What a fun convention!! This was my very first year attending Visioncon, hosted down in Branson, MO, and before leaving I absolutely had to pre-register for a table for next year. The people were very nice and pleasant, the event itself had lots to do and see, and there was so much to do in Branson, even being the off season! For anyone who doesn’t know, Branson is where Silver Dollar City is, so it’s closed for the winter and the town is kind of on vacation for the same period of time. Still tons to do and see, which I didn’t do or see because conventions still exhaust me. Oh well, gives me an excuse to go back!
For the first time ever, I opened commissions at my booth during the event, which was fun and absolutely something I’ll be doing again. It never ceases to amaze me just how creative people are. I had a bunch of unique requests, so take a look through the images below and see for yourself!
Commission 01: “White Tiger”
Commission 02: “Blue Lantern Bear” for the awesome Jeremy Jackson from the Mojo Brothers.
Commission 03: “A White Tiger Just Like That One” for the gentleman who tried to buy the other one out from under my pen. You rock, man. 🙂
Commission 04: “Rin Kagamine Bear”
Commission 05: “Swamp Thing Cat” which was my favorite one of the con. Yes, even more favorite than Number 9. Jeremy sent him my way after showing off Number 2 🙂
Commission 06: “Toon-Link Dragon” for the brother of the gal who requested Rin!
Commission 07: “A Teddy Bear in a Cow Costume” ordered by an adorable little thing who was also in a cow costume.
Commission 08: “Donatello, But Like How I’m Dressed” Based off her reference photo.
Commission 09: “Possum Winter Soldier” for my biggest Winter Soldier fan 🙂
Commission 10: “Niffler, like that Scene Where Newt Catches Him In the Jewelry Shop Window” for Karmen at Right Brain Red, my artist alley neighbor!
I also learned about a couple other conventions being hosted around that area that I’m going to see about looking into. 🙂
You can tell my focus as wandered a little bit, but that’s the point of this exercise, right? I’m just relieved to have at least a little bit of art in each day! ❤ (Except for the one’s I miss– Shhh!)
I’m sorry, guys, I really don’t mean to forget about posting things on my blog! So many medias to put publish work on these days, what with Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and my Website itself (simplykitts.com), I get a little distracted. Thank God I don’t have a twitter yet! Ugh…
Anyway, I’ve started a new project called “INKlings” in a cute little sketchbook (7 x 7 inches) to help promote a little bit of creativity in my every day life– which is quite hectic and, sadly, miserable at the moment. But this fun little project is geared to keep the juices flowing and have at least a little tiny piece of art daily. I’ve already missed a few days, but I’m working hard to keep it going, so I hope you’ll enjoy it along with me. I’m working to get in the practice of updating a daily image on my art Facebook and Tumblr, while here I’m going to do my very best to update once a week with all the strange, nonsensical things that were “arted” throughout the week! I’ll be doing one a day, at least (sometimes more?) and the goal is to use ink and brush only and keep the miniature illustrations to a sitting. No long, extravagant something, just quick, whimsical and fun curiosities.
SO! Here’s the first batch– I hope you’ll treat them kindly! ❤
I wasn’t joking when I said I’d be trying to post up on this thing more often. 🙂
I was contacted by the KC Symphony last week to work on a handful of illustrations for them, and these are some little snapshots of where they’re at. There are 6 total, and I’m still working on the inking process.
What you’re seeing in the second image is how I like to work with my light table to help with time restraints. I did the sketches and got them to a point where I was happy with their tightness and over all appearance. Then, I change the color of the pencil after scanning them in and print them out in some randomly selected light blue hue, which looks really nice when it shines through on a light board. Then, I go back over the illustrations, very slowly, taking the time to get the detail I want, before I will take them all to be scanned and colored in Photoshop– usually with water color washes that have also been scanned.
I’ve been a busy bee!
A Wizardly Work in Progress
And to revamp myself and get myself going on updating my blog– as well as to get my creative juices flowing, I’ve been working on a piece just for fun when I get the chance.
This is the work that fills my sketchbooks, even if it isn’t something (yet) that’s a sellable style, things like this are what I love! And since this is my blog, I figured… Why not? I don’t have to be professional all of the time.
Where’s the fun in that?
I’ve never had so many projects going on at the same time before!! It’s kind of exciting, while being a little overwhelming and difficult to focus on at the same time. I’ve also taken these projects as an excuse to get back into water coloring a little bit. My work method has changed a little, not working on pieces in, well, pieces, with the intention of bringing them all together in Photoshop. I’m not yet sure how I like it, but this is where the world is heading anyway. I just have to keep as much of my favorite tradition feel as I can!
The plate is full of Thank you and Commencement cards, as well as the library cards, a personal exploration, and Character tiles. I’m loving it. 🙂
There are many times when I sit down to work on a project and am assaulted with endless streams of ideas. I decided it would be an interesting challenge to create a series of Library cards for a variety of ages. Initially, I had decided to do one card each for… Infants/parents, Toddlers (3-5 years), Children (8-12 years), Teenagers, and College students. Since then, it has gotten a little bit out of control… While I’ve decided on two images for my first two in the list, I find that deciding on one option for the “Children’s” bracket is very difficult. I’ve wandered from a a card for each gender, to a card that is cut out and looks like a dragon or unicorn, to a single image intended to bring everyone in, and back again.
While I fear I may have bitten off a bit more than I could chew, I’m excited to see where I eventually settle in the long run.
A set of six thank you cards I’m hoping to finish before the year’s through. It isn’t really a part of my Thesis, but I’m enjoying it all the same! There are corresponding letters to help in the confusion– let me know what you think!
One would think that a school that specializes in the arts would put forth some sort of effort to make worthwhile Commencement Announcements. I thought so myself, until they handed me a set of flimsy “fill in the blank” cards to send to my friends and relatives. So… I’ve taken it on as a challenge to create my own Announcements. Settling on a design, however, is proving difficult…
Another quick run of some of my favorite new sketches produced for my “Cultural Safari” Coarse. I must say, it is very possibly the best class I’ve taken in several semesters. Getting re-introduced to sketching for the sake of sketching has been wonderful. It’s also helped me in deciding a theme for my books. While the sketchbooks are intended to be taken from observation, doing so (for myself) gets boring mighty quick.
So… I’ve found a solution. Throughout the book there will be a mixture of observation and fantastical, the elements of which will usually be a contrast of black or blue ink and something brighter and unexpected. So far, it’s been a wonderful decision.