One of the things I got out of yesterday was the realisation that I really could be getting/giving more on my portfolio website ( @sylviamorrisillustration ) and I’m not sure how it’s all going to pan out, but for a while I’ll probably be trying different things on here, and on my portfolio tumblr and who knows how it’ll work.

But, basically, on my ~professional~ online presence, I’ve been making it all about the pictures. Which is cool in the sense that the pictures are the most important thing, but there’s more? The industry is made up of people, and they like to connect with you as a person. Anyway, I’m going to be messing around with things and I’m giving you all a heads up even though I don’t quite know what the heads up is for…



well, with the cat explains their reaction? but leaves less room for text? dunno. is the cat going to eat them? it’s a little scary that way. don’t know if that’s good or bad (or neither) though.


I like the image with the cat in most (catlady bias showing) But I think the contrast of light and dark is too strong? For my eyes the cat needs to be lighter, or the background needs to be darker, so its not too unbalanced? pardon me!


I like the one with the cat! It balances out well.

Okay cool, thanks so much you guys 🙂 I like the idea of it being scary/dramatic, and, yeah, the composition + story work better with the cat. So I’ll have a play with lessening the contrast and see if I can get it to gel a little better 🙂

Umm-ing and ahh-ing over what to do with the cat. Potentially just leave it out?

Feedback very much welcome even if it’s just “i like that one and i don’t know why” or “i think they’re fairly equal but X looks more like Y emotion” or “don’t put either of these in your portfolio, they’re worse than everything else you’ve ever made”.



Announcing Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Fanart Contest!

Hungry dinner party attendees! We are hereby hosting a fanart contest as a part of our Poe Party campaign. Draw your favorite author that’s been revealed, what you think might be going down at the party, your own version of the logo–whatever your creative brain desires!

The Shipwrecked team will be judging the entries based on how well they capture the essence of the Poe Party, not on artistic merit, so artists of all skill levels may apply!

Be sure and include the kickstarter link in your post and tag it #poeparty to be eligible for consideration. Entries are due Friday, February 19th at midnight PST, and a winner will be chosen by the following Monday. The winner will receive a signed character poster of their choice from the campaign!

Happy drawing, and be sure to bring your appetite…for murder!

I would like to add that Shipwrecked are always lovely about fan art. They are so enthusiastic and joyous about it (regardless of how technically skilled it is) which I have been enormously grateful for over the last two years. It’s basically just a big circle of love. 

So if you’re hovering on the fence – it’s probably worth making something 🙂