My shop is open and ready for business! I'm selling prints of my most recent etchings, so buy one before they are gone! I will be adding new prints soon, so make sure you check back every so often to see what's new.
So lately I've been really into checking out artist blogs that exhibit their work spaces. Perhaps it's my love for I Spy books, or HGTV, or even dare I say Cribs. I like getting to know an artist by learning how they work and what they surround themself with.
I would like to make a call for submissions request for all PID members to make a post featuring their work spaces. Especially if you have a flickr account because you can also tag items then explain it's purpose!
So if your interested, maybe we should all submit by the end of next week.
Here are some site examples:
http://on-my-desk.blogspot.com/ -the first artist (Symon Chow) workspace totally ripped off my desktop wallpaper... lol
*I lost the link and info to the featured photo artist work space, when found will Update!
A return to using Sharpies and Prismacolor markers were in order last night. The resulting look is very much to my liking, so I am going to implement it in my sketches from now on (or at least until I find another way I like better). More drawings can be seen over at my blog.
I stumbled onto the work of Betsy Walton this week via BOOOOOOOM! and have fallen completely in love with her paintings and illustrations. Her use of gouache is inspiring and makes me aware that I have a long way to go before I achieve the mastery of the medium she possesses. Here is a little blurb from her profile (since she can better describe her process than I) followed by a few samples.
As a painter, I work with galleries and collectors, and on personal projects. Many of my paintings and drawings explore the tension and balance between the mysterious nature of our existence and the objects and environments we find in everyday life. We can experience the sublime in the same room where we fold the laundry, and perhaps at the same time.
My style is informed by a range of influences including Byzantine icon paintings, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the work of many contemporary illustrators and painters. I work with a spontaneous approach and few expectations of specific results. I rarely sketch preliminary drawings before diving into a painting, in the belief that the image formed through the painting process itself will be rich, revealing, and vital.
Jillian Tamaki is one of my favorite contemporary illustrators. I check her sketchblog almost everyday, hoping for some of her creativity and talent to rub off on me (to no avail). Her brushwork faithfully captures her subject's emotional state while giving the composition itself a sense of dynamism. Not only that, she has this amazing ability to tell a story within a single image. And her amazing storytelling powers extend beyond the realm of editorial illustration! In 2008, her graphic novel Skim won the coveted Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel. Here is a small sampling of her work:
More information on her novel Skim and other comic endeavors can be found on her portfolio site.
It's been a long and busy month. Haven't been able to put out as many Alien Raver sketches as I originally intended, but I will try to make it up to everyone by drawing like a madwoman in April! I present to you a new character: Summer Heimdall. She will be appearing in the next few pages. Although I don't want to give up too much information, I'll tell you this: Her name foreshadows her significance within the story and you've briefly seen a version of her in the beginning of the comic. Confused yet? Well, the answers will be here soon!
More sketches to come in the following weeks until Alien Raver's triumphant return.
Last week I was able to pull a half dozen prints of Remus (left) and Sea Jellies (right) before school closed for spring break. After all the unexpected enthusiasm for the Sea Jellies print, I've decided to start selling them! They go for $40 each, printed on Archies white paper and are around 6x9 inches (paper size 11x15 inches). Email me at email@example.com if you're interesting in purchasing one!
Designed By Monica @ 4:28 PM
Amazing animated short. Had me hooked from beginning to end. The site it came from (motionographer) has a fun interview with the creators, so if your interested check that out too.
Yankee Gal from Yankee Team on Vimeo.
Yankee Gal by Yankee Team
Designed By Shalimar @ 7:23 PM
In this last (but not final) installment, our lonely protagonist reveals a darker side of himself. He lets nothing stand in his way, not even a cute little turliphant. Determined to find the woman that haunts his memory, he struggles ever forward… but what lies in wait for him across the sand dune? And where are all those turliphants coming from? Find out when Alien Raver returns in mid-April with new installments!
In the meanwhile, I'll be posting sketches randomly that will feature new and old characters (such as in this previous post) appearing in the next installment or perhaps in a much more distant chapter?!… So stay tuned and thanks for reading!
As always, read from the beginning over at www.alienraver.com