Thursday, July 28, 2011

Keep Looking Up

It seems I haven't tired of clouds yet, so they continue to roll out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Two Years Vacation by Jules Verne

I'm just begining a project for a Korean Publisher, who is producing a series of stories for young students learning English. I was lucky to have been assigned a pretty cool classic story from Jules Verne. It's about a group of 15 school boys (ages 8-14) who get stranded on an island for two years. I haven't read the original text before but I did some research and was interested to find that it had been adapted into a full-length Japanese anime film as well as a television series. Apparently it's a popular story there.

The first step in this process was to select one of the eight images in the story to illustrate as a sketch, which is what you see here. (My original comp was horizontal before I remembered it was a half-page spec and needed to be vertical.)

Once this sketch is approved I'll be asked to do the color final, and if that gets approved I can move on to do the rest of the story. I'm hoping they approve my work because I'd really like to do the rest. It's a decently interesting project though the pay is excruciatingly small. Having been a pretty dry summer thus far I'm content to work for just about anything. Someday I sincerely hope to be able to sustain myself a more than the current situation allows.

Thankfully I have a wonderful husband with a solid career, or I'd likely already be back at whatever kind of full-time job I could find...

But for know, I'm just going to go with the flow a little longer.

All Around You

Friday, July 22, 2011

Clouds Make Me Feel Spiritual

I felt like painting clouds today. These are digital, but I'm itching to use real paint soon.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Griffin & Miette

These are my furry babies in painted portrait form. I wanted them to hang on my wall, and now they are!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Expelliarmus! A Potter Party of Epic Proportions

I threw a huge all-day Harry Potter Movie Marathon and went pretty crazy with the decor. I spent three days preparing, shopping, and gathering together every bit of HP related stuff I had around the house. I made a sizable spread of wizarding world inspired foodstuff, as well as drinks and my very own Honeydukes. I painted my own Hogwarts banner and made my own Platform 9 3/4 sign, as well as designed a sign for the popcorn and labeled every food & drink in HP themed text. My sister Brittany baked Hagrid's cake, and I even forayed into some kitchen magic myself with homemade Pumpkin Pasties (DELICIOUS!), Butterbeer, and Pumpkin Juice. We had ourselves quite a feast! And for dinner I heated up some classic chicken pies and roasted potatoes in the tradition of Mrs. Weasley. NOM NOM NOM.

It was amazingly fun, and my sisters, husband, and brother-in-law all dressed up for it. We crammed in as much of all the films as we could and then headed to Providence for the 10:30 showing of Deathly Hallows Part 2. The theater wasn't very crowded but we did get some shouts of approval on our costumes and some guys even took a photo with us. I love Harry Potter fans!

The film was beyond perfect, and emotionally difficult for me to get through, quite honestly. I've had Post-Potter-Depression since but am now fully functioning again. Overall, this weekend was one of the best of my life. Chock full of sister time, friend time, epic films, engaging fantasy, and a passion for something that only those who embrace J.K.'s books will ever fully understand. I feel privileged and thankful that I am part of the Hogwarts generation, it has made me a person who understands how to truly enjoy things that make me happy.

Pumpkin Juice
Polyjuice Potion
Felix Felicis

McGonagall's Transfigured Corn Kernels
Professor Sprout's Greenhouse Platters
Gregorivich's Edible Wands
Gillyweed Dip
Fleur's Fromage & Gâteaux Secs
Pumpkin Pasties
Dragon Egg Salad Sandwiches
Rock Cakes

Main Course: Mrs. Weasley's Meat Pies & Roasted Potatoes


Hagrid's Cake

Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
Puking Pastilles
Nosebleed Nougat

Chocolate Frogs
Acid Pops
Fizzing Whizbees
Fainting Fancies
Drooble's Best Blowing Gum

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

What Makes A Great Story

 I really liked what Emma Watson had to say about the appeal of Harry Potter. Food for thought when I finally approach writing my own stories...

"It's just the most complete escapism. Which is what great stories are -- that you just can completely lose yourself in another world. And what I really love and what I think that people really love and why the stories are so enduring and why they touch so many people is because the characters are so, so real and flawed, and inspiring, and lovable -- completely lovable." -Emma Watson

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Words of Wisdom

Taken from my sketchbook, a thought to remind myself that the only true way I'll fail as an artist is when I neglect the reasons why I became one in the first place.  I often get hung up on not being good enough or not being smart enough. But there are infinite roads to success. At the end of the day, the only way I'll get there is if I remove myself entirely from the equation. Being an illustrator is not about ME. It's about telling a story. Serving whatever project in the ways best suited to it. It's about creating something beyond myself. I can't guarantee anyone will like my work. But I believe that if I make art with love and enthusiasm and dedication, it will show through and reach an audience (no matter how small).
If I concentrate on doing things for worthy reasons, I remember that it's not about me at all. And that takes the pressure off just enough to get going. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011