Journal #44

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Hey everybody! It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything one this site. I have taken a break from the Habitat webcomic. I am trying to get an illustration career started. I just finished illustrating someone elses book this past April. That was the first time I had ever finished an illustration job that big and got paid for it! I am still on Fiverr and still get jobs now and then but ever since I raised my prices the jobs offers have not come as frequently. Since I now know I can finish a big project such a children’s book I am going to start working on my own children’s picture book this month. I have it written, I just need to illustrate it.

I am currently participating in the ICAD challenge on Facebook. ICAD is a group of people (mostly women) who do art on 3×5 cards for 61 days. It’s my first year and I’ve gotten a pretty good response so far.

As you have already noticed I’ve changed the look of the site. I want this site to be a bit more visual and less like a journal. I would like for this to be at least a temporary portfolio site for potential clients. We’ll see what happens. Till next time, keep your eyes, ears and minds open!

Journal #34

New Facebook header

New Facebook header

Hey Everybody! Happy Memorial Day weekend. This past week was a killer at my day job so unfortunately there was no Habitat comic. I might post a new one on Monday to make up for it though.

I’ve been experimenting in Photoshop a lot lately and I think I found the look I want for the book. I’ve been interested in Quentin Blake’s illustrations lately and I’m taking inspiration from his work. I didn’t think you could get such a watercolor look in Photoshop but I’ve finally found a way that works for me.

Kids with bird

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Thanks for the visit and I hope to see you soon. Til then, keep your eyes, ears and mind open.

Comic Books and Burgers

I was kinda inspired to do this because of the next “Dark Knight” movie. This version of batman isn’t really that threatening though.

Well, I’m officially 33 as of last Saturday (Cinco de Mayo… and FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!). It was a fun-filled weekend. On Saturday Sara and I went to Milwaukee to visit a few places. First on my agenda was Lost World of Wonders comic shop. I decided on splurging on “TNMT: Ultimate Collection Vol. 2.” It was free comic book day and the lines were pretty long so we decided to bypass it. We then went next door to American Science and Surplus where you can find everything from a bag of marbles to weird military surplus gas masks. If you want a 5 lb. bag of rubber bands, they have that too! Pretty awesome place! We swung by Daly’s Pen Shop as well, which I guess is the oldest pen store in the U.S. We ended our trip with a late lunch at Solly’s Grille which has the best butter burgers I’ve had. This place actually puts a huge wad of whipped butter on their burgers… A dream for fat Wisconsinites like myself. So all in all the first day of my 33rd year was a success. 🙂

My next big step in the book process is writing an artist statement for myself as an artist and an artist statement for the book itself. I think writing out what I’m about and what I want to accomplish with this book will keep me more focused on the task at hand. So by next week I should have those for anyone willing to look at this humble blog o’ mine. Thanks for stopping’ by!

A sketch of batman I did before the watercolor on the top. I don’t think DC would ever hire me. lol

C2E2

Greetings! It is a little late but I thought I would still post something on C2E2 2012 in Chicago. My fiancé and myself attended last Saturday and it was a lot of fun. This was our third time going so we knew what to expect already. Every year we try to figure out if the attendance was up to par with the previous year and this year it seemed less crowded… at least to me. We got to meet David Newell aka Mr. McFeely from “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.” He was really personable and made sure to talk to everyone that stopped by his booth. Yes, I do believe that is the hat he wore in the show as well… I didn’t think to ask if it was or not though. I also got to meet the Ryan Dow, the person who created the web comic introspective comics. I bought one of his first books “The Art of Failing Buddhism” and he was kind enough to sign it. Of course there was plenty of cos play and comic books to keep any nerd happy. I’ve never really been a “comic book nerd” per say but coming back from the con makes me want to subscribe to like 3 different comic books. All in all it was a fun day and I’m looking forward to two more this year, Summit City Comic Con in Ft. Wayne, IN and Wizard World in Chicago!

I have been trying to get in the habit of drawing/painting more so last week I started this little painting of our favorite amphibian. I used a radiograph pen and cheapo watercolors. He turned out alright for the time I put into it. I would like to post a drawing every week but I don’t know how realistic that is.