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Hello everyone! I was going to say good morning, but by the time I publish this it probably won’t be morning anymore. I had such grandiose plans for today. I was going to get up at 7, write, get ready for the day, write this blog post, and then draw the rest of the day. When my alarm went off at 7, my body was like HAHAHAHA that’s funny. . . so needless to say it is almost noon and here I am just starting this post. There is still a lot of day left, so I am sure I will still get a lot done. There is always tomorrow to try the 7 am alarm again. (I know this doesn’t seem early to most people, but I work an evening job as a part time job in the beginning of the week, so sometimes it’s harder for me to tap into my morning person personality later in the week.)

So you are all waiting for some sketchbook posts! This week I actually have some of the finished projects on my computer so I will share those along with the sketches. This sketchbook is also from my 3rd year at FIT. It’s so fun looking back at these and knowing the projects they eventually inspired. It’s also cool to me to see how much of my style has stayed the same and how much has changed.

For my History of Illustration class we had to pick two musicians to paint. I picked Buddy Holly  and Cyndi Lauper. We had to use photo reference but change it enough so that we weren’t violating copyright. I am not sure I accomplished that, but I will never sell these. It was a good exercise. For the rest of my life I will sing “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Buddy Holly” by Weezer every time I see these. These sketches were done in pencil.

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Buddy Holly

pencil sketch

pencil sketch of Cyndi Lauper

And since I actually have the finishes on my computer:

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Buddy Holly

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

Watercolor of Cyndi Lauper

I don’t work like this much anymore, but looking back at these, I can see where my love of graphic shapes and patterns in illustrations was starting to appear in my work.

The next sketches were for a linocut we did in another class. For this process, you transfer your drawing onto some sort of block (we used easy cut blocks) and make a stamp of your piece which you then ink and transfer to paper. It was a super fun project. I was the only one prepared for class that day, and my teacher made my classmates all pay me to use my supplies. I think I made money that day! It is still a favorite memory from art school.

These are very loose sketches for concept:

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

thumbnail pencil sketches for linocut

And this is the sketch I ended up going with:

Pencil sketch for linocut

Pencil sketch for linocut

i really liked this sketch and since I still have the linocut, maybe I’ll make some more prints with this! (Note: because of the way the art is transferred, the final piece would be a mirror image of this sketch.)

Last but not least, here is a sketch I ended up doing for a project in my photoshop class:

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

pencil sketch: under the willow tree

This was a frustrating class for me. For some reason, I just could not get the hang of what we were supposed to be doing. So finally my teacher just said, create something you love in a style you want to. . . so I drew this. In the final piece, the girl is surrounded by hand drawn rainbows and flowers and butterflies…as if her drawings are coming to life. I am not sure what he was expecting, but I did have fun creating this piece.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to subscribe on the right to never miss a post!

Before I forget, I also started a new store on Society6 this week. I will be adding more art in the following weeks, and you’ll be able to get all sorts of things on phones, tote bags and more! Check it out.

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Hello All!

It has been awhile since I posted here, or on social media at all. I have been super busy. However, I wasn’t busy with anything I could actually show you so that meant radio silence on my end. I need to work on working on both my projects I can’t share, and things I can share at the same time so you all don’t think I’ve forgotten about you!

So what have I been up to? I have been reading ALOT of books. . . picture books! I took part in a challenge called ReFoReMo, or Reading for Research Month. The idea of the month is to actually research picture books: how they are written, what the balance between text and illustration is, what kinds of books are out there, what formats are they written in etc. Each day, someone in the industry would write briefly about one aspect of writing for children, and then share some books that they thought would be good mentor texts to illustrate their point. I have learned a lot about picture books; both what I like and what I don’t like. I also have two new manuscript ideas from reading the selected books. It’s been a great month! I still have to read some of the selections, but it has been really a great experience. There is a new post every week during the year with useful knowledge, and if you want to participate next year, check out the website!

I’ve also been working on a project I really can’t show you because it is a present for someone. Eventually I will post it here!

I have been working on writing several manuscripts for children’s books.

I also have been cleaning out my art room which is a slow but necessary process. Today, I got to clean out a closet that had all my old sketchbooks in it. Then, I was inspired. Every Thursday, for throwback Thursday, I will post something from an old sketchbook for you all to see! Going through them today, I realize I used to have a lot of fun in sketchbooks. I have no idea what happened, probably life, but I don’t spend the same amount of time in sketchbooks as I used to, or as I should. I am hoping this experiment will be fun for you, and reinvigorating for me.

I definitely have posted this on an old blog, but I thought I would start with my first special sketchbook. I have sketchbooks from when I was 7 or 10, but this was the first sketchbook that really meant something to me. It was also the start of me beginning to realize I loved art.

The First "Real" Sketchbook I owned

The First “Real” Sketchbook I owned

I was 12 and I had just won a 20 dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble from the Book-a-Thon at school. I was rich. I could buy two books with a 20 dollar gift card. (If only that were still true!) I didn’t know what I would get, but I knew it would be the best book the store had to offer. Then I walked passed the journal section and this caught my eye. Something about the fake wood I thought was beautiful. I picked it up and flipped through the blank pages, feeling excited. I put it down. I wasn’t an artist. And if I bought this, I may have money for a book, but I may not. I left and came back. Picked it up again. In my memory, this indecisiveness lasted a long time. I can’t imagine how annoying this must have been for my dad who had brought me and my sister shopping. Finally I decided to just go for it. I bought it and brought it home.

