Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Inktober 2014

Inktober is a sketching challenge created by Jake Parker. The idea is to make a habit of consistently sketching to improve your skills. I took on the challenge and am attempting to do a sketch a day!

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Because even Steven Tyler practices to stay on the top of his game!

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?!