Monday, February 18, 2019

Dark Kitchen -- Kidlit Collage

I changed almost everything in this image. I see a few more things that I need to adjust, but I think I got a lot of good changes made. I wouldn't have done so well if it wasn't for my critique group! There may be a few more basic changes I make (like color and getting rid of stray lines, but overall I think this will look great once I finish next week!  

Want to join me  and Christy Ann (@christyillustrates on instagram) in Kidlit Collage? There is no sign up! Just post your image on Instagram (and other social media) and tag #kidlitcollage. That way we can see your work!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dark Kitchen: Kidlit Collage 2nd Draft

Got quite a bit of flat coloring done on this image today. I still have quite a bit to do. I started to see some things that need to be changed after I got the color on, but I think overall I'm liking where this is going. Got a lot of coloring done today so I'll have time to work on other WIPs the next two weeks. 

Want to join me  and Christy Ann (@christyillustrates on twitter) in Kidlit Collage? There is no sign up! Just post your image on Instagram (and other social media) and tag #kidlitcollage. That way we can see your work!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Dark Kitchen -- Kitlit Collage 1st Draft

Here is my my image for Kidlit Collage. This month's theme is Passion! My image itself may not portray passion as much as I'd like (though it could be said that cat is passionately trying to get away). This is my first draft and in digital vector inks, so I will be editing this image from what it looks like now.

Want to join me in Kidlit Collage? There is no sign up! Just post your image on Instagram (and other social media) and tag #kidlitcollage. That way we can see your work!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Girl Bear Art

I'm doing #kidlitart28 Which means that every day this month I will be posting an image every day for the whole month on social media. I don't know if it will be pretty every day, but it will be me drawing somethign I love. Here is the link to join in:

Below is the little girl that I'm adding to the kitty comic that I'm currently working on for #kidlitcollage. I may make some edits on her yet. Originally she was a regular little girl and then I decided she was much better as a bear. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Kidlit Collage Week 4 - Kitty Computer!

I was not able to finish my illustration for this week. I had a lot of big things happen this week that made it impossible to finish. I don't know if I have more than a few hours of work left on this, but my back is telling me it's time for quits tonight. I'll work on it more this week. 

I have a lot of other images I've started, from this series, so I'll be working on them as well this month. I'm not sure if the other images will work well with the prompts, so I may not do a major image next month (more like a spot illustration). 

February's Kidlit Collage prompt is: Passion

Friday, January 25, 2019

More About Make Your Marks and Splashes

I'm talking again about  Mark Mitchell's wonderful illustration course. This course will give you the ins and outs of the picture book field. Mark strives to help people get a solid foundation of art and an understanding of the illustration field. You can see Mark's Smart Dummies Post about the course here:

What did you miss out on in school? Were you able to take art classes in college, or were you able to go to college at all? I personally have a BFA in Fine Arts and let me tell you I missed out on a lot. 

There are many art schools and universities that give you most of the tools you need to get started as an illustrator. I wasn't lucky enough to be in one of those schools. I got most of my training in one grad course that cost me $1,500. I don't regret it, but that's a lot of money to pay out of pocket. I have learned a lot since then, but with art one has to be open to learning their whole life.

What don't you know about illustration? If you could take a class that would set you on a path to being a paid illustrator would you take it? If you are already a paid illustrator what would it mean to be better at your craft? What would it mean if your work would appeal to more audiences? An education like that is worth it's weight in gold. You can take a class with Mark Mitchell for about a fifth of the cost that it took me to take a single university course.

College Doesn't Matter for Art. A good portfolio will trump any degree. Publishers, art directors, agents and even employers want to see what you can do. They don't care if you have a fancy education if you can't do the job. There are some cases where a degree is vital, but in most cases your portfolio means more.

What's New?  Things have changed a bit as far as the set up for buying your course. If you click on the link it will take you to a place where you can explore a bit about the course. There is also a video which will tell you more about the course!

Mark is supporting this blog and Smart Dummies through this course. If you take this course you aren't just helping to improve your art skills, you are also helping me to make Smart Dummies, this blog and any other related events better for everyone. Through the support of the community I've been able to host giveaways and an art contest. I hope to be able to to even more this year!

Make Your Mark's and Splashes info:

Monday, January 21, 2019

Kidlit Collage -- Goals With Some Color

I wasn't able to get all of the coloring done on this image yet, but it's getting close. I've noticed a few things on the inks that I need to edit, but overall I'm liking where this is going! Final next week.

Edit with a bit of recoloring. This is what I posted on Instagram today: