The best part about this new, wide-format scanner of mine is that I can go back and scan in all the pieces I wasn’t able to on my own time! This pretty baby here– literally– is one of them. I completed this sometime several years ago no for a celebration happening out at Elmwood Cemetery. Several students, myself among them, were given the opportunity to participate in an on-site portrait of someone buried there. They had to be finished on-site, so contributors and beneficiaries could walk around and experience them as well.
While most students had an actual person and history to explain as visitors dropped by to see what they were doing, I was challenged with a commemorative piece dedicated to all the children/babies buried in the cemetery without names or real markings– still borns and children lost early on to diseases and things.
I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and would jump at the chance to do it again 🙂
Finally time for the chilling of the seasons.
Can you tell I’m ready for winter?
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, and I’m sorry for that! I’m working my hardest to keep projects running, and I haven’t done much work that isn’t related to the webcomic I’ve started up or art inspired by fandoms I’ve fallen into. Still, my portfolio needs some work, so it’s high time I got going on some new pieces to keep that up to date and hopefully get some work coming my way. 🙂
Here’s the start of a hopefully productive winter season!
The deadline didn’t seem so bad a week and a half ago when I agreed to have these done by the first, but it came around surprisingly quick! Either way…
Ta da! My very first non-familial Client Work! (I hope– she hasn’t gotten back to me yet on if I’m actually done yet).
And I really enjoyed doing it. Now to figure out invoicing-stuff to make this actually professional…
Each of these pieces was sketched until they were approved, then brown up and detailed on another piece of paper in black ink, before scanning them in along with a variety of watercolor washed, and using all of them together to get this look! Let me know what you think!
edit: And one more! Minor miscommunication 🙂
Poor little straggler!
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!
At last!! My series is complete!
All five “Thank You Cards” are done and ready for mocking up at long last, so now it’s off to the printers to get that part done. I’ll show you the finished work once it’s done, but for now I’m excited to move onto my next task!
Star Trek movie pack, here I come!
Finally in the home stretch with only one more card to go! As I draw closer to completing this series and thinking about the End of Semester show the second Friday of May, I keep thinking of ways to display or sell my hard work. It’s a little exciting, thinking about something like that in such a way, going over in my head “Should I display them as cards or hang them in frames as more traditional art?” or “What if I package them up in fives and sell them? Would people buy any?”
I wonder what I’ll decide!
The next card will be my last to finalize, and then it’s off to print and mock up. I hope you’ve been enjoying the completion of the series as much as I have, and I’m very excited to get started on my next assignment. Will I be finishing library cards, or moving onto a Star Trek movie package?
Hmm… So many choices!!!
Such a contently happy little bunny!
This was the very first card I designed when considering doing this cute little series. Originally, the bunny was going to be a 3D element to the card, but I’m beginning to like it more as a flat piece. I won’t make my decision until I’ve mocked up both options. 🙂
Only two more left to go! Let me know what you think!
The second of my Thank You card series. Still not quite happy with it, but happy enough! 🙂 Enjoy.
Once I have these mocked up, I’ll post more pictures so you can see the 3D elements– If I go with those.
Sometimes, it’s hard to like something after you’ve worked at it over and over again. Not the case this time. While I may still tweak the colors on the rabbit itself, this Thank You Card is complete. 🙂 Still have more tweaking on another one before it comes up and the following three should be coming soon, too!
I must say, however, that my favorite part of designing these cards has become the little treat I give myself at the end. Anyone who’s received one of my cards or seen them in person may know already, but I mark all of my cards one the back with my bunny and name. What’s a treat about that, you ask? It’s that every one of them is different. Yes, the bunny is the same, but once I finish an illustrated front, I like to tie it into the back in some small way. Look for it next time– It always makes me smile, too. 🙂
Stay tuned, there’s more to come!
Ready to be taken off and printed, then sent off to everyone I know. 🙂 Thank you for all your feedback and thoughts on which design to go with. If you want an announcement and don’t think I have your address, please shoot me an email to make sure I’ve got it! It’s just over a month away!
Are you ready?