Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Everything Girl!

I finished it! Though I may go into photoshop to clean up that white on the right side. It does't look that bad in the original. 
Look at the difference in just two years! It's the main reason why I'm going back to this particular manuscript, to see the drastic change in drawing technique and character creation. I think I've cleaned up a bit during the years! Now it's just a matter of cleaning up more...that's why this blog is called "Draw it Again" I suppose~

Friday, April 17, 2015

More SB Sketches

 Moar sketches, this time in color though next time I should clean up a bit. Even if it's a sketch I should have it similar to a final finish. For now though, I've figured out their color schemes and personality enough to write paragraphs about them.

"Stitching Butterflies" MC Sketches

Lately I've been making character sketches for Lily and Stella, the two Mc's of the story I'm working on, "Stitching Butterflies". I plan to send this one out as soon as I get a couple of finished drawings and a rough book dummy. So excited for this one as I think it has a chance with all the great competition out there. I really wish I was the one who wrote and illustrated "If You Want to See a Whale" which has just recently been added to my favorites even though I'm a couple years late haha.

Anyway, here are some of the sketches...the ones that are most legible. Right now I'm trying to get down their personalities, their roles. I need to get the irritated, "I can't believe you just said that to me" look out of the way but that will be put on here later today. Maybe even I'll even have a final final final of "Everything Girl" on here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Busy March! Now it's April's Turn

So I did draw those compositions again (maybe the blog should be "Paint it Again" or "Make the final Draft 50 times or More" or even "Edit Again and again...and again") And here are the results and comparison:





I readied my portfolio, labored over print quality, and made everything nice and neat for Mr. E.B. Lewis. After the work I put in I was finally getting the critique that I wanted. Maybe I could even present it to an agent and finally get an illustration job. YES! That is what this portfolio will do. It's so good it hurts.

Well it did hurt. It hurt in the "what was I thinking this is awful?" kind of way and after the critique I wanted to burn and be done with it.  

I didn't I promise!

I've had worse critiques before, and he did like a couple of them but ultimately he told me to throw away everything in the portfolio besides two or three pieces. These:

That and how my presentation of the portfolio was bad and how I was doing everything WRONG. I could also go into how the story doesn't work and how the boy doesn't look the same in every image and how he doesn't have any emotion like a child should...but I won't really. 

That was what I needed.

Thank you E.B. Lewis!