Well, my first year back at school is done! I've learned so much from my amazing teachers and outstanding friends! There were lots of challenges and of personal growth that, I believe, has already made me a better artist. The support from friends, family, and my community has been a huge blessing and I can't express my gratitude.
Below are some of my creations for this semester that I've very proud of. I've updated the other galleries as well with even more!
I've really only used Photoshop for one thing and that is illustrating. This class taught me much more about manipulating photos and using more tools. This was my favorite project from that class.
Urban Farm Group Project
This Disney travel poster series was for our final project. I really wanted to try replicating iconic kingdoms from some of my favorite movies.
Lola the Show-girl
Lola was made in my 3D Foundations class for our cardboard project. She is 3 feet tall and made of cardboard, paper and glue and a bit of burnt skin. The 60 hour time stamp was due to the hand cut feathers each individually glued on with care. Love this little lady!
I think it's time to share the best of last semester! I have never produced this much work before, and this isn't even half! These were my favorite projects.
These posters were a way to learn the Laws of Gestalt. We chose a quote then worked to represent the laws of similarity, common fate, continuation, proximity and closure.
Below are works from my illustrator class. We worked to design a cohesive corporate identity package and I was able to use real businesses as by inspiration!
Not everything was digital! I got back to basics with real materials. Each project was well thought out and planned based on artistic principals. We worked with oil pastel, paper cutout, acrylic, stencil, spray paint, colored pencil and airbrush. These pictures don't really do the work justice!
First proof came today, Penelope Jane will be available in May! I'll post a link for purchase then under the Books page. Also I'll be doing a give away of the set for The Noble Character Building series on my Instagram page so follow me for a chance to win both books!
In other news, I'll be starting school soon for an associates in graphic design. I plan to keep producing art for children since that is where my heart lies, but I'd like to apply new knowledge and do some universal design too. We'll see where this all takes me!
Hooray! Officially announced and on, Puddle Jump's website. This is the second collaboration piece I've done with the other artists the prompt was "multicultural." Everyone has a different take so check out the FB (www.facebook.com/PuddleJumpCollective/) page for more beautiful art. Really feeling like I'm hitting my artistic stride so far this year. It's only been a month, but still.
Some personal news, my husband and I are moving to Western Montana in a month! He has work there, and I plan on attending school for graphic design. I'm ecstatic to be living in a bigger city and close to the mountains again!! "I want to see mountains again Gandalf! Mountains!"
Oh so cute! I've been wanting to get this little set done for a long time. Big lover of books so the subject matter was really inspiring to me. I didn't detail it quite as much as I normally would have, but it was meant to be more of a study in lighting. Working fast like this gives a better effect than over painting everything.
This new year is bringing about a sence of re-focusing and simplifying for me. As much as commission work was my bread and butter in 2017, I know that it isn't going to fulfill my ultimate goals. So I'm challenging myself this year to really create and go big. The publishing market is where I want to be, so that is where I will go.
Queue The Puddle Jump Collective. www.puddlejumpcollective.com/
This week I was very sick, but diligently working on a new portfolio piece, when a friend from SVS reached out to me to join this private artist's group. Upon looking into it it was the perfect step in the right direction. This is a group of amazing kid lit artists who are constantly collaborating, setting up challenges and encouraging each other to create more.
I'm already doing more and that time seems to expand when you have a sence of purpose. They are really spurring me into action, which is exactly what I needed to start this new year!
I've worked hard to branch out, to try new things and work for different people this year. It has really expanded my art skills, and my confidence to know I can do the work. Here is another example of something new for the brewery where I work.
Between this game table, window painting, face painting and everything from label to commissions I feel so blessed by all the people around me! I am ready to take on this next year and am full of hope and determination to dive even deeper to make art my life's work. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
In the face of having a lot of work to do and demands on my time, Thanksgiving yesterday was a real treat. I gave myself over to just doing a little drawing with no pressure or commitments. It's times like that where I find my passion for what I do again, when I can make something just for myself.
I hope in whatever you do that you savor those moments because they keep us going. Happy holidays!
From Concepts to Color