This is a new style I am experimenting with. This doodle unexpectedly sprung to life in less than an hour. I really enjoyed the process of creating him. I am thinking of evolving my look to be more like this. But I am a bit stumped on how to handle background. My usual style is tighter and busier. But this style feels like less is more. I was think a simple line drawing for the background with maybe some light washes. But I thought I would get others opinions including about the style itself. p.s. sorry for the poor scan. It is the only one on my computer.
Yay! I’m finally here! Thanks to the Kate’s for all their help. I can’t wait to dig into all the stuff I’ve missed so far.
Here’s one of my illustrations I intend to use in my first PB. Writer and Illustrator. I’m struggling with the copy! Heh, I’m used to 400 page fantasy novels.
I would love to hear any comments! See you guys later.
I just ordered my next batch of postcards. I thought I’d share, particularly for Stephanie who posted her first postcard design the other day. By no means is this what a promo postcard has to look like, it’s just what mine looks like this time.
So the last two weeks have been insane as I’ve been prepping for the Winter Conference. I’ve put together a board book dummy that i just wrapped up other than a few copy changes. I took some risks such as including the helmet on the kid even though the helmet has nothing to do with the story. (although that is addressed in the dedication). I’ll own those risks and hope for the best. Anyways I just wanted to share some of the illustrations!
I finished the digital illustration I’ve been working on. It LITERALLY took all night and I still have to go to the printer to drop off my files in a couple hours, so I’m going to go catch a few Zs before my son Collin wakes up. I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts. Enjoy!
P.S. For those who are curious about the story, it is a spread for a manuscript I wrote. It’s posted here on the manuscript crit page if you are interested in reading it.
I posted this last night, then looked at it again in the morning and decided I wasn’t happy with the colors. So, I’ve revised it a bit. I like it better now.
Here is the Christmas card I did for my family this year. It’s the only new thing I’ve done in a while, and will do for a while until I graduate from Grad. School in May. I’d love your thoughts on it. It’s mostly watercolor, with some gouche highlights. Would this be a portfolio piece in the future, or is it better to stay away from cards and such?
Here is an illustration for a book I just finished.
I know I’m posting a lot… but that means I am also working /thinking a lot right now… so it’s a great thing right!?!
I bought a Wacom Intuos4 and it came in the mail this week. I am absolutely in LOVE. (Don’t tell my husband).
I’ve been working in Photoshop since (*cough*) 1997… and have even been teaching seminars and workshops on the program for the past few years. Knowing that, it is just plain ridiculous that I haven’t bought a tablet before now. Ridiculous.
When I got it, I was expecting the normal 3-4 month adjustment period people claim that it takes to get used to using the thing… but oddly enough it fits like an old cozy glove.
To get a better feel for how to get started, I went ahead and bought/watched Will Terry’s first Digital Painting in Photoshop course. http://folioacademy.com/viewcontrib.php?who=wterry
I was expecting to pick up a few tips here and there… but I ended up watching all three hours in total amazement… taking notes feverishly the entire time. He is a MASTER at color. And, believe it or not, he does his illustrations using only about 2-3 tools in Photoshop. That’s it. He advocates becoming an illustrator in traditional media and then finding a way to create the same technique digitally (Props to traditionalists!). When you look at his previous acrylic work alongside his newer digital work you literally can’t tell one from another. It’s a beautiful thing in a world so smothered in digital art.
I was a quick sell. I’ve been searching for a way to get the detail I need and want, without losing the raw beauty of the texture you see in traditional paintings. By adapting Will’s methods to suit my style, I think I may have turned a really incredible corner. I’ve still got a long way to go on this one… but it is beginning to take shape and I love all the “special moments” that are just starting to form. This one is very dark obviously (a nighttime scene)… so I am excited to try something brighter next. I just had to share. Would love to hear your thoughts!
P.S…. I’ll post the final once it is done.
First off–thanks so much for being willing to be a part of an online community like this! I am excited to share and learn with you all. The awesome Shel Silverstein poem on the “About Us” page has given me the courage to post
I would love some feedback on any/all aspects of this project. I am designing an over-sized postcard for a first ‘promotional’ mailing to send to publishing houses and magazines that seem interested in work like mine. From my research, it seems like if I want to be a freelance illustrator and I’m not promoting any particular project, sending out work samples is the way to get my name and art out there. I have noticed that there is some conflicting information as to the format to send those samples: some artists make ‘tearsheets’, others send out letters and examples of work attached to the letter, some do postcards, etc.
So–would you even do a postcard? And, if so, how does mine seem to work? Does it meet my goal of getting my name out there and inviting potential clients to my site? How about the visual composition/aspects of it? Oh, the space I’ve left on the backside is for writing a little personal note to the art director.
Thanks so much!!