Found time to participate in the Third Thursday contest this month with SVS (svslearn.com) And the prompt was to take four characters from Wizard of Oz and do them in a new style or theme. The idea was to be consistent and have good character design and poses. I am pretty happy with my design and poses but I am still not happy with my final work with the digital painting. I am searching for the answer to my problem but haven't found it yet. The live critique of the entries was interesting and they did mention mine but the only comment they made was that it is in an "Animation Style". I suppose that must be bad for Children's book illustration but I am not sure what it quite means. Maybe the rendering should be more traditional, maybe I should bring back my linework. I don't know. I really want to get a professional's advice soon. I feel like I am stalled and just spinning my wheels until I solve the problem of how to finish each piece in the best way for both personal satisfaction and maximum appeal for the children's book market. I am in an extreme frustrated mode where I start with a drawing that I love and then just try stuff until I feel done but am not happy with the result. Meanwhile I have my Children's book to the point where the only thing left to do is begin the digital painting process on each of the more than 30 completed illustrations. I am hesitant to begin because at this point I don't think I want to consistantly mess up the whole lot. I suppose I should cling to the thought that got me through the first leg of the journey - better done than perfect.. but I would like to be a little more sure of my process before beginning the final leg.
Thanks for reading. MM
Thanks for stopping by. I'm a published illustrator working on getting better every day. My goal for my work is for it to be charming, bright and endearing. I share my ongoing work progress online because I welcome all the encouragement and feedback I can get as I try to improve my skills. I currently have a children's book project that I am nearing the end of.