Canotila wrote:This forum is sadly barren, so here's my question for all the artists lurking on here.
What is your favorite medium to work in? Do you work in more than one, or have you found a favorite that you stay with most of the time?
Canotila wrote: Did you draw your avatar?
MJNL wrote:Workin' me some Painter 11 as we speak...and apparently I like using the pens, chalk, and crayons in the program. Though I don't use those much when I work non-digitally.
I really love good old pencil and paper a lot of the time.
Pat R Steiner wrote:Canotila wrote: Did you draw your avatar?
Yup, that's one I did for a novella I wrote called "Desk Jockeys Rule the World." I'm thinking of subbing that story to the Galaxy Project. I heard about this contest over at Baen's Bar from Sam (who sometimes posts over here too.)
Here's a link to the contest.
soulmirror wrote:Thanks for the nice comment, I like the wolves too. And "woodcut" is something the judges at our workshop said too. I'm a "primitivist" apparently. Good for my own sort of thing, actually ... but probably definitely the market appreciates the digital and the modern-vibe (basically, I suppose SCI-FI wants futuristic vibes and FANTASY can luv on a more gothic/primitivist/handwrought art vibe)?
soulmirror wrote:.. but probably definitely the market appreciates the digital and the modern-vibe (basically, I suppose SCI-FI wants futuristic vibes and FANTASY can luv on a more gothic/primitivist/handwrought art vibe)?
klaatu wrote:I mean who would have thought in the late 70s that here in the 21st century we wouldn't all be wearing tight-fitting velour and tinfoil.
I too must congratulate you on your piece in Vol 27. It's a style I appreciated, and one that won't date.
soulmirror wrote:Well, thanks.
Since we are discussing medium and style here ... Don't take me wrong, I'm not unhappy with that aspect of my drawing (and I actually have to make a conscious effort to emphasize the 'wood cut' vibe beyond basic line art, tho I like the wood cut / block print vibe) ...
But "wood cut" (if we're calling it that) might be a distinct vibe most art directors wouldn't choose for a futuristic starship on a book cover.
But that's not a limitation of the style or technique, you're right!
Leo and Diane Dillon are such genuises that they can indeed make even that sort of technique become futuristic and psychedelic (and it's just one of a gazillion styles and vibes they can enrapture their beholders' eyes and imaginations with)
Eric Drooker uses the "old school" style to make cutting comments about and insights into the modern world and technology ...
I just gotta understand and absorb a fraction of THEIR SKILLZ! And loosen up.
About Patty's story, if you haven't read it, you're in for a thrill AND I don't want to let slip any spoilers etc ... but I thought I was fortunate that my visual style could (in a few others folks' opinions too) echo some of the aspects of the cool story. Others have ... questioned ... that. It's all good.
But I get the comment alot that some of my art makes folks think of Latino religious art and prison ink. Works for me ... and I bet both end up stepping on and off future starships, so ...
Pat R Steiner wrote:Scott,
I read Patty's story before she subbed it to WotF, (yes, like Marina I too still need to buy #28) and I think your style would fit perfectly. From the book's trailer, and the award ceremony video, I only caught a quick glimpse of your illustration so I can't make any specific comments, but your "wood cut" style with the story's "religious missionary" vibe seem to go hand in hand.
One of my favorite illustrators is Gustave Dore. His engravings (how similar are engravings to wood cuts? Metal versus wood?) just blow my mind.
[/quote]Scott--I wanted to ask you if you've had any nibbles from any markets since your win, or do you have to approach them, or more generally, what have you been doing since May to further your "professional aspirations." Sounds pretty hoity-toity--but as an amateur's amateur, I'd love a glimpse into that fabled dream realm of paid illustrator. You know, the nitty-gritty stuff, the art-underworld shenanigans, the cut-throat tactics artist use to sway editors to their portfolios, etc.
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