I've been promoting hardcore my kickstarter, here [link]
, but I think I might have been unclear about what it is about. So here we go:
Ever wondered how artists get that certain effect in photoshop? How they handle watercolors so well? How they know what they're doing with markers?
As a comic artist and illustrator I have used a variety of media and had to solve many of these problems on my own. This artbook consolidates much of my knowledge on a variety of media and techniques, adding in useful tips and shortcuts I have gleaned from a BFA in illustration and a MFA in sequential art.
Electric Abyss: The art of Heidi Black is a 100-page artbook featuring full-color illustrations and how-to sections on more than ten different materials and techniques.
The idea came about after I began teaching - there are a lot of art books out there, but most of them only showcase art. There are also a number of "how to" books, but so many skip important details, or are meant for hobbyists.
What makes this book different is the content has been created from my years of experience as a student, teacher, and professional illustrator - questions I've been asked, trends I've encountered, and real-life experience. It includes things I wanted to know when I was younger - things like how to get watercolors to cooperate, or how to blend in Photoshop. More importantly, it features questions that YOU ask!
In these sections, detailed step-by-step processes will be included, from the initial image to the final result, and all the tricks and tips in between. Most of the tutorials and techniques come from questions asked on my deviantart, taintedsilence.deviantart.com, my tumblr, heidiblack.tumblr.com, or asked in person throughout my teaching experiences. These sections will be filled out as you, my backers, continue to ask me questions.
The $2000 asked for to fund this project will cover the printing and shipping costs of a full-color, full-bleed artbook, as well as promotional materials and backer rewards. I hope to be able to print 200 copies to distribute. Any remaining funds will be used to pay bills as I devote time to the book instead of my regular freelance work, but most of the cost will be put towards the highest quality book I can provide.
Some of the tutorials included are ones I have done that have been featured online by sites such as Copic Marker!
Backer rewards include prints, posters (not pictured), original art, commissions, bookmarks, and comics!
Continued updates of this project will be posted under my tumblr, heidiblack.tumblr.com or my deviantart, taintedsilence.deviantart.com
again, the link is here: [link]