Top Seven Mistakes Made by Aspiring IllustratorsI wrote this thing. If you want to repost it on your blog or journal, please credit me with: Article by illustrator Kristina Gehrmann - www. mondhase.de
1. Selling yourself as a beginner
I found a prime example of this in a forum for artists seeking work. The thread title was „Starting-out artist looking for a chance",, and the thread told that the artist is „looking for a client for whom I may draw" and has „just graduated from art college".
We all were at this point once, but usually it takes too long to realize that „beginner" is the wrong mindset, even if you are one. Such statements sound like excuses and are guaranteed to weaken your position. Don't make excuses. Do not justify your work, and do not justify your prices. This is a tricky habit to acquire since we're not very confident by nature, but remember the image you wan
Improving image composition!Sometimes the details of our illustration look great, but then when we step back and look at the composition... it's a little boring or muddy or crowded or our eyes wander away from the parts that looked so good up close... Where are our focal points? Why doesn't this illustration grab my attention and hold it? Composition can make or break a piece. Here are some links that show examples of good and bad compositions and describe why certain layouts are more successful than others. Various tips and rules are described and illustrated. I hope you'll enjoy these as much as I do.Improving image composition!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Composition in art as described by wikipedia (this link is a little boring): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_%28visual_arts%29 you can skip to the good links below and come back to this one later if you want.
concept art composition tips with examples: http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/phil_straub_composition_tutorial
23 pages of paintings and composi
Art sites for study, freelancing, or inspirationHere are some art related sites that you may find useful. Some have more to offer than the category heading may imply! Feel free to note me if you have any problems with links or if you want me to add new linksArt sites for study, freelancing, or inspiration3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
FIGURE DRAWING RESOURCES (may contain nudes):
Figure Drawing sessions: http://www.artmodelbook.com/figure-drawing-directory.htm 900 schools and galleries in the USA and Canada that offer figure drawing sessions you can attend
pixelovely: http://www.pixelovely.com/gesture/figuredrawing.php reference photos of people and animals
PoseManiacs: http://www.posemaniacs.com/ anatomical drawing references
Quickposes: http://www.quickposes.com/pages/gesture nude photos for figure drawing
Zvork Virtual Lighting: http://www.zvork.fr/vls/ interactive lighting on 3d human models
human anatomy for artists: http://www.human-anatomy-for-artist.com/ reference photos: small images= free/ large images available with membership
human comic art refe
ART: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO PRICING YOUR ARTA BEGINNERS GUIDE TO PRICING ARTART: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO PRICING YOUR ART4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
There are several reasons why an artist will make the decision to sell their work. For some artists, it is almost accidental that they are discovered doing what they love by someone who is willing to pay for it. Often these scenarios lead to a decision to go public, but not all artists sell their works so easily. There are artists who study and practice and build up an inventory of works with the full intention of selling those works for income. For these artists who depend upon sales as a means of income, and possibly survival, pricing art is imperative. Then there are the artists who slowly venture into the arena, one piece at a time, testing the proverbial waters and gauging whether or not their works will compete well in the art world. Regardless of the beginnings or the motivations, pricing art is a task which has confounded the best of artists.
Common Sense Guide To Surviving The Art World: http://fav.me/n141460
Fake itOne of the best pieces of advice I've ever received has been "fake it till ya make it." I took it to heart.Fake it2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I thought I was a good artist before I was. I acted like a professional before I was. I put out my first instructional video before I started working professionally. I was working professionally when I didn't know what I was doing. I acted like an extrovert when I was an introvert. I acted like a businessperson when I hadn't made a dime. I acted like a marketer when I hadn't sold anything.
Continue reading on my blog... http://www.noahbradley.com/blog/2012/fake-it/
Bobby Chiu's 4 keys to setting good goalsGOOOAAALS! The World Cup is the perfect time to talk about goals.Bobby Chiu's 4 keys to setting good goals8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Setting good goals is useful to not just artists but anyone who wants to achieve something.
