Q:Hi! I'm a huge fan of your work and i was making an inpiration board that i would put in my room and i would like to use one of your illustrations ( the one with the quote " i've loved the stars too fondly to ever be frightened by the dark") is that okay? I just wanted to know if you don't mind me using
Hi! I’m glad you like my work! I had a similar ask to this awhile ago that I never answered… so hopefully other anon will see this too.
I don’t mind if you print my images from the web for inspiration board type use, just small prints at home on a normal printer or whatever. That’s cool with me. However, please don’t send them out to print high quality prints or put them on phone cases or bags or t-shirt ect. That’s the kind of stuff I could/ do sell from my online store and using my images for other things without my permission, especially if it’s something I sell or you make money from, but even if it’s just because you want it, is breaking copyright. Same goes for posting it other places on the web without link or credit (or using it as part of a site, even with credit).
Anyways. so- inspiration board, yes, digital wallpaper, sure. Other items, please purchase.
(I’m trying to get better on answering asks- if you’re waiting on a reply feel free to send again, if you sent a nice note in the past, thank you thank you!)
reblogbookclub time again! The book is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, a memoir in free verse about growing up during the civil rights movement, and childhood in general.
I’m behind on the reading, so this sketch is kind of based on the cover, but I’m really enjoying it thus far. Poetry has a way of conveying the emotion of events far better than textbook facts or straight telling.
Anyways. You all should pick it up! I’m excited to read more.
Q:How do you come up with your concepts when you're illustrating on your own time? I've graduated college and I find it hard to create without an assignment or restrictions. That sounds really strange but I almost get overwhelmed. Do you have a process you usually go through to inspire yourself or help you focus on what you're looking to create?
Totally familiar with that feeling! It can be really difficult to stay motivated or finish things without a deadline or someone expecting something of you. I think that’s one reason I like illustration- there are Problems To Be Solved. But, it’s also a great opportunity to figure out what work you really like and what you really connect with, since you don’t have to please anyone else. And I’ve found, that’s the kind of work that’s eventually been the most successful.
Something I’ve found helpful is to give myself assignment. Like- “I like book, draw something from this book.” “I like this song lyric, how do I make it an image?” “Illustrate a childhood memory about this specific person” “Draw this person/character relaxing at home, what story can you tell with the background?” So, it’s nothing very complicated, and all kind of built around things that I find personally interesting, which helps keeps me motivated to finish the piece and also (hopefully!) attracts the sort of work that I want to be doing.
I’ve also made a list of broad topics/subjects that I like which I can flip to and scan if I can’t decide on anything to paint. Actually two lists- one of nouns/ imagery I think would be cool, one of more intangible themes/feelings. Additionally, I keep a notebook that’s nothing but thumbnails- one idea to a page that I scribble down when it pops up, and then I can go back later if I need an illustration to work on. Once I started writing them down, I seemed to have a lot more. Definitely more than I will ever be able to get to through.
Anyways. Think about what next steps you’re hoping to take with illustration. Do you need a postcard? Do you need more portfolio pieces? Do you know what market you want to work in? What would be the dream project someone could hire you for? Do you need black and white pieces? Do you have illustrations that show the same character and continuity? Does your portfolio have variety of expressions and moods? Those are all things I thing about when trying to decide what to make next (though I confess, often I go with what feels like the most fun, rather than most useful, hopefully it can be both).
And if all else fails, simple goals like “fill a sketchbook page” “sketch this cool outfit” are also helpful! Something, anything, is better than nothing. You just have to start.
Anyways. Good luck! Make good art! You can do it!
Just added a couple prints to my Society6! Also they have free worldwide shipping currently, so if you want one, could be a good time!