Hi guys. Sorry I haven't updated in a while. I've been in the process of building up a web design portfolio and updating my graphic design portfolio. I haven't been lazy or given up so don't worry. While I'm still collecting unemployment, I want to get a job offer sometime soon that's full time. I've also been applying to jobs lately and this way, showing employers other websites besides my own will def help and it is something I never had before but I wish I had in the past. Yes, I would like a job in the illustration field doing concept art or something related but I still need to redo my entire illustration portfolio.
The way I see it is that once I update my website with my graphic design stuff, I can at least look for those jobs while I continue to pursue my illustration career. When I at least get a stable job that pays me descent money, it will also take off a lot of stress which I think will help. Unfortunately, graphic design are where the jobs are and the more diverse I am, the better. Maybe people disagree or not. I'm not sure. What are your thoughts on this?
If you are curious to see what I've been doing, you can click here:
The website is almost finished. I used Flash and Actionscript 3.0 as well as some PHP. I just need to fix a couple of things. I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out and I even made a contact form for the first time! I finally got it working last night!
This is also another site I'm trying to finish that uses CSS and HTML.
Hey sir, you're improving for sure but if anything holds you back it'll be having the wrong attitude. I don't think you actually have the wrong attitude, and it sure can be fixed but it's good for you to know this early.
Remember art is your passion. You draw, paint, create to express what's in your mind and free your imagination. Not a race to see how fast you can improve. Trust me, I know from experience that once you start enjoying it you will improve with lightening speed.
Do you know why?
Simple, because the more you love it, the more passion you have for it = more art. Simple right? but it takes a while to hit you.
Please please please, take some time out and reflect on why you do art. Make yourself totally fall in love with it and if you want to REALLY improve.
Draw everyday. For 21 days, draw every single damn day! Do at least a finished drawing a day. Be it a study or imagination piece. Put in 1 hour minimum. After 21 days it'll become habit.
If you take this to heart then Im sure you'll go far
lilnebo --- Thanks for the comment. But I don't really understand what you mean. First of all, I have been drawing everyday until recently actually because I've been trying to build up on my graphic/web design portfolio because it suddenly hit me that I need to find a full time position before my unemployment benefits run out. Otherwise I have been drawing and painting everyday like crazy. If you haven't noticed my postings on here, I would post something almost everyday. It just slowed down recently but that doesn't mean that I'm not keeping myself busy.
And I do enjoy painting and drawing. I don't know what else I would do otherwise if I couldn't do that. But I will agree that sometimes I can be a little bit hard on myself and negative at times but when I start drawing I feel more relaxed and I'm glad you noticed my improvement. That def means a lot and it's telling me that I'm on the right track. I definitely feel like I'm heading in the right direction. It goes up and down sometimes but I'm generally feeling more confident with myself when I start drawing. I just need to start making more finished illustrations soon.
It's just that I get older, I'm putting more pressure on myself because I need to improve fast to get a job. I want to live on my own and be independent. It's just very frustrating that I'm not at the place I want to be right now.
I also have other interests. I started writing recently and have also been trying to write everyday. Even if it's just 10-20 minutes a day. I'm trying to write something. I have a lot of ideas I want to flesh out.
My parents are also getting divorced and it's putting me in a tough position because I have to help my mom out and it's making me a bit depressed. It's also taking some of my free time away. It's just a really crappy situation to be in.
I guess I'm just hoping something good comes out of this.
On a positive note, I finally updated my graphic design page on my website today! It's been needing an update for quite sometime now. Now I need to update my illustration page which is something I will def start on. You guys can check out my website. It's http://www.iantopple.com The graphic design page has mostly new images which I think are an improvement of what I have before.
