Work and Motherhood

In my Brain then on to Paper, Ink on Paper, Life, The Child, Work in Progress

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Life is always more fun when you take the time to enjoy it. My priority has been on raising my son and preparing for the new baby to come this summer. Although I am still drawing, it’s not everyday and most of it is sketches of my little man.

I’ve had to make some sacrifices to have a family and I’d like to think my career is just progressing very slowly rather than not at all. There are women who can do it all, but I choose to stay home with my son, rather than put him in daycare. That means even though I am home most of the time, I have little to no time for building an illustration career.

I will eventually, but I’m loving spending this time with him, watching him grow and learn and change.

Posts are infrequent but I will continue to put my sketches up, and update on all of my inspirations.

Bedtime isn’t always welcome

Children's Book Illustration Promotions, Digital Paint, In my Brain then on to Paper, Life, The Child

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Nap time is often a challenge and now that he’s talking, he lets me know.

 

Business Cards and promo block

Children's Book Illustration Promotions, Experimental, In my Brain then on to Paper, Life, On my Desk, Work in Progress

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time working on some new business cards and post cards to mail out this fall.  The biggest slow down was my laptop, after five years the battery started acting up.  I now have my new desktop and things are working a lot better, I really like having a work space in the living room where I can sit with the little man while I work.

I have a couple layouts for my cards that I like but I guess I’m having a hard time deciding on one.

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I took what I liked from these thumbnails to create my business cards.

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This was the front and back I originally liked and started working on, the energy in this first version was lost however when I did some further work on it.

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I like the image, but not for my card.  I guess I’m looking for an image that better defines me as an illustrator.  But really until I get something mailed out it doesn’t matter how well defined my designs are, because the point is to get my name and info to the publishers.  So I really just need to make a decision get them printed and send it out.  period.

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Illustration Friday ‘jump’

illustration friday, In my Brain then on to Paper, Portfolio, Vector Drawing

It has been a long time since I’ve made a submission for illustration friday, it feels good to get back into it.

Vector drawing is a challenge

In my Brain then on to Paper, Life, On my Desk, Portfolio, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

Most of my artistic experiences had been in traditional media, I drew on paper with a pencil, paint with a brush on canvas and print with blocks of wood on handmade paper.  More recently I’ve had to scale back on how much time, space and resources I put into making art.  I still have boxes and boxes of artworks and supplies, but I find myself using these less often and some now, not at all.  The tools that have gotten the most use in the last few years have all been new technology.

My computer is the main piece of equipment along with my tablet and scanner, they are my new tools of the trade.  I do still do a lot of drawing in my sketch book, but after that it’s brought in to my computer and finished there.

In the early days of working from my computer I used to finish a painting, then scan it in and just do the editing and touchups in photoshop.  But now I’m finding that I want to create entire pieces on just the computer, this means I need to learn something I’ve been avoiding for a long time.  Adobe Illustrator, I’ve been using this program casually for five or six years now, but I’ve never really invested the time to really sink my teeth into it the way I did with photoshop.  At this point in my life I need to look at more effective ways of creating my images, so I get the most out of my time, space and resources.

I’ve been working on a few images over the past two days and really working on picking up new skills so that I can create the images that I want.  The most challenging thing I find about creating vector images is how sterile the images look to me compared to my other work.  I’m used to tactile media and lots of textures, and recreating that digitally has changed the feeling in a lot of my work.

My next step today is to create a simple image with the warmth and tactile feeling of a mixed media painting.  Wish me luck!

What I did over the holidays (part one)

Acrylic painting, Experimental, In my Brain then on to Paper, Ink on Paper, On my Desk, Work in Progress

Things have been a little hectic around our house so I haven’t done an update in a while.

I’ve been painting, drawing and I learned how to knit and over the next couple days I’ll have photos and info on all of them.

This first image is a mixed media painting, I’ve been playing around with paint, printed paper and drawings on tracing paper and combining them to create an image.  The second little painting was going to be for my christmas cards but once again my ideas were bigger than the time I had, so I ended up buying cards to send. I’ll try again next year.

Sketchbook Project

In my Brain then on to Paper, Ink on Paper, On my Desk, Resources, Sketchbook, Work in Progress

A couple months ago I signed up for a really neat project with arthouse.  It’s a really fun idea and I love that it will be available for anyone to look through. The Sketchbook Project would take my sketchbook and hundreds of others on tour across the US as an art show, then have them entered in the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library.

Painting on a cold rainy day

In my Brain then on to Paper, Work in Progress

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Well it’s cold and wet outside so I’m staying inside and painting all day.  I have a set of five small watercolours that I am working on, I like having a few paintings to work on at a time so that while one is drying I can work on one of the others.  I also don’t loose interest or inspiration in painting because there are different ideas for each one.

Flying Robot

In my Brain then on to Paper

Robot-takeoffI found a cute sketch in one of my books today, so I developed it into a fun little drawing.  After I drew it out I scanned it then brought it into photoshop to do the colouring.

Monster Attack

In my Brain then on to Paper

Silo stomper complete

Here is the first completed illustration in my new studio space.  It’s just another portfolio/promo piece, but it was a lot of fun to make.  This is a low rez photo of it, so if it looks a little grainy, well thats cause it is.

I’m going back to my minimum 7 hours a week of drawing or painting.  I need to get back into a regular working schedule with my art.

Tomorrow I’ll be drawing again so hopefully I’ll have some more work posted before too long.