July 21st

10:49PM // 2 notes

I recently found/finally went through all of my old art school projects and it turns out I’ve been hauling an entire dumpster full of bad paintings around for several years. 

I came across this one which was one of those projects where you have to paint a “Master’s painting.” Whether Gil Elvgren’s pin-ups could be considered “classics” or he a “master” (as opposed to, say, Rembrandt and one of his self-portraits or something) is up for debate, but I chose to recreate Elvgren’s “Man’s Best Friend.” I did okay, except for the poor lady’s face, so I really couldn’t pass up the chance to turn her into a sexy Cthulhu.

6:10PM // 2 notes

I got bored at work and drew some zombie words.

July 6th

4:25PM

Sleepy Sunday Sketching

June 13th

9:09AM // 8 notes

It’s been about a year since I embroidered anything for myself. Just finished this sugar skull shirt last night!

June 9th

1:04PM

I found this lovely little booklet for FREE at a garage sale on Saturday. I really admire the combination of photos and illustration and the overall black & white + one spot color design. It has inspired me to challenge myself with those limits once again. Obviously hailing from mid-century, there isn’t an actual date printed anywhere in the booklet. I’m a little disappointed, but I also find it interesting, because if it were made today it would have dates and copyrights and R-balls (®) and disclaimers all over the place. The only thing they really made sure the consumer knew was that it was Printed In Canada! :)

June 3rd

11:41AM // 4 notes

Oh, you know, just killing time in my sketchbook, thinking about gender equality and stuff. Just brainstorming.

May 19th

3:32PM // 2 notes

Saw a red winged blackbird in the bushes near the highway on my way to work. I like those birds.

May 14th

10:43AM // 3 notes

I have so much Tumblr guilt- over a month since my last already sparse postings. But up until I couple of weeks ago, things were pretty crazy. I was putting in roughly 80 hours a week between my full-time advertising job, a sudden surge of freelance work, and best of all, the editorial illustration independent study I did with Daniel Fishel!

The illustrations I’m posting today are the result of the independent study.  I am constantly seeking to improve my skills, and I felt I had hit a weird post-art school graduation plateau in both my skills and confidence. Once a week for ten weeks I met with Daniel via Skype for class.
I learned to think more conceptually as well as make better design decisions, and I now approach illustrations in a new way.  Learning to think more conceptually has also helped me with projects at work, as I am naturally a very narrative thinker and advertising demands strong conceptual ideas. At the end of the course I was pleasantly surprised to look over the work I created and see how much I had improved in the ten short weeks (illustrations above in chronological order). I also learned much more about the business side of the illustration industry and gained some pretty invaluable insight that I know will help me get jobs in the future. I really couldn’t be more pleased and thankful! Out of all the work I did, my favorite illustrations are the high-society chickens spot illustration and the New Yorker cover illustration. (Fun Fact: The two kitties peeking out the same window on the left side are my boyfriend’s kitties. I love them.)

So now I’m working on redesigning my website and updating my portfolio, and continuing to create better and better illustrations with everything I gleaned from my AWESOME class!

April 8th

12:12AM // 1 note

W.I.P. 

ink for a RoboCop illustration

March 17th

11:35PM // 3 notes

Ink & tea before bed.