The Gods of Amonkhet: Oketra, Kefnet, Bontu, Hazoret, and Rhonas. Art Director: Mark Winters
I was fortunate enough to get to illustrate (and concept) all five of these guys for the latest set of Magic, Amonkhet. It was a really gratifying experience being able to work on these from conceptualization to finished product.
Been playing around with the pen tool, illustrator and photoshop. Life is a little hectic and I think I needed to spend some time reminding myself that things will work out, which ever way that is.(Side note: the font isn’t mine, it’s called Bromello, I am currently in LOVE with this font). Have a good day <3
Here’s some stuff for my senior thesis, Tales of the Arukigami.
The story follows two siblings, Chie and Jun, who embark on a journey across their homeland Aeos in search for the fabled Well of 10,000 Sorrows and seal a darkness that erupted from it years ago.
The aspects of my thesis are heavily influenced by Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Inuyasha, Fullmetal Alchemist, and probably more.
One of the main characters, Utagawa Chie, is a semi-androgynous nonbinary (DFAB) user of the almost lost technique Reiryoku. They present as masculine while they travel with their younger sister Jun in order to keep cretins and perverts at bay.
I hope to continue this and turn it into a series after I graduate next year and develop the story further beyond what it already is right now.
How can we work our way into the editing/publishing world?
The first thing you should know is that there are MANY MANY other jobs in the industry besides being an editor. Editors are great! They’re so essential to publishing and we’d be absolutely lost without them. But there are also many other jobs, as well, that are just as important to a book’s success.
There are jobs in online marketing, there are jobs in publicity, in sales, and design! There are jobs at literary agencies where you would help an author find a publisher or look for great foreign works to bring to your country. Don’t limit yourself to one sort of opportunity.
Because honestly, the key to getting ahead in publishing is definitely the internship. Luckily, here at Penguin, our interns are paid, and they get a lot of great, hands on learning experience. But not every experience is like this, and you should always ask what your responsibilities will be when you interview for an internship experience.
But you don’t need to intern with big name companies in New York to gain experience. Start small! Starting a small press at your high school or college is a great way to begin building skills. Find any kind of literary organization in your area and work with them (a newspaper, a local author, etc). Publishing is a small world, and sometimes meeting one person can lead to a small opportunity, then from there to something bigger, and from there to a small messy office piled high with books on books on books on books!
Learning specific skills and be helpful as well. Taking opportunities to learn Adobe products like Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign can be incredibly valuable, or having good organizational or leadership skills. Leading a club or balancing a budget (yes, money is part of publishing too)
But most of all a real passion for books and publishing will serve your well! Being well read (and diversely read) is important, but so is knowing what you like. Go after jobs that deal with the kind of books you like to read, and keep an eye on what the trends are. A subscription to Publisher’s Weekly might be handy to get an idea of what challenges and successes are currently happening in the industry.
Some old illustrations from a story for my animation pre-production class and an illustration class, a year ago and a semester ago, and a few line drawings that I was playing around with coloring last weekend. Gonna be playing around more with how to combine lines and looser painting!
[09.01.16] my art post- not exactly anything studious but just a little drawing that i did this afternoon to destress myself from this test where i stupidly focused on the wrong thing and didn’t have any clue on some of the questions ;(((