Sunday, September 7, 2014

Drawing



Original sketch (left) and revised sketch along with detail (below)


Just some more practice. I sketched up this cute pup and posted him to instagram a few nights ago - then decided that I should refine the sketch a bit and color him. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Drawing practice

Here are a few things I've been playing around with this week.






Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Avatar


Candy Grant asked me to draw her a little avatar for her social media similar in style to my own. My 5-year-old daughter asked what I was doing and I explained that Candy asked me to draw a picture of her reading a book. My daughter sat there for a minute studying my sketches and scribbles then said, "Maybe you should just stick to drawing funny cartoons and monsters. I don't think you're very good at drawing people."

Maybe she's right!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Personal Challenge.


 





One of the things that I've been working on personally is to make my illustrations look more like my sketches. A lot of the time I sketch out these cute little thumbnails, then when got to vector or paint them in Photoshop, I'm not always 100% happy. Could be that I'm just being pick, or it could be that I just need more practice. 

In this example I had sketched up these cute little simple-shaped people and while I wanted them to color them in photoshop, I also wanted them to maintain some of their sketchy personality. I purchased some brushes from Kyle T Webster. I got the Ultimate Drawing set because, while I'm a huge champion for making my own brushes - I tend to make brushes mostly for textures and backgrounds - which are not very useful for drawing. (I really only used two or three of his brushes in this test because I haven't had a lot of time to work with the others yet.)

I like the end results here! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Release Date Announced!!!!

"Closet Creep - A not so scary monster story" written by Candy Grant has an (un)official release date of September 26, 2014!

Stay tuned! I'm so excited that I can finally share and talk about how I spent my summer - drawing an entire book! 

This is a little teaser poster I made to help create some buzz and excitement. Really I was just experimenting with a little brush and ink and turns out I really kind of like it. I definitely think I'm going to play around with this style more. 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Brush lettering


My kiddos really seem to enjoy the Lego movie - it does seem to be a really good movie - although I don't know if I've actually watched the whole thing - it's just always playing in the background and I catch phrases here and there. It always makes me chuckle when Superman says "I super hate you."

It's kind of negative - but funny. Plus I got to practice with my new brush and ink!

It's available on my Society6 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Lettering practice... sort of...

It's not that I don't like calligraphy - it's just not really my style.
I would, however, really like to better using brush and ink. 



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Character Practice

Character #1:


Meet Floyd... He's a very happy fellow that is really bad at making friends but throughly enjoys cupcakes. His favorite flower is the daisy and he hates getting wet. 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Batter Up!

I've been taking a break from my REALLY AWESOME SUPER BOOK (by Candy Grant) because I've got two sick kiddos - sad face. And it's frustrating when you just get into that special place of concentration and flowing creativity to only be interrupted by the sound of screaming and crying.

So - when the kids are quiet and watching a movie - or better yet sleeping - I've been biding my time with some experimentation and doodling and practicing. Because, if i'm not getting paid for it - it seem less frustrating to be interrupted.

I hope my kids get better soon - but I am enjoying the little break to work on things that don't really matter so much.