I really loved this course! There was so much Tom put into words that I had never heard explained, but made total sense. I was initially intimidated by working through the whole alphabet but it's actually been great to have this structure for daily practice and I've been moving through it faster than anticipated. If you'd like to follow my progress and see some process videos, I'm posting them over on my instagram @jillianailsa. I'd love to hear your thoughts and see what you're working on too!
Being assigned to do pilot illustrations (let alone research and planning) is pretty new for me - but I immediately see the value. I am not an at school grad, and new to digital drawing, so this exercise has been really helpful in getting my feet wet. I may suffer from over use of different brushes but you can't stop me.
It wasn't until this exercise that I realized how different a lot of my work is from that which I'm inspired by. I also realized that a lot of what I have been doing has been restricted by my role as a mom to two small boys - I have been sticking to what is quick and easy. I don't fault myself for that, it's a result of circumstance. But my favourite pieces have been researched, or inspired by digging into references (an activity I don't often make time for).
Looking at Inspiration
A quick look at of some of my favourite illustrators. There are many more to add to this list - but I love controlled and messy media, paper grain and images that feel classic or timeless in some way. Timeless, I would define as either the content, or the style itself.