This is a drawing of my maternal grandmother, Meryl. She's standing in what I think is some part of Chicago. I went a little quicker with this one, finished in just over a month. This will be the last of the family drawings for a little while. I have a few illustrations part of a series laying around that I really want to start working on!
Lately, I've been listening to a lot of podcasts. I caught one about two months ago that interviewed Brene Brown, a psychologist who studies shame. What she had to share was really, really illuminating for me. Her interview led me to realize what emotional problems I've experienced and currently experience has been, in large part, due to buried feelings of shame. That word ...shame... it just seems to encompass so much of what I've been trying to understand about myself, and really about all us humans in general.
This is a tiny piece that grew out of that. Certainly, there are things about myself I'm still learning to accept...
A little illustration done for the graduation celebration of my mom's preschool class. The cards originally have the name of each student and their graduation year. I decided to just show the illustration here on Blogger.
This is a project that resulted from a random sketching spree I had over this winter, where I produced around 20 something fully realized sketches that I had no idea what to do with. The project started out as something huge and eventually got paired down into this, something tiny. It's four images illustrating a prose poem that still needs some further editing. (Will update with edits soon.)
I've been trying to figure out a new way to get stuff done faster, and as a result, started keeping a drawing log where I keep track of all the hours and minutes spent each day on artwork. It was a huge help in getting me to finish this project as quickly as I could. It took exactly 40 days to do.
I will have more work to show in the near future! Many things in progress at the moment.
See ya! =]
EDIT (5/27/2015): Edited the text, though it still needs work.
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.
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).