When I graduated college and started my career, my goals were unfocused. Basically, I just wanted to get a job doing what I love, which in my case is of course drawing and painting. That was my whole goal. I didn't aim for anything more than that, and as a result, my career went nowhere.
Then, after reflecting on my career and examining the careers of people I admired (again, not just artists), I developed a master plan for my success that basically boiled down to four things:
1. Recognize the importance of setting goals.
Let's say you have the extraordinary ability to kick a ball farther and more accurately than anyone you know. As a result, you want to become a soccer player. But then when you're on the soccer pitch and the ball comes to you, you just kick it as hard as you can in what
Tip of the Day: is it memorable?In this ever growing art community (especially online) it gets harder and harder to be noticed. You will be noticed when your art and/or the idea behind your art is unique.Tip of the Day: is it memorable?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Think about how memorable your art is. If it looks like a million other things, no one is going to remember it.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: AttitudeWhen you're dealt a bad situation believe that good things will soon happen if you keep a positive attitude. If you adopt this belief then good things WILL happen.Tip of the Day: Attitude3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In many situations your attitude is the determining factor between a positive outcome or a negative one. A positive attitude is what will keep you going through the tough times.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
understand a painting study dont just copyThis is purely an observation from my point of view but whenever i see a study or painting based on a masterpiece or a screen plate. The results are almost in every case very good.So this tells me that our ability to copy is quite good and its not really required to be a high level artist.Junior level to mid level ones can pull this off easily too. Everything you need to know is already in the image we are trying to copy so it becomes a recipe for us.understand a painting study dont just copy2 years ago in Personal More Like This
the important thing though is to not "copy" it but to understand it and deconstruct a work method from it.And if you understand that then the work based from your own mind will be alot better.
When i see this kind of work , for me its not the level of detail and accurcy that one puts in the copied artwork that impresses me, but the images based on that learned knowledge afterwards. And to tell you the truth not many people understand this knowledge or are aware of how important it is to understand it.But the interesting phenomenon is that
Art BooksAlvaroArte asked me if I could suggest some books on realistic drawing and concept art which was timely as I've been thinking about writing a post about it. So, in no particular order here are some books I recommend.Art Books2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Keys to Drawing (Dodson) - A lot of my early drawing lessons a knowledge was based in this book. Great exercises.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Edwards) - A cornerstone art book, it (re)teaches you how to really observe your subject with various exercises.
Imagination Station (Kistler) - While likely not applicable to you guys, it's a wonderful art book for little kids who find it fun and teaches good art principles.
Understanding Light and Color:
Alla Prima (Schmid) - This is not a how-to painting book but delves into how to think and understand light, color, edges, etc. My painting bible.
Imaginative Realism (Gurney) - This author of Dinotopia does a good job addressing how to approach realistically painting subjects that do
Tip of the Day: CuriosityKeep learning. Stay curious. Always give it your all and great things will happen. Make it part of your lifestyle to constantly keep learning, studying, practicing. The world is changing faster then ever. It's important to change with it if you don't want to be left behind. Be a 'student' of life and stay curious.Tip of the Day: Curiosity3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: EnthusiasmAct enthusiastic and we'll soon become enthusiastic. Enthusiasm brings passion and passion develops skills!Tip of the Day: Enthusiasm3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobsThe world of freelance business is populated with all types of clients and artists. If you are a freelancer or a potential client, you will eventually start to recognize the early signs of good and bad job situations. There are some tips and notes below that may help you recognize these signs sooner and therefore improve your ability to connect successfully with good job partners. A client or artist will seldom display all of the good or bad signs described below. However, watching for the following list items may help you to assess a potential workmate as a good risk or a bad one BEFORE work begins. Similarly, if you strive to embody the positive characteristics listed below, they may help you to attract better clients/artists and engage in more successful and fulfilling partnerships.FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobs3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Good qualities in a DA CLIENT/ JOB AD:
Client seems polite and professional and reasonable.
Client knows what she/he wants and describes the work clearly.
