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Portrait Society Conference 2019


Howard Lyon

It is that time of year again! I love the Portrait Society Conference. It's a great event with lots of demonstrations and high caliber talks mixed with a great selection of vendors with whom you can chat and learn more about their products. I had a cool opportunity to model for three artists tonight as part of the kick-off event. It's called the Face Off. This year 18 artists painted from 6 models. I know…

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How to “Leave Room” for Type


Lauren Panepinto

April 25, 2019 - Hello everyone! This month I'm shooting down a myth many illustrators have about illustrating bookcovers, especially artists who are trying to break into publishing work: The idea that you need to leave "empty space" for type. Does type need to fit on a bookcover? Absolutely. But your illustration still has to work as a composition without any type on it. Why? because a strong composition under the type still affects the viewer more strongly than an unbalanced one. Mistaken ideas about "leaving room for type" is one of the 3 big issues I see pop up in portfolio reviews of folks who are trying to break into bookcovers. For the record, the other 2 issues are 1) putting your own type over your illustration (never do that unless you want to be judged as a…

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