I like to use a paper pallet for my acrylics. They can be pretty expensive in the pad form. So i just use inexpensive freezer paper. It comes in wide rolls. I paper clip to a large piece of cardboard so it doesn't curl up and I have the perfect inexpensive pallet for my paint!
by Kat McD.
Our November meeting had some neat treats. Pictured are Linda's yummy corn bread muffins and my lemon tea cake. This Sweet and Savory combination came to mind the following weekend at this year's SCBWI LA's Art Directors Day aka Illustrator's Day. Isabel Warren-Lynch, Executive Art Director and fellow Jersey Girl spoke about the lasting impact of tender moments in the books of her childhood. She spoke about the subtle "sweetness" of Garth Williams work and Beatrix Potter. Then my reviewer, Cliff Cramp, http://www.cliffcramp.com/ , gave me words to "savor" regarding art. His advice was about using color temperature to guide the viewer's eye to the focal point of an illustration. This subtle use of color can take an illustration from "Oh" to "Wow!" That's the kind of art I want to make. Illustrations that are sweet and savory you keep with them after the book has been closed.
by Gail Buschman
I recently had two portfolio reviews with two different art directors. They had very good things to say about my book, but there were two definite things that they both wanted to see more of: art and story.
The first one is pretty straight-forward: create more work! Even working like the Tortoise instead of the Hare, I can get a lot of work done as long as I remain slow and steady, avoiding panic attacks wherever possible. The fact that they're interested in seeing more work out of me is a very good sign and I should push my creative limits whenever possible on more complex pieces while continuing to break them up with smaller pieces that are still in my style.
The second one is more difficult. Story. I used to write creatively--when I was in high school. These days I don't consider myself a writer beyond my blog ramblings. I have stories in my head, but they sound incredibly silly on paper. Additionally, I keep trying to flesh out these long, complex, overly complicated ideas before giving up in frustration before I've really developed anything. Yet I felt that fleshing out a full story was the ONLY way to approach projects for my picture book portfolio. Create a STORY.
At the SCBWI Summer Conference I was able to talk more with one of the art directors about the subject of story. He indicated that while it was important to show you can develop characters and scenes and compositions for a full picture book STORY, it was just as important to create story in a single image. Not the grand idea of a story, but smaller moments of interest, emotion, and wonderment; to show that you don't only have technical skills as an artist, but that you have ideas.
I have ideas, I'm sure you have ideas. We wouldn't be on this path if we didn't have ideas. Between this discussion and the many art-related podcasts that I listen to, I have resolved to no longer consider myself an artist and I wasn't ever going for the writer's hat, but I am ready to move forward into a new role: visual storyteller. And that's story, lowercase. If STORY happens along the way, all the better.
Here's a look at where we create.
My space isn't huge, but it's a dedicated room that I can go to, make a mess in and store all my stuff. I feel pretty darn lucky. It is time for spring cleaning though. It's just so easy to keep buying more stuff!. I mean I'm an artist. We need stuff, right? kat mcd.
My husband found this information and shared it with me. As an IT person, he feels strongly that this is the bare minimum I should do to protect my digital images online in addition to copyrighting them. When I was updating my own files, I found some of them had metadata of Copyright: Unknown, or Copyright: Public Domain. For an artist who is looking to make a living off their work, this is not good, since this may be the only place people look for the "copyright holder" before using your images for their own purposes.
by Gail Buschman
I've been coming across a number of art-related podcasts recently. Some of them are new, some of them are done but you can still listen to the various episodes. I haven't listened to all of them, just episodes here and there, but here's as complete a list as I have at the moment, in no specific order:
Do you know of any others? If so, leave a comment and let me know! I'm always in search of podcasts to listen to while creating art.
by Gail Buschman
Just a quick post today. I came across this video via social media (twitter) and while I have only watched 5 minutes so far, it seems like a really good thing for everyone in this industry to know. It is long and unedited, so bear that in mind.
I must admit, when I walk into an Office Depot or down the office supply aisle in Target, my heart beats a bit faster. I have a tiny addiction to everything paper, pen, pencils, etc. etc. Recently, I've tried to practice the "use what you have" rule. So, when I came upon these Ink Joy pens from PaperMate for about $3.70, it was with a bit of shame I tossed them into my cart. But I am shameful no more! These pens are wonderful. Their inks are bright like dyes. They layer beautifully. The ink floats on the paper and they are worth every penny. My favorite color is the brown that comes in the 12 pack with caps. They are aptly named. Go ahead. Buy a pack. You know you want to.
Here I am, at our last meeting, sharing with Siri clay models of characters I created in Sculpey clay. This is the first time I've used clay to help with character development. In the foreground you'll see the two models I created for a manuscript I'm writing. For this story, I had two issues I needed help with. The first was how to light the rat in the different settings throughout the book and second, I needed to see how he would carry the ice skater ornament around with him. Having the models has helped tremendously. Seeing the ornament laying on the ground, carried on the rats back or propped against a wall in 3D, makes my 2D drawings of their movements more consistent throughout. I really like the size relationship of the two characters as well. Next I'll be lighting them and sketching in different settings. I'm definitely going to be using this technique in the future.
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