Monday, September 22, 2014

The Big Cheese Theory Fan Art

Today is basically a holiday. Today is the premiere of The Big Bang Theory's season 8! I have been really inspired by the mash-up fan art of IBTrav, Karen Hallion, Katrina Valencia, and Amy Mebberson. I decided to give it a shot! So celebrating this momentous occasion I give you The Big Cheese Theory and some work in progress!

Here are some work in progress shots. I started with pencil, inked the lines for the thickness I wanted and then brought it in to the computer.

In the computer I cleaned up the lines and added coloring in Illustrator.

I love how the clothing really sold the characters. The clothing is so iconic in the Big Bang Theory. Their style is as recognizable as that of Steven Tyler!

Check out my Society6 shop for awesome Big Cheese Theory gear! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Maroon 5 Quilled Album Cover Art

Many designers have a problem with working for free. And I do agree for the most part. If someone wants you specifically, to work for them, then you should be paid like any other professional. However, it is completely up to the artist if they want to offer their services for free or create for the sake of being creative!

I love creating new artwork and entering contests. I do it to constantly push myself to try new approaches and grow as an artist. Entering design contests is completely different than being solicited to work for free. Personally, I need to be creating something on a daily basis and contests give me a great outlet. Many contests have subjects that I would never get to create work for otherwise. And if I win, that would be awesome too!

I have a new piece of art entered in the Creative Allies Maroon 5 Cover Art Contest. I love the way it turned out! Head on over to the contest page and vote for my artwork!

Here are some fun work in progress and close up shots! Enjoy!

Maybe someday I will get to create some fabulous quilled album art for  the great Steven Tyler!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rockin' Event Review: #ArtDropDay

From Fargo to Florida and even in New Delhi, artists everywhere participated in #ArtDropDay on September 2nd.  World Art Drop Day was the brain child of illustrator Jake Parker. His inspiration was his family vacation from the past summer. He took a cross-country road trip over the summer and left art along the way for people to find!

The word spread through social media about this great way to make the world a more beautiful place. I wrapped up some hand-made gift tags. I posted the location on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. They were picked up by a coworker of mine.

I also loved seeing what others 'dropped' and who found the work.
Check out these two cuties! This adorable 'find' was posted on Instagram.

"So these two little rugrats came to me with there cuteness overload and asked me 'Excuse me, lady, do you have tweet insaflam or fb? We found this art and it's art drop day but we have no... Euh tweet, do you? And can you put it on there?' Well sure I can #artdropday #littleArtrats #adorablemuch oh and I asked for tough face's this is what I got! #justkids"-@kykykong

And I just love this story tweeted by @ashley24taylor!

World Art Drop Day will take place each year on the first Tuesday of September. Who knows, maybe Steven Tyler will leave some rockin' art next year?!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jack Skellington for #Sketch_Dailies

I just couldn't resist paying tribute to yesterday's design! Here is today's submission to #sketch_dailies.

In the words of Steven Tyler, "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Day of the Dead Pixel Design

UPDATE 9/18/14
You can now find this design in my Society6 shop!

I had some fun creating art for Creative Allies' Day of the Dead design contest. I came up with a fun and whimsical design and tried pixel painting style for the first time! I love how they turned out! I came up with four color variations. This one is my favorite.

I also created a shirt design that featured all four of my top color combinations!

Sorry Steven Tyler, in this case, pink wasn't my favorite color.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fairy House

Fairy houses have become quite popular. For a few years now I have wanted to create a fairy house and enter it in a competition at a Renaissance Festival. I saw tutorials of how to create one out of detergent bottles, and loved the whimsical lop-sided style that created. My final house took shape by the piece of birch bark a coworker found for me. This hollow stump was perfect for what I needed!

I first gathered all things a fairy would when gathering items for their home.

I then had to figure out how to make a solid base for the house. Which was tricky because the bottom was uneven.

I ended up turning a large planter bottom over and using it as the base. I then covered it with cement to mount the birch bark to the base. I then covered the the cement with moss and some fake greenery.

I then created a door and my favorite feature, a fairy chandelier!

I LOVE the final house!

Everywhere you look there is shiny pieces that a fairy would love!

I even lined the edges with a little pixie dust!

You may not think fairies need houses, but I truly do. It may be crazy to build a house for fairies but it sure was fun! In the words of Steven Tyler, "I don't suffer from insanity... I enjoy every minute of it..."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Creatives That Rock: Robin Williams Creating Something From Nothing

It was pointed out to me the Robin Williams was the Dad of my generation. Completely true. He showed us that we are loved more than we know, even when our parents don't love each other anymore. He showed us the power of our inner child is more heroic than anything grown-up. And he showed us that just being ourselves had more power than a genie in a bottle.

I see so much of him in my father who passed when I was young. That may be why it has hit me harder than expected.

Robin Williams was around my whole life. I never knew a life where he wasn't around. If he was a guest on a talk show my family would watch it. If his movie was in theatres my whole family would go see it together. And anytime his movies are on TV I still watch them. And by welcoming him into our home he became one of the family.

I want to pay tribute to Robin Williams as the true creative he was. This is my favorite moment from Hook where Peter realizes the power of imagination. Filling his spoon with nothing and flinging bright colorful globs of something at Ruffio.

Creativity is taking two unrelated ideas and coming up with something where there was nothing. Robin Williams was amazing when it came to creating something out of nothing. Elmer Fud singing Bruce Springstein? Why not! Robin Williams could make something funny out of absolutely nothing.

Mrs. Doubtfire could have been the creepiest storyline ever, but it wasn't. The Genie could have had one recognizable voice but instead he had too many recognizable voices to count. And Good Will Hunting would have been just fine without the fart story improv... but who wants just fine? Robin Williams was always a true performer and always delivered those over-the-top performances.

That is what I will miss about him the most. No one could do over-the-top the way he did and make it look so effortless. So here is to making something out of nothing. You made the whole world laugh. Which is quite something, and you made it look as if it was nothing at all.