Client displays good spelling, grammar an
Tip of the Day: Experiencing a fallThe experience of falling down is as important as getting up in order to succeed. Sometimes failing for a while is what we need to truly appreciate it when we obtain our goal. Appreciation is one of the core things we need to maintain and/or increase what success we've achieved.Tip of the Day: Experiencing a fall3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Live the dream, don't talk about it!Doug TenNapel, independent comics creator, is an inspiration to me in many ways. He has a fun, accessible art style that is dramatic and fresh. His story telling is always askew in the best of ways. I don't think I've read one of his graphic novels without having some smiles and a surprise or two along the way. On top of that, he is outspoken about almost everything in his life. (I think of him as the Rush Limbaugh of comics- oh man, that sounds really bad, but early Rush, not present day Rush, if that helps.) I agree with most things he states on Facebook. BUT- the thing I am most inspired about him is his drive (in the old days we would call that "work ethic"). The guy does NOT give up. Because of that, he single-handedly will put out a new graphic novel a year. While creating a webcomic. While pitching new TV show development ideas in Hollywood. While running a half marathon. While working freelance jobs.Live the dream, don't talk about it!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
A NEW art school- a few thoughtsHey everyone. I've been thinking a lot about art schools and how we learn as artists. So much so, that I'm at the point where I think I want to start an "online art school". Why the quotation marks? Because I'm still not sure if "School" is the right word for this new website I want to create. Without giving out much information because this is all a bit early, I want to talk about the motivations and goals we're trying to address with this future site. I said "we" on purpose. I have a business partner in this and his background is in creating online education (not artistic) schools from the I.T. side of things. Thank goodness also, because I know nothing about that side of things.A NEW art school- a few thoughts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I guess you could say things started when I wrote my first book, "Creating Characters with Personality". While there are many, many drawings I would love to redraw for that book, I still like that book and get great responses from it because of one thing: the viewpoint I chose on that book was to
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE... TEDxTEDxTalk in Sinchon, Seoul at the Seodaemun Art Center, South Korea, JULY 28thTO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE... TEDx3 years ago in Personal More Like This
TED.com Event information: http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/4471
Download Free Children's Book Templates OnceUponASketch is a Children’s Market Blog.Download Free Children's Book Templates2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Norman Grock and Wilson Williams, Jr
have come together to give insight, education and news about the many
facets of the Children’s Illustration Market. From Children’s Books to
Character Design, Storyboarding, Toys and Lic. Products. Find articles,
interviews and resources to help fuel your education and growth. Jump on
to learn more about the varied industries and what it takes to become
successful and make it in them.
There are versions of these types of templates all over the web. Ours was far from the first! So I was surprised when folks were asking if they could get .PDF's of the ones we showed in a previous post. Awesome!
I personally use these when I am laying out my Children's Books and doing my thumbnails. Whether digitally or traditionally.
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 2Here's the continuation of yesterday's journal discussing the importance of hard work. If you missed it, click here!Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 22 years ago in Personal More Like This
In part two I'm gonna talk about one of the biggest roadblocks I hear from artists who are having difficulty getting in to good study habits, so without further ado...
WISDOM NUMBER TWO!! Don't wait for perfect weather and stop making excuses. So often I hear things like "I don't want to waste paper" or "I don't know what to draw" or "I haven't found a good tutorial" or "I don't want to study perspective" or any number of things along those lines. I'll be blunt and just put the answer out there now: get over it. If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work, end of story. And with all the time you've spent thinking, wondering, being uncertain, and searching for that magical art secret of power, you could have filled 10 pages in your sketchbook today and inc
From artist life - getting a job as an illustratorHey there! I didn't plan to write about that topic but that's obviously what you are interested in the most, isn't it...? I wasn't sure whether to elaborate on this for a simple reason - I never ever in my life looked for a job. Nope. It came to me. I need money and job appears, tadaam. But I was kindly asked about some advice in this topic so I'll share what I know.From artist life - getting a job as an illustrator1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you :iconGenisay: for asking
As I am from Poland, I work mostly for Polish publishing houses but I do draw for other companies too. Some things might not work out as I say, since every company has different politics. For example: Polish publishing houses are not very fond of people with an Artist degree. Same in software companies which also hire computer graphics. They don't like artists with diplomas because they "always know better" and it's very hard to work with them. It might be different in other countries, where educated artists has a different image in society. I personally believe that degree
The Matter of the MassesI've been painting for a few years now, but I feel like I'm only beginning to grasp the importance of this concept. I'll quote Robert Henri (1865-1929) from his book, The Art Spirit, which is packed full of such profound wisdom.The Matter of the Masses1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Robert Henri stresses this point:
"Insist on the beauty of form and color to be obtained from the composition of the largest masses, the four or five large masses which cover your canvas. Let these above all things have fine shapes, have fine colors. Let them be as meaningful of your subject as they possibly can be. It is wonderful how much real finish can be obtained through them, how much of gesture and modeling can be obtained through their contours, what satisfactions can be obtained from the fine measures in area, color and value. Most students and most painters in fact rush over this; they are in a hurry to get on to other matters, minor matters."
