First things first! Hope you're having a good life, solstice is upon us, lighter days are coming! Below are some of the pieces I did for my first quarter in the scientific illustration program!
I learned a lot this quarter. Most importantly, how to effectively use graphite and PEN AND INK. Stippling is life! I never understood the letters/numbers on graphite pencils and always used one for one drawing but graphite is like colored pencil, you don't use one shade for one color. . . more like 5. I love pen and ink, I think inktober pushed me into it as well but stippling has such a polished, professional look. The intro to photoshop workshops were also a treasure chest of knowledge for me, I've never used used the program before and it's essential in the industry. I even resized all these photos for web (wowzers, look at me!) I did do a couple assignments again outside of class through my own colored pencil style, below. Looking forward to next quarter but I now have an exciting commission to tackle!
My work will be up at Bon Voyage Vintage for the month of November! Opening reception on November 7th along with the Pioneer Square artwalk. There will be a new series hanging I haven't shown before! This Thursday we'll have live music by the amazingly talented Maya Marie and the wondrous Jose Simonet from 7:30-8:30.
FB Event HERE
For my first time participating in inktober I decided to do a leaf drawing a day. I didn't get to it every day but still did quite a few and I'm surprised to see how it evolved. Through the month I learned about stippling with India Ink and absolutely love it. Especially from a sustainability aspect. I hated always having to throw out micron pens. With India Ink, I got a large bulk container of ink, a wooden/cork pen, and metal nibs! So I'm very excited to explore this medium and start to wean off micron pens, or any other plastic pen for that matter.
Looking through these drawings you can really see how different pen types really affect the overall look of the piece. Overall, it was great to draw plants!
I recently applied and got into the Scientific Illustration program at UW. I've heard good things from other artists and thought it's be a good challenge. Sometimes you need an outside push to keep growing. The above amonite is an assignment from one of the classes. I'm only a couple weeks in and can tell it will be quite challenging.
After many years of dreaming and procrastinating, I'm finally doing inkober! I've decided to do a leaf sketch a day and post it on my instagram Here's a few done already:
I spent the past month traveling around Europe admiring the beautiful art nouveau architecture! Here's a few random drawings I did on the trip. I'll be posting a lot more on my site and blog now that I'm back, have a couple kewl projects in the works. :)
Open for commissions! Above are some I recently finished. Can be as big or small, complex or simple as you want. It was pretty fun doing the shark because I had a lot of freedom and could go big. The only ask was both the water and shark be psychedelic and there be more blue in the water. Which is good he said that, my initial thought was to do red/pink water with blues in the shark butit turned out great.
The bottom pieces were done for local band, PiNK BOA. Check out their tunes here: https://pinkboa.bandcamp.com/ you won't regret it! It was really fun to explore into op art, a form I absolutely love but haven't delved much into because I'm so bad at perspective and you really need your lines right when doing optical art. I should revisit perspective, I might not be that bad. . .
Here's some pics of the Society6 products. Check out the shop, they are built pretty good and very vibrant.
Unfortunately, they are a bit pricey and they don't focus on sustainability so this is a short term step. But an awesome step! I'm still in the process of looking for locally and sustainably printed fabrics. If you have any recommendations, please send them my way!
A few of my pieces are up on Society 6 and you can get some cool things with my art on them! You can check out my storefront HERE. It's a step in the direction I've been striving towards. Society 6 makes it easy to sell products while keeping the rights to my work, as they do all the product assembly and shipping. So I only get a small percentage of each sale, but like I said, it's a step. I'm really excited about the totes, although I will say I have some fabric coming in to make my own bags which will be more cost effective and personal.
And in case you didn't know. . .
I'll be at the Greenlake Chocolati this Saturday from 11am- afternoonish selling prints, magnets, and live painting (if it's warm outside). Come say hello and hang out :)
A big concern of mine with art is the sustainability side of it. This is one of the reasons I don't go out and make a shit ton of products, wrapped in plastic. In fact, I have a hard time justifying selling prints locally. But, of all the mediums available to work in, colored pencils are fairly low impact, I buy my pencils in bulk and I make a point of using found materials to draw on. I've recently become enamored with working on matte boards. I was given a bunch for free and did a series of faces on them, a few pictured below.
But I quickly ran out of what I was given and recently found and a framing shop which gives out their scraps! I collected a good 20 pieces today for free. So I'm pretty happy with finding a fairly low impact art making niche.
Now to tackle the sustainability of the print selling/money making aspect. . .
I LOVE designing and making posters. (you need a poster made, let me know!) It's kinda been my dream forever to make band posters. This past year or so I've had a few more opportunities to make posters and how I approach the projects has really changed. If you look through below you'll really notice me finding my path and accepting colored pencils as a valid medium for posters! WooOOooOoOo, look at me. But for real, I've started treating posters like pieces, which I always did before but rushed. Normally, the poster needs to be done on a quick turnaround which inhibits the time I have to spend on details. Luckily, the past few posters I've had a lot more advance notice and they're through people I know, so I feel more comfortable doing what I want. Which is what we should all be doing anyway.
We got colored pencil, collage, screenprint, photoshop, and a combination of all. I will say, the Womxn's March poster text was added by Liberty Harrington b/c I'm technologically illiterate BUT when I saw it on the Cinerama marquee during the march, I did get tears in my eyes.
Hello! I'm Cascadian colored pencil artist extraodinaire.