Tuesday Sketch Sept 16 “I did a thing”

Hiya! Sorry for no post last week I was swamped with a last minute project. I wanted to submit to the Correspondence Comics contest and last minute (like the sunday before it was due) I changed the story. So I did 16 pages in one week, it’s not as great as I wanted it to be, but I really wanted to submit something and have something new to sell at the Red and White show. (which was AMAZING) Im keeping the original idea and Im gonna expand on it, I couldn’t fit it in the 16 page limit. So I went with something fun, I think it turned out okay. You can check out the whole thing by click the image below!

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I didn’t do much else towards sketching, but I did do another piece for PaperGirl chalkride

Thats it for now, sorry for the short post! Till next time.

Tuesday Sketch, Sept 1 2014 “I got a new job”

Hiya! Sorry for the late post I got a new job! It’s at an art store so, cheap supplies!!! I’ve been pretty busy adjusting to the new job and finishing up the show for PaperGirl last week, (we are getting prepped for Lasercat and our giftervention, later this month) I was pretty pooped yesterday to write up the post. That’s whats new with me, so on towards the sketches! 

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A warm up sketch, found the picture online and really liked it. 

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This is a submission piece to a magazine, the final product doesn’t totally look like this, I didn’t like the skin tone that I used and I got rid of the hair, looks odd. Im thinking of using it for my illustration portfolio, not sure, I keep thinking about it and Im like “meh” but then I see it and Im like “oh, I like this.” Maybe Ill give myself a week to think it over and see if I still like it. 

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Just another warm up, wanted to do another thing exploding, man I love Copic Markers :)

 

Thats it for now! 

Tuesday Sketch August 26, 2014 Dragons, unicorns, papergirls and a sexy man.

*Sorry its late again this week, last night I was helping setting up the PaperGirl show at the Epcor centre. Starts tonight at 6 tonight!

So haven’t been focused on anything since I transferred stores, the new mall is pretty packed and planning all the PaperGirl stuff I’ve been pretty busy. But I managed to get a new job that’s closer to home and is more in my field, Ill go into more later so I don’t jinx anything, but, I do have sketches to show and their more for fun and keeping in practice drawings, no real reason behind them.

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Feelin down in the dumps so I decided to draw some unicorns and dragons, cause their awesome. I loved unicorns as a kid, I think my favourite movie until I saw Jim Henson’s Labryinth was the Last Unicorn. I always wanted to get a tattoo of a unicorn, that’d be sweet.

The Dragon actually was a screen capture from Skyrim, and the dragons are super cool in that game,  I’ve been playing in a lot lately it makes me feel so much better. A funny story about dragons, they’re the reason I started drawing. (not really funny but I wanna tell it.) When I was really young, my sister drew a dragon for my grandparents and they framed it and they put it on their wall. They praised her and told her she was a very good drawer, and all I could think of when I saw it was “…I can do better” probably with the most cocky face a 6 year old can muster. I wasn’t a very confident or noticeable kid but for some reason I was really confident about my drawing skills. Thankfully my parents were super supportive of their kids being artists and helping us both go through art school, but I think their both afraid for our futures finically, especially for my sister since she’s a like a performance artist or some other stupid thing. (Im joking, she does like sculpture shit, she did performance art a little bit in the past, and its the only thing I remember about her artwork) (nothing against performance art, I get it but I don’t generally like it) (Like have you ever seen Spaced? There’s an episode about performance art and it sums up my reaction towards it, except I kinda like Daisy’s routine but I think you would have to know her character to get why its funny)

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Saw this picture of a really sexy man online, I desired to draw him, so I did. End of story.

 

Here’s a pic of the PaperGirl group when we finished setting up. I quickly made some paper bag masks for our photo booth.

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Thats it for now!

Tuesday Sketch, August 19 2014 “Lowbrow art, newspapers, and bellyaches.”

Hiya, sorry for the late post, I transferred locations at my job and frankly I’m not doing too well with the relocation. It’s far from my house and in general I don’t like the new store, not to go into details but it blew up my stress meter and aggravating my condition. It put me behind in my artwork and sadly I had to shaft the upcoming post for a few days. Since the relocation I haven’t been able to fully finish some of the pieces I really wanted to finish, but I decided to not dwell on it.

