Two things I am learning about right now are airbrushing and digital submissions. First, with the Carrie Fisher project I am working on, I am finding myself looking at airbrush technique videos in hopes of gleaning better methods of doing the skin tone gradations I need. I almost always use the airbrush tool in my digital art so I am hoping for some correlations that I can use to make a smoother transition of shades in the painting. The methods I would normally use with pencil just do not apply here.
Second, I am learning the intricacies of submitting a digital image for consideration in a publication. After seeing another artist talking about submitting a piece to Spectrum, I decided to check out the entry rules. I was surprised to see that the submission window was open until 1/25/17 and decided to try my hand with Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability. However, I had to have a 400 dpi tiff version ready if I was accepted. Mine was in 300 dpi. What to do? I went to YouTube and got the answer. But that is not the end. For the actual submission, you are directed to send in a 72 dpi jpeg version less than 10MB. Wait, what? My fear was degradation of image if I converted to a lower dpi. I currently have a question in to them since my 300 dpi jpeg is less than 10MB. I am crossing my fingers that they will let me send that.
To be included in one of the Spectrum books would be a great boost to my moral and a big draw for my work. Please send all the wishes you can.