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Saturday, April 17, 2010

I am in need of a little advice from all of you. I have been working digitally for the last few months and have posted mostly that work on this blog, in school I worked with paper. The other day I had Brandon Dorman give me a critique and his advice was to not drop the paper because it is unique to the market and would give me a niche. Here is what I need, if you can all think hard for a minute and tell me what you would improve about my style, what is missing, what is good. I am just trying to decide the direction that I want to go and value all of your opinions. Thank you all! Please be as honest and too the point as you can.


  1. I don't think you should drop the paper or the digital. The more versatile you are, the better. that way you won't be too pigeon holed into just ONE thing. In the last couple of posts, your digital is getting more and more influence by erin's line. so be careful. I don't mind the digital but make your characters more charming and pleasant and with more anatomy, I know it's a style thing, so this is just my opinion. But if you had to choose between digital and paper, i'd focus more on the paper. or make your digital more 3 dimensional.

  2. I love your traditional cut paper stuff a ton. I agree with Hollie that your digital stuff is getting better. Maybe its time to start using the cut paper for the environments like you were but through some line on top of the them. Unlike Hollie I like that you aren't particular with anatomy. You are starting to see it more now in the children's market, especially in animation. I have felt like your digital stuff hasn't been quite up to par with your cut paper. Bring it back but don't loose the digital completely.

  3. Thank you both for your thoughts. This is going to take a while for me to figure out what I want to do and how I want the characters to integrate with the paper. Thanks.

  4. I prefer your traditional as well and I have been missing it lately. I think it would be nice to see different materials incorporated into your paper stuff. It could bring a variety of thicknesses and texture to your work. I think that you could also bring the sofistication up just a touch with the shape of things and your characters. Keep your cartoonie style but maybe complicate your chapes just a tad.
    I agree with Hollie about your characters. I think that your faces are awesome. I mean really fun and amazing but I think that your bodies need something more. Don't change them to me more true to life but maybe a little less noodly. I also agree with Cliff about adding more line to your traditional.
    Adam, don't let this get you down. You are an amazing artist and you have a super creative mind. I think that we all expect you to go far. Don't think of your traditional as pidgeon holing yourself. I is something that is so cool. And you developed your own take on it. We have all seen that you can do any thing with your cut/torn paper and it is amazing. You are getting better each time you post too. I love looking at your stuff.
    I have to keep reminding myself of what Eric Rohmann and Guy Francis told me and I think that it applies to you too. They said that they think that we will go far, but that we have to have patience and wait for it. Eric was a bartender for years before anybody wanted to hire him, and for now I will be a substitute by day and a super illustrator by night.

  5. Thanks Veronica. I appreciate your thoughts and comments.