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Time for thoughts

Mon Jul 20, 2015, 1:35 AM


Hey dear friends, followers and welcome to every new watcher!


Since yesterday, im officially on vacation and i have finally time for an more detailed journal.

Many things happened this year and i´m very grateful for all the possibilities i had during this time.
If somebody would have told me years ago, that people would visit me at RP conventions to let me sign my illustrations in their books, i wouldn´t have believed that.

I want to write a bit about how i´ve made it to this point. :)

Sometimes people ask me, how i made it into the buisness.
I would not say that i´ve made it.
I don`t think that i´m "done" with trying to apply for jobs.
I still have MUUUUCH to do, to improve my skills and i still haven´t reached many goals, that i want to catch some day.
Staying ambitious and being critical is very important to get further.
If you think you´re "done" as an artist...you´re wrong.

Fortunately, i´ve got many jobs during the last months without putting too many effort in searching for them. I´m very happy that some publishers finally know me and my stuff, and are asking me to draw for their projects.
It took four years to get there.
Four years of improving, writing many mails, trying to stay in peoples mind by investing a lot of time in social media and conventions and finally investing a lot of money too, to buy art materials (for example a PS license, paper, pencils, buisness cards, marketing material, good prints of my work and so on).
It´s all about investments. Nobody has skills or connections just because it rains down on them.
If I look at the essential stuff, i arrive at the conclusion that it´s all about TIME. If you don´t invest time, you will get nowhere.

I know. many people wrote about this point before me and many people will write about it later, but I just wanted to explain my point of view. :)

Sometimes people tell me, that i have talent and that they couldn´t draw like me.
I always answer: No. I ´m just interested in dawing and if you would have the same interest, you could draw whatever you want.

If someone says, i´m talented, i know that they want to say something nice. I take it as a compliment, but at the ame time i feel the urge to correct their terms.
Talent is (for me) a nice term for "gifted".
But i don´t think that i´ve got my skills from somewhere beyond the clouds.
As a kid, i was interested in drawing...just like most kids are. As teenager i totally broke with it and tried to sing in bands, because i was interested in singing too.
Then i discovered drawing again because i discovered P&P RPG. I just wanted to visualize my characters and copied the hell out of comic books (Vampirella, Tomb Raider, Witchblade).
Some day my brain remembered the lines and proportions and i started to draw figures out of my head, but i was always unsatisfied with the results.
They never looked like i´ve wanted them to look like and i finally realized, that i have to learn the basics first.
My motivations was big. Bigger then my frustration during failing and failing again.
I started to learn by myself, bought books about drawing, took an nude drawing lesson, tried to get better and i still carry on with this.

So, if someone tells me that they have no talent, i mostly answer with "Talent isn´t existing. It´s all about interest, motivation and investment of time."


Sometimes young artists tell me that they don´t have the courage to apply for jobs with their stuff.
I often want to shake them and yell at their face: DO IT! ;)

Yes. It needs courage to open yourself and to show your drawings, wich are done with passion and heartblood. It´s natural to be afraid of critique.
I´m still sometimes afraid of it too, because a drawing that i´ve done for me, that is no commission, that my ideas have born, is a little piece of an artists heart.
Open, bloody, vunerable.

You will start with drawings that are just like that. You may not have commissioned pieces with less emotional bonds to your heart.

But i tell you: it´s worth it!

It may (it will) happen that a professional will just seem "rude" to you and will tell you that your stuff "...is not what we are looking for." Or worse: "...it´s just not good enough."
Don´t let this bring you down!
Try to stand up, even if you may feel like never ever drawing again.

They don´t tell you that because they want to hurt you.
The most publishers that i´ve met during my first years were very nice and helpful.
The gave me honest feedback.
My friends and my family told me that my drawings are great, and they still say that although i´ve improved a lot!^^
What else shall they say? They love you, and they are laitys!

The only way to get good critique and feedback, if you want to professionalize your art is, to ask the pros! :)

Yes.
I´ve made some bad experiences too. I even quitted drawing for a while, because an artist i´ve admired a lot, told me that i "...just should do drawing as a hobby."
It totally smashed all my dreams and motivation.

BUT

I wanted to draw.
I wanted to see my drawings in books.

After years, i´ve seen this artist again on many conventions and we talk together like nothing happened. I don´t think that this artist recognize me.
I´m just another colleague. A published illustrator. Yes, at the start of my career, but still an illustrator.


KEEP GOING! YOU WILL NAIL THIS!


