Yesterday for Illustration Friday

illustration friday, Ink on Paper, Life, Sketchbook, The Child

I’ve been thinking about how quickly my little guy is growing and learning.  It amazes me how he learns new things everyday and is getting taller and taller.  I still call him my baby but he’s much more of a toddler now, walking, talking and getting into mischief.  It feels like just yesterday he was a tiny baby swaddled in my arms, now he’s an active toddler and who knows how he’ll change tomorrow.

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Textured Vector Drawing

Acrylic painting, Experimental, Portfolio, The Child, Vector Drawing

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!

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.

Gifts

In my Brain then on to Paper, Work in Progress

Heart and BodyThere was another set of paintings that I gave as a gift this Christmas.  These were a little more personal and I tried to include as much of myself in them as I could.  Eventually there will be six of these square panels each  representing a different aspect of me.