Illustration Friday ‘creature’

Children's Book Illustration Promotions, illustration friday, Ink on Paper, Life, Portfolio, The Child, Traditional Media, watercolour

monster 1

I have quite a few creature images that I have done over the years.  These are a few of my favourites, they are ink drawings painted with water colours.

imaginary friend

koi girl

 

bedtime buddy

I’m also making the little man’s halloween costume today, so when I finish I’ll post up some photo’s of it.  : )

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A brave swimmer makes a friend

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braveswimmer

Illustration Friday theme ‘swim’.

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.

Illustration Friday ‘jump’

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

Textured Vector Drawing

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I had this drawing part way finished for over a year now and I just never got around to finishing it.  I fixed up the face on the boy since I thought it was a little weird, and added texture to try and give it a little more life.  It has a wood block print quality that I quite like.

I’m going to finish off some more of the images I’ve started in the coming weeks, I have a lot of them.  : p

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!

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.

Portfolio site frustrations

Portfolio


I spent the day fixing the bugs on my portfolio site, and while I was at it I also changed the colour scheme.  I had to fix and upload it over a dozen times before I got it right.  I had started fixing it last night and I ended up just getting frustrated and leaving it until today.  Some pages had text that was not showing up, the links and buttons were not working properly, the album function did not work at all at one point and each time I fixed something I’d find another part that was not doing what it was supposed to.

Despite all of this, after many hours of work I am now happy with it.

Enjoy