:heart:
Sincerely yours,
Melanie





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Melanie Philippi
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Germany
Hey folks!

My name is Melanie, and i´m a freelancer!

I`m mainly an autodidact. My graphical education includes a vocational diploma for art and a few courses, like nude drawing.

During the last 4 years, i dared to go public with my art and worked at several role play conventions. I have mostly drawn original characters for other role players, which I still love to do! :)
I ´m a role player myself and i know how much passion, effort and love sticks in RPG characters. That was and is my biggest impetus: to catch their storyies on paper, to show a unique fictional person with all her strengths and weaknesses.

After drawing for private persons, i applied for several jobs at publishing houses and other companies.

Examples:
I drew for „Ulisses“ who publishes „The Dark Eye“, the biggest German Pen & Paper RPG.
DSA: Arms and armour by Phantagrafie
Also for "Splittermond" (Uhrwerk Verlag)
Splittermond: Moon Symbols by Phantagrafie
"Spherechild“ (another RPG)
Spherechild: Spaceship by Phantagrafie
for „Oldib Verlag“ who publishes dissertations and other scientific works referenced to J.R.R. Tolkien.
Bookcover: Yearning for middle earth by Phantagrafie
and for the winery "Steffen-Lex":
Riesling Fairy by Phantagrafie


I'm always looking for new partnerships, so if you are interested feel free to contact me via my illustrators email address:
phantagrafie@gmx.de
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Stone of the gods: people and corpses
Finally!
"Stone of the gods" is released and i can show some illustrations that i´ve did in the beginning of this year.
It all takes place at "Branjopolis", a city wich is a mix between ancient rome and a fast-growing colony during the gold-rush.

This pictures show (from up left to down right):

Anthalis - she is a mighty person of Branjopolis. Conniving and charming.
Finding the Oprilith - a dwarf finds the glowing stone that´s called "Oprilith". Its actually the name giver of the book and the reasoon for the "gold-rush".
The burning dwarf - yes..one of the antagonists. This dwarf was corrupted by evil spirits in one of the mines and is now a haunting nightmare
The dead prostitute - Obivously harmed, dead and without her inner organs. Maybe they are sold as paraphernalia for dark rituals?

Enjoy!
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Stone of the gods: the city by Phantagrafie
Stone of the gods: the city
Finally!
"Stone of the gods" is released and i can show some illustrations that i´ve did in the beginning of this year.
It all takes place at "Branjopolis", a city wich is a mix between ancient rome and a fast-growing colony during the gold-rush.

This pictures show (from up left to the right):

Via Maxima - the biggest street in Branjopolis with some of its habitants
A feast - a wedding with many different guests and a lot of servants
Magofraktur - a big factory were the very poor work until they´re dead

Enjoy!
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Stone of the Gods: Scenery by Phantagrafie
Stone of the Gods: Scenery
Finally!
"Stone of the gods" is released and i can show some illustrations that i´ve did in the beginning of this year.
It all takes place at "Branjopolis", a city wich is a mix between ancient rome and a fast-growing colony during the gold-rush.

This pictures show (from up left to down right):

A bribary in a dark alley
A mugging of a rich person (the feline guy) by a poor one.
A lion warrior at the arena
and the burning of drugs with an already stoned guard in the foreground

Enjoy! :)
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Kiriban: San by Phantagrafie
Kiriban: San
And here: the winner of my Surprise Kiriban!

This is San.
She is obivously an elfish girl, but quiet unusual for her kind. San is a Voodoo priestress/necromancer with a nihilistic, misanthrophic attitude. Her motto: "Live fast, die young and leave a pretty corpse."

San is drawn with Polycromos, Faber Castell artist pen and white edding.

Congrats to :iconsanguisa:! I hope you like her!
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Irhkafodir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your arts! :D
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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MysteriousDuck Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist
Woah, deine Zeichnungen sind klasse! O_O
Wirklich toll, mach weiter so! :)
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Vielen Dank! Ich geb mein Bestes! :)
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Habe mir erlaubt, dich auf meine Freundesliste zu setzen :)
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Immer gern! :)
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sehr schön! +fav Heart +fav 
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Wow: was für eine phantastische Welt zum Eintauchen! Grosse Klasse +fav Heart +fav 
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Vielen dank! Wobei vieles natürlich auch der imagination meiner auftraggeber entspringt^^ ich sorge nur dafür dass es jemand zu sehen bekommt! :)
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