Edit: Well that went better than expected. D:
In all seriousness, a sudden wave of nausea and terror hit me about half an hour before I went into see him. Calmed myself down, reminded myself that he's only human and the most he could do was be polite and sip coffee. (He's didn't, he was quite alright)
I wasn't quite prepared for him to like the Marvel Novelisation range as much as he did, or the little 'chibbi' characters I always put on characters t-shirts. He liked them more than my actual character illustrations and spoke about how that was much more "me" than the other stuff.
"It's obvious you can draw, but these here are great 'pointing at tiny Leeland on Lee's top' and stand out more than these 'pointing at poor Lee'..."
On one hand I was pleasantly surprised and was sort of at a loss for what to say. I was trying to wash the distaste out of my mouth of him pointing at a brief I did and saying "Now this reminds me of that Sin City guy."
0.o Really? (They where high contrast black and white illustrations) >>
I do know where he's coming from though. That thousands of people want to illustrate/make comics and that it can be a hard market to get into. We spoke about what I could do when I graduate to potentially tie me over and I expressed my concern at being terrified of not getting a job/trying to figure out what agency's and studios I should send my portfolio too.
It's given me a great idea for what to do about a brief I'm working on, using those smaller characters but applying them to a darker theme. It should work, and if not *shrugs* I know of one person who may enjoy it.
(ha, this sounds really negative. It's not, I'm just exhausted from worrying myself too much)
On Friday I see Mark Howe: [link]
and I think I won't be as nervous. Gonna be coooool~ 8) *shot*
On Monday my portfolio will be reviewed by Si Scott: [link]
Bricking myself? Just a little bit.
If you don't know who he is, shame on you. He's a graphic designer who works primarily with illustration and has created work for company's such as coca cola and penguin books.
I've almost done fiddling with the printed version of my very...very basic portfolio and tonight I'll adapt it for web and email, which I'll post a link for so you can all see the blinding horror I have to subject Sci Scott too.
On the plus side, I'm told he's quite pleasant to be around. I've just got to figure out what on earth I'm going to ask him.
Wish me luck?