I applied to a local art show that I have been apart of in the past named the “Lowbrow Art Show” it was on hiatus for awhile as the gallery that used to host it closed down, but now it’s back up! Which is super exciting, I would like to see more shows like this in Calgary in the future that highlight “lowbrow”  type work. I really like how the genre itself is re-taking the idea of “lowbrow” as something not to be dismissed or to be deemed as something lesser in the eyes of the art community. I wanted to submit some brand new work for the show for consideration but due to my bellyaching that I described above I didn’t get the chance to finish anything. But, I’m gonna show you what I was thinking of doing!

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Just some thoughts trying to get ideas out, I was working in the thought process of doing self portraits. I was thinking with the first one having a bunch of cats within the ribcage, and hiding my face but I couldn’t get the image to work out.  The last image I was thinking again self portrait with a bunch of tentacles or vine like things coming out of my face, I still really like this idea, I’m not totally happy how the sketch turned out but I’m thinking of keeping this one as a possibility for future work. The two in the middle, the cat head in the rib cage, this one spawned from the self portrait with cats in tummy but I decided to not be a self portrait. I really wanted to finish that one for the lowbrow show as I really like how its turning out. There are a few things in it that I gotta fix, the hands the hair to mention a few, I think want to do the final piece in pencil crayon.

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Another idea for the low brow submission, a more direct self portrait I did it on Manga studio, I wasn’t feeling it so I stopped. Not sure if I’ll go back to it, but I really like the idea that I wanted to go for, its hard to tell since I didn’t flesh it out, but thats supposed to be a paper crown on my head. I wasn’t doing a great job on the hair and maybe I’ll go back to this one but I’ll have to re-do the hair.

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Just a warm up sketch, getting the juices flowing, found the image on Tumblr, Im sorry I can’t find it again :(

(I didn’t save the image or pull it off tumblr I just drew directly from the tumblr feed)

 

So I’m apart of PaperGirl Calgary and we were in the Calgary Herald this week! Got’s my picture in the paper, won’t my mama be proud? They asked me to bring in some of my artwork as I did all the designs for papergirl and have been a participant in the annual show in the past. Connor in our group is holding my piece, thankfully they respected my asking of making sure they posted that its my artwork and not his. I made sure too that they should mention that I’m an illustrator, and I’m not ashamed of my shameless self promoting! Every little bit counts in my opinion.

Here’s the link to the article! 

Thats it for now, till next time!

 

 

 

Tuesday Sketch August 12, 2014 “Sketches, sketches and even more sketches!”

So in September I will be at the Red and White con in Calgary and my roommate and I are working on a brand new comic for it. We are still debating whether it’ll be online thing or too pitch it to a publisher of some sort. So, I’ve been working of character designs and the like for it for the past week, also some random stuff for practice. If you follow my webcomic you might of noticed the lack of updates, frankly due to my illness, but I haven’t abandoned it, needed a break and I am working on it so hopefully expect something soon!

Ever since July, I sorta fell into a depression, whether that be related to my constantly  falling ill or maybe the depression making me ill, none the less its been a trying month. I’ve been very much doubting my abilities and my current life situations and also where my future lies, I haven’t been able to see any light at the end of the tunnel. It has left me not enjoying my art, it’s starting to feel like work, which is very sad, I’m hoping with this new comic  will be a fresh start and something too look forward too. Hopefully I’ll get out of this funk.

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Yah! character designs! theres gonna be A LOT of cats in it, so I’d thought I would practice some. Sorta changing my style a bit, its been super fun to draw this way, a lot of long pasta shapes. Also doing the research on the viking guy was really fun to do. The girl is supposed to be sorta princessy but business like, so trying to incorporate a suit with princess theme, it’ll make sense in the comic, I promise.

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These are all just practices and warm ups, found a pic of marilyn monroe wanted to draw her, practice people kissin, drew the lamp and random stuff in my apartment, and was re-watching “Easy A” the other day (I really like it, fun movie) and decided to draw the main Olive for fun.

 

Thats it for now! check ya later.