Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Interview curtosy of Patience Brewster

Recently ive been asked to answer a few questions about myself and the illustrations I create. Patience brewster is an amazing company run by a family of artists that create christmas ornaments. I highly recommend checking them out. One of their goals is to better know artists for artists appreciation month. Its a way to advertise each other and better know different artists with very different and unique skills. So let's get this rollling so everyone can have a better insight about who I am and what Ive been up to as of lately.

1. As a child, do you recall a significant moment when you felt truly affected or inspired by any particular artwork or artist?

This is a pretty common question that ive heard often. Its always a curious thing to find out why someone would choose art. I wish I could say I came across a beautiful painting in a muesam or a family member gave me the most amazing book ive ever seen. Didnt happen exactly that way for me. When I was younger my mother collected almost a hundred Golden books. My absolute favorite was a joke book. Its pretty corny and downright lame to read. But i gained an attachment to it. The illustrations are rediculous and hallarious. 

2. As an artist, what do you hope to convey with your work?

My main focus is the children book market. It took me a long time to really figure out why or what I wanted to convey amongst children. About a year after college I started a journey of getting my health together. I was just testing the waters of a possible gluten allergy and a way I coped with giving certain foods up was by painting them. After a year of this I really started to reflect on how I felt as a child growing up with gastrointestinal problems. Not just painful stomach achs but the feeling of isolation and alienation that came with it. As a result all my work is directly food related and im currently working on a series of books explaining different food allergies and immune disorders. 

3. What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Ive had lots of compliments and good feedback expecialy with my cookie logo but im still waiting for that big moment. The moment when I know ive affected someone with my stories. That somehow a child could relate with similar issues ive had in the past and not feel so alone. 

4. What is your dream project?

My dream project is currently in the works. Its been a big reason why my blog has been so empty in the last year. There's so much I would love to explain about it but right now its on the queit side till I decide to approuch an agent or go to a publishing house with it. I have lists and query letters all over the place! I can say that its a series of immune disorders and allergies. The first book is called "Just add Ginger". This book explains Celiac without all the medical terms and a little less obvious then bread. Ive found more gluten in toothpaste and candy then in bread. Oh the irony. Here's a sketch of the main character just to give an idea of how it will look. 

5. What artists, of any medium, do you admire? 

At this point theres so many amazing illustrators Ive come across it's so difficult to narrow it down! I guess in the last two years here are some artists that have greatly inspired me and I hope to be more like them. 

- Loish
- Molly idle
- Brittney Lee
-Alina Chau

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Illustrator Or Designer

This has been a pretty empty blog lately and its because of Tumbler or my incredibly ability to procrastinate. The last year has been pretty eventual to say the least. Ive discovered I know adobe illustrator more then anyone ever should and a lot of my time has been spent designing products and exploring production art. As much as I love what I do I still want illustration to be a top priority and it really hasn't been existing in the last year.

So with that being said Id like to show a portrait and random illustration that I really love and enjoyed making. Blogger really tends to help my schedule with art so regardless of how many people actually use it anymore, its my blog of choice.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On a good start

So far 2015 has been living up to it's title as a great year. One thing that had defiantly suffered in 2014 was my inspiration and motivation for anything art related. Ive been so stuck with where to go with it or how to go anywhere with it. I still love children's books more then anything so i'll start there and see what comes from it. As a way of planning deadlines and giving more structure to the chaos that is my studio i've decided to go through all the Illustration Friday words in the last year and all the ones to come this year.

I only have one to show this week but it starts with one of my favorite words that ive always related to the most, temptation. For me I always go back to the image of someone looking in through a bakery case. It's my own personal battle coping with celiac disease. Seeing something that looks amazing but your prevented from obtaining it.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Check In

For 2015 my new years resolution is to switch my main focus more to illustration rather then the textiles ive been working on ( most newer designs and textiles can be seen on my new website, www.heathersuesisson.com). Here's the only two paintings I really enjoyed. My obsession with catching up with illustration friday has defiantly impacted my work this past week. Hopefully I can get back into a weekly routine and start showing more of what I really love.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2014 Update to Restart

This would have to be the longest ive gone without blogging since college. This year has proved to be challenging in so many ways. Here's a few things I have gone through since January. For one I changed jobs. Im now working full time as a graphic designer. Everyone I work with is pretty amazing and I get to play with repeats and patterns on illustrator all day. I live with my boyfriend now who is not only a great individual but is also a health freak with a diet that is heavenly for all my stomach issues. I also have access to an unlimited amount of band t-shirts (ammmazzinnnggg). Obviously there's been a bit of bumps in the road with sick friends and a few car accidents but ultimately its been a very optimistic year. The worst incident involving my mac book pro and a bottle of water.(Yes I have a new computer!) Coming up I have a wedding in August, October, November and December in which i'm a bridesmaid for two and helping one design invites and a few table items for.

With everything going on I really don't want to loose track of who I am as an illustrator and where I want to go with it. After my class at RISD I came to the conclusion that I need more confidence in my work, not more school. So now i'm back to tuesday blogging to get me back on track. Today is just a few patterns ive been playing around with at work to practice a bit more with my textile skills in illustrator.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Comic Class

For the last few months Ive been taking a class at RISD called writing and drawing comics. Its something fun to get me back into college again. Starting fall I will start taking children's book 1 to push foreword into the children's book program. After taking this class for the short time that I have, I have no idea how I pulled off almost seven classes a week at Pratt. Im exhausted and getting personal work done has been much more of a challenge.  For this class were working on a 8 page comic that's really taking up most of my time. I'm sad to say that I wont show any until the finished pieces are completed to my liking. So for today here's some practice pieces we did. The first one was a group comic and the other was just a homework assignment.