I was in Borders today and I ended buying Photoshop Essentials magazine which has over 20 tutorials and teaches you techniques that professionals use in their own work. It was a bit expensive but I decided to buy it because I have been looking to improve on my photoshop skills and feel a little limited sometimes or I feel like I want to take some of my work to the next level but I'm not sure how. I did one tutorial today that took about 2 hours. I really didn't expect it to take this long but it's to create a dramatic lighting effect. It's actually good for me because it makes me use certain techniques and tools that I wouldn't normally use. The bottom image is what I came up with. I still need to tweak the technic but I'm def going to use this in future work. Also posted is another still life. I prob spent about 45 minutes on it. I have mixed feelings about it.
This is another photoshop tutorial I did today from the photoshop essentials magazine I bought yesterday. This one was playing around with masks and images. This is a technique I can def use in the future. It's really cool what you can do with some simple masking. With the ball I made, I ended up painting it with the burn and dodge tools. I'd prefer using the regular brushes for something like this. Anyway, more to come soon.
i have a few suggestions for your site tho. It's with good intentions so i hope it'll help you
First off, at the loading screen. When you use something like flash you can work vectorbased, the main positive thing about it is that if you work with vectors you can always rescale without losing quality. Perhaps you should rethink what you're gonna use for the preload so you can make it dynamicly adjust to the screen size of the user (because right now, on my screen it looked like a different frame at the left of my screen). Also when you're loading it for the first time it takes really long. You might want to see if you cant load everything more efficiently to make it faster. Because unfortunately people usually lose their interest if it doesnt load within 8 seconds
On the site itself, i like how you're working with that illustrated guy. It shows personality. But i would rethink the menu. It just 'floats' there and the mouse over animation with the ball is a bit outdated to be honest. Also, people read website in an F shape (if that makes any sense) and you've put your main menu bar on the bottom. I would try to keep the both menu's more together (for example have a menu item "portfolio" or "work" and then a submenu with a dropdown from there with "illustrations" "comics" etc). It's jsut an example but you can still make it unique and your own style, but it would at leats be better organised that way.
I like how you're working with your gallery, it makes it very easy to navigate through, that's very good.
Also, i get an error when clicking on links and when i close the site during the preloader
However, I really like the style of your artwork, keep it up!
So after working on this after a while, I realized I needed to redraw it. (so annoying). So I ended up doing a drawing on top of some of the render I already started.
Lav -- Thanks for the comment. I was actually curious what people thought of my graphic design work and some of the web site samples I posted a couple of posts ago. If you scroll through, you'll see what I mean. But yea, I agree about the loading time. I might redesign my website using html, css and some flash instead of all of it in Flash. But the thing is I did test it on several different computers before and the loading time wasn't too bad before. It's just really frustrating because I don't necessarily have time to completely redesign my website again. I need that time to do other things.
more progress and a very old character design I created way back when...
So I have more progress of the character I'm working on. The below image is actually from about 2.5 - 3 years ago. I can't believe it's been that long and I feel really weird posting something I did that's really, really old. I designed this character a long time ago and I decided to redesign and improve it. More to come soon.
it's cool to see those two together, the new and old one. Eventho it's 3 years old, you've really improved. There's something a bit off with the shoulder/neck tho, just a small detail, but maybe the neck could start more closer to the right shoulder (left to us).
Or maybe it's just me, i could be wrong :p
rough painting and more progress on the character...
Lav -- Yea I've actually been struggling with that part of the character. I think I fixed it but I'm not sure. I almost wasn't going to post my really old drawing but it's pretty amazing even to me that I drew that about 3 years ago.
Last night I did a quick painting of a vacuum cleaner extension I saw for about 20 minutes. I have no idea why I did that. I was really tired too. Here is also some more progress of the character I'm working on.
And some good news, I ended up getting an interview next week for a full time junior graphic design position close by to my house. Wish me luck!
I've been pretty busy lately improving and adding some more graphic design work into my portfolio so I haven't worked on this too much. I worked on this a little bit today as a break from graphic design. I downloaded some cool brushes at http://www.brusheezy.com and I was testing them out.