Had a blast with this one!
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So I had a sort of epiphany recently and I thought I would share in case it can help others as well.
So I’m often dissatisfied with my work because I feel like the skills I need for my piece to be what I want it to be are always just out of reach. I was reading a book yesterday where one of the characters say something like "she is always unhappy about the skills she has not yet learned rather than joyful for the skills she has gained". This made me realize that I think the reason I often feel like I don’t have the skills that I need is because I am constantly in the mindset of pushing myself. I am almost never in my comfort zone because I am constantly pushing myself outside of it which is great for growing and learning but because I haven’t allowed myself to settle into the skills I have conquered I have continued to make work I am unsatisfied with. So I’ve been dialing back the difficulty of my drawings, creating drawings that are easy but make me feel more accomplished than the ones that pushed me.
So for whoever needs to hear it. Take a step back. Stop pushing yourself for a bit, moderate it. The person who works non stop but never rests will not grow as much as the person who balances work and rest.
RE: JULY CONTEST: Design a book cover for the Wizard of Oz
Can’t wait to notice all the changes I want to make the second after I post! Had a lot of fun with this. Also want to note that I am indeed a member but I’ve had wonky things happen to my membership before and not been considered a member for some reason. Just want to make sure I can count towards the final picks if I make it that far!
Zero skill techniques
I’m hoping to create a thread where we can all list techniques we have learned that require zero skill.
Let me explain. A zero skill technique is something you learn that you do not have to practice, it is simply a tool in the form of knew knowledge. For example: having cool lights and warm shadows or warm lights and cool shadows. When I learned this I was amazed at how much it improved my paintings. It did not require any skill or practice really, it was simply a matter of having that knowledge. What are some zero skill techniques you have learned? I hope by sharing our pools of knowledge we can all help each other grow even just a little bit more. This stuff can seem pretty simple but at some point we weren’t aware of them but just having that awareness can really change ones artwork in my experience.
My list of zero skill techniques:
Cool lights and warm shadows OR warm lights and cool shadows
Making a multiply layer at a low opacity and using a dark blue or purple to creat shadows (also applies to traditional work but varies depending on medium)
Thick outlines and thinner internal lines
Drawing objects as less defined and/or with thinner lines the farther they are in the background
Turning off saturation so you can see tones more clearly and adjust them for better contrast ( @NessIllustration )
Looking at your piece from far away or making the image smaller to see how readable it is
I’m sure I have more that I’m forgetting, I’ll add them in if I remember.
Last minute yeti home feedback
Just looking for any feedback before I submit this.
Here are some things I’m wondering
-should I crop in just a bit on the right and and bottom
-Should I make the inside of the windows lighter or darker maybe (I’ve messed around with both a bit but couldn’t get something to work, let me know what solutions you might have)
-add something more to the sky? I do like how barren it is but maybe it needs just a smidge more?
Another slightly different thing. My images always post slightly blurry but when clicked on they look fine. I post in 300dpi, 5" on the longest side
That’s mostly it, let me know if there is anything else the stands out to to you that may need some attention
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How do I find magazines for spot illustrations?
I’m looking into getting my work into magazines with spot illustrations but I have encountered one vital issue. What magazines do I contact?
I need to know what magazines I might fit into and to do that I need to look through their magazines. I went to Barnes and Noble to look through the magazines and I found nothing…literally not one single spot illustration in any of the magazines I looked through. I’ve tried looking online and some magazines show some illustrations on their sight by it’s still not giving me much to go off of.
So how do I find these magazines?
How do you handle people asking you to work outside of your style?
I’ve recently been contacted by someone who would like me to do illustrations for their app but what they’ve asked me to do is illustrate in the corporate art style that we see all over the place these days. I’ve got nothing against that style but the issue is that I don’t work in that style, not even close. I know this is not the last time I will encounter someone asking me to draw in a style that is not my own so how do I have this conversation with people and how do I stop people from asking me to do this in the future?
RE: What is the career path of a graphic novelist?
@Valerie-Light good advice! This is pretty much my plan right now, just trying to make bite sized graphic novels to prove that I can do it and hopefully build up a following that will allow me to gain more traction.
RE: What is the career path of a graphic novelist?
@HeatherBouteneff Oh I absolutely want to make a graphic novel. More than than anything. But graphic novels take a long time to make so I’m wondering what other illustration jobs pair well with being a graphic novelist. It just seems so strange to me that there doesn’t seem to be a path for graphic novelists. There’s not really a latter to climb, it feels more like you’re either a graphic novelist or you’re not.
What is the career path of a graphic novelist?
I’m not sure if many of you are going down this route but more and more it seems like the path that makes sense for me. My problem is that I have no idea how to do this. And I know in any art career there is no direct path and all that but I’ve tried to find out what other artist have done that lead the their careers as graphic novelists and it’s basically always just "became a graphic novelist".
Does anyone have any insight on this? I can’t just make graphic novels all the time, they take too long. What is the regular work a graphic novelist should look for to get income while they’re waiting to get work or publish their novel?