- Finish my new “From Scratch” portfolio site. It’s a beaut. It even has a contact form!
- Separate my graphic design work as a separate entity with it’s own site, and help the illustration work stand out on its own.
- Create a new portfolio of work in a new sketchier style – probably celebrity portraits (back to my college roots!)
- Create some illustrations for the children’s market and send samples out to publishers and magazines in that genre
- Double my income from freelance work*
- Get at least 3 new clients*
December 30, 2009
December 21, 2009
Puppies are babies, too! This cute little guy was commissioned by a friend as a Christmas present for her sister. I really enjoyed drawing the puppy and all of the little curls and would be happy to do more dog drawings in the future!
See more at www.illustratedbabies.com.
December 18, 2009
Sarah wanted a Unicorn, preferably with wings, for Christmas. So this is what she's getting. You can't tell in the scan but all the pen marks are done with glittery gel pens - this thing sparkles like crazy! Just like a Unicorn drawing should.
Speaking of crazy, it's been a hectic couple of weeks. I am back in Louisville next week for some much needed relaxation!
Thanks for stopping by,
December 9, 2009
December 7, 2009
I had an illustration in mind for my holiday card this year. I had even collected reference materials and started on the preliminary sketches.
Then, I woke up last Sunday morning from a weird dream: I found myself in a storage room for an apparel company with someone who was showing me all of their old marketing materials. This one piece I stumbled upon, which I think was a jeans hang tag, really struck me. I turned it over and studied it and thought to my Dream Self, "I could totally do this!" I woke up shortly thereafter, grabbed a post-it and jotted down what I could remember.
In the dream, it was double sided, so I sketched what I could remember about both sides. But since I don't really need a jeans hang tag, and I was in need of a Christmas card design, I changed some things around. I gotta say I'm pretty proud of my Dream Self. I wish I could always work out a solution to an image while sleeping - that would be Ultimate Multi Tasking!
December 3, 2009
In the meantime, I'll be practicing drawing horses - another illustration from Louisville Magazine is in the works. Hooray for busy-ness!
Have a great weekend.
December 1, 2009
He's been retired for several years, and since then, he has been a cello player for the Lexington Community Orchestra, written a book, hiked hundreds - thousands? - of miles, and still has time to garden and work on little projects here and there.
So dad, thanks for all the markers, thanks for inspiring productivity, thanks for letting me major in art, and thanks for coming to visit me over Thanksgiving!
November 25, 2009
- Living an easy bus ride or short drive away from my office - I got a taste of some gnarly traffic earlier in the week.
- Having a boss who is always sharing his chocolate.
- The freelance work I have been getting lately - it's challenging but fun and rewarding.
- Having my dad in California for a week; he spoils me rotten.
- Curb Your Enthusiasm for its hilarity.
November 24, 2009
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then this website is for you! Turn up your speakers, lean back (with your hand on the mouse/wacom pen), and spend a good hour or two cruising through this beautiful Flashumentary* of a band, Orba Squara, promoting their album, The Trouble with Flying.
This is quite possibly one of the most beautiful, creative, and inspiring websites I have ever....
* Did I just invent a word?
Found via Doodler's Anonymous.
November 19, 2009
November 17, 2009
Apologies for the absense, I was back in my hometown of Louisville last week celebrating my mother's birthday. Now I'm back to it.
I've mentioned in the past that I'm reading the Harry Potter series, and I have to admit I'm enjoying the nightly escape into the magical world of Hogwarts, Muggles, and Quidditch. I'm five books into the series and am looking forward to seeing how everything wraps up in the end.
One thing I love about these books are the illustrations by Mary GrandPrè. Most people will recognize her vibrant cover illustrations, and I urge you to look at them closely. There's a lot going on, and the attention to detail is impeccable.
Thirty (30) of these mini masterpieces are completed in a timespan of only 3 weeks, according to this great interview about her work on the Harry Potter series.
All of her illustrations (which can be seen on her website) have vibrant color, interesting shapes, and strong value, all of which I strive for in my own work. She is a new addition to my list of inspirational female illustrators.
I have another assignment for Better RVing Magazine in the works; hopefully I can summon her creativity for my own piece!
November 6, 2009
November 4, 2009
Having never had proper Illustration History lessons, this site has been a great resource for me. Every day, I'm exposed to new paintings and artists, and am often treated with analysis of their work. It's like having a daily art history class delivered right in my Google Reader. Occasionally Mr. Peng brings in guest bloggers to discuss their areas of expertise. For example, I really enjoyed the week dedicated to Norman Rockwell (who wouldn't?), during which we get this close-up detail of one of his illustrations for Huck Finn. I recommend you check out the archives and check it regularly!
October 29, 2009
The article, written by avid Louisville cyclist Joe Ward, draws attention to the dangers facing cyclists and the unfortunate deaths that have occurred because of drivers' negligence.
