So my presentation yesterday at the SCBWI Oregon Spring conference went over nicely. The grandmas went missing just before I was supposed to go up and talk. I think they got lured into the tea room.
I was in extremely good company. Mark Fearing spoke just before me on Graphic Novels. He’s an amazing illustrator and also an animator (animators RULE). He’s got a graphic novel coming out in 2011, which sounds really promising - so look for it!
At the end of his talk, Mark said something really awesome. It was about rules and how he doesn’t like them when it comes to talking about getting your work sold.
You know how I am about rules. There are so many ways to approach any endeavor. People can have success with completely opposite approaches.
My talk was about not creating art in the computer, based on this blog post. The title sounds very rules-ish, right?
In fact, before,during, and after my talk I learned that at least three artists in the room (including Mark Fearing) create their art directly in the computer.
It’s a perfect example of not applying stuff people tell you (me included) about how to create your art. The rules are, there ain’t no rules.
I can talk on the blog and in my digital illustration course about my approach to creating digital art. It works for me. It’s a proven method and lots of people buy my stuff.
Regardless, if it goes against what works for you, then please do one of two things:
- Ignore me. Move along, nothing to see here. Do your thing.
- Tell me about it so I can share it with my people.
One of my grander plans for the digital illustration school is to bring in guest illustrators to demo their methods. There are as many methods as there are people and I think this would be a huge help to students - knowing that there isn’t just one way.
So my talk went well. People seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say and I think they were entertained. Here’s a sampling of some of the images I brought up to demonstrate my points…
There was more to it than these slides show. I wish you had been there.
It was fun. People laughed at me (thank god).
I think the reason I felt good about it was that aside from the little slide show, I pretty much “winged” my talk. Sure, I knew where I was going, I rehearsed a few things. Mostly it was conversational and that made it much more relaxed for me and (I think) the audience.
I think I helped some people, which was the whole point of me standing in front of them and waving my arms around while talking about weird stuff like bread.
If I gave even one person in the audience a seed of an idea about how to use their computer to create illustration, then I succeeded.
If I made them hungry, then my plan for total world domination kicked off nicely.Add a Comment