What happens when you're a freelancer is that when you get a job - an actual paying job - you tend to ignore your social media and own personal websites. I've been around. I just haven't posted a whole lot in the past weeks. But here is a glimpse into a few of the things that I've done.
For starters: I SIGNED ANOTHER BOOK CONTRACT! I'm really excited to be working on this one. It's only been a few weeks - but the storyboard has already been approved and I'm currently eyeball-deep into sketches. Obviously I can't say or show anything now - but I will keep you posted with any sneak peeks and release announcements.
Silly Valentine's doodle. (Pentel Brush Pen - which I love!)
A little ink and watercolor pattern play. I need to work more on patterns. They are VERY important for freelance illustrators and I'm still not very good! But I really like the combination of india ink and watercolor on this. When I get a chance I'll clean it up and make it a real repeating pattern.
I've spent some time getting rid of the black lines on those fishes I've been drawing. I don't know that I like it "better" - but I do like it. I do tend to find myself liking black lines. I know it makes things more comic-y and cartoon-y - and a lot of illustrators consider them to be a crutch. And I've taken classes and done tutorials on how to get rid of them. But hey, I like what I like. (also - if you do your lines well - black lines make coloring so much faster!)
These two are sketchbook doodles. I've been forcing myself to use more ink and color in my sketchbook. It forces me to accept the imperfections and to not care so much about mistakes.
And this guy here, is a logo I made for a construction business. Personally, I think it's pretty awesome. It's probably the most punny - yet totally appropriate - thing I've made since the cows came home. Literally. (see below)
Promo postcard for my husband's business.