"Bicyclists on the roads are not the problem. The problem is motorists who don’t recognize their responsibility for the lives and limbs of their fellow citizens. It’s time for serious attention to the motor vehicle as a deadly missile."Sadly, unless alcohol or excessive speed were cause for the deadly accident, the driver walks free and clear (well, except the excessive guilt they will probably live with, hopefully a la Crime and Punishment).
Mr. Ward questions this lack of penalty and offers this solution:
"When a person kills somebody with his car and there are no mitigating circumstances, he or she should at very least lose his driver’s license for life.
Put them on bicycles. "
postscript: These murderous drivers are the reason I have not touched my road bike since I moved to Los Angeles, where drivers are the most self involved, distracted, and ruthless of all!!
October 27, 2009
October 23, 2009
October 19, 2009
Hello my faithful blog readers,
Today I am announcing the launch of a brand spanking new website, www.IllustratedBabies.com!
I created this site for a few reasons:
- I like drawing babies.*
- People have really enjoyed giving these as gifts.
- I like making a little extra money.
- I wanted to build a website from XHTML and CSS (Look ma, no Dreamweaver!), because I am a giant computer nerd.
Through November 6, I am offering an introductory discounted rate of 20% off regular prices. Get your orders in before the holiday rush!
And most importantly, tell your friends! Especially if they are a new mommy or aunt or grandma!!
*This particular baby was a joy to draw because it's my cousin's newborn! Congratulations, Elizabeth & Mark!
October 14, 2009
October 13, 2009
Easing my way back into blogging with an homage to the artist behind Calvin & Hobbes.
Cool Comic Book Artist: Bill Watterson
I dug out an old collection of Calvin & Hobbes from storage recently, and have really enjoyed re-reading some of the gems in there. It's easily the best comic strip that I have ever encountered (I also enjoy Dilbert from time to time). Not only are the writing and stories delightful and engaging, but his paintings are wonderful! There's no point in writing much more when you can read Charley Parker's wonderful review at Lines & Colors.
Before I sign off, I want to share one of my favorite strips. Enjoy!
October 2, 2009
The senior designer for LazyDays RV's contacted me to do an illustration for their lifestyle magazine, Better RVing. She wanted something very straightforward: a mailman delivering mail to a couple at their RV. I played with color and patterns and tried to make it very pleasant and refreshing, like a glass of iced tea while you are in Key West enjoying your retirement.
Busy weekend ahead of me; I have 2 assignments due next week. I'll probably skip Tuesday Coolsday this week; but I think you'll manage.
Have a great weekend!
September 30, 2009
A self-initiated assignment to welcome Steve back to the Apple world. It had been a while since I had done a celebrity portrait, and this was a really fun one to do. Thanks to Katy, Rachel, Alli, and Jason for posing as audience members, and to the Keynote speech on Apple.com for providing reference footage!
The only thing that bugs me is my scan. Not matter how long I fiddle with the controls, I can't get the vibrancy and subtlety of values from the actual illustration board. I have an Epson Workforce 600 - does anyone else have issues scanning with that?
It makes me want to attempt some photoshop illustrations. James O'Brien and Yuko Shimizu (to name a few) do a wonderful job of incorporating hand drawn art with beautiful textures to create pieces that appear hand-made.
I'll give it a shot in my next self-initiated piece, but in the meantime I have a few projects that need my attention.
September 29, 2009
September 23, 2009
The bottom sketches were done with my trusy hi-tec C... better for the minutia. But the thicker marker is nice for just "getting it down."
September 22, 2009
Cool Sewing Illustrator: Miki Sato
September 18, 2009
After last night's episode of "Always Sunny in Philadelphia," I couldn't resist creating a mock company shirt for Hugh Honey and Victor Vinegar's new real estate team. Buy it on a shirt through Zazzle! You'll get a honey of a deal.
Have a great weekend!
September 16, 2009
September 15, 2009
Cool finds from working the google reader on the internet machine.
September 14, 2009
September 11, 2009
I did a few more "character" sketches last week based on people I see around the city. I'm the ultimate people-watcher (a favorite pastime my freshman year in college involved sitting in the lobby of my dorm with my roommate just watching people come and go), so it's fun for me to try to recreate the interesting things I see when I'm with my sketchbook later.
It's challenging, too. I can picture it in my brain a certain way, but can't quite make it come out right when I try to draw it. Give me a photograph or a model and I'll render the crap out of it, but this is hard. Which is why I'm doing it - to get practice.
I have a few projects in the pipeline this week, plus some more marketing efforts. My day-job has picked up steam this week too - summer is officially over! Have a great weekend, my friends!
September 8, 2009
I have been away from the studio, roaming the coastal town of Monterey, CA for a very long weekend. I have some sketches to scan and some blogs to catch up on and will return to my normal blogging soon. In the meantime, here's an abbreviated Tuesday Coolsday post: