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:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Kidlit Collage -- Goals WIP

Here is my Kidlit Collage update!  This image is taking me a bit longer than I expected. Part of the reason is that it will end up being three images and not just one. This is my inks for the first of three images. I'm working towards finishing at least this image as my goal for this month's Kidlit Collage post. I do hope I can finish all three and start working on another image that I'm planning. I'm still making some adjustments to this image, so this is not the final inks

You can tag #kidlitcollage on social media to join in the fun! This month's theme is goals. We are posting WIP all month and the last Monday of the month will be a final image!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sorry About the Mess!

Sorry the font has been so messy on my blog lately. I had a problem a few months back with my whole computer and I just didn't have time to fix things.  Somehow all my internet fonts were changed on the computer but my blog looked okay on my phone.

In any case, I'm sorry for the horrible font. It's been adjusted now! I'm still not sure how the settings changed, but I'm very happy to have a legible blog once again!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday Montage is now KidLit Collage!

Sorry guys, Monday Montage wasn't a name that stuck. Had a conversation with Christy and a few other friends and Kidlit Collage is what we came up with. In fact it was Christy's idea. It's fantastic!

Here is my #KidlitCollage post. I was only able to get some character drawings done. I may make some minor adjustments, but this is basically my kitty for the upcoming GOALS illustration. I may even do a series of illustrations with this guy. I do have thumbnails for this illustration, but they are pretty messy, so I'll wait until next week to show the image!

These images were sketched on paper, but mostly created in Clip Studio Paint!