Just looked up the line-up for this year's Wychewood Festival, it had some pretty good acts on this year. I'd have especially wanted to have seen Super Furry Animals. The biggest act at Workhouse was an Ian Dury-less Blockheads, which I was going to see, but in the end didn't bother as I was feeling uncomfortable after 3 nights of camping and just wanted to go home. Though it was nice while it lasted, everyone was nice and ready to chat, along with a willingness from everyone to dance like prats. (Me especially on that account, on the saturday I was dancing as if I was in the Hacienda rather than a field in Wales)
No probs Rich. Glad if it helps at all. Also glad you had a good time at the local music fest. Got to the local Wychwood festival a couple of years ago, but keep missing the darned thing recently because of family gubbins getting in the way. There's a few smaller local ones that look better sheduled for me and 'mrs me' though.
Keep at it and make sure to enjoy the journey.
Thanks very much for your replies Nick, it was very helpful. And sorry for the extreme lateness of this comment, I was at a local music festival (which was full of hippies drinking herbal tea and having casual spliffs in front of security) so I couldn't reply till now sorry. To be honest those last messages you wrote answered my questions fully, so thanks very much for your help.
Style!? Just keep drawing and painting however you are doing it, and gradually you'll find things that work for you and things that don't - These will most likely direct the way your own personal style develops. Or something like that anyhow. It's difficut not to worry about it I know, but just put the work in and it will creep up on you without you noticing.
Payment for work is driven by market forces like everything else. The same piece of work might receive different fees dependent on whether it's going in a magazine, a book or is to be used for advertising or concept work.
I work in publishing and there are various different cnotractual set ups even within that. For instance - Usually it's a flat fee, but sometimes you can take a lower fee up front, and a royalty , based on sales after covering production costs (bit of a gamble and often not offered anyway)
Unfortunately (?) that brings you back to studying the basics of anatomy-figure drawing-perspective etc. As said before, just don't epect it all to stick in one go . There's a lot to absorb and realistic, bite-size segments is what has worked (if anything has) for me.
The last animal antomy chunk was 'Getting Started' which covered a nmber of bits and pieces like foreshortening, proportions and comparative skeletons. Good basic groundwork again. It is possible to get back copies, if you are interested.
I can't tell you how many forsets I must have torn down iwht my discarded reject sketches as I tried to get a handle on things. Well the body doesn't have handles (apart from 'love handles'?), so maybe that's where I was going wrong.
Manga tends to use informed short hand to describe things, in my experience - 'informed' is the important word in that if you want it to compete with the best in the genre. That means understanding how things 'really are' or how you can show them so it looks real.
By the way took your advice on getting that ImagineFX, it's pretty good. (One thing I noticed was how many connections it had to this site, with characters that comment on threads here were mentioned in a few articles. Like Steph Laberis) I'll take time to look through that Animal anatomy section. (The issue I have the anatomy section is part 2 and looks at the torso, was part 1 more general about animal anatomy?)
So is there a kind of hierarchy of payment, for illustrators? Seems a bit peculiar that one artist should be paid more for dealing with a certain subject matter to another.
Anyway thanks again.
In terms of style, I don't really want to be like any artist/illustrator, but as of yet I don't know where I want to go with it. (Apart from that I know I want to become a sequential Illustrator/Comic book artist/Graphic Novelist, but that'll probably be no time soon) I'm taking a lot of influence in my life drawing from Egon Schiele's approach to drawing line, but if I spend a substantial amount of time on something it won't look like I'd have any influences from him at all. Alot of my 'illustrations' don't really look like any other work I've done before, partly because my knowledge in human anatomy is weak my mind keeps backtracking to my knowledge of 'How to Draw' techniques for Manga books, and so I end up with very simplistic drawings. It's something that's really starting to get on my nerves.