Portfolio reviews never seem to be as useful as they feel like they should be. In reality, most of the advice in the totality of portfolio reviews can be boiled down into a single tweet. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Noah Bradley write that tweet.
Todd McFarlane has always been a big influence on me. I was in the 5th grade when “Spawn” #1 came out and I was blown away. I bring up Todd’s philosophy of “drawing all the webs,” a good bit on 1FW so I thought I’d share the full quote and also plug McFarlane’s art book.
What if there was a way to push yourself to draw or paint uninterrupted for hours everyday and at the same time create a wealth of content to utilize. But wait, there’s more, you’re also building meaningful relationships with fans that last much longer than the 15 seconds someone sees your post for on other social media. This magical place exists right now and it’s just waiting for you to join in.
When getting serious about becoming an artist in this digital age one of the many things that you’ll probably here is that “you should have a newsletter.” In a nutshell, a newsletter is a way to connect directly with your audience in their inbox. Since the beginning, I’ve kept a relatively simple bi-monthly newsletter for this very reason, and I'm happy to add that it works.