Sunday, August 21, 2011

Doodle Me This

Spent my Sunday afternoon doodling away at my mother-in-law's while watching "Magic Beyond Words," the Lifetime movie about J.K. Rowling. At least I made those two hours worthwhile.

Here's "Houdini." This original is available to purchase in my Etsy store.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Best Day Ever!

Well, maybe not the best day EVER, but it was pretty great overall. Another super productive day. I managed to squeaky clean the entire house while at the same time tending to an unexpected assignment. I received an email from my agent this morning asking if I could step in for another artist and complete a rush job (sketch needed by tomorrow) for an illustration for McGraw-Hill. I quickly looked at the specs and couldn't believe they were asking for a full-page illustration to accompany (presumably a textbook  re-printing) of Kate Dicamillo's The Magician's Elephant---one of my FAVORITE books...EVER!

I immediately replied saying YES YES YES I will gladly take on the rush job (one of the best assignments I've gotten to date, even if I wasn't the original choice illustrator). And I quickly got to work sketching out the image to the specs they requested. They were pretty concrete on what they wanted (falling elephant, red tent, fortune teller combined whimsically) so I gave it my best shot while adhering to their vision. It may not be how I would have approached it given free reign but I made do.

Personally I feel both honored and completely nervous to have the opportunity to make an image that will accompany this story, even if it is just in an educational textbook or wherever it's going to end up. The published book is perfect in every way, including the beautiful emotive and atmospheric illustrations by Yoko Tanaka. But I'll gladly take the chance anyway. :D


It's amazing that some whole days are spent wasting EVERY minute while others can be so productive! Yesterday I awoke with the overwhelming desire to begin multiple doodle paintings simultaneously in an attempt to curb the extreme inactivity that has permeated most of my summer. It's interesting that when I have no work to do I end up doing NOTHING with my free time, but when I have a full plate I'm totally focused. Taking a break from illustrating and spending the day doodling worked in my favor. I started five separate smallish pieces, and finished two by the end of the night. All original doodle paintings, including these, are now available on my Etsy shop!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Two Years Vacation Sketches

Actually did some work today. I've been struggling to get into a productive mode lately but remarkably managed to focus for a few hours this afternoon and got something accomplished. I'm approaching these by creating loose value compositions first which I will then use to create the final images in black and white. Once fully rendered I plan to colorize them. It's my hope that by solidifying my values initially I will putz around less when it comes to the color, thus shaving off a bit of time on a project that isn't paying a ton.