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Unsure about my abilities with Illustrations

Discussion in 'Graphic Design & Logo Design Critique:' started by E_Nicholson, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. E_Nicholson

    E_Nicholson New Member

    Lil Red 3.jpg Mini drawings 1.jpg Mew-rotated.jpg
    Hey I have just started a Graphics Level 3 course in college and I am unsure about my drawing and illustrating skills, is this any good, if not how could I improve.

    Anything and everything you can tell me about illustration would be welcomed :D
  2. gprovan

    gprovan Member

    Not really sure what you mean by 'any good'. It all depends on what they're for and if they're what you tried to do.
    If you've just started then you'll find that you improve with every day.

    Practice makes perfect, as they say :thumb:
  3. E_Nicholson

    E_Nicholson New Member

    The first two darings were for an assignment to design a book cover using digital illustration. It was aimed at young teenage girls and I wanted them to give a scrapbook look, similar to the Lola Rose cover by Jacquline Wilson :)
  4. Wardy

    Wardy Well-Known Member

    Three words - practise, practise, practise!

    There are lots of books out there which will teach you basic drawing skills such as perspective and anatomy and such like.
    Also look out for online tutorials on You Tube etc.

    Most importantly, though, get yourself an A4 sketch pad and sit and sketch what is in front of you - a shoe, a vase of flowers, your mum watching tv, whatever. Or look out the window
    and sketch what you see, with emphasis on "sketch" - don't worry about shading or colouring to start with, and keep them small. With figure drawing, start by doing a cartoon version
    of someone running or whatever, then redo it by making it a bit more realistic each time. Try and do something every day, even while watching tv, for instance.
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  5. gprovan

    gprovan Member

    Fantastic advice from Ian. And he should know.

    Great work as always Ian :thumb:
  6. Luke Forestmaster

    Luke Forestmaster New Member

    I agree with practice. Mainly because you lines lack confidence, and if there is something that an illustration needs it is confident lines. you definitely have a really good grasp on the general feel of, in this case, children's book illustration. But children specifically need something to aspire to in an illustration but for it to look not too good so that it alienates them. You are well on your way :)
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