Assignment 5: self directed project




To begin this assignment I knew that it would be most beneficial for my learning and more challenging to work with a client. About a year ago, I set out a challenge for myself to do one portrait a day. I asked friends on Facebook to comment on my status is they wanted one and the first 30 people to respond would get a portrait. Regardless if I wanted to draw them or not. You can see how they came out here:


and here:


Through that friends of friends saw my work and some people liked it and wanted a portrait of their own. I started charging a small fee to get a portrait. About $25 USD per portrait digital file. One guy liked my portraits so much he started asking me to do 2 or 3 a month for friends birthdays. Its was great for me. THEN a friend of his asked where he was getting these done and from there I got an email from Mary Evangelista. She wrote me from NYC letting me know she is a film student and wants me to illustrate a movie poster for her. This is great timing because I now have a client for my fifth assignment


Here is her email:


. I asked her to fill out a brief for me. Here is the brief.



From there I look at the resources of what she admired. I showed her work that i have done and what I may feel comfortable doing. We had a good professional email correspondence for a few days before I started. I watched the video, took screen shots of stills, then created some thumb nails.
Here is the email I wrote to her after reading her brief, watching the short film and looking at her examples.
Here are the sketches:
So above is the email correspondence before I had gone into any final work. I wanted to get an idea of the clients thoughts with thumb nail sketches of the posters focus. With her feedback I began the poster design by drawing each character individually. I would eventually consolidate them together but there leave alot of room for error if I mess one portrait up. So doing them each individually then putting them together by theri cut and paste or digitally gave me the freedom to work with less risk and more freedom. Here are the individual portraits.
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From there I few a few more things to complete the poster as the client wanted.
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Reflections on the experience.
In the end I gained a lot confidence in talking to clients. I would ideally love to feel more confident in finding a way to talk about the value of my work and or not talk about it but feel comfortable with giving a quote. But I think that experience wont be too far behind. The film poster turned out great. It was what the client wanted, I love the way it looks and it will actually be out there at a film festival for students in New York City. The experience told me as an illustrator that I am worth working with and that I can be a valued part of this industry if I chose to be. I think I have found my preferred style, my knack for color, my confidence in my mark making and my willingness to try something new. Loved this course and illustration 1. I have learned so much. I have grown so much.

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