Well, I finished the Winston project. But I am somewhat unhappy with it. Around the end I started to realize the illustrations weren't connecting together in the way I wanted them to, that they were actually conflicting with each other, so I wound up scrapping the project. Although I had to scrap it, I feel really happy with getting myself to finish it. I feel like I have a stronger understanding of what it's like to work in a children's book format, and now know how important it is to plan extensively. For this project, I was too quick to jump in!
I've got a little project, just 4 images with accompanying text, in progress right now. I'm thinking if I start small, it will be easier to expand into larger, more detailed projects, you know?
Anyway, here's the last piece from Winston I'm going to post. It's of some trees. It was going to be used as a "break" a couple times to showing passing of time.
Blog: hello. Here's a little drawing I did for fun. It's of some little hooded lovers. It originally belonged to a larger sketch, but I had to forgo the sketch. Couldn't bear to throw these two away, so I turned them into a mini piece.
I'll have more up soon! I've got another little one to post sometime in the next couple weeks. Also, my Winston project is very close to finished. I've got five pieces that are either completely rendered, or very close to completely rendered, and then just one other left to do! I'm planning to have all the black and whites done by the end of this month, and then finish up the coloring and writing during March.
Hello! I don't have too much to share. Just this Winston drawing. But I should have much more to share in the near future. Only 6 more Winston drawings remain to finish up (three of which are really close). The writing for this project is also just about done - just need to tweak a few paragraphs. Once I'm done, I'll post all the Winston drawings together, in the right order, with their accompanying writing, and the whole project will hopefully make a lot more sense than it has so far, haha. I am so happy to finally be finishing a project!
I also started a new project, too, a few weeks ago. Got 25 sketches realized already. Super inspired with this one, though cannot say if that means it's going to end up looking any good. Guess I'll see.
So hi. It's been sort of a while. The Winston book is still in progress, however I have taken a break. I made this, as well as applied for and got into some random art stuff, two of them being art fairs (Tangletown Art Crawl, Love Local) and another being representation at a gallery (ZaPow!) Since I don't have much an inventory I've been busy cutting down prints and making post card sets and binding books and etc for these things! It's been ultra fun, but also kind of expensive...
More soon. My Winston pieces don't take too long to complete and I am hitting a good spot with the inventory related work I need finished. Binding a bunch of sad girl books is the bulk of what remains.
Here are some in progress drawings for a project I've been working on. The project's going to be a small artist book about a creature grieving the loss of a pet cat named Winston. All's in a pretty young state, so I may be making some value and palette changes in the future.
Bonjour. Sorry 'bout the long wait. I wanted to have two illustrations to show, but one of them has been a pain in the bum and needs to be redone. So here's just one. It's part of a series I'm making in my free time.
I should have more work up in the next two weeks or so!
Piece inspired by the PC game Yume Nikki. If you have not seen this game, please take time to play it or at least look at screenshots/videos of it! The visuals are fascinating. And the concept itself is pretty cool, too.
An illustration inspired by Manuela Wroblewski’s work as an animal rescuer at Adoption Time in Avsallar, Turkey. A friend of mine recently adopted nine cats from her (the white ones pictured here) and through doing so learned about the sacrifices Manuela makes on a daily basis in order to insure the stray population of dogs and cats are safe.
Here is some info on Manuela’s work, taken from the Adoption Time Webpage:
"Manuela cares for 200 street cats and dogs, often walking for miles to provide food and any urgent medical care and where possible adoptions. In Avsallar cats are regularly poisoned and murdered and Manuela is their only hope. People have spit on her and thrown things as she carries a 20 pound bag of cat food through the streets. She has pleaded with the mayor to stop his annual poisoning campaign and hosts spay/neutering clinics, working on her own, taking each carrier to the veterinary clinic. She sold her bike to buy more cat food which comes at a very high price of $40-50 a day. She’s broke but she can’t leave the cats and dogs behind."
I was really moved by her story, especially by her dedication to helping keep these cats and dogs alive, and more generally help solve what is a big problem, even in the face of much harassment. I can only hope more people could know her story and spread the word. If you know anyone who is looking for a cat or dog, please check out the link at the bottom! I was lucky enough to meet the nine white cats in this illustration (as well as the big gray guy [his name is Tommy]), and they are all wonderful.
I’m currently selling prints at my Dawanda Shop, as well myInprnt. All money made from the prints will go directly towards Manuela’s work at Adoption Time.
For more information on Adoption Time, you can join their Facebook page, and for more information on the specific cats in this illustration, you can click here.
A happy little fox-esque guy. It was originally used as a design for my mom's 2014 preschool class graduation cards. Made a couple changes since, and now thinking of using it as a pattern for some possible experiments... will see...
Here's an illustration a part of an idea for an artist book I want to put together in the future, once all my current projects go away.
"Maddie Story - Spread 1"
This is a part of a children's story dummy I've been working on for the last couple months. It's supposedly the first spread of the story. The story is about a girl named Maddie who finds a gigantic stuffed animal in a forest and is so smitten with it, she tries to figure out a way to get it home. I'm not sure how, or if, this illustration will fit in with everything else once the story progresses, so I may redo or change it in the future. But this is it for now.
I'll color these both soon. These are just the black and white pencil versions.
Okay, well it's 2014, and I'm finally updating this blog. Sorry, blog. Here are a few drawings in progress I've been working on since last year. They are a part of a series of drawings I've been doing since my sophomore year of college.
The first drawing is of my half uncle David. The second is of my great grandfather Ralph, grandfather Lloyd, grandmother Meryl, uncle Paul, and mom. The third is of my mom.
I'd like to have one of these done by the summer, but I can't say with confidence I will - never know how life is going to switch your goals up. Once I do, though, I'll provide a bit more information about this series and what it means (to me).
Here's the final version of the black and white drawing I posted a few days earlier. It's an illustration to a poem written by Shane Cotier (the same writer I collaborated with on "Horror Stories"). I may make some minor changes in the future but this is it for now.
"Penelope and Booboo Participating in Meditative Thought"
Pencil, colored in photoshop
Hi, this is a drawing I did for fun. I was not supposed to make it; it was supposed to just be a sketch. But it kinda turned into one of those situations where you hit the end of the sketching stage and don't want to stop, you just want to keep working, and the next thing you know the piece has miraculously appeared in photoshop, nearly finished and ready to inhabit your blog. So, a bit random, making this one! But like I said, fun.
The point of it is to give myself some indication of what my characters and their environment might look like for a story I am writing. The story's in a muddy place at the moment, so I won't explain what it entails. All I will say is the girl, Penelope, is my main character, that there stuffed animal dog is her sidekick, Booboo, and the environment these two exist in has no concept of day; it is always night.
My friend's mom is putting together a recipe booklet for the staff of her workplace and asked me to do a cover illustration for it, so I drew this bunny with some cupcakes and some cheese. Here's what the cover ended up looking like:
By the way: some time a bit back I wrote one of my goals for the beginning of March was to have another realistic rendering of my mom finished... just saying, yeah, that isn't going to happen... I decided the end of January to put the majority of my focus into illustration and get back to the mom renderings during spring/summer. So, more illustrations to come, soon - I have a good number in various stages right now. I also have a book dummy I've been working on but as for when that'll see the light of day, I can't say, I've spent just about as much time yelling at it as I have been making progress on it! Grr. But anyway, till next time, bye!