"The beauty of the larger mass is primary
In Defense Of Making A Living Through ArtThere's a frustrating element I've noticed lately in regards to Art. "Art with a capital 'A'", as a friend of mine calls it. And I suppose this blog was triggered by the cancellation of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan game Fighting is Magic. The fandom lost its collective shit because Hasbro sent the developers a Cease and Desist letter. The entitlement was just amazing to watch, and even worse was the sheer ignorance. Some of it stupid, like "Technically, all fanworks are parodies, so it's not illegal!" and "Copyright laws are so stupid!" to cruel, like "They can just take their development overseas, then Hasbro can't stop them!"In Defense Of Making A Living Through Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was baffled by this. Because Hasbro had the right to protect their intellectual property.
See, I've been a freelance artist for a while now. And it's hard. It is so freaking hard, and part of the reason it's hard is because the default attitude of most people you deal with is, "We're not, like, going to pay you a lot. Or give you i
Oscar Winner Shaun Tan advises new IllustratorsShaun Tan is an acclaimed Children's Book writer, Illustrator and ACADEMY AWARD winner for Best Animated Short for his film, The Lost Thing. He has also been a concept artist for films like Horton Hears a Who and Wall-E.Oscar Winner Shaun Tan advises new Illustrators2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
With such an enormous talent and many prestigious awards under his belt I take great pleasure in presenting some of his words of wisdom for new Illustrators here on our site for your enjoyment and fuel for your creativity and drive to succeed in this industry. Keep learning and getting better everyday!!
You can check out the full Animated Short of the Academy Award winning, The Lost Thing in our
Why is this a DD?For a looong, long time these kind of comments used to bother me. Comments like "I don't get why this is a DD", "This shouldn't be a DD" or "I've seen far better works that deserve to be DDs more than this", etc. They always made me want to strangle the person saying it.Why is this a DD?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
However my appreciation for these kind of comments has changed over the years and I've grown to even kinda like them I almost see them as compliments in disguise now. You see...
As we all know, what is art is different for everyone and as human beings, we're bound to disagree constantly about what we consider art. And that's ok. The same art is not for everyone. Some might appreciate certain pieces while others will hate them and others simply won't understand them. And that's ok. I see them as a reminder that we are different and we all see things differently.
I also believe art should cause a reaction on the viewer, be positive or negative, otherwise is something boring that is just there. So if a piece of art
Your art is worth more than you think.It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a good fortune must be in want of art.Your art is worth more than you think.3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
If you've ever taken a look at the job-offers part of any forum or site, you'll notice two tendencies that occur online. The first is that a lot of people look for art, some for the cheapest possible price at the best possible quality. The other is that a lot of people are willing to low-ball even more than the initial offer simply to snag the job.
Because if they don't offer cheaper art than the rest, they wouldn't be getting the job, or so the line of thought most likely goes.
You see people selling full-body, detailed renderings for $10, or people who sell pixel art for 50 points. But why?
A reminder should be sent out telling people that their art is worth so much more than they think. And this is why I can highly advise these journals if you plan to price and sell your art.