created in adobe illustrator with custom brushes
New patterns! I'm feeling the sewing bug this month...think I'm going to upload these to Spoonflower and order some yardage so I can bust out the sewing machine and have fun!
Here is my second assignment of for my mcad children's book illustration class. We were assigned an age (I got 5), a word (silly) and a location (in the deep woods). The week we were working on this, Joel and the boys were at Danish Family Camp with Joel's parents. One of the fun things that happens at camp is that they hide a Nisse (a wood elf or gnome) statue and give out clues to find it. When the boys called home, Win stubbornly insisted that he had found the Nisse (which of course made Eli mad—because he hadn't—and if he had he should have told). So there was the seed of my story, about a little boy who finds the Nisse and spends the day playing and laughing in the woods with his new friend. Trying to make the character look the right age and trying to get it to feel dynamic were my biggest challenges this time. As usual, a mashup of traditional techniques, tons of scanning, and finally creating the digital artwork.
The next few weeks of class will be spent learning how to concept and storyboard from a manuscript, and creating a final piece of art for that book. I'm using a sweet story written by a dear friend for my final project, so can't wait to share in a few weeks.
Don't forget to be silly!
I am in the middle of a class at mcad on Children's Book Illustration, taught by illustrator Carrie Hartman. It has been pretty intense, with a ton of content stuffed into a six week class, so we're moving along at a pretty quick clip. The first assignment was to create a book spread based on a provided book title. I chose The Littlest Panda, and decided to work digitally since we had basically a week to create a finished illustration. I am loving the class so far! Did I mention my summer has been CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY? In addition to trying to get class assignments done:
- I started a new job this week, as a book designer at a local educational publisher!
- I am still working on freelance design projects with several clients
- I am cranking along with new designs for Silhouette America
- One of my designs has been licensed for a greeting card with a well-known grocery chain and will be available in their fall line!
- I am enjoying summer with the hubby and boys!!! Win will tell you that Wee Bop Dino Camp was a roller coaster ride, but mostly summer is turning out to be awesome.
Here's to sipping gin and tonics by the slip-n-slide!
I finished up the character I was working on in my last blog post for my Skillshare class! I am pretty happy with my little cowboy boot girl for a first attempt at rendering a character. I decided to give her sassy red cowboy boots since I have always wanted a pair! I was having so much fun playing with her details in photoshop that I made two versions trying out different colors, clothes styles and background ideas. I can see how it would be totally addictive to get into character design and start playing with whole worlds for your people to explore. Now back to MY real world this morning, and onto some business card designs! Feel free to drop me a comment...I'd love to see where I can improve. I feel like I can definitely work more on developing the face and hands...those were the hardest to get right.
For a long time I've generally avoided making artwork depicting people or characters, because basically it terrifies me. I have this deep seated fear that I am just not one of those artists that can draw people or make faces. Soooo...I have a potential children's book project on the horizon that would require me to create sweet beautiful characters and I know it is time to get to work on pushing myself past this hangup. While I was taking one of my MATS classes last year, a fellow classmate, Ohn Mar Win, posted work she had made in a Skillshare class and she mentioned how much she got out of it. I had made a note of it at the time, and I started working through the class this week. It is called Character Illustration: From Concept to Final Artwork with Matt Kaufenberg (a Minnesota illustrator!). It is awesome! So far I have learned how to collect inspiration, make a rough character sketch in Photoshop, refine it, build the basic shapes in Illustrator, and then bring the shapes into Photoshop again where you create clipping masks and begin to render and add layers of texture and detail (the fun part!). Of course, as well as using Photoshop brushes, I'm using a bunch of my homemade scanned textures and collage bits. The buttons on her jumper are the button I made recently, but recolored and resized to fit, and her knee socks are one of my collages shrunk down! How much fun is that?! Here is what I have so far. You'll notice I still need to tackle the face!
I was digging through my digital files looking for something, and found a scan of the sweet tree papercut that I did quite a while back. I decided to rework and develop it into a more narrative design using my new paper collages (I am kind of obsessed with them now!) I think it would be a very sweet greeting card or print to hang somewhere you need that little reminder to be mindful. I know I sure need this reminder on a daily basis, especially when dealing with 4 year old tantrums on the way to school : )
I've been investing a lot of time this spring in creating a library of scanned digital components that I can use to build more of my artwork in photoshop. This way I can continue to make changes easily, but still retain a lot of "handmade" goodness in my work. Earlier this week I made a series of collages out of strips and squares of papers I had painted earlier. After I scanned the collages, I incorporated them into this Tea Time card design idea I've been working on.
Here are details from the paper collages. Now I just have to figure out a good way to organize my digital goodies so I can find them again!
These are the initial designs I was playing with for the card artwork, dropping a bunch of my patterns onto the cups with clipping masks. This is the amazing thing about clipping masks in Photoshop is how quickly and easily you can totally transform the art. So cool!
I've gotten obsessed with playing with clipping masks and layers of texture and shapes in Photoshop. I'm having fun adding details to a new collection of sewing themed designs. My visiting studio helper Opal thinks it's boring, but I'm having FUN!
Here's what became of all those bug parts! I put them together into a little insect collection.
So tired of being cold and bundling up. Why do I live in Minnesota? Oh well, working on some new spring florals to trick myself into forgetting what's lurking outside my window. Happy Monday!
I'm taking 2015 session of Lilla Rogers' Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp and believe it or not, I've already fallen behind. I didn't get my first month's assignment done in time to make it into the class gallery, but I did make myself a promise this year that I will get all the assignments done and better late than never! The topic was to create a journal cover inspired by Edwardian brooches, a subject matter that I would never have picked on my own but really ended up loving. Here is my design—in my mind the design is tone-on-tone and embossed, so very rich and textural. I couldn't help expanding the motif into a repeat pattern...it was just screaming for it! Now, on to month two!
I took a lot of time off over the holidays since the boys and my husband were home for a couple of week and we were super busy with family stuff. While the time off was nice, by the end of winter break I was starting to feel cranky from not making any art! Still, getting back to the studio this week I've felt kind of aimless and had trouble getting back in the swing of things. I decided to combat my bad mental soundtrack of "I'll never have any more ideas or ever make any good work again" by just playing with some collage bits and making something just for fun. I've been wanting to do an illustrated alphabet for a while, so I started there, with E for elephant. We'll see what come next!