Any new questions?
As far as the other question, sure, having connections certainly does matter. A great deal. Knowing people is important in regards to getting work in any industry. The comic book industry is no different. You have to show you work to editors--people who have the ability to hire you. If they're not made aware of you and your talent, they can't and won't hire you, will they? Don't hold out for editors to come and pound your door down either. You have to go to them. They won't come to you. If you want to work, you have to introduce yourself to editors, and show them what you got. Keep your portfolio of brief--1-4 pages is plenty to show an editor. Never show much more than that, and show your best work only. Don't bother if it's not your best. Make sure they know how to contact you, and tool your portfolio to the sort of work they publish. If you fail to impress, try again later, after you've worked up new samples. Keep going until you get work. Otherwise, look into self-publishing as an alternative.
I have a question! I've always loved the artwork in role-playing books. I've checked out your website and stuff and know you worked on a bunch of them. I was always curious about the process for those pieces.
Just using Star Wars as an example, would they ask for something specific like "We need a stormtrooper with TIE-fighters in the background and destroyed droids at their feet" or just general guidelines like "This is the world you're working in, show us some stuff and we'll see if we like it."
I realize there's a lot of room in between those examples and every project could be different, but hopefully you know what I mean =)
An R2 unit projects the image of an alien smuggler on the wall of a Rebel base. A handful of Rebels look onward with interest.
A lone stormtrooper tries to saddle a horse-sized, iguana-like creature in the desert of a nearly barren world. On a ledge above, behind the trooper, a hooded bountyhunter watches the scene undetected.
and sometimes I'd receive something like this:
A female jedi cuts her way through a metal door marked: "Weapons Locker."
Sometimes more information, sometimes less. If I had questions, I'd usually just call or email them a question like this if I thougth it necessary:
In illustration #2 (with he female jedi cutting through the door), does it matter if the jedi is a human or can I make her a Twi'Lek or something else?
That's pretty much how those kind of things are done normally.
Loston, you wrote:
-Raphael Kolinsky Red Sable Series 8408 and 8404 Brushes. I like both series of brushes, preferring the #3 and #2 brushes from each series. Brush inking is my preferred method of inking.
I want to buy two brushes, I can't buy all four, which two would you recommend out of the Series 8404 #2 and #3, or the series 8408 #2 and #3?