Adrift – New Editorial Illustration

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Last week I started a new class through the Tutor Mill. I am taking a class on Visual Metaphor with Chris Buzelli and Yuko Shimizu, two very talented and well-known illustrators. This piece is the final from my first assignment on the problems that are created when the sea ice that polar bears use for hunting melts too early.

Prints of this painting are available in my Society6 shop and the original painting is available here. For a limited time, prices on all the paintings in my shop have been reduced by up to $25!

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Breakfast Sucks! Editorial Piece

This weekend I finished my last assignment for the Tutor Mill. The class was really fantastic and I made a lot of progress in just a few short weeks. My last assignment was for a humorous article called “Breakfast Sucks!” The author is poking fun at the breakfast craze in the dining world and thinks that breakfast is overrated. Below is the first version of my finished piece. I was taking a bit of inspiration from the old Ren & Stimpy cartoons where they would zoom in on something in disgusting detail. I took that disgusting detail and added it to breakfast, which was hard to do because I LOVE breakfast.

After getting some comments back from my teachers, I made a few adjustments. I started to play around with the line quality and the color of individual lines. It’s something I’ve always been interested in working with and this provided a great opportunity to experiment. It’s a subtle change that I think makes a big difference.

Then I thought I would see what it looked like without the lines at all. Obviously I would need to push the contrast in some places to define things better if this was going to be the finished piece.

Ultimately I think I’m going to stick with #2 for this piece, but I would really like to hear your opinions on each and which one you prefer. Does the piece without lines still look like my work or does it lose some of my personal style? I’m looking forward to playing with line color more in the future and will plan it out accordingly. Eventually I want to start drawing directly in Photoshop instead of scanning finished line work, but one experiment at a time for now.

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Finally, more work to put up! I’ve been working on this piece at the same time as my piece for The Picture Book Report (which I hope to have finished later this week) so I’m very excited to have it ready to reveal. This is an editorial piece for The Tutor Mill based on an article about suburbanites who are illegally raising chickens in their backyards to save money on food. I tried to give this piece a lot of detail and line work while also leaving room for some experimentation with color and texture.

In the next week or two I plan to create some new promo pieces to really kick my illustration career into high gear, so stay tuned! And if you would like to work together, please click here to contact me.

Tutor Mill Editorial Assignment #1

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! My husband and I are now moved in to our new apartment in Denver and we’re almost completely settled in. I totally overestimated the amount of work I would be able to get done during that first week. Then we had to go back to Nebraska for my sister’s wedding and with an 8 hour drive on either end, it was an exhausting long weekend.

I am feeling a bit stressed about my lack of a job, but I’m trying to focus that energy on the projects I have and exciting new promo pieces I’m planning. On August 2nd, I started a wonderful class with The Tutor Mill, created by the amazing Gary Taxali. It’s such a great concept. You pick which class you want (anything from book cover design to the power of the idea) and you pick 2 teachers to work with you (I chose Marcos Chin and Ellen Weinstein). The piece above was my first finished assignment out of 3. I chose a class on humorous editorial illustration and my first brief was about a publishing company that is now trying to charge visitors for web content that was previously free. Let me know what you think!

As always, I’m available for hire! If you have a project you would like to collaborate on, get in touch!