I have to strengthen my knowledge and skill drawing hands and intend to spend a good deal of time on that next year. I have a problem giving up outlines in my illustrations. I have clung to them because they are familiar in children’s illustration but I am somewhat afraid of what it will mean if I eliminate them. Yet they are becoming a crutch and are limiting. Some of my work is beginning to look like a coloring book with the coloring already done. I don’t want that look. I want the outlines to look like they are part of the illustration and work to unite the image overall.
I tend to rely on just one or two brushes in Photoshop and have been told that a variety of brushes and textures would help my work but when I use a variety of brushes I’m not as happy with the outcome. I need to experiment more and that takes time. I figure I will eventually find the textures and brushes that work best for me but until then I am using an abundance of experimentation.
These are things I know I will be working on in the coming year.