Hey Charlie! I just wanted to ask if there have been moments where you regretted your decision to do art for a living / working at a concept art studio? Because I'm at that point of my life now where I have to decide what I wan to do in my future.. :/
This is a great question.
No, I don’t regret it at all. There are some days where I might be sick of working on a particular piece of work, but I never regret my job or decisions on the whole. I think it helps to have the right mindset for it. We generally do art because we love it but when it becomes your job: more often than not you’ll be drawing things you don’t exactly love. When you do get to draw the things you enjoy, it’s great! but all in all you’re still creating for other people.You still have to create even when you don’t feel like it. I find it very beneficial to have a strong separation between the art I do at work and the art I do at home. It might not work for everyone, but it does for me. If it helps, I’d still choose to make art my job, every time. I kind of have the view that regardless of whether or not my job revolves around art, it doesn’t make me any less of an artist. Whatever decision you make it’s not the be-all-and-end-all.
Hi Charlie! I am enrolled in your Skillshare class and SUPER EXCITED because I think the content is released today!! ^_^ anyway I had a random question - do you paint your pictures in black and white THEN add colour? It seems to be a popular way to do things but I have never done it, and am not sure how?
Yes, not all of the time, but a lot of the time. I’ll start in black and white and then add colour. The class demo is in black and white as I’m just focusing on character design, but if it goes down well and people are interested I’d be happy to cover taking something B&W to colour. Guess we’ll see how that one goes!
I'm just wondering if there's sort of time limit or guideline we should try to keep up with between the lessons or if it's entirely self regulated? I'm just asking because my second year of uni starts at roughly the same time as your course and I'm making sure I'll have time to give both the attention they deserve :)
There is no time limit. It’s self regulated so it’s up to you when you start or how long it takes you to complete the project. I’ll be around for the first 10 ten days (minimum) after the class is launched to interact with those taking the class and provide some feedback! But it’s entirely up to you when / how quickly you take part :)
I am so excited about the opportunity to participate in the class. I have a working knowledge of Photoshop, but I primarily work with Manga Studio. I was wondering if that would be an issue, using multiple programs to complete assignments? I had another question about skill level. I think, as an artist, I am a tad better than novice. Should I wait until I develop more as an artist to participate?
Awesome! I’m so glad it’s had such a warm response :)
It’s certainly possible! Personally I haven’t used Manga Studio myself so I don’t know for sure what the program is like, but I think the methods I’m talking about can be translated into a program of choice. It could certainly work in PS, Painter, SAI, most painting programs I can think of really.
I also think it doesn’t really matter how advanced you are. I used to punch above my weight with the types of videos I watched when I was learning and I found them very helpful. I always felt like I’d learned something, I hope my lesson can help people in the same way.
Hello! I'm interested in your classes but I'm a bit anxious about it, I mean, my english is not that good so I wonder if I'll be able to complete the tasks and communicate with you properly. Also how does the classes exactly works? There are lessons via livestreaming or with recorded vids? Because the time zones might be a problem too. And do we send you our project exercises via e-mail or?... Ugh sorry for so many questions. Have a good day!
Hi there, thanks for the interest!
I can’t really judge how well you’ll be able to understand everything. I always try and keep everything simple and straight forward. I think my accent is easy enough to understand as well ;)
The classes consist of various short videos explaining the steps behind the character concept work and there is a written project guide to accompany the class. It’s not a live event so you can watch whenever you want to. You can submit your work into the student gallery so other members of the class can discuss the work and give feedback if they wish to. I myself will be looking at the work but I’m won’t be providing individual feedback for everyone who takes part. It’s a self initiated project.
I'm having trouble downloading your brush set from the mediafire link... is there another place to access it? It says it's going to take up to 8 days to download it..which doesn't seem right... Thanks, much love.
You are truly an inspiration, I love all of your work!! I have a bit of a random question for you. Where do you personally draw the line between showing your personality and being professional on your social media pages? I love that your tumblr page has random tidbits like a Jenna Marbles video, cursing, dog pics, and other things that really show your personality. But how do you decide whether to post something that may not be "professional"? Thanks in advance! :)
What an interesting question. Although I don’t think about it all that much I guess I like to draw the line somewhere in the middle. It’s important to me to maintain a certain sense of professionalism, but I like sharing my personality / stuff that I like / things that amuse me and so on! I think it makes you more approachable but most of all, it’s fun. As long as I’m not harming anyone with the things I share, it’s all good :)
I've been following your work for a long time (because it's so damn beautiful) and I noticed that Atomhawk did a lot of the Pottermore illustrations. Out of curiosity, did you get a chance to work on those images?