If this is "old school" then we need more old school. I find so many children’s book’s illustrations look and feel too similar to one another but your style stands out. I think you could control your values s bit better, have a bit more contrast, but otherwise I like these pieces
@Tom-Burchell Congratulations, Tom! I don't have any experience with either agency but I will remind you to pay attention to your intuition and think about how your personalities work together because, hopefully, you'll be working closely and for a long time with whomever you choose!
All the drawings look great a first glance, the only thing I could pick about on seeing them like this without checking are the circles and ears.
I can't see consistency in the inner circle in shape, position and size. Also, because of the way you drew the shape that is below, it looks kind of flat in some drawings.
About the ears, the position and size of some of them also looks off.
@danielle-King-Leeds I apologize for not getting back to you on your comment. I've been away for a month. I hope you were able to complete the assignment. @von_Nimmermehr answer is very helpful and was how I approached the assignment.
This podcast interview with artist Fewocious can give a understanding on getting discovered in the NFT market. The quick takeaways from the interview is:
Build a cult of personality within a niche community. (In Fewocious' case it was a LGBT+ art group.)
Get scouted by a NFT speculator (not dissimilar from getting scouted by an art buyer or art critic.)
There's too much focus on the financial implications of NFTs. The true value of a blockchain is the potential to replace legal paper documents and managing product distribution (the video explains this).
In the (near?) future, people who buy, commission, or resell art will want a digital Certificate of Authenticity. Customers can opt to buy a physical or digital product with a limited issued NFT at an additional price. This can be of value to those who are considering resale.
Like @Nyrryl-Cadiz said, I just started a mentorship with Giuseppe Castellano at the Illustration Department. He's helping me get my portfolio in shape and we will start doing more businessy things as we go along. I'm really liking him so far!
@mymightypencil The simple answer to this complex problem, in my opinion, is learning the difference between what you CAN do and what you WANT to do.
When people start out in art, the metric by what "success" means is making something look realistic. But then over time we start to understand that really isn't that important overall. Then we starting thinking about voice and what we are trying to say. So to find the right "style" you need to ask "which one of these looks is right for what I'm trying to say.?" Then go on from there! easy peasy! ; )
@Jeremiahbrown Usually when they say they're willing to pay the whole thing upfront my red flags go up. The certified check is also a red flag. I'd flat out say you only accept payments through Venmo and other apps like it. They will probably resist and that will be your answer.
You could also go with things to see how far they're willing to go, while also conning them out of wasting someone else's time. Let them send you the check that I guarantee will "accidentally" have over paid you.
Hi, I’ve been wanting to take the children’s book pro class ever since the first one came out. Can anyone who did it already tell me about your experience with it? Specifically how much time did you spend on the assignments per week? I know my drawing skills are not where they should be, but I’m not as worried about that. I’m more worried about not being able to keep up due to my 3 kids and part time job lifestyle. Thanks in advance! A
Thanks for the feedback all! I do plan on lightening those older images, I know they don't read well at that small size, but I will reupload updated images as I get to them for feedback. 🙂
Because I work a part time job I only have about three days a week to work on new stuff, so I don't have time to make 12 whole new paintings, unfortunately, before the deadline. Goal is to make 3-4 new pieces to include and make do with what I can from existing work--but I do hope to lighten up and unify some of the older pieces to the style of the new ones as much as possible!
Here are the worked up versions of "Moonflower." I am super confused as to whether or not it is adviseable to include text in a portfolio piece or not. Any thoughts? These are sans text and very rough, but hopefully give a better idea of story/composition. Still not sure which one to refine or if I should just drop it entirely:
Closeup of the wolf runner girl which I envision as a book cover or possible book jacket:
@Melissa_Bailey Bottom corner one is dragons hugging, it was from a project I did with a self publishing author. Plan is to brighten/lighten that dark space between them and refine the shapes, but I could discard if it's not strong enough to be included:
I super appreciate anyone taking time to help me take a look at this stuff, thanks a bunch!