This is my first post on conceptart.org, and it's typical of me to post in the wrong place, so yeah, if that's the case, sorry!
Figured after posting that maybe I should get to know the forum better before, but well, figured I'd just say hey this way.
Looking forward to starting the lessons and to be a part of the community here. And btw, all these smileys seems very useful! hahah
Hopefully this is the right place and the right way to present my work.. If not, maybe an administrator or something can move it to the right place?
I'm Lise, a Norwegian student studying to become an art teacher, and will have my bachelor degree in May. I actually started my bachelor assignment today, so I will probably be posting some of the progress in the forums soon ^^ The following paintings are some of the artworks I've done for this school year's assignments. I've been really interested in children's book illustrations lately - there's so many inspiring book illustrations out there, it's overwhelming! I've only started scratching the surface of the subject and it's been really fun so far.
I know I still got a LOT to learn, which is why I joined Level Up in the first place.
Critiques and tips are very appreciated and will be repaid!
I want to work hard to improve my art and hopefully make a living out of being an illustrator and a part time art teacher one day.
"Adventure in Dreamland" - Acrylic painting, 80 x 100 cm
I did this one before Christmas and it took me a looot of time to finish, more than it probably should because I'm still getting used to acrylics paint. I'm most experienced with working with digital illustrations in Photoshop, and maybe this sort of painting would be better as a digital one. But it was fun to try and I learned a lot about working with acrylics on a large canvas. The school assignment was "Night and day".
You can find close ups below and if anyone is interested, there's some more information about the painting and characters on my Facebook page
I put thought into creating different personalities into each of the characters and even had a little story going with the painting.
I know I have a lot to learn about composition, light and colors (and everything). Hopefully the lessons and watching others work and comments will help me on the way. I also need to widen my art vocabulary. My English vocabulary when it comes to art is almost wider than my Norwegian one (because of Youtube tutorials and the internet), so maybe I should become an English art teacher, hah..
"Storytelling" - Watercolor and character creation
The painting above was my first watercolor painting to test out how the medium actually worked. I watched a lot of tutorials on Youtube beforehand; how to work wet into wet, textures with different brushstrokes etc. I was a bit hesitant to start with watercolor, it seemed to be very unpredictable and I'm always scared to do something wrong. After doing this painting I fell in love with the medium. It didn't take too long to get the hang of it and experimenting with it is really fun - recommended if you haven't tried it!
After doing the first watercolor painting, I took the experience with me into my next school assignment. The class agreed to have the theme "dreams" for the assignment, lucky me! That meant that I could continue with my little attempt at doing children's book illustrations. I did a lot of experimenting and testing before actually starting on the painting and tried to be reflected on color use, composition, rhythm and such. It was very interesting to try the negative painting technique where you paint around the form and not inside of it (to make the trees and silhouette creatures).
The three paintings above have similarities when it comes to theme, but my intention wasn't that they should all be for the same story. I wanted to try out different styles. Which one do you prefer of the three?
That's my latest fine art for now. I'd be very happy to hear any thoughts and/or critiques on my work, and I'd be happy to repay it!
Hopefully I didn't jabber on too much, I'm tired.. Time to sleep meow :meow