Saturday, December 5, 2009

My work is so boring

Hi, my name is Colleen Sanders and I do really boring illustrations.

I went to a small works show last night in downtown San Jose and it kicked ass. The were works there by Barron Storey (holy crap if only I had a spare $250). A few really amazing Brazilian illustrators and a few other really amazing things like sculpture. It was the first art show I've been to since college and it was weird not knowing or even recognizing anyone. Luckily though, instead of being depressed about it I just want to do my own cool stuff even more.

South First Fridays

Anyway, I love mixed media. I love painting, sculpture, fibers and making anything with my hands. I love photography also. Why don't I use them in any of my work? I'm going to now. I'm super excited, I think I'm turning a new leaf. I tried it somewhat in my collage class:

Obviously this is dumb, but I liked doing more than just drawing or painting. I think I might channel Jonathan Yoerger and model a character out of clay and photographing it and putting it together in photoshop, who knows.

But then again, maybe it's not my technique, maybe my ideas are just boring. We shall see.

Monday, November 30, 2009

I figured I'd put up a sketch I did recently that was from something I drew a while ago. The artwork is becoming sparse on this blog. I'm lazy.

If only I had photoshop these weird levels would be an easy fix.

Monday, November 9, 2009

My scanner's retarded

This is the very beginning of my first comic ever for a friends collaborative thingy. It's not even close to being done and I'm not even sure where it's going. The topic for the collaboration is, "Superfuture" (thanks Dan Hood). Mine is about the future when people rarely ever leave their homes. In fact, future Americans have adopted an alien species who are made like house to live in. They use them as their transportation and their pets. The children and the houses get along especially well and get their adventures that way. Maybe an obvious way of saying that the way things are going future generations won't have any desire to go outside anymore and interact with other people because they feel so comfortable in their own homes, or just a fun adventure comic.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Lunch break at Borders

More from la Grecia.

Jim on the bus

Fucked up drawing of the Temple of Zeus Olympian. I gave up.

So my scanner sucks. The colors on these are horrible. That's a good chunk of change down the drain.
PS. Oh mah god y'all it's like my half birthday today.

Monday, October 5, 2009


So I'm finally working on something. This is the beginning:

The very, very beginning.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Uh oh

These are some of my sketches, untouched since Greece. More details to come and other illos.

This dog I chilled with in Thessaloniki

Roadside shrines

Soaking up the sun in Rhodes. This is my favorite

View from my hotel in Nafplion

Grandpa on the bus the Epidauros

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

OK, one more

As for art related stuff, I've been mostly making books and my personal stationary. I made a book for my best friend, it's pretty cheesy but it was a lot of fun.

I didn't make up the names of the drinks
I did do a bunch of two-minute illustrations for the book.

These I did for my self-promo class. They're collecting dust in my studio.

I plan on doing a lot of drawrin's in the Greece. I made a watercolor sketchbook and I'm bringing my w/c and gouache. I can't wait. I'll post in 3 weeks when I get back!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Let's try this thing again

Haven't worked on anything since the last time I said I was thinking about working on something. Not any illustration anyway. I did get a scanner though, so I thought I'd upload a few sketches I've done, no "finished" pieces though. I knew I'd get distracted living here. There are just so many other things to do besides my illustration and like the unmotivated artist I am, I chose them over spending my days alone in my studio. Anyway:

The color on this one is pretty bad

This was part of my life drawing sketchbook

These two are from my plane ride home
I've got another one from my lunch break in Los Gatos, but it's not uploading

Friday, May 22, 2009

No one goes here

But I'll post shit anyways
This is some life drawII stuff.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Very Short Story

The Boyfriend Store

They led me down a small flight of steps. There were only four or five of them, but I tripped on a loose brick on the last step. I stumbled, laughed to myself and then looked around to see if anyone else had noticed. They hadn't.
As we walked down the narrow road in silence I wondered what circumstances had led me here, to this point in my life. And how the hell did the couples I knew manage to get through all the preliminary stages, the dating, the fighting, and still make it out OK?
I didn't believe in love anymore. Th
at's what led me to be here.

I came to the conclusion that love doesn't exist after the remnants of my first one finally faded. An inevitable slew of epiphanies of how the loves I'd idolized never really existed followed shortly thereafter. A man always has a wandering eye or a woman always thinks he does. And what happens when the man you're meant to be with doesn't love you? The timing was off. You're crazy. It'll never work.

It didn't take us long to get there. The store-front had a large overhang and a plain brown door with a brass handle. There were no windows. After much time and contemplation I finally heeded some friendly advice to, "get your own fucking boyfriend."
All I needed in life for companionship and for someone to give it to me regularly was behind that brown door. Here, at the Boyfriend Store.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Back on the blog

So I've ditched my ancient livejournal account and decided to start one up here. I'm following the trend I guess, and updating my vast following of admirers on what I'm doing in the art world, my life, etc. I'll start by posting a couple of the pieces I've dedicated to my portfolio as of yet, complements of my self-promotion class.

This one is a tribute to the infamous "sign guy" of Savannah. With reference to an image published in the Savannah Morning News:

Mr Moody

This was done for my poster design class, and is currently being used as the image for most of my self-promo things:


This was supposed to be for my mailer, but it didn't exactly turn out how I would've liked it to. It's called The World is My Ashtray:

This is an editorial about how certain institutions profess dire consequences for not adhering their way of life:

Damnation Days
And lastly, this was also done for my poster class concerning the world water crisis:


I'm not really work
ing on anything right now, but soon enough I will be.