Sorry for the delay! I have some projects in the works, which I’ll be posting about soon. In the meantime, here’s a special treat:
Part time do-gooder, full time day dreamer:
I know a lot of creative people and it’s always interesting to me that certain occupations and activities require difference physical situations in order to work as intended. I know writers that can make do with a laptop anywhere, and others that need a whole room with their references and the atmosphere they’ve furnished (literally and figuratively) over their career. I know visual artists that can create a finished, whimsical or formal, piece of art while they’re about town or riding the subway. Others need a full studio with all the proper lighting equipment and materials just so.
I’m also preparing some information and pictures on my calligraphy journey so far, and maybe a sneak peak into my next project too. This website is NOT intended for just pushing sale opportunities, so I’m considering ways to show the creative steps in my design and idea process. Let me know if you have suggestions! Stay tuned!
Hey all! Things have been busy: in the last month I’ve opened a store on Etsy, produced a few bookmarks for sale (especially on Etsy), applied for a few opportunities, etc. … I guess that doesn’t seem so busy, but amidst LIFE it’s important to have some form of benchmark. So, before further ado, please check out my new store!!
Oops — I fell off the internet again. Sometimes I’m just super awful about keeping up here. My bad. I’ve been distracted with trying to find a regular, pay-the-bills job. Monetizing art is … difficult. Commissions are just never plentiful enough and sometimes I spend too much time looking for opportunities and not enough time actually producing art. When the opportunities come around, I often feel like I don’t have any art recent enough to show what I can do. It’s a vicious cycle. So, I’m working on finding a job.
Hello everyone and happy holidays! I hope this season has been kind to you all. I feel rather spoiled myself despite a few setbacks. Art has been slowing down a little, though I did prepare a card. I’m mailing it out to personal friends and family, but wanted to share it here, as well. Be cozy, healthy, and well. 🙂
Hey all, sorry for my silence since Halloween. I hope it was a great holiday for everyone. 🙂 A few weeks ago I was taken somewhat by surprise when a good buddy got me in touch with his friend Aaron Dunn, creative entrepreneur behind a musical project: The Silmarillion Symphony. Take a look and a listen, it’s really lovely. The album will release on November 12 — that’s right, in FOUR days!
At any rate, Aaron asked me to illustrate the album cover and I was really excited to get on board with the project. I really enjoy the world that Tolkien developed. I’m a huge fan of The Hobbit (don’t ask me my feelings about the movies) and The Lord of the Rings. If you haven’t read the books, I really deeply recommend them. I was happy for an excuse to start reading The Silmarillion (any excuse to read!). If you aren’t familiar, the book is a collection of stories mostly relating the origins and creation of Middle-earth and its people. I’m enjoying it a lot so far.
Here’s the album cover I designed:
Sorry about the watermark. Anyway, the tree on the left is Laurelin and the one on the right is Telperion. In the middle is one of the lamps of the Valar (either Illuin or Ormal). The sea is pretty significant in the early history of the world and the elves especially. I used watercolor and some gouache on mat board, if you want the specifics. It was a really fun project and it’s nice to do some commissioned work. It was also a pleasure working with Aaron, so if you enjoy Tolkien, music, symphonies, awesomeness, great literature, inspiring music, nice album art, etc. please consider buying (pre-order is available) a copy for yourself.
I’ll try to update on other projects this coming week. 🙂 Until then, have a great weekend!
Two more coloring pages for your crayon-based pleasure! I hope you like them. 🙂 I’m going to try passing out some coloring samples to trick-or-treaters on Friday, plus posting one more page on the big day!
First, some squirrels getting ready for harvest! I’m hungry for pumpkin pie, myself. Like, all the time. I don’t know if that’s healthy, but that’s how I feel.
Next, a young witch working up a magickal potion! Or soup! Who can say?
Again, I hope you all like them. Special shout-out to my new followers, I really appreciate your interest. 🙂
As promised, here are two more coloring pages for your amusement. One is more seasonal than necessarily Halloween-y. The scarecrow is a bit more “advanced,” I suppose, as coloring pages go. Anyway, I hope you like them! Let me know what you think in a comment here, on facebook, or on deviantArt. 🙂