In the summer of 2010, I never imagined I'd have a portfolio of over 1,000 illustrations on Dreamstime. It's been an amazing journey as a part-time illustrator. My advice to anyone starting out at Dreamstime is to find your own style and be unashamed to create what you want. My other advice is to tell a story whenever possible.
My full-time job is photo retoucher and owner for Photo Grafix. One of my clients is a big Dreamstime contributor known as Creatista.
Working on over 5,000 images of his 10,000+ portfolio on Dreamstime inspired me to give a try with my rarely-used illustration skills. I admit, I'm not a great cartoonist. However, I just accept myself for what I am and try to make fun and interesting cartoons. I think I've have greatly improved over the years. I've even written and illustrated two children's books (a courageous feat that would never have been done had I not ventured into microstock illustration).
Dreamstime is a tough site on which to get approvals. Yet, I've noticed that over the years, that has improved. Most likely it is because I have gotten better with my skills and understanding what they need for buyers. It's been a tough road. I hope to have portfolio as large as Creatista. That would be grand!
Wow! Thanks everyone for the inspiring words and kindness! Glad to know all of you!
Davidwatmough, for over 50% of my work, I use a hybrid system of pencil and india ink on sketch paper. Then I scan the originals and clean up in Photoshop. Then I trace and expand the clean black lines with Illustrator. Then I make a separate layer for color (sometimes more than one). From there I export an EPS and JPG versions for DT.
A growing percentage of my work is based on simple sketchpad drawings (pencil) and then making a rough and final black line right in the computer with Manga Studio 4 EX. From there, I export into the above workflow.
Great Eric! Congrats!
I love your image entitled ' sleeping like a log '.......... you've a great portfolio. David.
What package do you use for drawing ? please blog about that, techniques, ideas etc !
Congratulations on 1,001! You have been working hard!