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.

Ideasheet

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

Cardlayout

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.

Pencilcropdetail

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.

Testprint1

Ink on Paper

Ink on Paper, Life, On my Desk, The Child, Work in Progress

Every once in a while I have a burst of creative energy that inspires me to just draw.  It’s not planned and organized and more often than not I just end up doodling.  But the other day I drew some things that I really like, and it did start out as a doodle but by the end of the day I had a couple drawings of Aaron that I was happy with.

Starts with B

This time of year always has me reevaluating what I’ve done the year before and what I want to do this year.  The boredom of winter makes me restless as well, I feel the need to reorganize my weeks and improve my work situation.  As it is I don’t have a dedicated work space, the apartment has been toddler proofed so all of my drawing supplies are kept in our bedroom until I need to use them.  The dinning table then turns into my desk, until dinner time when I have to pack it all up again.

I wonder how other parents work from home but still keep the space kid friendly?

Illustration Friday ‘Bounce’

illustration friday, On my Desk, The Child, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

I’ve been singing a lot of songs with my thirteen months old son.  The word for Illustration Friday reminded me of this one.  I can never remember the right words though, so this is my own improv to get my little guy bouncing.

Illustration Friday ‘Suspend’

Acrylic painting, illustration friday, Life, On my Desk, Portfolio, Vector Drawing, Work in Progress

Here is the vector drawing version of a painting I did for my sons room.  It is a simplified flat colour and no texture image that I think would look good as a tee shirt.   I’m still playing around with the bunny and fox characters, I think they are a fun little duo whom I imagine will continue going on adventures together.

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 two)

Acrylic painting, Experimental, On my Desk

A good friend of mine recently had a beautiful baby boy, and as part of the shower gift for her I made a little painting for the nursery.  My friend really loves frogs so I wanted to create something that both Mom and Baby would enjoy.

In this photo the paint is still wet but it is a mixed media piece on wood panel with acrylic paint and paper inclusions.

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.

October Art Display

On my Desk, Portfolio, watercolour

I’ve finally gotten around to framing some of my paintings, and they will be on display for the month of October.  They will be hanging in the Starbucks at Dundas and Roncesvalles in Toronto.

Here is one of the paintings, I’m quite happy with these fun and charming images.

So if you are in the area check it out.

I’m working again!

Experimental, illustration friday, On my Desk, Portfolio, watercolour

I finished two drawings today, the top one I’m submitting to illustration friday, and the bottom one is a promotional piece that I’ve been working on for a while but have not been happy with.  I scanned both images and edited them in photoshop, the image of the owl needed the most work.  I was a little heavy handed with black ink at one point and I needed to lighten it up a bit.

I will have to finished drawings up shortly in all their edited glory.

Sketchbook Project

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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.