I have had this sketch in my sketchbook for a few months and I kept meaning to sit down and render it in color. I finally got around to it. It was a fun piece and I like how it turned out. Here is the final product.
I have been wanting to do a decent pirate illustration for a while and this is the first one that worked out well. I'm still working on my technique with certain Photoshop brushes and textures. You may notice some differences between my pieces. It's called experimentation and I'm glad I still have the freedom to try new things.
Thanks for viewing/reading. Stay tuned for more artwork soon.
Above is one of my recent sketches that I have rendered out for practice. I think it made a nice spot illustration. I always love the idea of a pet fox. I remember my grandfather showing me a photo of him as a young man with a pet fox. I think this one could have come out better but the figure came out very nice.
While working on this and the contest entry I will be sharing with you next week I have been listening to podcasts that get me pumped up about illustration. I listen to Chris Oatley's artcasts and also lately I've begun listening to PaperWings by him and Lora Innes. Paperwings is mostly about storytelling as it relates to animation and comics. Chris works in animation and mentors and teaches artists and illustrators through his own online school and Lora has a long running web comic "The Dreamer" that she draws and writes very awesomely.
The best podcast I've listened to recently that struck a chord with me was the PaperWings post called "What to do when your dream seems far away". If you, like me, are a visual artist or writer and feel a twinge of pain when you read that title then listen to it for some great advice and encouragement.
I'll be back soon with my newest contest entry for the SVS (School of Visual Storytelling). Stay tuned for more art.
Welcome to my new internet living space. I finally decided to trash the old site and start anew. This one will be mostly for casual chatting and showing what I'm working on. I am hoping to share more sketches and unfinished works here. I am a big fan of Austin Kleon as you may know if you read my last blog at all, and his most recent book "Show Your Work" encouraged me to do just that. So to kick off the blog here is a piece I did this week just for fun!
Thanks for stopping by. I'm a published illustrator working on getting better every day. My goal for my work is for it to be charming, bright and endearing. I share my ongoing work progress online because I welcome all the encouragement and feedback I can get as I try to improve my skills. I currently have a children's book project that I am nearing the end of.