Monday, February 28, 2011

St. Patty's Day is coming

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are some old linocut prints I did last year. Want to see them on a shirt?  Check out my shop

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sketchbook Pro 1st sketch

After reading a few blog posts here  about Sketchbook Pro, I decided to download it and try it out for the 15 day trial period.  In honor of my 5 1/2 month old's dinner tonight, here is my first sketch.  I went a little overboard with the blur tool, but it looks better than it did before the blur. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Logo Design

So my new years program totally went into the crapper like a week into it.  I blame a very sick infant who had to go to the doctor 4 nights in a row, including a trip to the ER, who then passed her illness onto the rest of the house.  Oh well.  While I haven't been working on all of the things I had outlined, I have been working on some art.  Here is a logo I designed for a start-up law firm:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hurry! Ends soon!

I really wish I had posted about this earlier, but there is a great sale going on at  Tons of great resources for illustrators for a low price!  It ends in like 6 minutes, so hurry!!!!

Monday, January 03, 2011

New Year, New Blog, New Art

I don't really like to make New Years resolutions because, well...I pretty much suck at keeping them. Doesn't everyone? I guess that's why we just keep making the same ones year after year. Don't get me wrong, I know I need to change. A LOT. Instead of trying to lose 20 lbs, eat healthier, exercise more, and solve all of the world's problems by the end of the week, I have one goal: be a better artist. Wow, couldn't get more specific could I? Nope. Because I can't be more specific. I don't know what it means to be better or what it will take to be better, but I plan to try lots of different things and just see what happens.

I am instituting the Couch to Illustrator (C2I) program starting today. Instead of sitting on my butt thinking about what I could be doing to be a better artist, I'm going to actually do something. And maybe...just maybe, I will see a change. Hopefully this time next year I will be able to say that my little plan was a success.

The C2I program includes the following (I am open to more suggestions by the way):

1. DRAW EVERY DAY! I think this is pretty important because like most skills, if you don't use it, you lose it. Practice makes perfect. Insert any other corny saying that applies. I will draw something every single day. I'm not saying I will create a masterpiece everyday, but I will put pen to paper, brush to canvas, or stylus to tablet for at least 30 minutes each day. Perhaps it will be doodling, or maybe it will be a photoshop painting that takes me weeks to finally finish, but rest assured, something will be happening. Every. Day. (This is probably my most lofty goal, but I think it is also the most important)
2.  Blog once a week.  If I'm drawing everyday, I shouldn't have a problem scraping together a blog once a week.
3.  Figure out my own style.   There are so many illustrators whose work I love.  They all have such completely different styles.  I am a master at copying anything, but I haven't quite figured out my own personal style yet.  By drawing everyday, I'm hoping something starts to emerge. 
4.  Spend each month working on a different technique for creating art.  This is all part of figuring out my style.  I have the most experience with pencil drawing, so in order to diversify, I will spend a whole month learning and practicing different mediums.  I know a month isn't much time to master anything, but I think it is good enough to see where my strengths and weaknesses lie.  This list may change, but right now it looks like this:
  • pen/ink
  • gauche/gauche resist
  • watercolor
  • colored pencils
  • oil pastels
  • linocut
  • illustrator
  • photoshop
  • painter
  • scratchboard
  • charcoal
  • carbon dust
I think this month I will get back to basics and do some charcoal drawings.  The monthly mediums as I am calling them, may or may not be a part of my everyday drawing.  But I will make sure I devote plenty of time to each medium.

In addition to helping me improve as an artist, these things will help me build my portfolio.  My ultimate goal is that by the end of one year, I will good enough and diverse enough to start some freelance work on the side.  During the year I will also work on research, marketing ideas, and create a website.

So what was I saying about making impossible goals???  Wish me luck interwebs peeps.