Thursday, August 29, 2013

Percy Jackson Fan Art?

I am working on some new pieces for the good ol' portfolio, This is the first of five that I will be working on over the next little while.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What I Wish I had known II

Some friend who are also recent Graduates mentioned some things to add to my post. They had good ideas so I wanted to share them
Laura mentioned that you shouldn't be afriad to do your own style, even if your peers are doing some thing diffrent.
Kat Said  don't be afraid to take jobs while you are in school.
Michelle Said to carry a busniss card with you at all times, you never know whren some one will be interested in your art.

Also I forgot to say that you should really, take Graphic Design while in school. It is one of my greatest regrets of college, that I didn't take a graphic design class.
Again if you have any tips please leave a comment!

Monday, August 19, 2013

What I wish I had known

It has been over a year since I graduated with my BFA, and while I am still trying to figure out the whole Children's book free lance illustrator thing, there are a few things that I have figured out that I wish I had known before I graduated.  

1. Don't be afraid to experiment.  School is the perfect time to experiment with different styles, different techniques.  Look at the artists that are in the industry now, see the different ways people draw and paint.   Some times one gets in to a rut by following the artistic styles of the students around them. Open your eyes to new styles

2. Don't be afraid to contact the artist that you admire.  I know this is terrifying, I was told to do this while in school but was too scared to do so.  Now I have contacted some of my favorite artists, and they have been nothing but kind. So don't be shy and just send them an nice email!

3.  Going along with point 2 join Twitter.  Twitter is a great way to get in contact with your favorite artists, and art directors.

4. Blog/Facebook page. This is a great (and Free) way to start getting your art out there, nearly every thing freelance is done over the Internet these days.  

5. Listen to art Podcasts and Videocasts. This is a great way to learn from the  best in the industry they will have on going advise, and with podcasts you can listen while you paint!

6. Build a strong portfolio that is specific to the area you want to go into.  

Some of my favorite art Podcasts

If you have more tips for artist in school or awesome art podcasts please leave a comment or a link to the website.