Friday, June 29, 2012

Title Page Inked Sketch

Inked with a little bit of value study:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Why No Comments?

Hi everyone, I just wanted to post a little note of explanation as to why comments have been removed from my blog.

I sometime do this when I'm making style decisions.  When you're experimenting and trying something new that you're unsure of, it's hard not to be swayed by people's opinions.  There is always a time and place for reader participation, but then there's a time for quiet and reflection.  Most artists hold a tiny need to entertain/impress and gain acceptance from their audience.  But if this over takes your decision making, then you are no longer drawing for yourself nor being true to yourself.  I don't want to fall into that trap.

With the advent of Facebook, forums, blogs etc, basic TRUE creative expression is in a bit of danger.  I've admittedly found myself subconsciously making artistic decisions based on number of "likes" or comments on my work, and that is not what I should be doing--nor what any artist should be doing for that matter.

Again, always be true to yourself...I can't say that enough.  Remember to give yourself room to create without the watchful and ever-present eye of internet friends, critics and readers.  It will make you a better artist, and therefor, in the long run, make your audience happier when that time comes to present your work to the public eye for a critique, a gallery show, or even a book.  For while, it should be just you and your work, and maybe a close friend or family member.  Don't lose that beautiful quiet, that moment when the world fades and it's just you, your paints, and your heart--don't lost it to the noise of the internet. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More Thumbnail Sketches

This is the whole book sketched out in tiny frames, although I'll continue to change things around, try new compositions etc.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Illustration Friday: Secret

Color Test - Sophia

Took some time off for under-the-weatherness and now continuing work on my story idea.  I now have three manuscripts that my agent is interested in (yay!), but this one is my favorite.  It's a classic who-ate-who story (haha) and of course co-stars a very charming, cunning and HUNGRY FOX!