Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Strathmore paper Company recently had an illustration contest entitled "how do you see green?" They asked for artists to submit original artwork representing their own unique version of green using dry media and strathmore paper. Because the competition was for artists paper I decided to illustrate the artist's hand drawing and the greenery coming to life as it was being drawn. My message was that if we as artists do our part in using recyclable materials and paper to create our artwork, we will in turn be helping our resources to flourish. My illustration didn't come out exactly how I wanted it to, but due to the deadline I had to settle for what I had done. I'm not really sure if I will get to be one of the finalists for the competition but I did want to share the piece that I had created. I also superimposed the image onto the strathmore sketch pad to show how I had envisioned the image to appear on the cover. Like I said, it may not happen but one can dream right?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
For a while now I have worked on a children's book project with Team Dawg Productions Inc. I am happy to say that the work is finally being sent to the printers and hopefully the book turns out great. The book is entitled "Team Dawg: Trevor's Bully Problem", about a young pup who learns how to deal with a bully problem that he is having at school. I will post when the book is published but for now here is a sneak peak at some images from the book.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
It made my day to get the mail today and see that I had received the Observer magazine from the University of Hartford. I was lucky to have an article about my visit printed on page 4!! Not to be repetitive, but the experience I had speaking to the students was very fulfilling. I know I don't have a lot of experience. But I was happy to answer questions and share with them what I had learned through my pursuit of a career in illustration.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I haven't done a good job keeping up with posting and of course with the same excuse of being too busy with work. I had a deadline to meet this past month and a lot of work on my plate. At times I felt that I wouldn't be able to finish it all. Mostly it was a lot of work because I had not managed my time wisely. After finishing all the paintings, I was happy with the feeling that no matter how tough it was to get through..I would gladly do it all over again. :)
There is a Chinese proverb saying that, "The journey is the reward." I found myself realizing that only at the end of the project. I guess while I was doing the work I completely allowed the feeling of stress and worry overwhelm me. Don't get me wrong, the feeling of accomplishment in the end feels pretty good too, but only for a little, and then I start picking apart the work and wishing I had done a better job.
I have now sent out all my work with some suggestions of layouts so I hope that all is well and the book will be out by Spring of 2010. Still a while to wait, but I'm looking forward to having a published book and hopefully more work to come. Here are a couple paintings from the book as well as the cover.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Artistic Anatomy by Paul Richer and Robert Beverly Hale
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck
Bridgman’s Life Drawing by George B. Bridgman
Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
“You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart. “ ~Author Unknown
The majority of the work in my portfolio contains “cartoon” like characters. While that is something that I enjoy doing, I also like drawing more realistic images. I like being able to practice drawing and accuracy in depicting something just as it exists in reality. In this drawing I show another subject matter that is a big passion of mine, which is ballroom dancing. I danced for a big part of my teenage years and it’s always been something I’ve loved. I guess it all ties into a love for everything artistic. There’s nothing like being able to move to a great piece of music. And since I haven’t been able to get back into dancing just yet, I feel that drawing dancers brings me a little closer to that dream.
“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” ~Hopi Indian Saying