each piece you want critiqued but..... hopefully the people with more experience here will give their opinions.
Hi @Phil-Cullen love your work man. I just want to throw out there that I like these kind of intriguing illustrations as stand alone pieces. That said, I'm not an editor so I'm not giving portfolio advice, but I think a lot of people on the internet, like myself, love seeing this kind of art.
I think you could strengthen the composition by cropping it so the creature isn't directly in the middle of the page. That's my one critique, take it with a grain of salt, because I know you have skills and vision. Looking forward to seeing more
The arm looks much more natural looking forward to seeing the end product
@deborah-Haagenson thank you! I checked out your piece. I like the use of large simple shapes in the composition. Perhaps, making the snow more random and adding just a bit of texture, cast shadows. I don't know if that would pollute the simplicity which is wonderful so you'd have to experiment
@Rikki-Rose thank you!