Unbalanced: Remix!

Sorry the blog has been a little slow lately!  Now that it’s a month away from the wedding and we’ve started making plans for our move to Denver this summer, life has gotten a bit out of hand. Since I’m now looking for jobs in Denver (anyone got any hot tips?) I’m also working on redesigning my resume and creating a promotional piece in hopes of really standing out in the job search.  I’m focusing all my energy on preparing to search for a graphic design job or even an internship because this move is a huge opportunity to get into something that I’m really passionate about.  I will be taking off the entire month of July to work on all of the above and to continue with the children’s book I’m illustrating.

Today I was doing a lot of thinking about how I want to market myself and my work whether it’s via my resume and my website.  I think it’s time I upgraded to a more professional website, but before I do that I need to decide what kind of look and feel I will be going for.  And that means that I need to settle on a style and market (for now) and really focus in that direction.  The above piece is a direct result of me trying to determine that focus.

In the past, I have gotten the most positive response when I post detailed, cross-hatched drawings like Unbalanced, Steampunk Monkey or Renewal.  This is definitely work I love to do, but I wonder how marketable the style will be if it remains black and white only.  Tonight, I decided I would take one of these drawings and throw some color behind it to see if that could be a way to combine the two ways that I’ve been working.  I could retain the cross-hatching and level of detail without being limited to black and white.  This isn’t a perfect color scheme, by any means, but I would really appreciate your thoughts on it or on the subject of style.

IF: Subterranean

This week for Illustration Friday I decided to create this image of pandas in their den.  I have a panda-related idea for a children’s picture book that I would like to explore so I’ve been itching to paint something featuring pandas.  This isn’t as finished as I would have liked, but I really wanted to get it in under the wire!

I also have some good news to share with all of my blog readers.  My fiance, Chris, was accepted to the University of Denver’s PhD program in Creative Writing!  Chris and I will be moving to Denver this summer!  I’m so proud of him and we’re both thrilled.  Denver is a beautiful city and we’ve both felt ready to leave New York City for awhile now.  Now to start my job search!

Digital Painting #8 – Work in Progress

Only one more digital painting class left!  I’m so thrilled with the progress I’ve made and all the new skills I’ve learned.  For this lesson and into the final lesson I am learning how to take a piece from the initial line drawing all the way to a finished painting.  I’m excited to start putting all of the pieces together and now I feel like I’m ready to do more involved pieces this way.  Obviously I’ve learned a lot about Photoshop through this class, but Bobby has also taught me how to think about color and lighting in a way that will help ground the look of my paintings in reality.

I have a piece that I finished penciling today that I plan to paint in Photoshop, so you’ll be able to see my skills put to the test!

The Power of Touch

Tonight I did another editorial illustration for my company newsletter.  This article was about the power of touch, whether it be a full-body massage or a simple pat on the back at work.  Having contact with other people, however small, has the power to increase your mood and your self-confidence.

For this piece I wanted to practice the more painterly techniques I’ve learned so far.  Seeing that I can do it with my own drawings and have it come out so well really makes me feel good about the direction my work is going.  I think I’m building a good foundation for when I’m ready to start much more complicated, time-consuming pieces.

“Reshaping” Editorial Illustration

This week I have two illustrations due for my company’s newsletter.  This first one was for an article about reshaping.  It was a bit of an abstract concept and I thought about using a pottery wheel in some way, but in the end I felt like this was a clearer way to get the idea across.  This also gave me another opportunity to practice some of the techniques I’ve been learning in my digital painting class.

I also have a bit of good news for those that don’t follow me on Twitter.  I have officially been contracted to do a children’s book!  I can’t give you any details about it yet, but I hope to be able to post some of the artwork as I go along.  I’m a bit nervous about actually getting paid to illustrate a children’s book but so excited about the opportunity!