realistic photos

two essential skills for artists

“good enough” and “fuck it”

“good enough” is when you are working on something and are happy with most of it but can live with a few imperfections, useful when needing to move on from sketch to inking/coloring or what have you.

“fuck it” is when you absolutely hate what you’re doing every step of the way but you post it anyways, very useful during art blocks.

both are useful to help you move on and not obsess over making it perfect, because art is anything but perfect, even photo realistic artists probably see imperfections that someone else might not catch 

these can also be applied to other things in life

He caught her and never let her go again


Warrior: I saw this original illustration from the fabulous Rachael Stott and fell in love. I had to see if I could make a more realistic version using photo manips. So yeah, some major differences. I’ve upgraded him to General or something. Overall it turned out okay. Free to use and abuse as you like. Thanks for viewing!


Anthony Kiedis and Flea by Andy Warhol, 1985

ajbargelive-deactivated20171112  asked:

I want to hire an artist to make a book cover as well as illustrations for my upcoming novel. Any advice on finding one? Any recommendations?

Before you hire an illustrator, there’s two things you should do.

1. Think about what you want. Do you want photo realistic drawings all over the place or something more minimal? Maybe some cool typography? They’re artists. Not mind readers.

2. Figure out you’re budget because no other artist should have to work for free or for exposure. If you’re thinking, “I don’t have money for that!” that’s not their problem. Depending on how many of these books sell, they also may want a cut of royalties or to retain copyright of their images.

With that out of the way, here’s some ideas to where to find an illustrator:

  1. Google:  I typed in “Illustrators for hire” and one of the top results was Hire an Illustrator.
  2. DeviantArt: Tons of amazing talent on there. Some will say if they’re open to commissions or not.
  3. Art Departments at a local college: If you’re close to a college/university, you may find some art students who’d love to make some extra money 

Some may have a website or portfolio so you can see samples of their work. In the case of some students, you may want to ask for a professor’s recommendation, too.

Be prepared with a little blurb about what your story is about, how it is going to be published (do you have an agent, is this self-published, etc.), what you’re looking for, and your budget.

Note:  If you have an agent, or have an indie publisher lined up, chances are good they might know some people!