Well, I haven't been posting much this week because I am in the middle of a 'spring cleaning' of sorts. It's really the prep for fall so it should be called 'fall cleaning'. School has started back for most and ours gets kicked off in a week or so. I have a huge amount of work that I have set out for myself to do before then so this is just a quick note and a sketch (a couple of pilgrims to match the coming season).
I also have a few freelance design jobs in the works so I've been taking time out to work on those each morning also. Maybe in a few weeks the dust will settle on the design work and the massive decluttering and school will get going and I can get back to sketching and digital painting. Can't wait!
Thanks for reading, MM
Here is a cropped out portion of a piece I worked on today. I love trees and I have to stop myself from putting them in every picture. Vines are always fun too and they are something I doodle whenever I'm thinking. I've done a lot of thinking lately on my goals, how far I've some and how far I want to go. I see a lot of hard work ahead of me and some days I feel like it is hopeless, other days I feel very hopeful. An awesome mentor type person shared this quote this week:
"Everyone is looking for the elevator. But there is no elevator. You have to take the stairs."
- Brian McDonald
Some days I look at another person's work and I realize that I am so far behind. That I should have been working as hard as I am now, all along. I lost years of practice and study, all because I was convinced that I couldn't make it. It's silly to look back though. Things happened the way they did for a reason. I'm here now, putting in the effort. Going to see what I can do.
“You don't need to go back in time to be awesome; you just have to start right now. Regretting that you didn't start earlier is a great distraction from moving on your dream today, and the reality is that today is earlier than tomorrow.”
― Jon Acuff, Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters
So yeah, what he said...
Here's a little redbird that I did for fun this morning while listening to a podcast about art. I have a ton of stuff I'm working on right now, most of which are all connected to the huge project I referenced before. I have a few other things I can share. I'm using these little pieces like the redbird to practice my color work in getting ready to finish out the other stuff. Meanwhile, some of these little guys go well in my portfolio. At this point it's all about having fun and getting better.
Well, I finished filling my sketchbook and I have a fun idea planned to commemorate the occasion. While I was going back through the sketches I found this one and it seemed worthy of finishing out. I also got to try an effect I've been wanting to use. It's not easy and It's not a pre-set effect or anything, it takes many steps actually. It's a kind of marble-ization. I like how it makes me think the horse has escaped from a carousel. I may even call it 'Carousel Escape'. I know a few little girls who like horses who may like this one I may even make this one available as a print for sale.
Anyway, thanks for checking in. I am hoping to have the special sketchbook feature sometime soon so stay tuned!
Hello all, I am super excited to be working on the aforementioned project. I am really psyched about it, so much that I hate that I am not ready to share yet about it on the blog. I will be sharing though, you can bet I will have tidbits to show before too long as I am rolling right along with it. In the meantime I am so close to finishing my sketchbook and I want to something really fun to celebrate that. I will be talking about that in my next post probably so stay tuned!
By the way if you haven't seen the artwork of Pascal Campion yet by all means go by and take a look, it is so fantastic. He is wrapping up a kickstarter campaign this month which worked out far better than he had planned which is just such a blessing and a joy to see. Go here to see the kickstarter campaign and here to see his work.
Thanks for reading,
I have been wanting to go back and redo one of the acrylic style illustrations I did a while back this time using the newer watercolor-ish style. I finally sat down last night and chose to redo the horsey girl you may remember from a few weeks ago. I'm going to run it by a few people and see how many like the first better or the second. Both have their good points. Honestly it's hard to see the details with it shrunk down like this. Anyway, I'll post about how people responded later on, Thanks.
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.