Help for you if you're starting out as an Illustrator.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e7oVqM3bHLOBVrmNEh9bd9os0q7xJVWQ/view
Cover of this eBook PDF 'The Business of Illustration - How to Present Yourself' by Kevin McSherry



This book will introduce you to likely business scenarios and help you deal with clients.

An eBook designed to help illustrators who are just leaving college or in the initial stages of their careers with the business side of their activities. Edition 2. Kind of a 'How to be an Illustrator' but concentrating only on some of the sales side of things. It's aimed at students and those who have just started out on their illustration careers. There's practical advice and helpful anecdotes from my own experience. Written and illustrated throughout by little ol' me. 

It's in PDF, you set the price. This is a departure for me, so I hope you'll all go along with it. If it doesn't help you or you think it's crap; don't pay for it. If it helps you at all, it will already have earned it's keep and all I ask is a small sum of money in return. The amount entirely up to you. There are Honesty Buttons and links within the book itself so you can take a good look before you buy. Payment is so easy it's incredible.

I hope you enjoy it and you earn millions from your artworks. Don't forget to get in touch with  any edits or suggestions.

Kevin

The City

I was invited to submit works based around the theme 'The City' to le Louvre open submissions show in Paris. Acrylics on canvas. 12" x 26".

Limited edition (50), numbered and hand-signed museum-quality archival giclée prints with an edition certificate (Hahnemuhle German Etching fine art paper) 
available directly from me: KevinMcSherryArtist@gmail.com


The City. Acrylics on canvas painting for le Louvre open submissions show.
The City. Acrylics on canvas painting for le Louvre open submissions show.

The City. Acrylics on canvas painting in frame for le Louvre open submissions show.



Brunaille: Next week's demonstration of a Monochrome Underpainting

A Brunaille: technique of making a warm, monochrome underpainting
A Brunaille: technique of making a warm, monochrome underpainting
If you want to try out this technique of making a warm, monochrome underpainting at next week's class, you will need the following tubes of ACRYLIC paint:

Ultramarine
Burnt Siena
Flesh Tint (Winsor & Newton) or Warm Bright Yellow (Sennelier)
Titanium White

This technique provides you with a great big safety net for you when you get to the point of adding colour by glazing -and the results can be beautifully rich and lustrous. I often use this method in my hand painted illustrations as I can get the whole work planned out in monochrome before committing to colour. In the image above, I didn't even glaze colour and left the brunaille as it was -I thought colour would detract from this one. If you'd like me to hold a demonstration in your area, why not drop me a line at kevin@mcsherry.ie?

Brunaille: Underpainting in warm monochrome.
Grisaille: Underpainting in cool monochrome.

Future Past

Lately I've been looking though past blog posts to see how things were once. I haven't ever done much for the children's book market but I did try to promote myself in that area. This is a self-promotional piece in acrylics from 2006. I enjoyed the painting and also making up the little rhyme to go with it. I don't think I'd do it this way now and would be far more likely to work digitally:

Once for the Childer. From 2006


My good rep in Toronto Three In A Box., produces a themed promotional book every year aimed at certain segments of the market. These books are branded as 'Box Lunches' and the current one is the fourth. Anyhuff, the theme this time is 'Childhood' and the attached pic is my contribution. I never saw myself as a children's book illustrator so when I told Denis Goodbody of Adept Advertising he expressed surprise. He's right, of course. Certainly what I do engages with the child inside of the reader -even at the level of the business/financial work that I do. Furthermore, my own lovely wife consistently points out my childish behaviour. Consider that we all grew up in our pre-school years with picture-books being our chief means of getting the sense out of print. We all have these absurd self-images and it's about time we burst them. Perhaps we can meet up and burst each other's absurd self-images. Say, next Wednesday? Good. see you then.

I enjoyed this project immensely. Obviously, you can't have too many robots.

Kevin the Magnificent,
King of all the 'bots,
He has multitude of them
(that means lots and lots)

They spring out of his picture-books,
And from amongst the toys,
To do their monarch's bidding,
(That means lots of noise).

Who knows; it may go on to form part of a book itself...hmmm...

(It never did...)

Looking Forward and Backward: Scooterissimo Retro Modernist Poster Prints

I've been doing a lot of studying about vector art lately. It requires a shift in thinking, as it's not about lathering paint but more defining areas and filling them with colour. Perhaps a good analogy is the difference between an painter and an airbrush artist who has to mask off areas before committing to colour. It's a perfect way of creating neat illustrations very quickly. With the added advantage that it's easy to make amendments even after you think you've finished. I'm working in Affinity Designer, which has burst onto the vector graphics scene and has become a serious contender to Adobe's Illustrator program. Especially since Adobe made the move to a subscription-based business model.

Retro poster prints for the Scooterissimo modernist fashion and scooter-lovers brand. Includes lovingly rendered vintage Vespas and Lambrettas
Retro poster prints for the Scooterissimo modernist fashion and scooter-lovers brand.

