Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sound, Spiders & Christmas

Two weeks straight! Such a small goal but closer then what ive been doing for the last two years. For this week s post I added my christmas cards along with the sketch and process. The Illustration Friday word of the weak is sound so I have a cute little deer looking up at wind chimes. I got so attached to my deer doodle that I made another word it off of him. Deer chilling with a spider during snow fall. Very cute and very simple. Hope you enjoy and I'll see you next Tuesday!








Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Climbing over the Dead End

Welcome to the first of many posts. Because Im not trustworthy with my procrastinating Im going to put my weekly blog between Tuesday and Wednesday for posting. My goal in mind will be to illustrate for every Illustration Friday Ive missed in the last two years along with the recent ones announced every week. Im not sure will there will get me. My style has always been a road block for me. I love what I do and how it looks but i'm caught between mediums and what really makes me happy or just looks neat. Since i'm stuck down this path I'll just have to go off into the woods and walk around in the dark for a while. Hopefully I don't trip and fall on my face.

With that said, first two words are Talk and Unicorn. Talk was inspired by kids who talk to ghosts of animals and Unicorns was inspired by the new fad of Unicorn Hot Chocolate. Hope you all like them!








Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Swirl

One of many paintings I have been working on for Illustration Friday. Once 2017 hit's I will have just about over 200 to show. Each week I will post a few at a time. Also some food paintings!



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Taking a step Backward

I know I know, originally I was going to use a new and cleaned up blog to continue my path as an illustrator. Unfortunately I forgot something along the way. I closed my website and revisited a lot of old work. Its been difficult trying to find what made me so happy before. Recently I attended a good friends wedding. For a gift I forced myself to create a comic depicting when we first met and a million inside jokes and memories. It was very rushed over a matter of weeks. During sickness, drunkness and self hatred I pulled through. The end result was amazing. There was a moment where it brought tears to the eyes of a room full of people. Not to sound arrogant but I know I can be good when I try. But this was different. It wasn't just about being good at art or having knowledge of adobe programs. Something I made moved certain individuals whether they got the jokes or not. There was a understanding and relativeness that made me feel so fulfilled. I can't say Ive felt that way for nearly a decade.

It was an amazing wedding with amazing friends. It was all a great reminder that I shouldn't give up on myself just yet.







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.