Okay I've been neglecting this thread for almost a month now. I'm working on "I am Maganda".
I'm going to work on 3 scenes I think might appear in the final (dummy) book.
Maganda and her mother hugging next to the only photograph of her father.
Maganda crying in class as everyone is calling her ugly.
Maganda winning the beauty pageant as the other contestants are jealously shocked.
Here is the sketch of the first drawing for composition.
For this story I want to experiment with shapes, anatomy and perspective. I've always been inspired by Pixar but I've never integrated elements that we associate with their movies (fluid and exaggerated anatomy, cinematic views, etc.)
Maganda's dad looks sorta realistic because he's kind of a caricature. His body and her mom's body are really exaggerated. For her mom, I wanted her to look like the typically lower class Pinay mother who works very hard, gets very little sleep but still has enough energy to love her only daughter. I hope it doesn't look too grotesque though.
I changed Maganda's hair (again) because I felt like the afro just wasn't working for her design.
@carlianne -- totally agree.
@Kori-Jensen -- according to art directors' comments in recent webinars I've watched from SCBWI, most don't mind if you work in two different styles, but they want to see them organized, perhaps splitting a portfolio into different sections. They also recommend leading with your strongest piece and ending with another of your strongest pieces.
For me, your portfolio would read better if it was organized. For example, place the Ninja pieces together so that they appear as consecutive or narrative art from the same book.
Otherwise, nice work! Love the expressions you give your characters and LOVE the Fang and Mittens piece -- I'd lead with that one! Do you have other pieces from that book? I'd love to see more of that one!
THE FIST is about a guy who punches stuff real good. His wife is a spaceship. They’re on the run from the EVIL Space Army, but stop along the way to fight for money.
It’s a big, action-packed, weird, silly, four-color, fun, dumb, love-letter to all the comics, cartoons and video games that formed my brain as a kid.
It’s a book I've been working on and off between projects for four years. I "write", illustrate, color, and publish it all on my own. I say "write" because it's more of a freeform kind of thing. I use a loose outline, but make up a chunk of it as I go.
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Thanks, @Meg-Clayburn! I'll look up some reference and see what you mean.
Nice work! I'm slowly working my way through the curriculum, too. I have found it really nice to have a clear path to follow.
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@NessIllustration and @Valerie-Light
Thank-you both so very much for your insight. I think you're absolutely right, Vanessa--I've always struggled trying to figure out where I fit. I have to answer that question first before I can do anything. I've figured out that there are specific industries in illustration that I don't want to go into (gaming, movies, animation), but not enough information about where I do think I want to go (prints, merch, self-published stuff). It's "safe" when you tell yourself you're still a student and you still have a lot to learn--no illustration is in the wrong direction, and everthing is an opportunity to build skills. But eventually you actually have to pick a path, and start investing time and energy in that. I need to research the path I want, and do work appropriate to it.
And Valerie--thank-you for such a valuable approach!! I'm going to look at my body of work in that light... I know there are pieces that came easier and were more pleasurable to create. And others that (on balance) were more of a struggle (albeit, at some point on each piece I felt "in the zone" to a certain extent). I know I have preferences I felt I couldn't indulge when I was making a LOT of those pieces. What happens when those constraints are off, and I create what's in my heart and just let it go? I know I felt that way on some of those. I think you're right--I need to look at those pieces closely, especially in light of the path I select.
Thank-you both so much for your help. I needed to hear these things. I appreciate you advice. And now I have a lot of work to do.
this is beautiful! i agree with @donnamakesart ,maybe darken the fence a little!! Awesome work!