These images are part of a collection I'm creating about stylish women -mostly from the twentieth century, although probably not exclusively, as I'll venture into any epoch. I'm depicting the various clothes fashions but also trying to evoke the design styles of the time.  By the way, isn't it hard to discern much sartorial elegance around, in this age of 'anti-fit' jeans, skinny trousers, sportswear and hoodies? Most clothes seem to be shapeless. Take young men, for example, there has been a recent fashion for perfectly groomed hair and beards. Good idea. But the elegance never seems to extend below the neck.

Retro poster prints for the Scooterissimo modernist fashion and scooter-lovers brand. Includes lovingly rendered vintage Vespas and Lambrettas
Retro poster prints for the Scooterissimo modernist fashion and scooter-lovers brand.

So it's always an enjoyable pastime to look back at women. And I do that a lot. If you live sixties fashion, vespas, lambrettas and all things mod; have a look at all the stylish and beautiful posters on offer at Scooterissimo.

Fish Bytes. A Digital Vector Illustration

A digital vector illustration of a big fish about to devour a little fish. Survival of the Fishest!
A digital vector illustration of a big fish about to devour a little fish. Survival of the Fishest!

I've been fishing though my archives of old illustrations to re-work as Vector artworks. This work, which was obviously about business -hostile takeovers, engulf and devour scenarios, etc,- stood out as a likely candidate.

Apart from the speed at which it's possible to compose illustrations in comparison to using actual paint on paper, is the way I can reach into the image at any point to modify it. Including after completion. I'm using Serif's Affinity Designer, by the way -the only illustration software I've found that can challenge the behemoth that is Adobe Illustrator.

I hope you like it. I am trying to reel you in. Do get in contact if you have a project that requires an imaginative, and colourful imagery that gets your point across.

Happy fishing.

A Popular Mechanic. A Presentation Portrait Artwork.

A presentation artwork in acrylics on paper, framed and presented to M. Philippe Milloux, director of the Alliance française, Dublin
A presentation artwork in acrylics on paper, framed and presented to M. Philippe Milloux, director of the Alliance française, Dublin

A very satisfying and enjoyable project reached its conclusion last Friday. The Director of the Alliance Française, Philippe Milloux, has just completed his term at the Alliance and is moving on to an even more exalted position in Paris. I think it's very useful to show you something of the planning, care and attention to that what went into it from me and the group of his colleagues who clubbed together to commission this art.

As usual, in preparation for the composition, I interviewed his colleagues and tried to get a picture of how he could be best represented. Part of the work that Philippe carried out over the last few years was to restructure the Alliance and make sure it remains a healthy and vibrant institution into the future. Happily, I also discovered that he has always had an interest in car mechanics and has been fixing them since he was ten years old, since his father was a car mechanic.

My objective with these artworks is to make a gift that is unique, imaginative and personal. There is only ONE of these in the world; unlike a gold watches; golf clubs; crystal vases or any other repetitious and unimaginative bauble. This image says something about his time at Dublin AF (he fixed it) and Ireland, it also reaches into his family history. He told me that his dad wore the blue mechanic's boiler suit every day to work. Philippe is a natty dresser, too and always looked to me as if he'd just stepped out of a jazz club (niiiice!). He's seldom seen out and about without his cool hat and of course, that went into the painting too.

In short; This gift is a portrait. It's inextricably linked to its subject, it will keep renewing itself as Philippe progresses through his career. It will always remind him of his happy time in Ireland, his dear colleagues and reflect his own interests and family history. The whole project took about 3 weeks to complete, which takes into account meetings, sketching, amendments, painting and framing. What more could you ask of a parting gift? You can see more examples of these projects at this link.  Phone me on +353 (0)86 247 0737

A letter from Philippe to his colleagues:

I did not really have time last Friday to tell you how much this surprise -and what a surprise as you all noticed. I was so touched.
I was very happy to be able to spend this moment with you all, I look back on all that we have accomplished in the Alliance and I treasured my chance to have you by my side throughout these five years. From the moment I arrived in Ireland, and even in the most difficult moments, I came to work every morning with the desire to strive for and accomplish everything that we started almost as soon as I arrived.
Kevin's painting which I'll adore, will be in place in my office on the 6th floor of the Foundation in Paris, so I'll always think of you and Dublin .
With my best memory,

Philippe


And now some images of the project as it progressed:

Initial pencil sketch to show idea for the presentation artwork in acrylics on paper.
Initial sketch to show idea for the presentation artwork in acrylics on paper.
Sketch worked up to client's amendments



presentation artwork in acrylics on paper.
Painting underway on Arches watercolour paper stretched on board.





presentation artwork in acrylics on paper.
Back from the framer.


M. Philippe Milloux at the presentation lunch with his portrait artwork.
M. Philippe Milloux at the presentation lunch with his portrait artwork.