Cool guys, so happy to see all your wonderful work!
Hey, I just finished up an illustration and added some dragonflies in honor of you guys and this contest! Thought I'd share it here.
You may or may not have heard about this, but I wanted to put it out there first so rumors and accusations don't start flying everywhere. An artist named Alphonso Dunn has accused Jake's inktober book of plagiarism.
I love Alphonso's work and respect him as a teacher and agree that there are some similarities to the work. In fact, every single book on inking has some similarities. Even dating back to the "Rendering in Pen and Ink" book by Arthur Guptill published back in the 1891.
Things like line, form, shading, texture, and value don't change much from teacher to teacher. Jake puts each of those in his own words in his book. Alphonso puts his spin on it in his book. And of course I put my own spin on those things in my classes as well.
For example, In this image Alphonso compares his image on the right, with jakes on the left. Both of them talk about line, form, value, detail and shading.
If an art teacher can't use the basic terms to present techniques, we are all in trouble. You can't own basic tools and techniques and so I disagree with Alphonso's assertions.
Now the internet is running with this and of course it is nasty. But I ask you that you really look at what is being said before making a judgement. As always, I will be here to answer your questions anytime. : )
Hey guys, on the podcast we recorded two days ago jake challeneged me to paint Batman! Being the overly competitive person I am, I took him up on it. Super fun to try and figure out how I might approach this subject matter in a way that interested me. So I used a somewhat textural and abstract approach to it. I don't think I'll be doing any more fan art for now, but very fun to step outside your comfort zone and what you are familiar with. Both in terms of technique and subject matter. : )
Some changes coming next month in regards to our monthly contest. We are getting a little more serious about them and will be doing things a bit differently. Read below to see!
Contests will be judged by the 3rd day of the month.
Contest results will be posted in the forum, but the crit will be an actual video where I can talk about the different pieces and do draw overs, etc. It will be more more involved as a learning tool for you guys!
The video crits will only be available to active subscribers. We are looking at many new features that reward our subscriber base and this is just one of them.
Only subscribers will be eligible for being judged in the contests. Anyone can post to the finals thread, but only subscribers can win and be in the video.
This will all start with the May contest. The book covers contest and "before the moment" will be judged in a post as usual. : )
Let me know if you have any questions.
hey guys, We are really wanting to up our game here at SVS and one of the things we are starting now is CASH AND ILLUSTRATION JOBS for the winners of the monthly contest! We are going to start THIS MONTH! Here's the deal:
Top 2 finishers will each receive a $75 cash prize
Top 2 finishers will be offered the opportunity to ILLUSTRATE THE GRAPHIC FOR OUR THREE POINT PERSPECTIVE PODCAST!
Considering that our podcast has over a half million downloads, your work will be seen by a LOT of people.
You have to be a subscriber to SVSlearn.com to place in the contest. (Anyone can post to the contest forum, but only members can win). Post your winning entries here: https://forum.svslearn.com/topic/7435/may-contest-mermay/25
Hey guys, I finally set up my youtube channel and will be making new content every other week. My first one is about how to do an illustration that you like every time! Just follow my step by step process! Download is included in the youtube description. : )
Please go and subscribe so I can catch will and Jake. Only need a few hundred thousand new people! haha!
Hi guys, sorry we are running a little behind on the topic this month. Luckily it's a leap year so you get an extra day on it! : )
The topic for this month is: Nightfall
Night (and darkness in general) can mean many things to people. Some people love night and all that goes with it. For others it means hiding out and hoping the bad things don't get you! Let's see what it means for each of you!
More rules will be added here, I just wanted to go ahead and get this thing going!
there will be another one tonight at 6pm pacific time
@Kim-Hunter we had the zoom session. It appears in the course shell the day of the event
@Adam-Thornton-0 I agree with what was previously said. Its not either/or type situation. We are still building SVS up. quite a bit. I think unless you are truly at the experienced pro level, SVS will still be a huge benefit. especially as we add the more advanced foundation series of classes and workshops.
CBP is HIGHLY specialized and is only for adding the "children's book" polish to your already established skill set. SVS is about getting the skills, CBP is about focusing it and entering the field.
Hope that helps some! : )
@xin-li I am sure you are right about that, but in my experience I have never heard of someone being paid less for writing and illustrating their book. With the exception of possibly having to go to a smaller publisher in order to get the deal. But apples to apples with the same publisher, you should definitely receive more for writing and illustrating.
It is correct that the more experience you have, the easier this transition will be. Writing is VERY difficult for me and takes me twice as long as the illustrating. But, like anything new it will take time I guess to get proficient in it.