Today we received yet another visit from the designers over from Lightmaker, who have appeared throughout our previous projects. Today they had come to assist us in our portfolios and give personal advice on our projects and how we could have improved them for professional release. In my case however, I just mostly received feedback on my FMP, APP, and my Project X designs. I don’t remember much info them in terms of how to show my portfolio.
The first designs I had shown them were for my current FMP (on the computer as they had not yet arrived in the post by this point). To my utter surprise they were actually impressed by most of my character designs and choice of layout, commenting on how the liked the use of sketches to tell the story of their design. They did mostly give a lot of feedback on how I should try to use maximum quality on the scanner when uploading my designs, as he did notice how some of them looked a little fuzzy and that beefing up the scanner would create much crisper images.
When looking at the design for the Lich character, they said that they loved the concept for the design, with the luminous green flames and seemed to point at the visible textures on their clothing. At this point they gave me the name for a friend of theirs who could provide inspiration as to how I could make the flames even more luminous, referring to a comic called Darkham Vale and showing me the image below.
I can see perfectly what he meant when referring to the luminosity of the Lich’s fire, as the markings on this artist’s design look almost glow in the dark. I belive that the way they achieved this design was to not add any textures to the green and surround each area with a small outline of blurred green. I’m not entirely sure how well this would have suited the style presented with the rest of the book, but I will definitely keep this in mind later.
They did also point out a few flaws within the designs for the book, such as how the angels become a little harder to see on the white background or how the lighting was on the sword city design was very bizarre (saying that it looked like there were 3 suns because of the beams of light), but most of his concerns were based around the landscape illustrations. He said that they were far weaker than the rest of my designs for roughly the same reasons I mention myself previously. They did not have as much love put into them as the characters and said that it could be plainly seen through the lack of detail compared to them.
This comment was also stretched onto the design for Project X illustration, and even said that it was clear I wasn’t very experience or skilled in poster layouts or the like. Something which I could easily understand do the vast difference between it and the FMP. He said that any illustration that I do, no matter how much time I have, is done with the exact same love and quality as any other I do.
The final bit of reviewing was for my APP, which again, they seemed to enjoy as I had eagerly hoped. They commented well on both the presentation and the custom-made typeface used for the logo. The only bit of criticism that they gave for this project was for the typeface used on the back cover, which is rather ironic now as the typeface does not seem to exist anymore as I could not access the type on my documents for the illustrations or even online.
They finished off the talk with a comment on the left inner spread design for the APP.
They told me that a design like this which can present a story in a single image (as well as use a better understanding of light) was what I should have used within my FMP illustrations, and I see why now.
overall, while I did not actually receive much on the portfolio part of the review, I am genuinely ecstatic that a professional designer liked the ideas I had brought forward, and it has given me a lot more confidence in what I believe I can do. With the littles bits of feedback I have received, I believe that I have learned a lot about what to consider when creating future designs, namely that every single one of them should be given as much and time as possible to ensure that none of them appear rushed.