Saturday, October 29, 2011

From Doodles to Dollars...

I haven't had much in the way of spare time recently (who does, really?) but I find that when I have a great deal of work to do, I am also at my most productive. What I mean to say is that by having multiple projects going at once, be it freelance work, my own work, or my part time job, I am able to accomplish so much more. I can spend some time on one thing and then when I lose focus or get bored I can take a break and work on something else until I'm eager to get back to the other thing.

Recently I've really started taking my DoodlePaintings more seriously and have not only been producing more and more frequently but I have also begun working on their presentation. They have their own website, their own business card, and a shop on Etsy. I'm not sure whether I'll ever actually sell any online but matting them and putting them all in cellophane bags makes it seem so much more realistic. One day I hope to be able to sell them at art shows and craft fairs and that sort of thing, but in the meantime at least they're ready to go!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

By the Light of the Witchy Moon

Even though I have way to much work to get done between now and November 9th, I really wanted to make a Halloween themed illustration, because I LOVE HALLOWEEN. This composition is inspired/appropriated by vintage '30s Halloween imagery that I absolutely adore. But the cat eyed glasses and kitten with goggles are all mine.

Here's the accompanying poem that I also lifted from a vintage postcard:

When the world
is wrapped in slumber,
And the moon is sailing high,
If you peep between the curtains 
You’ll see witches riding by. 

I hope I get the chance to finish this before Halloween.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Waiting Game

Did I mention I have a love-hate-relationship with that waiting period in between submitting sketches and receiving feedback? On one hand, it means I can do whatever I want with my time guilt-free, but on the other hand it means the project is left hanging over my head---causing tiny amounts of stress until I finally finish the work.

Such has been the last three weeks. Originally I anticipated getting feedback for my current project within a week. But it's now WEEKS later and I have no idea when I'm going to hear back which stinks. As a freelancer, you don't get paid until the job is done and now we're almost a month behind schedule. I just can't seem to make any money at this! Grrrr.

Anyway, here is a sampling of the sketches for the current gig.