This was the perfect sketchbook. It had to be filled with the perfect drawings I decided. So I sat with it, started drawing, didn’t like it, ripped it out…this happened several times. Then finally I just drew.

The "perfect" drawing. Note the ripped edges of the pages I deemed imperfect

The “perfect” drawing. Note the ripped edges of the pages I deemed imperfect

It took forever, but I finally decided I was satisfied. Then, being the truly focused 12 year old I was, I left it on the couch in order to go outside with my sister and friends.

I came back in to find my dad looking at the drawing I had done. I was mortified. No one was supposed to see it! I felt like I was pretending to be something I was not. Then my dad looked at me and said, “Anne, this is really good!” While still embarrassed, now it was for a different reason. I was proud and so happy my dad had thought I could draw. I probably mumbled a thank you and grabbed the sketchbook. I don’t remember that part. I do remember that after that I really thought about creating art more often.

The funny thing is, that is the only drawing in that sketchbook. Even though I went on to fill more sketchbooks, take art lessons, experiment with media, I never came back to this sketchbook. Thinking about this sketchbook, I also realize all the earlier times I had filled sketchbooks, illustrated stories me and my sisters wrote, made pretend boardgames all should have been clues to how I really had always loved art. I guess I was pretty clueless. This drawing was really the beginning of my awareness of the importance of art to me.

This is my first throwback sketchbook post. Tune in next week for the next installment!

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“It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you are becoming while you’re creating.” – Charlie Peacock

I found this quote while procrastinating on Pinterest this afternoon. It really struck a chord with me, because it really sums up how I feel this week changed me. I know that seems crazy, a week changed me? Did that much really happen this week?
In short, yes. I have never taken a week off before and just dedicated to my art career. Let me tell you, I fell in love with the freelance life. Yes I freelance part time anyway, but to fully be immersed in my dream career? It was amazing. I don’t have very many stressful projects right now, and I know freelancing isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but for the first time in my life, my eyes were open to the knowledge that I really could freelance full time. Not financially at this point, but mentally I am totally ready. There is nothing like waking up and knowing there is nothing on the agenda for the day except creating.
So what does my life look like as a freelancer? I got plenty of sleep, exercised, ate well, and made art everyday. I think the routine of it was what really sold me. You can get so much more done with your time when you do the same thing every day. There was none of the pressure of: if I don’t get this done today, I won’t be able to work on it again for a week. Instead, if I didn’t finish something I could work on it again the next day. And that was empowering to me as an artist.
I know if I did do this full time there would be all nighters, times where I was stressed about where the next paycheck was coming from, clients who were stressful or didn’t understand what I did, and periods where I just felt uninspired. There would be times where I couldn’t exercise, where sleep wasn’t a priority, where I would have to spend days with the business side of things instead of creating. But these things happen anyway. There are weeks when I come to the blank page and I just don’t know where to go. There are times when I am frustrated with what a client wants me to do or the time frame in which they want me to do it. There are times when I come home late from my job and go right to the computer to finish that project that is due the next day.
However, I still would love to do it at some point in my life. I would love if that point in my life is sooner rather than later. Because by taking this week and really focusing on me and my art, I got a glimpse of the person I could become. And that was exciting!

You are all wondering, so what did you get done this week? This is supposed to be a recap after all!
Well here is what I got done this week:
I completely revamped my website. What does that look like? Gathering files, scanning pictures, getting everything internet ready, writing a bio, finding the best way to showcase my art, and starting a blog where I could write again. And you can see the results of all that work by browsing my website (Which you are currently on)
I finished a project creating tags and posters for an up and coming clothing line. This didn’t take too long, but it was great to cross a project off the list of things to do.
I finished a new portfolio piece. Have you looked through my art yet? You’ll notice this image in the digital children’s illustration portfolio:

Like christmas lights blinking on a summer's night

Like christmas lights blinking on a summer’s night

 

 

 

This piece was a result of a drawing challenge I did with my facebook followers over the last couple of months. It was great to add color to it and make it really come to life! Also, I haven’t created a new portfolio piece in awhile so it felt good to add something new to the portfolio.

 

I also got 1/3 of the way through creating the images for my 2016 calendar. Usually I’m in a panic to finish it by December 1st so people can give it as a Christmas present. I’ve already surpassed myself in how long this usually takes me. Here’s a little preview of each of them:

January Freesia

January Freesia

February Magnolias

February Magnolias

March Cornflower

March Cornflower

April Sweet Peas

April Sweet Peas

So I was really happy with how far I got this week. It was great to pick up the paintbrush and try my hand at watercolors again. I was relieved that I finally got my new website up (That has been on the to do list for 2 years). And I was really happy to get a new portfolio piece done.
So what’s next for me? Well I am going to continue working on my calendar. I am going to continue working on new portfolio pieces. And I am going to continue blogging.

This week was great for me. Now I just have to figure out how to fit all the great things I’ve been doing around my two other jobs. Because as great as this week was, it won’t mean anything if I can’t keep up with it while still going to work. Will I get as much done each week? No. But if I can keep creating art and taking care of myself, I will definitely have accomplished what I set out to do with this week. What it comes down to is, I like the person I am when I am creating. I am focused, I am positive and excited for the future. That is something worth holding on to.

And now, back to the painting table!

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