Friday, September 05, 2008

Post 204

I had come to the realization that the person who inspired these was my watercolor professor in college. She had this midterm assignment when she knew you were going home for Spring Break and forced a reproduction of an artwork she thought your style would naturally go towards. She found artists that you would never think of finding and that way would give you a natural nudge. Some people got what we thought at the time were "easy" ones, but I think she understood that they wouldn't grow even with a kick in the rear. She gave me this extremely abstract one with a skeleton, and I had a "wtf" look on my face I guess, and she said to me, "just make it and we'll talk in a week." I did it, and it forced me WAAAAAAAAAY out of my comfort zone. But just now I'm realizing she was right, and it's really a comfortable style for me.

I'm not doing any layouts or line work for construction, the whole process is a fluid movement. Working on multiples at a time I'm really drawn to this.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Post 203

As you can see, I've done 6 more boards. I prepped a bunch more, but they'll be in a different format. I want to have a decent number to take with me to Baltimore. Pricing to be determined. But I'm having a ton of fun with these, I guess it's the simple things that I really enjoy. I really really love working by painting on matt board, I could do it all day.

Speaking of pricing, I noticed that nobody bought my sketchbook yet, and since that was thankfully the case I was able to edit the price online. You see, it takes a while to change things because you submit the price early on, so it was a while ago that I came up with that price, but I lowered it by 5 dollars to account for shipping and such. I feel more comfortable with that price-point. So $15 now!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Post 202

So, I decided to REALLY diversify my convention portfolio of sales material. I'm utilizing the idea my friend Kristian has done in the past with selling small paintings at conventions. The ones above are a little over 6X13 inches on matt board. I think I'll be doing 10 paintings to bring with me just because of space concerns in flying. If you know you're attending Baltimore and want to buy one e-mail me with what you'd like. It's pretty much going to be a bust painting, and we can talk pricing. BG is an application of printmaking ink to get a nice clean flat color treatment. They're fun for me to do, and a different way to get my voice heard and maybe even make a few extra duckets.

The last two images are my new business card. I still love the old ones, but I love making new business cards. They'll have nice rounded corners though, and the slickness that is the coating from . I should be getting the cards by the end of the week.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Post 201

I went for some simple color application. The reds are going to make the computer go insane, I know this, but I just felt that this would be a striking image. I might turn it into a poster or something, maybe a new business card.

I was thinking about artist/colorist combos. It's weird how some artists and colorists become a team, and other artists do all the work themselves, and some artists never color a day in their lives, some never even ink their own work. In this day and age though, it's important as an independent creator to be able to do everything. That's not to say that I don't want people to color my work. I just can't have anybody INK my work (I don't do tight pencils so I don't lose fluidity in the figures). I'd LOVE to see what other people can do with my line-work in terms of coloring. I just haven't seen it. The last time somebody colored my work was my friend Ian Bailon in college. He works for Funimation, and he's an awesome designer/illustrator. But that was like 3 years ago. I'm just interested in seeing how someone else would approach my work. I stick to flatter, more graphic application and focus on the color aspect for emotional content more than anything. I've never seen it with really rendered coloring styles, or someone else's take on the color choices. I'm just never in a position where I can see what a colorist would do with my work. As an indy artist I'm usually in situations where the project can't afford anybody but me doing everything. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love coloring, but I've been coloring my work forever. I'd like to see what someone else would bring to the table and learn from the experience.