Thursday, December 23, 2010

RRH Spreads 1 & 2

Yay! I finished the first two of seven double page interior spreads for the Red Riding Hood book. Only five more to go! 

This publisher is VERY particular in the layout and compositions of each piece (they literally sent me very specific sketches for each page!), thus there's been very little room for my own imagination. That being said, to enjoy working within these creative limitations, I've shifted my focus to stylistic elements like texture, color, pattern, spacial value contrast, and my stylization of people. 

So while I do not see this project as particularly challenging of my compositional storytelling abilities, with any project there is still much that can be learned in terms of style and technique. And practice for the sake of practice is always advantageous to the development of my work. It's been a nice experience so far, and I'm having a good time-- which is the most important part----right??

Monday, December 20, 2010

Little Red

Finally finished the cover art for the Red Riding Hood story book I'm working on. One of the more enjoyable pieces I've worked on so far....not sure why exactly--maybe it's just because it was virtually hassle free. I'm awaiting feedback from the publisher but hopefully there won't be too many major tweaks.

Now it's on to the remaining seven double page spreads...due in the second week of January. RALLY!

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's a Brick-HOOOOOOUSE!

Voila! Here is the shiny new final art for the cover of a classic children's stories treasury for Publications International. I worked with them on a Fairy Tale treasury cover back in 2009 and I'm thrilled to work with them again. Hoping they like it as much as I enjoyed painting it. I think I used all my favorite colors in this one.

I've got a ton going on right now so it feels great to be able to finally check something off my freelance-to do list. Next week it's back to work on Red Riding Hood, American portraits, and some new educational projects.

I haven't been this busy with art since RISD. Feels kinda good...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Even amidst all the work I have on my plate at the moment, I took some time last week to make a little something for my mom's surprise 50th birthday party this past Saturday (her real birthday is the 31st). I didn't know exactly what I wanted to give her, but I spent a while reading quotes about mothers and came across one that I found particularly compelling. It inspired the accompanying drawing, a symbolic illustration meant to represent my mom and I.

When I was little I simply could not have imagined myself ever growing up and moving away from her. Now at 26, I live with my husband two hours from my parents (too far for my liking but hopefully this will change in the near future). But no matter how far I may live from my mom, I know that part of me will always be right there by her side. She's my best friend, and I am so thankful to have her in my life.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Makin' History and the Importance of Good Posture

Hi all--Happy December! I can't believe how fast November went. Time flies when you're loving life!
I'm finally getting back in the swing of the famous Americans project I'm working on. Below should be the last of the pencil portraits. Once they get some color treatment I'll be moving on to the second portion of the project which will feature each historical figure in a respective illustrated scene from their life.

In the mean time, I'm still plugging away at the Red Riding Hood book and am trying to stay on schedule so I can get the finals done in 5 weeks time. The cover is still in progress but here is a sneak peak:

While I work on that, I'm also continuing to work on the three little pigs cover I started a few months ago which is due in January.

So big YAY for even having multiple projects to balance--I'm really truly thankful to have some work to keep me going through the start of winter. :)

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In other news, life working at a desk all day has been taking a bit of a toll on me the last few months (way to go Courtney and your terrible posture!!) What began as lower back pain in August has since evolved into mid and upper back, neck, and most recently, tremendous hip pain. It has been debilitating at times, making it difficult to stand up straight, walk any decent length, and even get a decent night's sleep. Going to the chiropractor hasn't done much yet---but I'm working on it. I've even gone so far as to purchase a brand new ($4,000!?!?!?!) Tempur-Pedic mattress in hopes that the extra back support will alleviate the symptoms over time. Thankfully the anti-inflammatory medicine is working some magic right now or I wouldn't be typing any of this.

The point of me mentioning this is not to share my personal problems with you all, but to bring awareness to the harmful effects of non-ergonomic sitting/work habits and the importance of practicing good posture, especially for artists who, like me, either sit at a drafting table or computer all day. I'm only 26 but everything is catching up with me now. I'm wishing I could go back to the days when I felt no pain at all, and I'm kicking myself for not appreciating how good I had it then. Life can change so quickly...but I'm staying positive, taking responsibility, and hoping for the best.

"I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act." -Buddha