Yesterday was pretty amazing. Woke up early, went to the farmer's market then headed out later the the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. It was incredible. I bought a book from Jillian Tamaki at the Conundrum Press table.
I also bought a book from the Unicorn Mountain artists collective. It's a collaborative book illustrating folk tales from western Pennsylvania.
A bunch of my friends came and we hung out all day and the boys cooked us a delicious chicken soup. We also had hot spiked cider and garlic breads. A fun yummy meal! So today after much leisure and inspiration I sat down to make a version of a sketch I did in CA. My future husband, Tab Lloyd:
In lieu of any new work, and in an effort to have frequent posts I thought I'd share some sketches. Most of these are from SOI Sketch Night. It was fantastic and I'll have to go back in December. The other full page one is from watching videos/ movies on my computer. Which happens more often than I'd like to admit.
I'm basically working on trying to include multiple figures, more interesting line work and creating interesting/filled negative spaces.
I haven't been home in over a year! Since my bf's wedding on Sep 18 2010. . . I will be on the west coast in a week. I can't wait. I cannot wait. Seattle + Bay area/ San Jo. DOGGIE and HIKING and BEACH and FOOD and FAMILY'/FRIENDS (same thing).
This image looks highly sharpened for some reason. Anyway, just working on another personal project. I'm trying to re-introduce more mixed media into my work. I've been trying to critique and research how I can improve and there are a lot of ways. This study utilizes none of those. . . This also ended up looking like a friend of mine even though I referenced a completely random person.
Working on a mini series of portraits from Occupy Wall Street march. This is Allen, a really nice man who I walked next to for a while. He lives Upstate and has been an activist since the 60s, like a lot of the people there. He was at Berkeley and in the Bay Area during that time and it was really cool to talk to him and draw him.
So I went digital for this guy. The gouache one wasn't looking so hot. And now with a few adjustments I can make some tee-shirts for you Jeffy! This would've been a lot easier if I had a tablet. Soon?
I honestly can tell if it's completely stupid or not.
I've got a big project (one of many constantly flowing around my mind that never get done) in the works. Something like a full length graphic novel? Intimidating, invigorating. I'm still in the zygote phase of this project. It includes a lot of reading, writing and drawing. Would take at least a year. AT LEAST. Anywho, now I have to get started on the final drawing for B Smiff's drawing and do more drawings for the bosses website. When I'm not being so lazy, I'm so busy!
I sadly had to look up what kind of plants were perennial. I saw two plants that remind me of one thing: home, California. They are the California poppy and avocados. I always miss the spirit of CA in the summertime, there's nothing like it.
The beginning of this post goes out to Jeffy. It should be a surprise, but the final is taking longer than I hoped and I wanted to show you water I'll be sending your way. (B Smiff if you're out there I'll be making you one soon too)
I'm going to do the real one in gouache, I think. And it'll look betta
Also, here are some bad scans of some watercolors I did for FK, which I don't think will be used:
They're pretty much just copies of the architect's digital renderings, and they wanted something more narrative. Which is what I'm working on now and will show once all that is done.
And Summer is already here. I've been up to lots of stuff, but moving slower at it than I should be. Once I wrap up this project I'm doing for Flying Kites, I'll be making a lot of my own stuff in self-promotion efforts. Whelp, that's all I got for now.
Alright yo's and y'alls, I've got another week left to raise some big bucks for my Flying Kites Team. Any contribution will be matched by an anonymous donor. Please give anything you can and help these wonderful kids: http://vimeo.com/16265991
Although most of you are my friends on facebook anyway, I need to spread the word. Any little bit helps. I'm trying to raise $1000 by May, which is right around the corner. I'm doing work for a really important organization that helps displaced children in Kenya and they've put together a team to participate in the Northface Challenge in upstate NY. If you can contribute anything, please visit:
After a week packed with art fairs and events (I'm currently filling in for my roomie at a gallery), I've decided to take this Sunday to visit what some of my fellow Illustrators are up to. As usual I'm completely blown away. I've been surrounded all week by art collectors, snobby SoHo gallery-goers and ultra-hip hipster pop-up art show attendees. As much fun as it was to meet some genuinely nice people, I'm so happy I decided to be an illustrator and not a fine artist. It suits me so much better, and while I'm still chugging along to improve my work and learn, I don't think I would've gotten anywhere in the gallery world. Anyway, more big props to all illustrators and people struggling(or not, kudos!) for their work.
Well it was either Charlie Sheen or Muammar Qaddafi. I chose Qaddafi. I should've had the camel spitting out "hallucinatory pills." I think Charlie Sheen is still a good candidate for caricature though, maybe tomorrow.